Programme overview:  SIRTRE 2015 Programme

Field trip:

The 2 days following the conference we will offer a trip to famous Tana Toraja were you can immerge in ancient burial rites, visit stone graves or just enjoy the lush mountain scenery – it’s gonna be a memorable trip! For information please enquire at The costs will be app. 100€ / 1.500.000 Indonesian Rupiah.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Bert Hoeksema

pasfoto_hoeksemaDr. Bert W. Hoeksema is head of the Department of Marine Zoology of Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands. He has been involved in coral reef research since 1983, especially in SE Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand). He has been leader of various marine biodiversity expeditions. His research interests concern taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography, and ecology of corals, and inter-specific associations of coral reef organisms. He was based in Makassar for his PhD research (1984-1986) on onshore-offshore distribution patterns of mushroom corals in the Spermonde Archipelago and as field coordinator (1993-1998) for an inter-disciplinary coastal zone programme of UNHAS and various Dutch universities and institutes, as part of the Buginesia programme funded by WOTRO Science for Global Development.



Prof. Dr. Munsi Lampe

Prof_LampeHis work focuses on the anthropology of Spermonde Islands.


Dr. Lida Pet-Soede

lidapet1Lida is a marine conservation and fisheries management expert. She works with NGOs, governments and private sector to maintain the biodiversity, the coastal and marine ecosystems and fish populations supporting livelihoods and food security. Born in the Netherlands, she enjoys living in Indonesia with her family and takes frequent trips showing her two daughters the beauty of the Coral Triangle. After completing her studies, Lida joined WWF-Indonesia’s team where she designed a nation-wide MPA strategy and added strategies for Indonesian fisheries management to the WWF Indonesia marine conservation programme. From 2006, she led the development of WWFs global Coral Triangle Initiative to support of the 6 Governments Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral reefs, Fisheries and Food Security. Lida has extensive volunteer work in the field of marine science, escpecially in working with graduate students. She supervised more than 100 students over the years, many of which have jobs in conservation and fisheries management and she co-authored more than 40 papers and publications.



Dr. Laurence McCook

image-20150311-24188-ing7jcLaurence McCook works in science-based management of marine ecosystems, especially coral reefs. He has more than 30 years¹ experience, including
coral reefs in Australia, Indonesia and the ³Coral Triangle², the Pacific and the Caribbean, as well as in temperate ecosystems. Laurence worked at
the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority from 2003 to 2014, and prior to that, he spent 12 years at the Australian Institute of Marine Science,
researching the ecology of coral reef resilience and degradation, the effects of water pollution, climate change and over-use. In 2005, Laurence was awarded a Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation. His project focused on management and policy initiatives to protect the resilience of coral reefs under climate change, and included developing and delivering a series of workshops on coral reef management across Indonesia, and in Malaysia.


Prof. Dr. Paul Kench
KENCH PhotoAs a coral reef geoscientist Paul’s principle research interests span, coral reef geomorphology, physical reef processes, and coastal management. In particular, over the past decade his research programme has built a comprehensive understanding of the controls on coral reef island formation and change in three complementary areas: resolution of the formation of reef islands in response to past sea level change; wave and current processes on reef platforms that control sediment dispersal and island change; and, improved resolution of the morphological dynamics of small islands and shoreline change. He has worked extensively throughout the Pacific and Indian oceans having undertaken reef island projects in the Republic of Maldives, Fiji, Tuvalu, Torres Strait, Cook Islands, Marshall Islands and Great Barrier Reef. His research has made a major contribution to global debates concerning the vulnerability and physical stability of small island nations. He has been engaged as the leading expert by the World Bank and UNEP to undertake vulnerability studies in the Maldives and Kiribati and has worked on a number of World Bank adaptation programmes. He was invited by the IPCC Secretariat to act as Review Editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II chapter on Small Islands by the IPCC Secretariat. Most recently he was also invited as member of the Japanese delegation to attend the UN Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, Apia Samoa in 2014.





Detailed programme will be available in August

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