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Indonesian marine biologist participates in French thesis competition

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, October 2, 2017  /  06:07 pm
Indonesian marine biologist participates in French thesis competition

In Indonesia, the national MT180 competition was held for the second time this year by the French Institute in Indonesia (IFI). (Shutterstock/File)

Maya Puspita, who has a doctorate in marine biology, has joined the international My Thesis in 180 Seconds ( MT180 ) competition in Liege, Belgium, on Thursday.

The competition -- attended by 20 doctorate and doctoral students from 15 countries, namely Indonesia, Belgium, Benin, Cameroon, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, France, Lebanon, Morocco, Congo, Romania, Senegal, Switzerland, Tunisia and the United States -- required participants to present their doctoral research within 180 seconds in front of an international panel headed by Professor Alain Vanderplasschen of the University of Liege.

Maya is a doctorate graduate with double degrees from Diponegoro University in Semarang, Central Java, and the Université de Bretagne Sud in Lorient, France. During the competition, the Indonesian marine biologist presented her dissertation on phlorotannins compounds extracted from marine seaweeds belonging to the sargassaceae species.

Maya said that most people have difficulty in understanding her research, as it explored an exact science. However, the competition had taught her to simplify the scientific terms by using layman’s terms.

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With regard to her involvement in the competition, Maya said her work at the Indonesian Seaweed Association (ARLI), MT180 provided her with the opportunity to expand her network, experience and knowledge.

“The candidates were not only focusing on the competition, but we continuously learnt together through various activities, such as doctorate workshops and public defenses of doctoral dissertations. [The activities] became a platform to share our thoughts and aspirations,” she said.

Prior to joining the competition, Maya was named runner-up at the national MT competition that was held at Gajah Mada University, Yogyakarta, on May 4.

In Indonesia, the national MT180 competition was held, for the second time this year, by the French Institute in Indonesia (IFI). It is open to Indonesian doctoral students or graduates who speak French or have studied in the country. (kes)