As a Member Institution, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) is an active, long-standing, supportive partner of AUN/SEED-Net. As a world-class research university, UGM pays significant attention to research activities by motivating its faculty members and students to conduct various innovative research projects.

The Department of Geological Engineering, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Indonesia, successfully organized the 13th Regional Conference in Geological and Geo-Resource Engineering under the theme “Geological and Geo-Resource Engineering for a Sustainable Earth” from December 20 to 21, 2021. This conference provided an excellent platform for various tied-in activities, such as scientific workshops, special lectures, and early career programs, enabling researchers to exchange ideas and elevate their capacity for new innovations.

Despite the difficulties of gathering in person due to the pandemic, more than 150 participants comprising researchers, academicians, and policymakers attended this virtual conference to share innovative knowledge and technological advancements in the Geological and Geo-Resource Engineering field toward sustainable development.

The event began with introductory remarks from Prof. Selo Sulistyo, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, UGM, followed by speeches from Mr. Tsutomu TANAKA, Senior Representative of the JICA Indonesia Office, and Prof. Emeritus Dr. UEDA Tamon, JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net.

The first activity began with a plenary session entitled “Geological and Geo-resource Engineering for Sustainable Earth”. Five keynote speakers: Prof. Subagyo Pramumijoyo (Universitas Gadjah Mada), Prof. Dwikorita Karnawati (Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency), Prof. Toshifumi Igarashi (Hokkaido University), Prof. Tsutomu Sato (Hokkaido University), and Prof. Yasuhito Osanai (Kyushu University) delivered their presentations prior to a panel discussion led by Dr. Gayatri Marliyani (Universitas Gadjah Mada).

The first day ended with a real-time scientific workshop discussion. This was followed by a virtual café chat session where AUN/SEED-Net alumni informally gathered and exchanged ideas with each other.

Day two of the conference started with two special lecture series conducted by Prof. Yasuhito Osanai (Kyushu University) and Prof. Toshiaki Hasenaka (Kumamoto University). Four keynote speakers: Prof. Kotaro Yonezu (Kyushu University), Mr. Adi Maryono, M.Sc. (Director, J Resources), Dr. Rita Susilawati (Center for Mineral, Coal and Geothermal Resources, Geological Agency of Indonesia), and Dr. Kamar Shah (University Sains Malaysia) then delivered their presentations prior to a panel discussion led by Dr. Lucas Donny (Universitas Gadjah Mada) and an AUN/SEED-Net promotional session.

The conference ended with the announcement of the best presenter closing remarks from the Head of the Geological Engineering Department. Everyone at AUN/SEED-Net would like to express their sincere gratitude for the effort and dedication of the UGM organizing team and related stakeholders for making this conference a success.

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