About the Author: Machut Shishak serves as Environment, Science, Technology and Health Officer at U.S. Embassy Jakarta.
U.S. Science Envoy Dr. Bruce Alberts met the President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the Presidential Palace on May 10. During the meeting, they discussed cooperation in science and technology as vital to both nations, and critical to facing the challenges of today's world. President Yudhoyono highlighted climate change, health and communicable diseases, clean energy, food and water security, and education as priority areas for increased scientific collaboration. President Yudhoyono also expressed his vision of Indonesia as an "innovation nation" and how expanded science and technology cooperation can spur such innovation.
The United States and Indonesia recently signed a new bilateral Science and Technology Agreement to promote increased scientific collaboration between both countries. Both Dr. Alberts and President Yudhoyono understand the importance of science education at all levels not only for scientific and technological innovation, but also because education and a culture of science cultivates values that can strengthen democracy and the rule of law.
Read more about U.S. Science Envoy Dr. Bruce Alberts' travel to Indonesia here.