The International Conference on Global Resource Conservation (ICGRC) is an annual program of the Department of Biology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Universitas Brawijaya. During this pandemic, the 12th ICGRC was held online on November 13rd, 2021 for the second time with the theme “Challenges, Opportunities and Innovation in Global Conservation During and Post Pandemic Covid19”. The conference chaired by Nia Kurniawan, S.Si., MP, Ph.D, has succeeded in inviting 88 delegates (70 oral presenters and 18 non-presenters) from Indonesia and abroad (Germany, Thailand, Australia, and Malaysia). ). Prof. Widodo, S.Si., M.Si., PhD.Med.Sc. as the dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has opened this activity and really appreciates this activity as one of the contributions of the academicians to solve human problems, especially related to the conservation of biological resources.
The participants’ interest in attending ICGRC this time was inseparable from the role of keynote speakers and invited speakers who were willing to convey their expertise and research experience according to the theme carried by ICGRC this year. The keynote speakers include Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saiful Arif Abdullah (University Kebangsaan Malaysia, MALAYSIA), Prof. Dr. Chess Retnaningdyah (University of Brawijaya, INDONESIA), Prof. Mary Barton (University of South Australia, AUSTRALIA), Assoc. Prof. Chairat Treesubsuntorn (King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, THAILAND); while as invited speakers, namely Prof. Amin Setyo Leksono, S.Si., M.Sc., Ph.D (University of Brawijaya, INDONESIA), Dr. Arnon Setsungnern (King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, THAILAND), and Romualdus Nugraha Catur Utomo, S.Si., M.Eng. (PhD Candidate from RWTH Aachen University, GERMANY).
The material presented by the keynote speakers was ranging from strengthening conservation strategies in conservation areas, biomonitoring of aquatic ecosystem quality, the phenomenon of antibiotic resistance as a pandemic that needs attention, to green technology-based innovations developed in Thailand. Lela as one of the participants really appreciated the e-wall technology and space-plant technology that had been developed in Thailand. In addition to producing scientific discussions both during plenary sessions and parallel sessions, presenters can also publish their research results in the form of Scopus indexed proceedings, which are divided into four scopes of study, namely Agricultural Biodiversity, Conservation Ecology, Environmental Science, and Sustainable Materials and Resources.