SEMARANG – At least 430 scientific works from various universities on five continents compete at the 6th International Conference on Energy, Environment, Epidemiology and Information System (ICENIS) in 2021 held Postgraduate School of Diponegoro University (UNDIP). The Chairperson of 6th ICENIS Committee of Undip Postgraduate School, Prof. Dr. Tri Retnaningsih Soeprobowati, MAppSc, stated this in her remarks in opening of 6th ICENIS, on Thursday (5/8/2021).

At the 6th ICENIS 2021, which will be held on Wednesday – Thursday (4-5/8/2021), the organizers raised the theme “The Impacts of Covid-19 Pandemic on Water, Environment, Energy, Information System and Strategies for their Adaptation and Mitigation”. According to Prof. Retnaningsih, the purpose of holding ICENIS regularly is as a forum to share and discuss ideas for researchers, students and industry to communicate research results in the fields of energy, environment, epidemiology, information systems and the development of culture and the coastal environment.

“This forum is also designed to facilitate the formation of networks among conference participants so that the world of research and development will increase in quality,” she said when giving a speech to start the conference which was broadcast live on Youtube Channel of Undip TV.

She said that even though the event was held online due to Covid-19 pandemic, it did not reduce the enthusiasm of the participants. The annual international conference which has been held since 2016 also presents speakers with international reputations from various universities from five continents including Africa, America, Australia, Asia to Europe.

“The enthusiasm of participants in this year is very high, there are more than 500 registrants, and more than 430 research articles have been received which will be presented online with 14 parallel oral sessions every day,” said Retnaningsih who is also Professor of Limnology and Resource Management Undip.

From the existing records, the participants are from various countries of origin including Japan, Czech Republic, Algeria, Sudan, Uganda, Malaysia, Tanzania, Timor Leste, West Africa, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Taiwan, Australia, England, United States and others. Meanwhile, participants from Indonesia consisted of lecturers, researchers, practitioners, undergraduate and postgraduate students from different universities in Java and outside Java such as UI, ITS Surabaya, ITB, USM Surakarta, Academy of Pharmacy Putra Indonesia Malang, Pokteknes Malang, Unnes, UIN Semarang and others.

Interestingly, the organizers of the 6th ICENIS also collaborated in publication with the E3S Web of Conference so that there is a guarantee that the incoming proceedings will be published in this year’s journal as well. E3S Web of Conferences is a series of open access publications dedicated to archiving conference proceedings in all fields related to Environmental, Energy and Earth Sciences.

Deputy Dean II of Diponegoro University Postgraduate School, Prof. Dr. Hadiyanto, S.T., M.Sc, in his remarks welcomed the participants in the event of Undip Postgraduate School. Hadiyanto expressed his gratitude to all who participated in ICENIS 2021. The name of the activity being held reflects the study program that organizes it.

He believed this conference will be an excellent intermediary for communicating and sharing knowledge ranging from concepts, theories, and results from multidisciplinary research in the fields of energy, epidemiology, environment, and information. “We hope that this conference will encourage the establishment of networks for advancement and development, even in the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic,” hoped Prof Hadiyanto.

According to him, the theme presented this time is related to the impact of Covid-19 on energy, environment, information systems and strategies to adapt and mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which are very suitable for current conditions. “I hope that this topic will contribute from various aspects to reduce the impact of the pandemic on society. I also hope that at this extraordinary event all participants can get extraordinary moments and experiences from this activity.”

Undip Rector, represented by Vice Rector IV, Prof. Dr. Ir. Ambariyanto, M.Sc, said that the topic of the conference highlighting the impact of Covid -19 on water, energy, environment and economic systems. The right strategies are very important because human security is considered a basic need of society, even in a massive country like Indonesia.

In this case, the government and the state must ensure that these needs are met and guaranteed for their citizens, which can be done through the management of development goals initiated by the United Nations. Currently we are facing global challenges such as obstacles in maintaining of energy resources, the environment to the changing seasons, and Covid-19 pandemic as a current major problem that needs to be faced by all people and countries in the world.

“I hope that this conference can be a very good platform to strengthen our concerns and efforts in complementing the development of human security in the future. I also hope that through this conference, all experts and researchers can meet and share experiences and knowledge to reflect an understanding of this complexity,” hoped Prof. Ambariyanto.

ICENIS 2021 featured excellent speakers such as Prof. Dr. Peter Gell from Federation University Australia who presented the materials of “Comparing Catastrophes: The Influence of Impacts and Timelines on Prioritising Crises”. Then Prof. Dr. Magaly Koch from Boston University United States presented the theme “Observing Water Resources from Space: From Flood Monitoring to Groundwater Assessment”. The third speaker is Prof. Dr. Fatimah Md Yusoff from University Putra Malaysia discussed the topic “Impacts of Covid-19 on the Aquatic Environment and Potential Implications on Aquaculture and Fisheries Industries”.

The academic from University of Indonesia who now serves as Spokesperson for the Covid-19 Task Force, Prof. drh Wiku Adisasmita, MSc, PhD also delivered a presentation entitled “A Global Perspective of Learning from the Covid-19 Pandemic in the Present and Future”. Dr. Ruandha Agung Sugardiman from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry presented the theme of “The Impact and Lesson Learnt of Covid-19 Pandemic to the First NDC Indonesia” as well as Dr. Budi Warsito from Undip Postgraduate School who raised the theme “Machine Learning Algorithm for Modeling Confirmed Cases of Covid-19”. The Chair of World Society of Victimology, Prof. Robert Peacock also presents as speaker at ICENIS 2021. (PR team)

Translated by: Titis – Public Relations