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Kick-off and Media Gathering for the MIRAGE Research Cruise
28 Jun 2016
At a three-hour event on 28 June 2016, more than 40 representatives from partnering research institutes, ministries, embassies, and media outlets gathered at the headquarters of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in central Jakarta.
They were there to support the commencement of the 1st ASEAN IOC-WESTPAC Indian Ocean Floating Summer School on Marine Geoscience and Geohazard, as well as the Marine Investigation of the Rupture Anatomy of the 2012 Great Earthquake (MIRAGE) research cruise. Both will be held on board the largest-ever French research vessel, the Marion Dufresne.
Dr Helene Leau, Head of the Oceanography department at the Institut Polaire Français Paul-Emile Victor (IPEV), highlighted the advanced technological capabilities of the vessel, as well as the ship's renowned performance in rough seas.
Professor Paul Tapponnier, Tectonics Group Leader at the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS), and Dr Nugroho Dwi Hananto, a marine geophysicist and Chief Scientist at LIPI, both spoke about the importance and implications of a research study as intriguing as the MIRAGE.
The other speakers that afternoon included the Chairman of LIPI, Prof-Dr Iskandar Zulkarnian, Representative of BAPPENAS, Mr Ahmad Dading Gunadi, and Representative of the Kemenristek Dikti, Dr Sadjuga.
The event then ended with an informal dinner session where the delegates, scientists, and members of the media came together to mingle and discuss the MIRAGE and Summer School further.
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