The 6th National Seminar on Tropical Biology which hold in a hybrid version on July 23, 2022 at the Faculty of Biology, UGM is an annual scientific activity held thanks to the support of the Faculty of Biology, Universitas Gadjah Mada. This seminar aims to disseminate research results in the field of tropical biology and as a means of exchanging information with various parties, such as researchers, academics, and industry players. The theme of this year’s seminar is “The Future of Indonesia’s Biodiversity in the Metaverse Era “. This theme is motivated by the development of the metaverse era which has had a wide impact on life on earth, and there has been a lot of discussion currently discussing its consequences on technology, social and commercial, and does not rule out aspects of biodiversity.
On July 17th, 2022, undergraduate students from the Faculty of Biology won 1st place in the National Scientific Writing Competition organized by Universitas Brawijaya, out of eighty teams from universities across Indonesia that participated in this competition. The team consists of Umi Salamah, Maria Bening Wohingati, and Wulan Usfi Mafiroh from Biology 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Ardaning Nuriliani, S.Si., M.Kes. This competition was part of the annual KATULISTIWA 14 event, with the theme “Innovative Mindset: Let’s Build Society 5.0 for Indonesia” that aims to express students’ innovations and ideas in order to improve their scientific thinking skills.
The graduation rate for students who graduate on time in the 8th semester (4 years) is quite low (25%). In order to encourage undergraduate study program students of the Faculty of Biology UGM to complete their undergraduate studies on time, the Academic Office organizes monitoring activities for student learning progress. Monitoring was carried out by the Head of the Undergraduate Study Program (Mr. Sukirno, S.Si., M.Sc., Ph.D.) and the Head of the Academic and Student Affairs Section (Ms. Emi Dwi Suryanti, S.Si., M.Sc.). Monitoring was carried out online by inviting students from class 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Monitoring for class 2015-2017 was carried out together on June 29, 2022, while for batch 2018, 2019, and 2020 were carried out on 6 July 2022, 8 July 2022, and 5 July 2022, respectively.
The 5th International Summer Course on Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development has been successfully organized by the Faculty of Biology UGM. The event, which took place on Monday, July 11th, 2022, was officially closed on Friday, July 15th, 2022. The event, which was held virtually through the online Zoom meeting platform, was attended by 49 participants from 8 universities, including 30 domestic and 19 international participants.
On the first day, July 11th, the course was opened by the course coordinator, Nur Indah Septriani, M.Sc., Ph.D., which was followed by remarks from Dr. Puji Astuti, S.Si., M.Sc., Apt. as Director of Partnership, Alumni, and International Affairs UGM, as well as a remarks from Prof. Dr. Budi Setiadi Daryono, M.Agr.Sc. as Dean of the Faculty of Biology UGM as well as Chairman of KOBI. The series of lectures on the first day was moderated by Dr. Eko Agus Suyono, M.App., Sc with the theme Biodiversity: Current and Future Challenges. The first lecture session began with the topic of Ecological Crisis, Challenge, and Hope which was presented by Prof. Dr. Tjut Sugandawaty Djohan from Universitas Gadjah Mada. The second lecture session continued by Atty. Elpidio Peria from the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity with the theme Nature-Based Solution for Climate Mitigation. The next session was themed UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The material presented by Johannes Kieft from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). After the discussion and rest session, the activity continued with games and Virtual Projects with the topic Histopathology for toxicant effect analysis lead by Nur Indah Septriani, M.Sc., Ph.D. The first day of the event was closed with assignments for the Summer Course participants.
On Monday, July 11th, 2022, the annual 5th International Summer Course on Tropical Biodiversity and Sustainable Development was officially started. This event was organized by the Faculty of Biology UGM and the Office of International Affairs UGM in collaboration with Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) Malaysia, MIPAnet and the Konsorsium Biologi Indonesia (KOBI). This activity is also supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, World Bank, Middle Tennessee State University USA, Griffith University, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Faculty of Law, Universitas Gadjah Mada and PT Smart Tbk, and is sponsored by Bank Bantul.
Two lecturers from the Faculty of Biology UGM joined the UGM team for the ICTeEFS (ICT-enabled In-service Training of Teachers to address Education for Sustainability) Project and had the opportunity to attend the ICTeEFS managerial meeting in Athens, Greece.
ICTeEfS is a European Commission funded project ERASMUS plus Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) (Reference Number: 598623-EPP-1-2018-1-CY-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP), started on 15 January 2019 and will end on December 2022. This Project focuses on seven partner universities from Indonesia (UGM and UPI), Malaysia (OUM, USM, and UTM) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh International University and USSH). The ICTeEfS project is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Vassilios Makrakis, at Frederick University, Cyprus in partnership with the University of Crete and the Regional Center of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development, Crete (RCE Crete). This project aims to expand the use of Information Technology in ESD and SDGs-based learning in the primary, secondary, and tertiary school levels.
Monday (2/14/2022) as many as 74 Undergraduate Students of the Faculty of Biology UGM took part in the Sakura Science Program 2022. Students who took part in this program came from various grades / semesters. This Program was held online through a zoom meeting by Yamagata University, Japan from February 14, 2022 to February 19, 2022. This program was divided into two parts, there were learning session and practical session that start from 08:00 AM till 03:00 PM for each day. The Sakura Science Program 2022 is a form of collaboration between the Faculty of Biology, Universitas Gadjah Mada and Yamagata University, Japan which has also been implemented in previous years.
Faculty of Biology, Universitas Gadjah Mada has successfully held the international conference known as, “The 7th International Conference on Biological Sciences (ICBS) 2021”. This conference is a biennial agenda in the Faculty of Biology as a series of events from the celebration of the faculty’s anniversary. This year, the 7th ICBS was held online on October 14th-15th 2021 and inviting Prof. Craig Moritz (Director of the Centre for Biodiversity Analysis Australian National University) together with Dr. Aparna Lal (Research School of Population Health, ANU College of Health and Medicine, Australian National University) as the keynote speakers. Besides, there were several invited speakers, namely Prof. Datin Dr. Maryati Binti Mohamed (Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia), Dr. Ahmed Abd El Wahed (University of Leipzig, Germany), Prof. dr. Joana Falcao Salles (University of Groningen Netherlands), and Dr. biol. hom. Nastiti Wijayanti (Faculty of Biology, Universitas Gadjah Mada).
This past summer, one of UGM undergraduate students, Nareta Defiani (Biology, 2018) just completed her internship program hosted by the National Institute of Genetics at the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI) through the NIGINTERN 2021 Program. The 14th NIGINTERN program was carried out from June 17 to July 28, 2021. This program took 6-week in total, including the welcoming party, colloquium, lectures by outstanding researchers from inside and outside NIG, farewell party, and a social night conducted by fellow NIG interns.
The Faculty of Biology UGM organized the 9th Biotalk: The Role of Biology in Managing and Developing Higher Education in Indonesia and the World. It was held on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 with invited speakers: Prof. Datin Maryati Binti Mohamed (Tun Hussein Onn University Malaysia; Alumni F. Biology UGM 1972), Prof. Dr. Sofyan Anif, M.Si. (Rector of the Muhammadiyah University of Surakarta; Alumni F. Biology UGM 1982), and Dr. Drs. Sunarto, M.Hum. (Dean of the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education at the Christian University of Indonesia; Alumni of Faculty of Biology UGM 1977).