May 25, 2021, by Jason Feehily

Event – Sustainable Transportation for Low-Carbon and a Resilient Future – 6 May 2021

The UK-Indonesia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Sciences (UKICIS) is an UK- Indonesian alliance pioneering research. In collaboration with the Indonesian Embassy in London and the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation a focus group discussion on Sustainable Transportation for Low-Carbon and a Resilient Future which was held on Thursday 6th May. Dr Bagus Muljadi, UKICIS Chairman and Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nottingham moderated the event.

The panellists included Prof Bagus Budiwantoro (Faculty of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Institut Teknologi Bandung), Prof Patrick Wheeler (Power Electronic Systems, University of Nottingham) Ir Bambang Rianto (Head of the Department of Energy and Mineral Resources of the West Java Provincial Government), Prof Satryo S. Brodjonegoro (Indonesian Academy of Sciences), and Dr. Indra Tambunan (Dean of Faculty of Informatics and Electrical Engineering at Institut Teknologi Del). Tamanna Enus, UKICIS Liaison Officer and a student at the University of Nottingham hosted the event.

The focus group discussion was designed to present the progress that both the UK and Indonesia are making with the development of Electric Vehicles and other sustainable transportation methods. Dr Muljadi spoke of the potential of Indonesia to lead in the fields of advancing sustainable transportation methods, especially given the country is a leading producer of base minerals such as nickel.

Prof Patrick Wheeler spoke about his research group within the Faculty of Engineering with around 160 members. Prof Wheeler mentioned “The University has recently begun to demonstrate technology in an exciting way for example through the building of an electric superbike, and a small single seater Air Race E demonstration aircraft.”

Following this discussion, a short ceremony was held to celebrate the signing of Letter of Intent. Prof Robert Mokaya, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement at the University of Nottingham and Dr Siti Maimunah, Director at Polytechnique of Road Transportation Safety signed the Letter of Intent which was witnessed by the Indonesian Minister of Transportation and the Indonesian Ambassador to the UK. The event marked a great collaboration between the University of Nottingham and the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation, Polytechnic of Road Transportation Ceremony.

H.E Dr Desra Percaya, Indonesian Ambassador to the UK, Ireland and IMO began the ceremony with his opening words. Dr Percaya stated “UKICIS has the ability to pave the way for further concrete cooperation and highlighted that such collaboration is incredibly pertinent among Indonesia’s national priorities to develop its human capital. The discussion forum is an effective way to combine government, academia and businesses.”

Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, Indonesian Minister of Transportation “research is especially very important for sustainable transportation to combat the effects of pollution. Future policies are being developed by the Indonesian government to encourage the use of electric vehicles. The forum will be meaningful in increasing the use of electric vehicles in Indonesia.”

The event was concluded by Dr Muljadi by emphasising the importance of collaboration in research between countries. UKICIS aims to increase its cooperation with more universities in Indonesia. The cooperation will allow to learn and share knowledge to combat the challenges that are being faced by sustainable transportation. Tamanna closed the event by adding that climate change is a distressing issue for the younger generation and as an engineering student would like to support the initiative of international partnerships and knowledge transfer to promote sustainable transportation.

University of Nottingham has been awarded Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) funding for the research project entitled “Roadmap for Indonesia’s sustainable transport system via techno-socio-economic assessment of integrated EV and battery industry”. The project is interdisciplinary, being led by Dr Muljadi with Prof Patrick Wheeler, Prof Kulwant Pawar, Operations Management and Prof Sean Rigby, Chemical and Environmental Engineering.

Please contact Bagus Muljadi on bagus.muljadi@nottingham.ac.uk for further details on the project.

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