Sunday, June 16 2024, the Global Thinkers Institute (GTI) hosted a webinar, "The Future of Antarctic Research". Present as speakers were Gerry Utama (Antarctic Researcher), Roman Romanov (representative of the Russian Embassy in Jakarta), Nikita Kuklin, Ph.D (Asean Expert, MGIMO University, Moscow), and Muhammad Ma'ruf (Director of the Global Thinkers Institute, GTI ). Moderated, Ayu Wulandaru, and MC, Lola.

According to Gerry, research on the Antarctic continent is very important for the future safety of the earth. The source of Earth's memory is in Antarctica. The memory of all world eruptions is in Antarctica. So we can reconstruct all the mountains that have erupted. Gerry is the youngest Antarctic researcher from ASEAN and Indonesia. Works at the Arctic and Antarctic Institute, Russia.

According to Gerry, the future challenge is that Indonesia must have a special institution for Antarctic research, Indonesia will only become an observer. Has not signed the Antarctic Treaty.

Romanov, touched on the importance of Antarctic research as part of a country's pride and dynamics in the world of science. One year after the second world war, Russia was planning research in Antarctica. In 1956, two ships were sent to Antarctica. The discoverer of the Antarctic continent was Russia.

Nikita highlighted the importance of utilizing and collaborating with Russia because they already have long-standing Antarctic research experience. Russia has seven Antarctic stations. Collaboration between Antarctic researchers throughout the world has become a symbol of the mission of peace and scientific progress between countries.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Ma'ruf, seeing that Indonesia has been in deficit for 65 years, has not moved anywhere in terms of participation in Antarctic research, since the signing of the Antarctic Treaty on December 1 1959.

Indonesia must participate in Antarctic research, not only for the sake of peace, because there are relatively no territorial disputes in Antarctica. Apart from that, primary data from Antarctica is important, especially for the purposes of predicting climate change, the environment and the movement of the earth's contours in Indonesia before a disaster occurs.

Gerry has opened the way for other young researchers in Indonesia to participate in Antarctic research.