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International Seminar “Primate Behavior, Biomedicine and Neurosciences Research for Promoting Better Health”

9 Nov


Sorry for the late sequel of my latest post.. I was busy to work my report and it’s not finished yet!

So couple months ago (yes, couple months ago!!), at 14 August 2017, we, IAR Indonesia, as a client of Primate Research Center IPB, got an invitation to participate in their event. It’s an International Seminar at IPB International Convention Center, Bogor. The seminar was about “Primate Behavior, Biomedicine and Neurosciences Research for Promoting Better Health”.


Then we offer the opportunity to our staff, as long as they could make any presentations for the event, at least the poster presentation. Then respond came from our staffs in Animal Care Management, the macaques team. They would like to make a presentation about their recent activity in enrichment making. So in 2016, our keeper attended a workshop of captive non-human primate’s enrichment and tried to apply and upgrade our enrichment management after the event. They made some various enrichment in one enclosure in order of 1 thematic idea, thus we called it thematic enrichment (although it is similar to environmental enrichment actually).  Then these guys tried to overview how’s the animal going on in with in the new enrichment by taking behavioral data. Those activities would be documented and reported in a paper, to be presented as poster in the event. The enrichment done, the data sampling done, data analyzing done, result and conclusion done. But then we just realized that we need to make the paper, the scientific paper and the poster too!!! And it’s about animal behavior, not just veterinary medicine stuff!!! We were fucked up for this since the deadline almost there! So yeah, I studied something new, beyond my knowledge…It’s not just about quoting the references, but you need to understand how things works in that discipline….gosh it was killing me! Lucky I could finish the paper right on time, though I wasn’t sure too about it (for sure, I never sure!). Just 2 or 3 weeks left before we finished the poster too.. The fact that the one who would present it is the keeper’s representation. Juli would be the presenter. She was a former macaque’s keeper who now analyze the whole behavioral data statistically. And do you know what her educational background is? Only a junior high school graduate. And there’s a great story behind that, a story that will make you embarrassed when you don’t have any motivation to be better even you have so many chances and opportunities.

Anyway, back to the main event, we had another problem, this was an international seminar. So we had to prepare and practice the presentation in English really good. But then this would be a second time for Juli, so we had a good start there. As for the poster designer looked promising also..


And then the  D-day came!



Great topics, nice talks from the keynote speakers. Especially the one from Professor Randall C. Kyes. He talked about human-macaque conflict survey in Java Island. Well I was hoping that this could be something good to start to manage all of the conflicts in Indonesia, together.

Then the poster presentation time started after lunch, while I was busy to eat and bit late to accompany my team. But they did handle it very good, as they tried hard to explain the poster in English and mixed with Bahasa. Then I also helped them to bridge their communication with the participants and we did it! We finished the presentation quite smooth, as our poster looked catchy too.




Just a couple moment before the closing, the committee announced the best presentation, oral and poster. Out of nowhere, we got called for the 2nd place of best poster presentation!! Wohooooo!!!


I was satisfy and proud with our works for sure..To be honest, it’s a stressful time but also challenging to learn something new..  it made me a bit interested in animal welfare study :p