Public Lecture: Wallace, Wallacea & Indonesia
The British Embassy and British Council invites you to PUBLIC LECTURE:
WALLACE, WALLACEA AND INDONESIA (WALLACEA WEEK Protected content
Spark a multi-stakeholder conversation in understanding the potential of Wallacea region, with interdisciplinary scientific findings as the first basis of discussion.
PROPOSED PROGRAMME (all speakers are to be confirmed)
09.00 – 10.00 : OPENING
10.00 – 11.00 First session (Alfred Russel Wallace: natural history & knowledge production in Wallacea region).
It was the informative geography of now Wallacea region that famously inspired Alfred Russell Wallace to develop his theory of evolution by natural selection. His observation for years on the distinctiveness of species in the imaginary divided areas in the archipelago led to the development of sciences, such as biogeography, ecology, evolution, anthropology, and environmental studies. This panel will explore his processes of knowledge production and how locals contribute to it. In the post colonialism era and after more than Protected content of his endeavour in the archipelago, what we can learn from the process and make use of it for the future?
Speaker: Dr John van Wyhe – NUS & Prof Sangkot Marzuki—AIPI
11.00 – 12.00 Second session (The movements of earth, the shaping of life. Wallacea as case study of biogeography and biodiversity). Wallacea’s unique species is a result of its equally unique land formation process. Islands in the region were neither part of Asian nor Australian continent. And the region still evolves, resulting specification and hybridisation of species, give it challenging environmental issues which were also coined by Wallace. This panel will lay out what we know so far of how movements of earth affect biodiversity, including the wider ecosystem in the region.
Speakers: Prof Jatna Supriatna – AIPI/UI & UK speaker – tbc
Moderator: Berry Juliandi – ALMI/IPB
12.00 – 13.30 Lunch break
13.30 – 14.30 Third session (Wallacea: a living laboratory of human diversity).
When talking about biodiversity, we rarely include human diversity in our minds when in fact Homo sapiensis actually the least understood species. The diversity of ethnic groups in the Wallacea region is a living laboratory that provides problems as well as potential solutions in which science can contribute in, i.e. social and cultural aspects, medicine, and health. This panel will explore the biological (genetic) and cultural diversity of people living in Wallacea.
Speakers: Prof Herawati Sudoyo – AIPI/Eijkman Institute & ID speaker - tbc
Moderator: Prof Irawan Yusuf—AIPI/Unhas
14.30 – 15.30 Fourth session (Exploring Wallacea, the future of Indonesia).
After mapping what Indonesia has in Wallacea, the next proposed step is identifying what still needs to be done. This panel convenes relevant government representatives who will identify relevant policy/activity to benefit from the Wallacea region. This ranges from general development plan, what science is still needed to deliver the plan, what specific cultural approach will work and types of economic development well-fitting for the region.
1. Ministry of National Planning – natural capital asset for development
2. Ministry of Research, Technology & Higher Education – science on the ground, research for socio-economic development
3. Ministry of Education & Culture – cultural assets development
4. Ministry of Tourism – ecotourism branding
Moderator: Teresa Birks, British Council
15.30 – 16.00 Closing remarks
17.00 – 18.00 (Wallacea soiree) A casual afternoon tea convening stakeholders featuring a showcase of first edition of Wallace’s The Malay Archipelago. The reception will also invite potential sponsors for Wallacea media expedition with KOMPAS.
All sessions might be delivered in English and no interpreter provided.
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