WEEK 3: FEEDBACK AND REVIEW

Week 3

Feedback from organisers

  • Quality of questions observed
  • Quality of participation reported from presenters
  • Flexibility and commitment of participants noted
  • 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. 3 weeks have passed quickly and many want to stay longer. Thanks extended to organisers for the week schedules
    2. The key learning points this week are around sustainable energy, MRE technologies, commercialisation and understanding the route to commercialisation and how to apply this to Indonesia
    3. The group welcomed insight from SME and the staff member’s insight into Indonesian resources eg. mining and timber and transferring this knowledge to MRE
    4. EIA input and marine regulations was interesting and the group would welcome deeper learning and possible internship in this area.
    5. They leaned about Good Laboratory Practice at Flotta and this was considered good material for LIPI. They found the processes to be discipline with a strong HSE focus
    6. The additional meeting with HIR provided a good opportunity to discuss potential collaboration and spin off processes from research to industry
    7. The cultural activities re music and dance were thoroughly enjoyed by all
    8. In future, more direct work (eg. in lab) in biodiversity would be welcomed
    9. The curatorial visits to the Tomb of the Eagles and the Fossil Centre provided a rare opportunity to handle exhibits. From a curatorial point of view it was disappointing to have limited time at these sites
    10. The brewery trip was recommended as is demonstrates simple microbiology processes producing mass product
    11. Dwi reported the good news that Dayat’s wife is home and making progress in her recovery
  1. Group 2 – Sita, Adel, Yuli, Bima
    1. A ‘very wonderful’ week. Thanks extended to organisers for the week schedules
    2. It would be particularly interesting for marine experts in LIPI and it was recommended that they join the delegation next time
    3. Particularly valued the ecotoxicology work in Flotta
    4. From a curatorial point of view, it has been a good week but they were keen to include botanical and zoological curatorial work eg. live plants and seasonal development of plants etc. eg. comparing botany of Orkney to that of Indonesia (this they have been unable to do). It was acknowledged that this was addressed in part on the peatland restoration site visit to Hobbister and the conservation afternoon
    5. Curators felt that the general museum input has been well covered but the scientific museum re samples etc. has not been covered. They are keen to know more about scientific processes for managing samples. Gaynor suggested they pick this up with their lecturer on their visit to Kew
    6. The guides at the Fossil Centre and Tomb of the Eagles were described as very good and the Fossil Centre was particularly good and relevant
    7. The cultural activities re music and dance were thoroughly enjoyed by all
  1. Group 3 – Lisman, Gede, Citra, Ina
    1. Thanks extended to organisers for the week schedules
    2. The additional session for a group of the curatorial researchers with Janette Park was welcomed and enjoyable. Participants felt they learnt a lot from this and new things
    3. More variety with evening meals was requested (this has since been acted on)
    4. They felt the marine resource workshop was the most interesting part of the week in that it related to research and ideas to develop Indonesia’s potential; similarly regarding sustainable fisheries
    5. New learning was highlighted in MRE and wind energy
    6. New ideas, ideas for improvements and interpretation were noted by the curatorial group
    7. Information received has inspired the to develop Indonesia’s marine potential and seek further collaborations between Indonesia and Orkney
    8. Especially liked the Fossil Museum and found it particularly interesting to see such a collection of fish fossils ( a first experience for some)
    9. The cultural activities re music and dance were thoroughly enjoyed by all
  1. Group 4 – Euis, Deborah, Septi, Imin
    1. The very tight schedule was noted but thanks was given to the Aquatera team
    2. They felt activities were beneficial to both bioresources and curatorial groups
    3. Regarding the key learning points in the daily log, some found it difficult to get a spread across the key learning points given their particular areas of expertise and limited experience in other areas (eg. MRE). They too suggested LIPI MRE experts join the group in future. Reassurance was given about completing the daily logs
    4. More explanation is required regarding the summary presentations scheduled for Wednesday next week (this has since been addressed at the Monday morning briefing)
    5. The room in the library was too bright and it was difficult to read the slides
    6. Some found it difficult to understand the Orcadian accent at the Tomb of the Eagles visit
    7. The Pier Arts Centre and UHI input was highlighted as particularly useful
    8. Participants appreciated the evening session with Jeannette Park. This meant they didn’t have to miss any of the core programme. They found the additional session very interesting and enjoyable
    9. It was noted that there were not many birds to be observed on the wildlife field trip (due to season). Others were particularly ‘excited’ by the wildlife session
    10. They found the peatland restoration site visit good and relevant
    11. The cultural activities re music and dance were thoroughly enjoyed by all
  1. Group 5 – Wahyu, Mike, Tri, Lia
    1. Thanks extended to organisers for the week schedules
    2. They enjoyed all workshops and visits
    3. Enjoyed meeting HWU international students, staff in Orkney and they like the food (particularly Scottish breakfast portions!)
    4. The busy schedule was noted and future structure may benefit from field visits followed by workshops
    5. The ecological impact work, food security and sustainable fisheries input was very good
    6. They learned a lot about wave measurement and tidal energy and how these can be transferred to technologies in Indonesia
    7. There are many areas which they can learn from Scotland eg. clean sea water
    8. Micro wind is of particular interest compared to larger scale. Micro wind is more applicable to Indonesia
    9. Scott Timpany’s work at UHI was interesting
    10. The exhibition strategies seen by the curatorial group, levels of engagement and museum management were of great use and the small but beautiful scale was appreciated
    11. The weather has been a challenge at times
    12. The Fossil Centre with community café combined was noted as a good sustainable model
    13. The architecture and interior design of the Pier Arts Centre was recognised as a standard of excellence
    14. The learning from the Flotta trip was that Scotland ‘cares’ about  water, the environment and EIAs
    15. Learned much about biodiversity from the peatland lecture and wildlife/ conservation/ terrestrial input from Aquatera. It was great to see an example of a successful restoration project. They would like more training on this and ornithology in the future
    16. Gleaned many ideas from the museums visits but not so much specific scientific museums input
    17. A key learning point identified: manage, conserve and restore natural resources
    18. It has been good to see and feel Orkney’s resources first hand
    19. The cultural activities re music and dance were thoroughly enjoyed by all
    20. The main conclusion from this group is: ‘Orkney Islands are Remarkable Islands’. The lessons on self-sustainability and self-sufficiency have been evident and Orkney demonstrates how it makes best use of its own resources (eg. wave and tidal). Participants felt that Indonesia must learn from this model and Orkney should be promoted as a biosphere reserve

Response

  • Detailed briefing on final week will be given on Monday morning
  • It was noted that for the future perhaps ‘less is more’. It was recognised that less visits would provide participants with more time at each as required
  • Arrangements for evening meals will vary in the final week, including a cultural exchange of cuisines evening