by Suharyo Sumowidagdo, Laksana Tri Handoko and Pramudita Anggraita. Published: 19 November 2013

ALICE welcomes its newest associate member, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). On the 21st of October 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding between LIPI and ALICE was signed in Jakarta, Indonesia. Present at the signing ceremony were Dr. Laksana Tri Handoko, LIPI Team Leader; Prof. Lukman Hakim, Chair of LIPI; and Prof. Paolo Giubellino, ALICE spokeperson. Also present at the signing ceremony was Prof. Emmanuel Tsesmelis, the adviser on Indonesia for the CERN Director-General, as well as Dr. Syahrul Aiman and Dr. Akmadi Abbas from LIPI management . During the occasion, Prof. Giubellino gave a detailed introduction about ALICE to LIPI management.

ALICE and LIPI signed an M.o.U during a ceremony that took place in Jakarta earlier in November. In the front row: Dr. Akhmadi Abbas (Secretary of LIPI), Dr. Syahrul Aiman (Deputy Chair of LIPI), Prof. Lukman Hakim (Chair of LIPI), Prof. Emmanuel Tsesmelis and Dr. Paolo Giubellino, Spokesperson of the ALICE Collaboration.

Dr. Akhmadi Abbas (Secretary of LIPI), Dr. Laksana Tri Handoko, LIPI Team Leader, Prof. Lukman Hakim, Chair of LIPI, Prof. Paolo Giubellino, ALICE Spokeperson and Prof. Emmanuel Tsesmelis, Adviser to CERN Director-General on Indonesia

Prof. Lukman Hakim said that this event marks the first official collaboration between an Indonesian institution and a CERN experiment, and exemplified LIPI's effort to be more active in research at the international level. Prof. Tsesmelis expressed his delight that Indonesia has been able to move very fast toward building a real scientific collaboration with CERN, as it had only been about a year since Prof. Tsesmelis first visit to Indonesia in 2012. He also conveyed a message from the CERN Director-General Prof. Rolf-Dieter Heuer who has been very pleased to hear about the progress made in Indonesia.

Paolo Giubellino gave a presentation about ALICE, CERN, and the schema of international collaboration between members of the ALICE Collaboration and CERN.

LIPI is the Indonesian government authority in scientific research. Its research activities are in natural science, life sciences, engineering/applied science, and social sciences. There are 47 research centers under LIPI throughout Indonesia.

The ALICE LIPI Team consists of personnel from three LIPI research centers: Research Center for Informatics (P2I) in Bandung, Research Center for Physics (P2F) in Serpong near Jakarta, and Cibinong Science Center (CSC) in Cibinong. The initial team member are Laksana Tri Handoko (Team Leader, Physicist, P2I & P2F), Zaenal Akbar (Engineer/Computing, P2F), Andria Arisal (Engineer/Computing, P2I), Darius Kabanga (Engineer/Computing, P2I), and Taufiq Wirahman (Engineer/Computing, P2I). A new member is expected to start in the beginning of 2014 when his official appointment with LIPI begins: Suharyo Sumowidagdo (Physicist, P2I).

LIPI initial plan is to contribute in the area of grid computing resource.The LIPI team has successfully installed two clusters in Bandung and Cibinong, both of which have been connected to the ALICE grid and are visible in ALIMONITOR. LIPI is interested in joining the O2 (Offline-Online) Project as the project matches current LIPI's strength and expertise in informatics and computer science.

Before the signing ceremony, Prof. Giubellino and Prof. Tsesmelis had the opportunity to visit the Cibinong Science Center. They were shown the LIPI computer cluster which has been connected to the ALICE grid and met with other LIPI young scientists at the CSC.

ALICE Spokesperson visits Yogyakarta

During his visit to Indonesia, Prof. Paolo Giubellino also had the opportunity to deliver a public lecture at the Regional Accelerator School in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. His lecture was titled "Accelerators of Relativistic Nuclei" and emphasized the importance of nuclei and ion accelerators in fundamental science as well in applied science. Attending the lecture were participants of the schools as well as students and scientists/professors from other academic institutions in Yogyakarta.

Paolo Giubellino and Emmanuel Tsesmelis preparing to deliver their public lectures at the Regional Accelerator School in Yogyakarta.

Emmanuel Tsesmelis delivering his lecture.

During the school Prof. Giubellino also had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Anhar Antariksawan; the Deputy Chair of BATAN for Basic and Applied Research and Prof. Pramudita Anggraita, the most senior BATAN scientist in accelerator physics and particle physics.

The Regional Accelerator School is a regional (South-East Asian) level activity sponsored by BATAN (National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia), International Center of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), High Energy Research Accelerator Organization (KEK), and European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). The school is held at BATAN Research Center for Accelerator Technology and Material Processingm (PTAPB) in Yogyakarta.

BATAN is the Indonesian government authority on nuclear science and technology. It manages three research nuclear reactors in the country and officially represents Indonesia to the International Atomic Energy Agency. BATAN is the lead institution of the Consortium of ICTP Regional in Indonesia, which is the managing office for the newly established ICTP SouthEast Asian Center for Advancement in Physical Science; an ICTP regional center for the South East Asia Region.