Upcoming call with Indonesia on regional planning and sustainable urbanisation

Announced in the presence of the Royal couple at Science Day

11 March 2020

Today, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visited the Science Day at the Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia. Researchers from The Netherlands and Indonesia have a close scientific collaboration on themes that are of great importance to both countries. “We are pleased to continue our collaboration by launching a new call for proposals on Regional Planning and Sustainable Urbanisation,” says Professor Ocky Karna Radjasa, Director from RISTEKBRIN.

Indonesia is in the top five of the most promising emerging markets in the world, and in the area of science the developments are highly promising too. Indonesia and the Netherlands have a long history of collaboration in this area. Themes of mutual interest that were addressed during the Science Day were rule of law and cybersecurity, biodiversity, and an integrated approach to health issues.

The sustainable development of urban areas is of key importance. The increasing rate of urbanisation requires sustainable cities, with efficient, low-carbon, and user-friendly technologies and services, safe and affordable housing, opportunities for work and education, and a healthy environment for citizens. It is great that NWO and RISTEKBRIN can enable researchers to work together on these important challenges’, says Sebastiaan den Bak, representing NWO at the Science Day.

Focus on regional planning and sustainable urbanisation

Did you know? UPDATE: Due to corona measures, the launch will be postponed, see www.nwo.nl/corona-en

The call for proposals that will be launched mid-March aims to contribute to regional planning and sustainable urbanisation. “Working with stakeholders on joint solutions in planning a city, such as nature-based solutions to disaster risk reduction, is needed,” says Professor Radjasa.

Proposals should address both the social science and technical aspects, in an interdisciplinary approach. The main objective of this call is to develop application-oriented solutions for sustainable urbanisation in Indonesia. The proposed solutions should therefore aim at balancing trade-offs and amplifying synergies between economic development, social demands, and environmental issues. Regional connectivities and externalities should also be taken into account to reduce regional gaps between sustainable urban and its surrounding areas.

Royal visit to Science Day

Did you know? UPDATE: Also due to corona measures, the WINNER event will be postponed. New dates will be published in April

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visit Indonesia from 10 to 13 March. Today, the Royal couple paid a visit to Universitas Gadjah Mada at a ‘Science Day’ to highlight scientific and academic areas of collaboration between Indonesia and the Netherlands. Participants are stimulated to look into future cooperation, for instance during the ‘Week of Indonesian-the Netherlands Education and Research’ (WINNER). This special week of events takes place in Jakarta from 22 to 26 June 2020.

About the Merian Fund

The Merian Fund is a fund at NWO for international cooperation with (emerging) science countries. The common thread within the Merian Fund is international research to promote the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals worldwide. The Cooperation Indonesia-The Netherlands programme falls under the Merian Fund at NWO.

The Merian Fund cooperates with seven partners in five countries: FAPESP (Brazil), NSFC and CAS (China), DST and DBT (India), RISTEKBRIN ( Indonesia) and NRF (South Africa). WOTRO Science for Global Development is responsible for the implementation of the calls under the Merian Fund.

Source: NWO