The 3rd day of the 4th Summer School “Multidisciplinary Approach to Global Crisis Mitigation” featured enlightening presentations on the integration of health, the role of startups, traditional knowledge, and sustainable industry solutions, delivered by experts from various fields.

Berita UNAIR Pascasarjana, Selasa, 11 Juni 2024  – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Siti Nor Khadijah Addis from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia, discussed “Unity in Health: Integrating One Health for Global Crisis Resilience.” She explained that One Health is an approach recognizing the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health. Dr. Addis emphasized the importance of collaboration among various stakeholders, including healthcare workers, agricultural workers, scientists, and policymakers, to achieve the best health outcomes. She highlighted issues such as antimicrobial resistance, vector-borne diseases, climate change, noncommunicable diseases, food safety, and zoonotic diseases. Dr. Addis concluded that working together is key to addressing these complex challenges effectively.

Prof. Hideo Nakano from Nagoya University, Japan, presented on “A Bio Startup from Academia in Japan.” He highlighted the success of 69 startups authorized by Nagoya University as of April 2024, including notable ventures like Gra&Green Inc., which develops new seeds using a proprietary crop gene-editing platform, and iBody Inc. Prof. Nakano discussed the importance of forming teams with diverse functions—technology, business development, and finance—for startup success. He dispelled the myth that Japanese lack entrepreneurial spirit, citing historical examples like The Tokyo Artificial Fertilizer Company. He emphasized the role of educational institutions like Tongali in fostering entrepreneurship and concluded that academic startups have significant potential to drive innovation and change globally.

Prof. Shambu Prasad Chakrabarty from the University of Engineering and Management, India, addressed the “Role of Traditional Knowledge in Combating Climate Change.” He underscored the drastic loss of wildlife and rising global temperatures as critical issues exacerbated by industrialization. Prof. Chakrabarty highlighted the loss of traditional knowledge and biodiversity, advocating for the protection and inclusion of indigenous knowledge systems. He provided case studies demonstrating the efficacy of traditional practices, such as the long-lasting bridges made from culturally modified trees and flood-resistant house designs. He called for policies that respect and document indigenous knowledge, ensuring equal rights and transparent dialogue with local communities.

Mohamad Hamdi Zainal Abidin from the University of Teknologi, Malaysia, explored “Sustainable and Green Industry Solutions: Exploring Alternative Solvents.” He focused on the development of environmentally friendly solvents as a means to reduce industrial pollution and enhance sustainability. Mr. Zainal Abidin highlighted the significance of green chemistry in creating sustainable industrial processes and the role of alternative solvents in minimizing environmental impact. He stressed the importance of continued research and innovation in this field to develop practical and scalable green solutions for industry.

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