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Nine Indonesian women recognized for outstanding scientific contributions

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, November 28, 2019  /  04:43 pm
Nine Indonesian women recognized for outstanding scientific contributions

Less than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women, according to UNESCO, despite the fact that women make up almost half of the world population. (Shutterstock/File)

Less than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women, according to UNESCO, despite the fact that women make up almost half of the world population. 

In an effort to recognize and encourage women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), two international companies have given awards to nine Indonesian women whose research has helped the world.

On Tuesday, four women were awarded for their scientific research during the 2019 L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science event held at the Research and Technology Ministry building.

As reported by kompas.com, one recipient was Widiastuti Karim from the Faculty of Marine Science and Fisheries at Udayana University in Bali who was awarded for her research on the biological function of Green Fluorescent Proteins (GFP) to resolve coral bleaching. Another was Ayu Savitri Nurinsiyah from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) who was awarded for her research on land snails to investigate the possibility that biodiversity could solve health problems. The third was Swasmi Purwajanti from the Assessment and Application of Technology Agency (BPPT) who was awarded for her exploration of the development of magnesium oxide-based multi-function super-nano adsorbents for more efficient water decontamination. Last was Osi Arutanti from LIPI who was awarded for her research on alternative photo-catalyst materials to solve energy and environmental problems.  

The event marked the 16th year of L'Oréal and UNESCO's partnership for the Women in Science event. The program has given fellowships to 57 Indonesian female researchers. Five of them were given a Rp 95 million (US$6,745) grant by the company to pursue their research. 

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At another event on Wednesday, GE Indonesia presented awards to five women for their contributions to STEM.

The recipients of GE Indonesia Recognition for Inspiring Women in STEM were Pratiwi Pujilestari Sudarmono, a microbiologist from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Indonesia, who was chosen by the Indonesian government and NASA as a payload specialist to conduct various studies and whose work includes monitoring the growth of human pathogens in space and cell differentiation on NASA’s STS-61H space shuttle mission; Premana Wardayanti Premadi, an astrophysicist and head of the Bosscha Observatory in Lembang, West Java, whose work includes examining various universal phenomena and objects such as stars, planets and galaxies; Eniya Listiani Dewi, professor of electrochemical process technology at BPPT, who is the youngest person to win a Habibie Award in the field of fuel cell research by the electron transfer method; PT MRT Jakarta construction director Silvia Halim, who is the only woman on the board of directors of PT MRT Indonesia and who leads the development of MRT Jakarta’s facilities; and Gojek Indonesia data scientist Crystal Widjaja who leads a team that handles big data and data management for all Gojek customers. 

As quoted by tempo.co, GE Indonesia chief executive officer Handry Satriago hopes that women’s involvement in technology and manufacturing can narrow the experience gap and increase productivity, digital potential and the development of technology, to bring change in the industry. (vel/kes)

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