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ITB Hosted The 5th RCBIOTECH
Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:21:22
BANDUNG, - Regional Conference on Biotechnology (RCBIOTECH), the biotechnology conference in
South East Asia region, was held again for the fifth times on the theme of Biotechnology for Biorefinery. In this
year ITB hosted this conference that held at Aston Tropicana Hotel Bandung at Wednesday-Thursday
(23-24/01/13). This event was held by the collaboration between Chemical Engineering major from Bandung
Institut of Technology (ITB), Gadjah Mada University (UGM), and De La Salle University (DLSU), Phillipine.
This event also supported by ASEAN University Network/ The Southest Asia Engineering Education
Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
On the first day, the conference was opened by the greeting speech from Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ronny Purwadi as
the head of The 5th RCBIOTECH committee, Ms. Rungchalai Punninda as the ambassador of
AUN/SEED-Net, and Prof. Dr. Hermawan K. Dipojono as The Dean of ITB Industrial Engineering Faculty.
After the greeting speech from them, Maha Gotra Ganesha ITB (MGG ITB) performed the Pendet Dance to
entertain the conference participant. Then the agenda was continued with the plennary lecture was given by
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tatang Hernas from chemical engineering ITB. The plennary lecture was titled Tropical Oil
Crop Based Biorefinery. The seconnd plennary lecture was given by Prof. Shiro Saka, Ph.D from Kyoto
University about the makingof Bioethanol from Lignocelluloscis which is more ecnomical using the Acetic
Acid Fermentation process.
Appropriate with the purpose of the conference to be a chance to share the result of the biotechnology
research, in this conference 57 results of biotechnology research was presented by each country parallelly.
This parallel session was divided in to 5 themes, those were Biomass and Bioenergy, Bioproduct and
Biomaterial, Bioprocess Engineering, Waste Treatment, and Food Technology. University that joined this
conference were Universitas Dipenogoro (UNDIP), Universitas Malaysia (UM), Burapha University from
Thailand, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT) from Vietnam, etc.
Moreover some of the research institute like Indonesian Institute of Science also be the presenter in this
parallel session. The result of collaboration country research was also presented in this session, for example
like the presentation about the application of Jathropa protein in non-food product which is the result from the
research of the collaboration between ITB and Wageningen University, Netherlands.
On the last day Prof. Dr. Yasunori Tanji dari Tokyo Institute of Technology presented his plennary lecture
about the trial to control the Staphylococcus aureus bactery that can cause Bovine Mastitis (inflammation in
cattle's mammary gland) using the bacteriofag. Prof. Dr. Tjandra Setiadi from ITB was also presenting about
his research on the membrane aplication in bioreactor to process various waste water from industry.
"We hope that this conference can connect all of the conference participants so that we can actualize
biotechnology development both in Indonesia and around th world togetherly and can open the next
collaboration chance," said Ronny.
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