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The Indonesian government is planning to introduce criminal sanctions for foreign scientists who break the rules. After the General Election that takes place in 2019, the sanctions will become part of the new science and technology law. The biologist Berry Juliandi opposes the new foreign research regulation. He embarked on new ventures in lobbying and networking.
Scientist Berry Juliandi doesn't want to deter international researchers from working in Indonesia. That's why he spends a lot of time on lobbying against planned criminal sanctions - too much time, some of his colleagues complain.
The majority of Indonesian politicians support criminal sanctions for foreign scientists. International scientists are anxious and considering leaving the country if the draft law is passed. But Berry Juliandi, the sanguine biologist, is optimistic that the sanctions will be removed. Is his optimism in this case realistic?
The general election is here. Berry Juliandi is grateful for the current state of Indonesian democracy which allows scientists to freely express their ideas. But even so, he admits that scientists are still powerless in the political sphere. Despite his networking efforts and frequent media engagement, the Indonesian government continues to include criminal sanctions in the draft law.
Dyna Rochmyaningsih is a freelance science journalist from Indonesia who has written for various international science publications such as Nature and SciDev.net. She is a member of the Society of Indonesian Science Journalists and is an alumna of Science Journalism Cooperation (SjCOOP) Asia, organised by the World Federation of Science Journalists. Dyna received her science degree from the Department of Biology, Bogor Agricultural University near Jakarta. Her work covers a wide range of topics such as health, climate change, science policy, and the intersection between science and religion.
Berry Juliandi is a member of Indonesia’s Young Academy of Science (ALMI) and a researcher in the Department of Biology at Bogor Agricultural University. Juliandi is also Head of the Veterinary Stem Cells Laboratory at the University, as well as Chief Editor for the Journal HAYATI Bioscience (Elsevier). He has done research in the field of neuroscience, stem cells, and animal morphometrics. Juliandi has also been active in promoting scientific culture in the public sphere.