The US National Academy of Sciences and the Kavli Foundation sponsor several Frontiers of Science Symposia that bring together young US scientists and young foreign scientists to discuss mutually important topics. GYA member Stephen Miller was invited as one of six US speakers to participate in the inaugural Indonesian-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, held in Bogor, Indonesia. This unique meeting gathered together 40 Indonesian participants and 31 American participants, all of whom were under age 45 and six different research topics were featured during the three-day symposium (July 9-11, 2011).

Beyond the Kavli Symposium, the American scientists were invited to participate in additional activities, principally site visits of institutes and universities. As part of a visit to the Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Stephen presented a lecture at the ITB One Day Catalysis Symposium.

In addition to that, one of the objectives was engaging young Indonesian scientists to encourage their participation in science diplomacy activities, including the Global Young Academy, the WEF/Annual Meeting of New Champions, and various scientific exchange programs with the United States, such as the “Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research” (PEER).

The full mission report of this YSAP funded exchange can be found here.