Sunday 28 August 2016 - 09:00 to Thursday 01 September 2016 - 17:12

Call for participants 

Maternal and Infant Health and Nutrition in Indonesia: An interdisciplinary workshop exploring opportunities and challenges for collaborative research, policy and practice development

Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council will be holding a workshop on the above theme in Padang, Indonesia from August 28th to September 1st 2016.

The workshop is being coordinated by Sheffield Hallam University and Andalas University Indonesia, and will have contributions from other leading researchers.

We are now inviting Early Career Researchers from the UK and Indonesia to apply to attend this workshop.

All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Newton Researcher Links programme. 

The application form, with more details on the initiative, is attached and the completed form should be sent to Sadiq Bhanbhro ( in the UK and Dr Hardisman Dasman ( in Indonesia by the deadline of 4pm in the UK and 10pm in Indonesia on 31 May 2016.  

Information for the Workshop 

The health of women and children is fundamental to any country especially Indonesia where women are major workforce. A five day workshop is being held on "Maternal and Infant Health and Nutrition", which is aimed to outline the current situation regarding maternal and child nutritional health research, policy and programmes; identify gaps and priority areas and establish collaborative research projects.

These are focused on interventional initiatives addressing challenges related to maternal and infant health and nutrition in Indonesia with discussion of ways in which these issues could be improved. It is also intended to identify stakeholders from various sectors and map their roles in contributing to achieve policy enhancement. 

The plan is to bring together early career researchers, experts and stakeholders in a five day workshop to share their knowledge and experiences in this priority area with the aim of improving maternal and infant health. Translational research and evidence implementation, policy and practice development will be on the agenda.

How Indonesia compares to the first 1000 days initiatives and the extent to which the goals are being achieved will then be examined in the context of current research from Indonesia, the UK and also from a global perspective.

A significant part of the workshop will focus on exploring possible ways forward after reflecting on the existing research, local policies and practice. These will include developing knowledge transfer and educational programmes for practitioners and research workforce and establishing collaborative links to enhance capacity, with a focus on vulnerable groups of Indonesian population, particularly mothers and babies.

This is to optimise opportunities for research collaborations in order to improve nutritional health of women and children and reduce maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in the next 10 years. 

The workshop will adopt an interdisciplinary approach to improving maternal and infant nutritional health and thus welcomes applicants from a range of disciplines. In particular, we are looking for researchers who are interested in exploring maternal and infant health and nutrition issues and their benefits to economic development and social wellbeing in Indonesia.

The workshop will be held in English.