SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
6 November 2014
Volume 15 Issue 11

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SETAC Asia/Pacific Workshop in Indonesia

Munro Mortimer, SETAC Asia/Pacific Treasurer

Workshop participants.

A two-day SETAC Asia/Pacific workshop on comprehensive and representative aquatic contaminant sampling was held in Ambon, Indonesia in September 2014, in association with a conference of the Indonesian Chemistry Society.  The workshop was attended by 53 participants.

Key organizers and presenters were Amanda Reichelt-Brushett from Southern Cross University (Lismore, Australia), Yusthinus Male from University of Pattimura (Ambon, Indonesia), and two commercial laboratory managers - Reg De Wit from Intertek (Jakarta, Indonesia), and Graham Lancaster from the Environmental Analytical Laboratory (SCU Lismore, Australia).

Presenter Amanda Reichelt-Brushett with workshop participants.

This is understood to be the first formal activity by SETAC in Indonesia, and was well received by the participants, mostly from academia (including University of Pattimura in Ambon, Udayana University in Bali, University of Indonesia in Jakarta, and Tual Polytech in Tual). More than half of the partipants were students.

Workshop session topics included study design, sampling methods and sample preservation, laboratory integrity and proficiency testing, and the interpretation of contaminant concentrations in the context of guideline values, with a focus on case studies in the Indonesian environment.

Presenter Graham Lancaster.

The workshop program comprised a mix of presentations, open discussions and breakout groups. A workshop dinner was held on the evening after day one.

Presenter Reg De Wit with Yus Male.

The Republic of Indonesia has a population of over 250 million, the fouth largest after China, India and USA, and university education is well established, for example the State-owned Universitas Indonesia and Universitas Gadjah Mada have enrollments of over 37,000 and 54,000 respectively, and the country has an established chemical society. However there are fewer than 10 SETAC members in this diverse nation.

By putting on the Ambon workshop and distributing SETAC information at the associated conference of the Indonesian Chemistry Society, the profile of SETAC has been raised in Indonesia.

Participants expressed a strong interest in SETAC hosting additional in-country workshops in Jakarta and Bali.  The SETAC Asia/Pacific Board will follow this up.

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