Liana Christiani, with her theme of “Fuel Cell Cost”, and Dian Prayogi Susanto, who presented her idea on “Precision Agriculture”, will compete with representatives from 49 other countries in Berlin for the final event of Falling Walls Lab science slam on November 8, 2016.
Both Ms. Christiani and Ms. Susanto came out on top following an exhaustive selection process that pitted 122 scholars from various backgrounds from all across the Indonesian archipelago. They include young professionals, Bachelor’s and Master’s students, PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers and even entrepreneurs. As a side note, Indonesia was the country with the second highest participants compared to other participating countries.
The selection process, which lasted from July to September 2016, ended with a short list of 30 potential finalists. They were all then summoned for a one-day, head-to-head competition at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta. Each contestant had a maximum of 3 minutes and 3 slides to present their ideas and innovations.
After being declared winners for this leg of competition, both Ms. Christiani and Ms. Susanto will be flown to Berlin to compete with the other finalists from 49 other countries. They will also get a chance to take part in the Falling Walls Conference, which is set to be a prestigious gathering of top minds from around the world, and a visit to the German Research Foundation.
Falling Walls Lab Jakarta is an international-level, multi-discipline science competition held by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD or Deutscher Akademischer Austauschedienst). This event, the first-ever held globally, is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs and is conducted in Indonesia with the support of the University of Indonesia.
“We are looking for young Indonesian scientists who have groundbreaking and innovative ideas that could solve the various problems the world is facing today,” said Irene Jansen, Director of the DAAD Regional Office Jakarta.