DIPI – RCUK South East Asia Environmental Research Call Networking Workshop On Health Impact of Air Pollution & Tropical Peatland-Mangroves

DIPI – RCUK South East Asia Environmental Research Call Networking Workshop On Health Impact of Air Pollution & Tropical Peatland-Mangroves



  • Workshop date: 15 – 16 June 2016
  • Venue: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Deadline for workshop submission: 31 May 2016


Through the partnership between the Indonesian Science Fund (DIPI) and Newton Fund, DIPI is pleased to announce its participation in a regional South East Asia research call in collaboration with Research Councils UK. DIPI will be participating in topics of high relevance to Indonesia namely:

  • Air pollution & human health
  • Tropical peatland & mangroves

Under this collaboration, DIPI and RCUK will fund high quality research proposals jointly developed by UK and Indonesian researchers. Applications would be reviewed and ranked at a regional scope. RCUK jointly with DIPI, the Thailand Research Fund (TRF) and the National Foundation for Science and Technology Development of Vietnam (NAFOSTED) expect  to launch the joint call for research proposals in early June.



The Workshop

As a preliminary program, the partners will hold a workshop for researchers on 15-16 June 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand to explore the opportunities for collaboration between UK  and participating SEA countries in this important research area.

The agenda for the workshop includes time for networking and sharing information about UK and Indonesian research expertise and areas of interest. The workshop will include a poster session for which selected participants are expected to prepare and bring their own materials.

Travel and accommodation costs for participants will be covered. Participants’ commitment to attend the workshop for full two days is highly expected. Participation in this workshop will be very beneficial and is highly recommended, although it is not a requirement for submitting a proposal.

Please note that due to limited number of space, we can only invite up to 10 Indonesian researchers.



How to apply

To join this workshop, please submit an expression of interest including:

  • A one page cover letter outlining your research interest or that of your institution for collaboration with the UK
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A one page biography highlighting your professional interest in attending this workshop and your scientific expertise, including a close up photo of yourself. Please note, this information would be shared with the UK researchers.

Please submit any queries and applications (in Word format) to dipi-rcuk@dipi.id , email subject: “DIPI-RCUK Workshop”. Deadline for submission is 31 May 2016.



Focus Theme Areas

Atmospheric Pollution and Human Health

Atmospheric pollution and human health is of vital importance in SE Asia. Not only are the urban air pollution and industrial emissions an issue but the so called annual ‘haze’ events resulting from forest and peat fires in SE Asia contribute significantly to the atmospheric pollution and impact on human health in this area. Additional to the effects on human health the atmospheric pollution is impacting on the economy, including air travel. Consequently there is a need to understand:

  1. The sources, atmospheric transformations and meteorological transport of air pollutants from urban, industrial and the forest/peat fires both on a regional and national/international scale.
  2. Providing predictive capability for the impact, mitigation measures and spread of the pollution.
  3. Create sustainable environmental monitoring and compliance tools.
  4. Enhancing understanding of the impact of environmental exposures on human health, capitalising on novel (including personal) measurement technologies and advanced research approaches in environmental epidemiology and internal signatures of exposure.
  5. Exploring causal relationships between exposure and health / disease of individuals in the population setting.
  6. Developing improved personal measures of exposure (e.g. personal monitoring; metabolomics, proteomic, epigenetic, etc.; biomarkers)

Participating Countries/funders: UK RCUK, Thailand TRF, Vietnam NAFOSTED, Indonesia DIPI

Tropical Peatlands and Mangroves

Tropical peatlands and Mangroves are often home to unique and important biodiversity and provide important ecosystems services including carbon storage, flood control, timber and non-timber forest products. Peatlands and Mangroves are being degraded as a result of land use/ management changes and climate change.  Apart from deliberate burning, degraded peatland and mangroves are at risk of spontaneous fires which causes further damage and is a risk to human health. Research could include:

  1. Understanding peat/forest/mangrove ecosystems –including its biodiversity, processes and functions (such as hydrology, sedimentation, biogeochemical cycling, carbon and greenhouse gas dynamics) and the services provided (carbon storage, flood control, timber, habitat for species, etc);
  2. Ecosystem resilience to threats and perturbations like land use and climate change/extreme weather events (deforestation, drainage/drying, fires);
  3. Understanding the tipping points of the ecosystems to such threats as a means to gauge the impact of degradation (e.g. from drainage and/or fire) on functions and services;
  4. Restoration and management – understanding how ecosystem processes/functions and services can be restored and managed to deliver multiple benefits and services.

Participating Countries/funders: UK RCUK, Vietnam NAFOSTED, Indonesia DIPI.


Dana Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia/Indonesian Science Fund (DIPI)

The Indonesian Science Fund (Dana Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia, DIPI) is an independent body under the auspices of AIPI that provides a sustainable funding resource for fundamental and frontier research based on excellence, originality and capability. DIPI aims to create a vibrant scientific community and elevate the overall quality of research to build Indonesia’s global competitiveness.