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ZMT draws the crowds at “Fostering Ideas” exhibition in Jakarta

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) is currently taking part in the large-scale “Fostering Ideas – German Indonesian Science and Technology Exhibition” at the Museum National in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.

The exhibition – based on the German and Indonesian science and research landscape – is part of the “German Season” in Indonesia, an initiative by the Federal Foreign Office in Germany and organized by the Goethe-Institut in Indonesia, the German Embassy Jakarta and the German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (EKONID).

At its booth, the ZMT is showcasing a number of exhibits depicting the diversity of its science cooperation with Indonesia. The displays range from a state-of-the-art 3D model of a coral reef to a hands-on exhibit of submarine groundwater discharge, some of many areas of research at the ZMT. Other exhibits feature short videos and descriptions of experiments and studies, most of which form part of the ZMT’s long-term research project Science for the Protection of Indonesian Coastal Ecosystems (SPICE). They are related to topics, such as microcosms in the coral sea, studying the function of coral reefs, the reaction of coral larvae and benthic communities to differences in water quality and predation or reducing the consumption of plastic bags in Indonesia.

The 3D coral reef model and the model on submarine groundwater discharge have been particularly popular with visitors. They have even drawn the attention of HE Mohamad Nasir, Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education, who was introduced to the exhibits by Dr. Bevis Fedder, Head of the Office for Knowledge Exchange at the ZMT.

Dr. Fedder says: “Our research has gained a lot of interest from scientists, university students, pupils and the general public. The exhibition also included a workshop, which allowed us and our local partners to present our studies, cooperation and scientific achievements and talk about our educational programs, such as the ISATEC Master programme.”

The “Fostering Ideas – German Indonesian Science and Technology Exhibition” was officially opened on October 5 by HE Mohamad Nasir, Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education, and Dr. Georg Witschel, the German Ambassador to Indonesia. It runs until October 15.

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Dr. Bevis Fedder
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B. Fedder demonstrates the 3-D- coral reef to HE Mohamad Nasir, the Indonesian Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Photo: Goethe-Institut Indonesien)

The submarine groundwater model (Photo: B. Fedder)