G.A.S.T Network

German – ASEAN Science and Technology Network

Insights into latest research on energy efficient buildings and construction concepts

The 4th GAST Travelling Conference 2013, supported by German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, was held as international meeting of scientists and practitioners from Germany and ASEAN countries Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. In 11 lectures, speakers from Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore reported on latest developments in the field of energy efficient buildings.  In tropical and subtropical countries that mainly concerns cooling of buildings, since most of the energy is required for this purpose, but also other aspects like passive cooling, lightning, mobility in buildings etc.

As with the previous three GAST Travelling Conferences, the meetings provided an excellent forum for scientific exchange between colleagues from Germany and ASEAN countries as well as for strengthening existing and establishing new scientific contacts. Particularly noteworthy is the merging of university and industrial research and development, which fertilizes the exchange between the two areas intensively.

Kuala Lumpur: German Science Day

This year’s conference started on October 16, 2013 at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. The first time, a “German Science Day” was integrated as half day symposium in the GAST program. In this symposium, representatives of German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Fraunhofer South East Asia, German Academic Exchange Service and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation presented the German science system and ways for collaboration with German institutions. Furthermore, examples of current cooperation between Germany and Malaysia were presented.

In welcome addresses, given by the representative of Malaysian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ahmad bin Ibrahim, the German Ambassador to Malaysia, HE Holger Michael and a representative of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, all speakers pointed out the importance of energy efficiency as global challenge. They also accentuated to the high level of research and the need for international cooperation to address the current and future challenges.

Starting the German Science Day’s program, Minister Counselor Christian Joergens, Head of Asia Cooperation of German Federal Ministry of Education and Research gave an Introduction to the German Science System, followed by presentations of Dr. Ahmad bin Ibrahim for Fraunhofer South East Asia, Dr. Guido Schnieders for German Academic Exchange Service and Humboldt Foundation and Dr. Ludwig Kammesheidt for International Bureau – DLR Project Management Agency. The German Science Day was finalized by project presentations of Alexander Buff and Simon Flatscher for Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences, Dr. Jeniffer Ziriakis for TUM Asia and Prof. Dr. Axel Hunger for University Duisburg-Essen.

Kuala Lumpur: GAST Conference 2013

After welcoming the audience to the GAST Travelling Conference, scientific lectures highlighted a broad range of views on energy efficiency, especially in buildings and urban environments. This ranged from current scenarios on energy efficiency with systematic considerations at different levels and extensive modeling to latest findings in energy efficient design and systems, as well as new materials and materials developments for energy efficiency and other aspects like outdoor modifications, passive cooling and new aspects on electricity supply. The lectures were supplemented by a contribution to education aspects.

The conference was complemented by a dinner speech on passive solar design and its effect on energy efficiency, given by Prof. Emeritus Dato’ Ar. Dr. Elias Salleh. He showed very clearly that passive solar design of buildings is most significant above all active cooling concepts.

Singapore: GAST Conference 2013

After a transfer to Singapore, the GAST conference continued on Oct. 18, 2013 in the premises of TUM Asia in Singapore. Due to the identical program, the participants were able to benefit from the conference without having to travel to a single place. This innovative conference concept is so far implemented only by GAST and therefore supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, as it opens the chance to attain a much larger number of participants.

Jakarta: GAST Conference 2013

On October 21, 2013 the conference was concluded in Jakarta. On the eve, Oct. 20, 2013, a get together and networking event took place, attended by special VIP guests, amongst them the former governor of Jakarta, Dr. Fauzi Bowo. The local organization was entrusted by Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)/ International Center for Interdisciplinary and Advanced Research (ICIAR) and International University Liaison Indonesia Foundation (IULI), who is establishing an international university, where in the first stage German and European Universities will export own study programs to Indonesia, mainly in the field of engineering and natural sciences.

The scientific conference was opened by welcome addresses of the German Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste, HE Dr. Georg Witschel, the Swiss Ambassador to Indonesia, HE Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn, the chairman of International University Liaison Indonesia Foundation, Dr.-Ing. Ilham Habibie and the chairman of LIPI – Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Prof. Dr. Lukman Hakim. Whilst HE Dr. Witschel focused on the importance of joint efforts to reduce energy consumption and the need for international cooperation, for which Germany is a reliable partner, Dr. Habibie and Prof. Lukman also mentioned the significance of highly qualifying academic education and training, where the International University Liaison Indonesia will provide a valuable contribution for Indonesia.

In his introductory statement, Minister Counselor Christian Joergens pointed out the many cooperative actions between Germany and Indonesia, a lot of them in the field of academic training, research and development. The GAST Travelling Conference, meanwhile becoming a tradition, joins a series of measures to fertilize and strengthen the cooperation between Germany and ASEAN countries. With this year’s topic, the conference accesses a key issue of resource efficiency, supporting Germany’s activities in adding value to the development of Indonesia.

Overall, GAST network has once again demonstrated its considerable competence in current research and development areas, and opened doors for new partnerships between universities and companies from Germany and ASEAN countries.

Conference Contributions

Welcome Address

Travelling Conference

Dinner Speech

German Science Day


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