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The Week of Indonesia-Netherlands Education and Research (WINNER) is an initiative by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jakarta, Nuffic Neso Indonesia, the Indonesian Academy of Young Scientists (ALMI), the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and the Dutch Research Council (NWO).

Quote of the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Bogor Presidential Palace, 7 October 2019

Quote of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Bogor Presidential Palace, 7 October 2019

Indonesia and The Netherlands share a long history of collaboration in research and education. The aim of WINNER is to celebrate, strengthen and expand these collaborations. WINNER is a yearly recurring event, where researchers, education enthusiasts, policymakers, businesses, NGOs, and societal stakeholders from Indonesia and the Netherlands are invited to present results from research, discuss how to strengthen the collaboration in research and education, identify mutual priorities, share best practices, and make new connections.


First Event

The kick-off event of WINNER took place online from 24-26 November 2020. The theme for the first edition of WINNER was “Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – from knowledge to practice”. The event was opened by H.E. Mr. Bambang Brodjonegoro, Indonesian Minister of Research and Technology / Chairman of the Indonesian National Agency for Research and Innovation (Kemristek/BRIN) and and H.E. Mrs. Ingrid van Engelshoven, Dutch Minister for Education and Culture. The closing talk show featured an interview with H.E. Mr. Nadiem Makarim, Indonesian Minister for Education and Culture. The Program of WINNER 2020  contained a great number of sessions on: Health, Biodiversity, Renewable Energy, Water, Culture and Justice, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Education, Partnerships and Climate Change.



The Netherlands hosted the Climate Adaptation Summit from 24-26 January 2021 (CAS 2021). Indonesia was an active participant in the Summit, including a speech by President Jokowi. The Summit set out an ambitious ‘Adaptation Action Agenda’, to support the process of adjusting to current or expected climate change and its effects.

The first WINNER contained a number of sessions related to Climate Change and adaptation. To further strengthen the dialogue among researchers and policymakers and to contribute creating awareness among the private sector and the public in support of the implementation of the Adaptation Action Agenda in Indonesia, WINNER was organizing an event to follow-up on CAS2021 in Indonesia. The event took place on 10 March 2021.



The second edition of WINNER is scheduled to take place on 26 – 28 October 2021. The overarching theme will be “Innovation for Sustainable Development Goals: Education and Research Collaboration Towards the Future”.

The Indonesian Minister for Education, Culture, Research and Technology, the Head of the National Research and Innovation Agency and the Dutch Minister for Education and Culture are invited for the opening. After the opening, the first day will have a keynote session with young female researchers, followed by a session on ‘How to Innovate Research Collaboration to achieve the SDGs’ led by BRIN.

During the second day, there will be 6 streams of parallel sessions organized by Dutch and Indonesian researchers on topics related to urban-rural dynamics, innovating food systems, water and energy management, public health, knowledge in practice and opportunities to collaborate with BRIN. In addition, there will be distinct spaces for online networking and matchmaking.

The third day will start with 4 parallel main sessions on: Open Research, the Internationalization of Education, Covid-19 and Public Health, and Ecological Challenges as a Common Concern. The final session will be a presentation of citizen research by Cynthia Bol, followed by a discussion on climate change and climate adaptation, with a particular perspective on health for which the Indonesian and a Dutch Minister of health are invited. WINNER 2021 will be closed by the Indonesian Ambassador to the Netherlands and the Dutch Ambassador to Indonesia.