AIC-LS Keynote Speaker

Prof. Dr. Antonius Suwanto

Dr. Antonius Suwanto is a professor of Microbiology and Genetic Engineering at Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor, Indonesia; and an adjunct professor in Atma Jaya Indonesia Catholic University. He is currently a member of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI). He graduated from Department of Agricultural Product Technology (B.Sc. Cum Laude) from Bogor Agricultural University; and obtained his M.Sc. and PhD degree in Molecular Microbiology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Currently he serves as an American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Ambassador for Indonesia; a member of the Asia-Pacific International Molecular Biology Network (A-IMBN); and Cochairman for the Indonesian Society for Microbiology (Permi).
During his career, he received a number of excellent research and academic awards, such as Rockefeller Research award, International Foundation for Science (IFS), Indonesian Toray Science and technology Foundation Award, Indonesian Biodiversity (KEHATI) Award, and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). A patent has been granted for his work on the formulation of an effective probiotics to prevent bacterial diseases in crop plant. Professor Suwanto is known scientifically as the first to report the presence of more than one chromosome in prokaryote, which was achieved through his work on genome mapping of a photosynthetic anoxygenic bacterium, Rhodobacter sphaeroides in 1989.
Prof. Suwanto is interested in Molecular Genetics and Metagenomic study of Indonesian traditional fermented foods (especially Tempeh), biotechnology of plant-bacterial interactions; and enzyme bioprospecting from extremophiles. Some of his researches have been applied for the development of effective probiotics and prebiotics in agriculture, and aquaculture.


Prof. Nellen

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Nellen

Dr. Wolfgang Nellen, born 16. September 1949 in Velbert, Germany. Studied biology at Düsseldorf University (Diploma: 1975, Dr. rer. nat.: 1980). 1979 to 1982 Postdoctoral position, Inst. of Physiol. Chem. (Univ. Marburg). 1982 to 1986 Res. Assistant (Univ. California, San Diego). 1986 to 1995 Res. Group leader (Max-Planck-Inst. Biochemistry, Martinsried,). 1989 to 1995 Lecturer Department of Zoology (Universität München). 1989 Lecturer at Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan, for 1 month. 1994 Lecturer at the University of Hokkaido, Sapporo, Japan for 1 month. 1995 appointed full Professor for Genetics, Universität Kassel. 1999 visiting Scientist, University of Uppsala, Sweden. Since 2010 short term lecturer at Andalas University and Brawijaya University in the frame of the IGN-TTRC university partnership program of the DAAD. April 2015 retired from active research and teaching at Kassel University. Since June 2015 Johann Gottfried Herder Fellow of the DAAD and guest professor at Brawijaya University, Malang, Indonesia. In administration, he was: Director of Institute of Biology Kassel University; Dean of Faculty Biology/Chemistry, Kassel University; Member of various committees for ethics in science, animal welfare, education and funding.
Dr. Wolfgang Nellen professional societies: Vice President and President of German Genetics Society; Vice President and President of German Biologist’s Society; President of Society for Natural Sciences and Medicine, Kassel; Founder and President of Science Bridge.
He was board member of various scientific journals, reviewer and panel member for various funding agencies and foundations (DFG, DAAD, EU, Volkswagen-Stiftung etc.). Total of more than 140 scientific papers. Supervised about 50 Master theses, 40 PhD theses and 3 Habilitations. Research funding by DFG, DAAD, EU, Volkswagen-Stiftung, UNESCO, Robert Bosch Stiftung and others. Scientific interests: Epigenetics, Gene technology, Biodiversity, Science Education/Science for the Public.