FMIPA UI Promotes the Importance of Geography by Organizing Geography Days 2021

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As part of the commemoration of GIS (Geographic Information System) Day 2021 as well as to welcome the 62nd Anniversary of the Geography Department, FMIPA UI through the Geography Department Student Association held Geography Days 2021 (The 13th G-Days) on 19 July to 11 December 2021. This event is supported by Esri Indonesia and Amazon Web Services, and Zoom Store ID.

Carrying the theme "Tackling Sustainability Problems with Spatial Science Collaboration", the 13th G-Days aims to ground the science of geography among students, both high school students, as well as students, stakeholders, to the Indonesian community at large as an effort to realize collaboration in achieving goals sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Dr. Rokhmatuloh, M. Eng. as the Dean of FMIPA UI officially opened this grand event at the Opening Ceremony which was held online on Thursday, November 24, 2021.

In his speech, he said, "The development of Geospatial Science in the future will accelerate Indonesia's progress to become a modern and advanced nation, currently its progress has been seen with the development of industries that utilize geospatial information. FMIPA UI will continue to contribute in the field of geospatial science for sustainable development in Indonesia that reaches all levels of society, of course, by collaborating with partners”.

Meanwhile, the Head of the Geography Department, FMIPA UI said, "Through various series of G-Days activities, the community can open up the widest possible insight about the importance of geography for national development, its relation to the potential development of a region, to the impact it has on both social and economic aspects. , especially now that the Department of Geography already has technology that can unite spatial data, maps, and tabular data”.

He hopes that by increasing public understanding of GIS technology and artificial intelligence technology in the spatial aspect (Geo AI), multi-stakeholder collaboration in achieving the goals of sustainable development goals (SDGs) can be realized.

At the opening ceremony, a book and a map of the potential of the village were symbolically handed over by the Head of Geography HMD Muhammad Al Fadio Ummam to representatives of the Sukabumi district government, namely Drs. H. Marwan Hamami, M.M. Regent of Sukabumi Regency, and Deden Sumpena S.Pd.I, M.Sc. Head of Parangkuda District.

The two products are the work of students of the geography department of FMIPA UI from various generations as part of the community service program of the geography department of UI for the residents of Sukabumi Regency.

Also attending this event was Budi Arie Setiadi, Deputy Minister of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration of Indonesia as a webinar speaker on village potential.

Through this webinar, he provides the latest insights on the importance of geography in the process of developing and developing village potential in Indonesia by utilizing detailed and measurable geospatial information.

“The role of scientific disciplines, especially geography, in explaining the potential of villages is very much needed for sustainable development. We understand that building a village must be directed and measurable, directed in the sense that the path is clear, measurable means the stages are clear and precise so that the results obtained can be assessed together”. said the Deputy Minister of Villages PDTT.

Furthermore, he emphasized that pentahelix cooperation is very important to encourage the progress of the nation's development.

"Building Indonesia starts from the village, that's why we hope that from this forum breakthroughs and innovative ideas will be born to provide solutions for how the potential of the region can be described, described, studied so that we can draw conclusions and take the right steps in carrying out directions and measuring Indonesia's development. ". he added.

Tristan Dimastyo Ramadhan as the Chief Executive explained that the 13th Geography Days had a fairly long series of events consisting of a Roadshow, Opening Ceremony, National Geography Olympiad (ONG), Challenge, Scientific Writing Competition (LKTI), GIS Workshop, National Geographic Society Summit (GNSS), and Geography Festival (G-Fest): Closing and Awarding Night as the closing of the series of events.

As an initial series of activities, an online Roadshow has been held on July 19 to August 20, 2021 for all high schools in Indonesia, registration until the announcement of passing the full paper of the Scientific Writing Contest (LKTI) in the span of July 19 – November 25, 2021 and registration until closing re-registration of the National Geography Olympiad (ONG) in the period August 16 to November 26, 2021.

Tristan added that there was also an online workshop entitled "Exploring Geospatial Analytics with Amazon Web Services and ESRI by Using ArcGIS Urban" on November 19, 2021, followed by two online webinars in the series of activities of the Geographic National Society Summit (GNSS) which focused on the big theme "Collaborative Efforts and Innovation for Climate Crisis”, namely Mini Webinar with the topic: Climate Crisis 1.0: Damaged Seas, the World Is Affected and Mini Webinar Climate Crisis 2.0: Start Managing to Prevent Disasters on 20 and 21 November 2021, respectively. While the peak of the GNSS webinar The event itself will be held on November 27, 2021 as a celebration of the 62nd Anniversary of Geography FMIPA UI.

With this series of activities, it is not surprising that the implementation of this activity was attended by thousands of participants from various educational and professional backgrounds throughout Indonesia.

"All series of events have innovations to optimize the impact of The 13th Geography Days 2021, and this G-Day event has been attended by thousands of participants from various backgrounds". Tristan said to the FMIPA UI Public Relations team.

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