Dates: 26–27 September 2023
Venue: Online via Zoom and in person at the University of Sydney, Camperdown campus
About the Conference
The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre at the University of Sydney and Humanitarian and Development Studies at Western Sydney University are proud to host the Indonesia Council Open Conference 2023. This conference brings together academics and postgraduate researchers from across the disciplines with an interest in Indonesia, and is open to scholars, students and community members interested in engaging with cutting-edge research.
The theme for ICOC 2023 is Indonesia 25 Years On. In 2023, we mark a quarter-century of Indonesia’s abrupt rejection of authoritarianism following the resignation of Suharto in May 1998 after millions took to the streets in protest against the economic and social chaos that accompanied the Asian financial crisis of the previous year. But what does Indonesia look like now?
Mr Maulana Akbar, National Research and Innovation Agency, Indonesia
In the new order period, the best point of innovation in Indonesia was in the 1980-1990s period when industrial strategies were built. All development plans (Repelita I-VI) emphasize the development of heavy industry with control by relations and the ruling family. However, in the end, the development of the innovation system in Indonesia had to be reset after the collapse of the New Order in 1998. After the reform, innovation took a different path. Every president has a different way of interpreting research and innovation. This study will look at the map and progress of how innovation developed in Indonesia from 1998 to 2023. The dynamics of post-new order policies will be compared with the achievements and paths that have been traversed during the new order.