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Sumba Iconic Island Report: Turning alternative renewables into reality in Indonesia

Sumba Iconic Island Report: Turning alternative renewables into reality in Indonesia

March 28, 2017

The socio-cultural and natural environmental factors that will influence renewable energy use in nine rural and remote districts in Lombok, South Sulawesi and Sumba Island have been analysed in a recently published Landscape Lifescape Analysis by Indonesian and Australian researchers. The researchers found that there is a low risk of negative impacts to the environment, […]

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Urban Water cluster researchers awarded $14m for informal settlement revitalisation

Urban Water cluster researchers awarded $14m for informal settlement revitalisation

January 25, 2017

The team behind the Australia-Indonesia Centre’s Urban Water research cluster has been awarded AUD $14 million for their projects dedicated to revitalising informal settlements around the globe. Monash University reports that global charitable foundation the Wellcome Trust’s ‘Our Planet, Our Health’ funding program has dedicated $14 million to a program which aims to transform water […]

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Detecting high risk pregnancies in Indonesia

Detecting high risk pregnancies in Indonesia

January 23, 2017

Women in Indonesia were 21 times more likely to die from childbirth than women in Australia in 2015. Many pregnant women in Indonesia, particularly in remote areas, do not regularly visit health clinics and so complications are not detected and dealt with early enough. In 12 villages on Indonesia’s Madura island, student midwifes are accompanying […]

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Making efficient ports to keep cities connected

Making efficient ports to keep cities connected

July 7, 2016

Port cities can be lively, vibrant hives of activity—the hub of a nation’s economic health— if they’re planned well. Indonesia’s busiest port, Tanjung Priok, has roughly two and a half times the container traffic as the Port of Melbourne. But it also has a reputation as one of the least efficient ports in Asia. Indonesian […]

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Designing the coolest and most efficient tropical houses

Designing the coolest and most efficient tropical houses

June 30, 2016

Traditional buildings in Indonesia make use of ‘passive’ cooling techniques. Being well ventilated, raised off the ground, and with shady verandas, their design allows them to stay cool in a tropical climate without air conditioning. The classic timber ‘Queenslander’ house also follows a similar design. Now architects and engineers from both countries are getting together […]

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Watch the Australia-Indonesia Attitudes Seminar ‘Analysing the Australia-Indonesia relationship: Past, present and future’

Watch the Australia-Indonesia Attitudes Seminar ‘Analysing the Australia-Indonesia relationship: Past, present and future’

June 10, 2016

On May 18, 2016, leading scholars from Monash University presented fascinating research about the Australia-Indonesia relationship, covering societal, media and longitudinal attitudes studies. Introduced by Australia-Indonesia Centre Research Director Dr. Richard Price and hosted by the Centre’s Research Fellow Jemma Purdey, the seminar featured four researchers presenting two studies, as well as a robust question and answer session with […]

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Can sunshine help prevent pneumonia?

Can sunshine help prevent pneumonia?

February 26, 2016

The possibility of a link between vitamin D deficiency and pneumonia is being investigated in two studies by Indonesian and Australian scientists in Indonesia. They’re tracking the incidence and severity in early childhood of respiratory tract infections, including the common cold, asthma, pneumonia, and bronchiolitis, in hospitals and the community, in the hope of providing […]

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Australia-Indonesia Centre commits $2.1 million to collaborative research supporting Resilient Communities

Australia-Indonesia Centre commits $2.1 million to collaborative research supporting Resilient Communities

February 24, 2016

If African communities can bypass the adoption of landline telephone technology by jumping straight to mobile phones, why can’t Indonesian communities and their city planners save decades of technology evolution by leapfrogging to world’s best urban water technology? With this challenge in mind, the Australia-Indonesia Centre launches the Resilient Communities (Urban Water) research cluster ‘Developing […]

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Riding the rails to an efficient freight system

Riding the rails to an efficient freight system

February 19, 2016

From 2016 a specially-equipped standard railcar will be rocking and rolling along the tracks of East Java. It will have carefully positioned sensors to detect its movement during normal operation, including its displacement and vibration. The railcar instrumentation has been designed by Monash University’s Institute of Rail Technology (IRT) to provide data on the condition […]

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Fishing for food security

Fishing for food security

February 19, 2016

  Local fishermen in Indonesia are catching less fish. Whatever the reason, it is a significant problem for those who live on small islands in particular, as fish make up about 90 per cent of the protein they eat. A team of Indonesian and Australian social scientists is looking at how communities adapt to these […]

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Power to the people

Power to the people

February 11, 2016

Today the Indonesian Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, Sudirman Said, will open the Indonesian Clean Energy Centre of Excellence in Bali, with Australia to be an important partner in the Centre’s new activities. In support of the opening the Australia Indonesia Centre announced the signing of an MoU and the commencement of a suite […]

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Power to the islands

Power to the islands

February 11, 2016

Over sixty-five million Indonesians live off the grid. But what does that mean in the era of micro-grids, batteries and efficient solar panels? And how do communities change with 24/7 energy? Providing reliable electric power is one of the keys to unlocking the potential of the remote islands and landlocked areas of Indonesia and of […]

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