National pride raised at Indonesian students conference held in Daejeon

The 6th Conference of the Indonesian Students Association in Korea:

‘Empowering National Pride with Knowledge Collaboration’

CISAK 2013 Participants and Keynote Speakers, Mr. Ilham Habibie and MR. Ridwan Kamil take picture at the end of the conference

On July 7th, 2013, with the support of our partners and the enthusiasm of Indonesian scholars, the Indonesian Students Association in Korea (PERPIKA) successfully held CISAK 2013 at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), located in the city of Daejon.

The day before the conference, the CISAK 2013 committee welcomed Indonesian students and practitioners from Indonesia and Taiwan. Along with the Indonesian students attending Korean universities, the CISAK 2013 participants had the opportunity to enjoy the charm of the city through a visit of the National Science Museum of Daejon, the Research Center and the beautiful Ppuri Park.

As one of PERPIKA’s biggest annual event, CISAK has always been the most anticipated event for Indonesian students studying in Korea, as it is the opportunity for them to broaden their network through the sharing of their knowledge and passion for the scientific field. On the day of the conference, shuttle buses organized by CISAK Committee, arrived at the venue bringing additional Indonesian students and practitioners from southern and northern parts of Korea. In the morning, a total of more than a hundred and seventy participants had crowded the conference hall. Special guests from the Embassy of Republic of Indonesia in Korea, Daedeok Innopolis Venture Association, ICISTS, KISSA, Donga News Paper and HelloDD also attended CISAK 2013.

The members of the committee and the participants gathered together; spurring the reunion of old friends as well as the creation of new friendships, and thus lightening up the atmosphere of the room.

Indonesian traditional dance, Tari Piring, animates the opening ceremony of CISAK 2013

Applauses and cheering filled the venue when Vina Sari Yosephine, Chair of the CISAK 2013 Committee, officially opened the conference. The charming and poetic “Plate Dance”, literally translated from the Indonesian “Tari Piring”, succeeded in adding magic to the opening ceremony.

The session was followed by presentations of some of Indonesia’s brightest scholars currently completing their postgraduate studies in Korean universities. Later,  CISAK 2013 keynote speakers, Mr. Ilham Habibie – Indonesian scientist and founder of PT. Regio Aviation Industries – and Mr. Ridwan Kamil, an Indonesian well-known Architect and Mayor of Bandung city, graced the audience with an inspiring seminar.

CISAK 2013 Participants sing Indonesian National Anthem on the CISAK opening ceremony

On the next session of panel discussion, participants were assigned to six conference rooms for presentation and discussion of each clusters in CISAK 2013: (1) Electronics, Communications and Informatics, (2) Energy, (3) Interdisciplinary Social Science, (4) Healthcare and Pharmacy, (5) Natural Science, Applied Science and Technologic Innovation, (6) Food and Agriculture.

Indonesian Student presenting his research on CISAK 2013

Then the time came for the Entrepreneurship Talk Show and followed by Poster Session, where the authors exposed their research to the curious participants walking around each poster in the Exhibition Section Hall. The participants were given star stickers, which they had to use to vote for the best poster among the ones that were featured.

CISAK 2013 participants enthusiastically taking part on the question and answer session

The event finally reached its climax with the announcement of this year’s awardees: the “Best Paper” was given to Komang Adi Aswantara’s “Preliminary Analysis on the Impact of PEVs Integration to the Electric Power Grids in Indonesia”, the Best Poster to Gregorius Rionugroho Harvianto’s “Removal of Organic Contaminants in Aquaculture Using Ultrafiltration Membranes” and an Honorable Mention to Asep Hapiddin’s “Ultrashort Pulse Laser Absorption and Damage Threshold of Protein Nano-layer Containing Carbon Nano-tubes.”

An author in CISAK 2013 explains his research to the participants during Poster Session

We are grateful for the support we have received from the following partners who deserve much recognition for the success of the CISAK 2013. We thus address our sincere gratitude to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, the Indonesian Scholars Journal, the Masyarakat Ilmuwan dan Teknologi (MITI), the National Institute for International Education (NIIED),, Garuda Indonesia Airline, Korea International Students Support Association (KISSA), KAIST Office of Advising & Support for International Students (OASIS), the social media – Let’, GemVax & KAEL, Kookmin Bank, the Indonesian Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI),, Darussalam Tour, and finally to the CISAK 2013 Media Partners: Radio PPI Dunia, The AsiaN and KBS World.

The celebration of the 6th Conference of the Indonesian Students Association in Korea was truly a memorable day. The Committee of CISAK cherishes and hopes to maintain a good cooperation with its partners as well as strengthening the collaboration of Indonesian students for the development of the Republic of Indonesia.

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