Indonesia Toray Science Foundation (ITSF)
The 28th ITSF Presentation Ceremony was held on March 16, 2022. Professor Bambang Soehendro, ITSF Director, delivered the opening address at the ceremony, which was again held in a web conference format similar to last year due to the impact of COVID-19. Speeches were also delivered by guests including Mr. Kenji Kanasugi, the Japanese ambassador to Indonesia, Mr. Nadiem Makarim, minister of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, Dr. Laksana Tri Handoko, head of the National Research and Innovation Agency, and Toray Industries, Inc. President Akihiro Nikkaku.
Ambassador Kanasugi, in his address, said that he was impressed by the contribution that Toray, a Japanese company, continues to make to the development of science and technology in Indonesia through ITSF. Dr. Handoko also expressed gratitude of the Indonesian government for the contributions of ITSF, while Minister Nadiem praised the innovative scientific education revitalized by the Science Education Award, saying that it is significant as its aim is similar to the Free Learning program of Indonesia’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology.
This year, 18 scientists were awarded the Science and Technology Research Grant, and 10 junior and senior high school teachers received the Science Education Award.
A reporting session by the winners of the previous year’s Science and Technology Research Grant was held, also in a web conference format, on March 15, a day before the presentation ceremony. The reporting was divided into the three fields of physics and engineering, chemistry and biotechnology, and biology and environment, and the researchers, who had received the grant, reported their research results and had deep discussions with the members of the selection committee, judges, and participants.
Further, on February 19, ITSF held a science education seminar and 10 winners of the Science Education Award this year gave presentations on the educational materials they developed.
The winners together with the members of the ITSF Board of Directors
Employees at the general manager level or higher at Toray Group companies in Indonesia viewing
the ITSF ceremony on screen at P.T. Indonesia Toray Synthetics (ITS)