BIOTROP Courier Vol. XVIII Q1 2016

BIOTROP Courier Vol. XVIII Q1 2016

Happy New Year to all our readers! I hope you all had a good start of 2016 like our Centre had!

For the first quarter, we were honored by the visits of New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia and Indonesian Ambassadors to Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua; People‚Äôs Republic of Bulgaria, Albania and Macedonia; and Ecuador.  We consider these visits as a recognition of our research products and services.

We are proud to have embarked on two special programs with sister SEAMEO Centres.  These are the School Garden for Literacy, Nutrition, and Entrepreneurship Program with the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Food and Nutrition (RECFON) and the SEAMEO Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC), and an Agri-based Life Skills Development Program for Special Education Teachers and Students with the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Special Education Needs (SEN). These are good opportunities for us to share agricultural production technologies that we have been practicing in our Centre as part of our training and community development activities.

We share the pride of our deputy director for resources management and two of our scientists for making it to the 1000 Top Indonesian Scientists based on Google Scholar Citations database!

For the first time, we gathered our retirees and former staff members for a oneday homecoming last January.  The activity was aimed to strengthen our bond with each other as members of the BIOTROP family.

We also had the pleasure of awarding the trophy, certificate, and cash prize to Wikrama Vocation School in Bogor as the first prize winner of SEAMEO Song Angklung Contest under the traditional performance category.  This contest was part of SEAMEO Golden Anniversary celebration. Incidentally, we also sealed a Memo of Understanding with the school towards promoting education for sustainable development.

These exciting events inspire us to keep going for more for the rest of 2016!