During September and October of 2016, Aquatera Ltd, SEATIS Ltd, the Orkney campus of Heriot-Watt University, and Robert Gordon University will be hosting 20 Indonesian researchers from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). A programme is being developed which will provide them with key information they can take back to their respective fields in Indonesia. The programme developed for these researchers has been titled the International Science Programme for Indonesian Researchers (InSPIRe).

The full delegation consists of 15 researchers from a curatorial background and 5 from bioindustry based bioresources. The 4-week experiential programme in Scotland covers a diverse range of academic and industrial inputs, and include a number of areas of specific interests. During this time, the researchers will undertake classroom and lab-based trainings, field-work sessions, and industrial visits in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness and Orkney. The following section further describes the context behind their visit and expecting outcomes.


Its position on the Equator has highlighted Indonesia as a biodiversity hotspot, not only for flora and fauna but also for microbial biodiversity. Connecting research to industry and policy as well as adhering to the ethics of natural resources exploitation, the existence of these bio-resources should be managed by competent and capable researchers to prevent them from extinction. As a national research institute, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), is responsible for the care of the Indonesian nationwide biodiversity.

The purpose of this activity is to extend the skills and expand the experience of LIPI’s researchers, by improving access to the necessary multidisciplinary, applied research methods, management and commercialization competencies through information sharing, participatory engagement and direct interface with international researchers and industry practitioners.


The outcome of this training activity is improvement of transferable research skills, enabling LIPI’s researchers to pro-actively interact at a global platform, perform comparative studies, and create new networks to carry out Life Sciences Deputyship’s mission in becoming the Centre of Excellence for Indonesian Biodiversity.


The objectives of this internship are:

1. To obtain learning experiences including the commercialisation of research products

2. To increase collaborative research between LIPI and UK industries

3. To create networks and research collaboration between LIPI and UK researchers

4. To conduct knowledge exchange in the fields of curatorial system and management

5. To conduct knowledge exchange in the fields of biomaterials, bioenergy, and other bio-resources based industries.