Week 2

Feedback from organisers

  • Quality of questions observed
  • Quality of participation reported from presenters
  • Timekeeping improvements are achieved
  • Multidisciplinary thinking needs to be welcome and kept going
  • Transferrable research skills are iterated and asked to be taken in

Feedback from participants

  1. Group 1 – Dwi, Prima, Ruby, Dayat
    1. Collection management and accessible databases were observed in Edinburgh Castle and RBGE
    2. User friendly interfaces were observed in RBGE and the National Museum of Scotland
    3. Transferrability and vision of community sustainability was apparent from Findhorn ecovillage
    4. Advanced method in DNA analysis were observed in UHI Campus
    5. Balcas provided insight on research results implementation at industrial scale
    6. Suggestion of creating a session where microbiology research is used by community (e.g. brewery and/or cheese factory)
    7. It is important for organisers to be able to communicate what the participant needs to expert providing lectures in Edinburgh and Inverness
    8. Out of the box internship and work-path expansion towards sustainable islands should be sought as the next stage of the programme
  1. Group 2 – Sita, Adel, Yuli, Bima
    1. Good experience in Edinburgh in connecting science to public
    2. Need more time in Edinburgh
    3. Well trained guides were found in Edinburgh Castle, RBGE, and National Museum of Scotland
    4. Participants learned and will adopt methods on public engagement for education centres
    5. Need less time in Edinburgh Castle but more time in RBGE
    6. Findhorn eco-village experience can be adapted for Indonesia, especially its renewable energy and wastewater treatment methods and facilities
    7. UHI has provided experience in facilitating modern research facilities
    8. Would like to learn more on how UHI attract donors and sponsors
    9. Sustainability practices of Balcas is questioned
    10. Collaboration opportunity with Eric Vespoor’s research group is of interest
    11. Travel pace is too fast, need more time to rest, but very happy with the opportunity to visits different sites
    12. No culture collection experience has been observed for the microbial group
    13. In RBGE Herbarium the following opportunities were missed: orchid herbarium, orchid collection
    14. Ecovillage and ecohouse have been observed to be largely influenced by people, and not only reliant on technology
    15. At least 3 days should be allocated to each RBGE, Findhorn Ecovillage, and Balcas
  1. Group 3 – Lisman, Gede, Citra Ina
    1. Thanks extended to organisers for the week schedules
    2. Visits to Castle, RBGE, and Findhorn were highly noted to be informative and useful
    3. Many lessons learned from RBGE are transferrable to Indonesia’s 5 Botanical Gardens
    4. Many lessons learned from Findhorn are transferrable to LIPI’s biovillage in Cibinong Science Centre and other areas in Indonesia
    5. Project inspirations are derived from Findhorn Eco village to modify the Cibinong Science Centre regarding renewable energy, waste management, and sustainable building
    6. UHI provides insights on research – business collaboration, and advanced DNA preparation and research use
    7. Balcas is informative and impressive, especially due to its size of operation
    8. Limited time were spent at Balcas and UHI (more time needed)
    9. Museum visits provides experience and ideas for exhibitions that can be adapted to Indonesia, including the variations of accessible galleries and displays
    10. Different wild collection, palm house, and traditional displays in RBGE provides ideas for developing Indonesia’s botanical gardens
    11. Week 2 provides knowledge on the transition of basic science to applied implementation activities
    12. Input for weekend to be available for recuperation (“me-time”)
    13. Biodiversity walk and species identification fieldwork provided by Allie is found to be very informative and useful
  1. Group 4 – Euis, Deborah, Septi, Imin
    1. General: notification of daily log needs to be filled in (graphs – key learning points check before going to the next page – save function
    2. Bio-energy conversion – BALCAS unsustainable tree cutting without replanting
    3. Researcher for bio-energy conversion
    4. James Njuguna – material science à for biomaterial research centre
    5. Internet connection – when inputting daily logs
    6. The whole programme cannot be expected for the curatorial, but learn from small things found; guide in tour how to be good communication
    7. Introduction to Allie is good expert sources
    8. Interested in UHI visited the biodiversity applied genomics lab; biodiversity management and how research on genomics can give benefits to the people
    9. Not yet material on microbiology
    10. Still have some problems around English; but is improving speaking and listening; interested in RBGE on lessons & knowledge of collection management, database collection; and digitisation of collection; greenhouse maintenance; exhibition programme from garden; links to future network between RBGE and Indonesian botanical gardens
  1. Group 5 – Wahyu, Mike, Tri, Lia
    1. General: eco-house- UoA was Extreme Microbes; James on bionano products; castle visit – RBGE learned of botanical garden in Scotland in Edinburgh; Findhorn ecovillage was most interesting ABCG relationship create projects; fishing villages; Sandy’s presentation how to connect MRE and community (integrated development)
    2. Try open mind positive way, take relevance on some topics and drive focus; Edinburgh Castle the museum tour and castle architecture; RBGE very limited time but learn many things, look into research facilities; library and book collection; herbarium; DNA analysis; database and cataloguing; thematic gardens and living plants in gardens; photograph on information panels and shops; will be translated to Purwodadi to be as references; National Museum public engagement activities; curated with meaningful information panel; modern but ancient; scientific but fun museum; Findhorn ecovillage to be adopted in Purwodadi; phytoremediation for water treatment; decoration of gardens; creation of attractive display of facilities; UHI lab genetics modern equipment; research about conservation on salmons; the idea of conservation can be applied to native species; Balcas noting sustainability rethink (planting 2 trees for every tree cut); Aquatera quick development and expansion around the globe! HWU ICIT – marine biology around ecology, habitat; natural ecosystem; biofouling and biosecurity workshop.
    3. Thank you for the organising opportunities many places for inspiration and learning; interested in National Museum; idea for adapting to Zoology museum in Indonesia; relevant to training objectives; scheduling and timing; Edinburgh short visit move very quickly and stay in 1 city; Edinburgh many places can still be explored; no more time in Edinburgh
    4. Opportunity captured includes future focused training and research collaboration with RBGE and Findhorn


  • Specific expert sessions will be added to each day programme, where interested small groups can join in for in-depth topic specific knowledge exchange
  • Experts and practitioners are invited each evening for roundtable discussions with participants
  • Study visit to Brewery will be undertaken
  • Weekends will be used as flexible culture sensitisation days, with suggested activities provided by organisers where participants can opt in/out as desired