UQ explores links between food and health in Indonesia

23 Sep 2014
Professor Mike Gidley in Indonesia
Professor Mike Gidley in Indonesia
The University of Queensland has delivered a public lecture series in three cities in Indonesia as part of its sponsorship of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta’s Arts and Cultural Program 2014.
Professor Mike Gidley, Director for the Centre of Nutrition and Food Sciences at UQ, travelled to Jakarta, Bandung and Malang last week to take part in the Program’s Australia-Indonesia Innovative Research Seminar Series.
Professor Gidley delivered a presentation on ‘Health and Wealth from Foods – Challenges and Opportunities’ to a total audience of approximately 400 Indonesian researchers, students, and industry and government representatives in Jakarta, Bandung and Malang.
The presentation covered recent research on links between food and health, including food technology and safety.
Claudina Milawati, Deputy Director of the Department of Education at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, was grateful for the support from UQ and the opportunity to strengthen professional relationships.
“It was great that we were able to have Professor Gidley as one of our distinguished speakers,” Ms Milawati said.
“The audiences were really engaged in what he presented and established important contacts during the seminar.”
The objective of the series is to showcase innovative Australian research and to illustrate the creativity, dynamism and diversity of Australia through cultural exchange.
The Arts and Cultural Program 2014 includes research, concerts, visual art exhibitions, dance and literature.
The presentations by Professor Gidley were hosted by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, the Australian Embassy in Jakarta, in partnership with Padjajaran University in Badung, West Java and Brawijaya University in Malang, East Java, Indonesia.
UQ has deep academic links and shared interests with Indonesia, with a number of highly engaged partners, specialised partnerships, and new developing relationships.
UQ aims to build and cultivate these relationships to advance dialogue and collaboration to address local, regional and global challenges of mutual concern to Indonesia and Australia.
The newly opened UQ Jakarta office is facilitating the strengthening of UQ’s engagement with Indonesia.
The office facilitates important relationships across academic, research, government and corporate organisations which will allow the expansion of UQ’s contribution to science and research to address important global challenges facing Australia, Indonesia and the Asia Pacific region.
For assistance with your engagement in Indonesia, please contact (Ms) Ratu Sovi Arinta, UQ Indonesia Office, ph +62 812 104 3682, sovi.arinta@uq.edu.au.