BIOTROP Courier Vol. XX Q3 2018

BIOTROP Courier Vol. XX Q3 2018

Dear Readers,

To close our Golden Anniversary celebration event, our Centre conducted the 3rd International Conference on Tropical Biology (ICTB) focusing on Conservation, Enhancement, and Sustainable Use of Indigenous Flora and Fauna on 20-21 September 2018. We successfully gathered approximately two hundred scientists, lecturers, government officials and graduate students from various institutions in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand to share their study results in this conference. We also featured three experts from Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore as keynote speakers, and six experts from various backgrounds as panelists during the conference.

Our Centre formalized its collaboration with Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII) by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the 3rd ICTB 2018. We also extended our collaboration with Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU). The cooperation with UII focuses on the environmental engineering and biosystems management, while with PSAU the collaboration is about the tropical biology in general.

Prior to the 3rd ICTB 2018, we held our 56th Governing Board Meeting (GBM) on 17-18 September 2018 in Badung, Bali. We were glad to be a part of the first joint opening of the GBMs of all SEAMEO Centres in Indonesia. Our Centre signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Agricultural Vocational School (SMKN) 1 Petang, Bali, and conducted a tree planting activity at this school.

Our Centre also held the third Quarterly Public Seminar series for this year on 30 August 2018, featuring Prof Robert A. Samson from Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Utrecht, the Netherlands, for a lecture on ‘The Current Status of Taxonomy and Biodiversity of Toxigenic Fungi’.

In August 2018, our Centre also joined the International Seminar on Education for Rural Community in Vientiane, Lao PDR, represented by our Deputy Director for Program Dr Jess C. Fernandez. We shared the accomplishments, experiences and lessons learned in implementing our SEAMEO STAR Village Program, a collaborative undertaking among the SEAMEO Centres in Indonesia.

We also celebrated Indonesia’s 73rd Independence Day through a fun walk event and various game competitions aiming at strengthening the relationship and a sense of nationalism among our staff members. We believe that together we all can achieve more and be more victorious.

I share these proud moments of our Centre during the third quarter of this year through the articles in this issue.