Sunday, 17 February 2019

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  • The Seminar will be held in the Building of Graduate Program of Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, Universitas Gadjah Mada (Gedung S2 & S3 FMIPA UGM)
  • The participants may use one of the few options written below to reach the venue:
    • Intercity bus (Trans Jogja): from anywhere to Yogyakarta, get off at Giwangan Bus Terminal, transfer to City Bus (almost all city bus will go to the Universitas Gadjah Mada Campus, but it takes almost more than one hour) and get-off at Jurusan Fisika UGM Campus (at the northside of Sarjito Hospital bus stop). Cost (City Bus) : Rp. 3000 Trans Jogja bus: Internal Yogyakarta city bus. Route 1B, 2A, and 2B have stops close to Bundaran UGM (front gate of UGM). Route 3A and 3 B have stops at several place inside UGM. Check their route in their webpage: transjogja
    • Air plane: from Jakarta (CGK), Surabaya (SUB), Denpasar (DPS) to Yogyakarta (JOG) can be reached by Garuda Indonesia, Air Asia or Lion Air. Take a taxi and tell the driver to go to Jurusan Fisika UGM. The reasonable cost is around Rp. 40.000 from the airport. Or you can take the Trans Jogja bus route 3A.
    • Train: the schedule from major city such as Surabaya, Jakarta, Bandung to Yogyakarta Station can be checked at PT Kereta Api Indonesia
  • More information about Yogyakarta, Indonesia can be found at:

Yogyakarta in a Brief

YOGYAKARTA (often also called Jogja, Yogya or Jogja) is a city and the capital of Yogyakarta Special Region in Java, Indonesia. It is renowned as a centre of classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry, and puppet shows. It's enough with $ 20 per-day, you are able to stay over, eat famous authentic delicious food, and rent a motorbike to explore the pure beaches and thousands of years old ancient temples.

A thousand years ago, Yogyakarta was the center of ancient Mataram Kingdom which was prosperous and high civilized. This kingdom built Borobudur Temple which was the biggest Buddhist temple in the world, 300 years before Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

The ancient city of Yogyakarta has emerged as the most important city in the field of culture, education, and tourism in the country. Various art events such as exhibitions and performances as well as cultural dialogue and exchange have been taken place in the city in high frequency. Conducive social and cultural atmosphere is the reason for many to study and grow in the city and to communicate their works to public in Yogyakarta. The city is the home for the arts and artists, students, and intellectuals.

Some other relics are Prambanan Temple, Ratu Boko Palace, and dozens of other temples scattered throughout Yogyakarta. (See Archaeological Sights)

However, by some mysterious reason, Ancient Mataram Kingdom moved its central government to East Java in the 10th century. The magnificent temples were abandoned and partially buried by the eruption material of Merapi Volcano. Slowly, Yogyakarta region went back into the dense forest.

Six hundred years later, Panembahan Senopati established the Islamic Mataram Kingdom in the region. Once again, Yogyakarta became the witness of human history of a great Kingdom that ruled Java Island and its surrounding area. Islamic Mataram Kingdom was leaving a trail of ruins of fortress and royal tombs in Kotagede which recently is known as silver handicraft center in Yogyakarta. ( See Historic & Heritage Sights)

Giyanti agreement in 1755 divided the Islamic Mataram Kingdom into Kasunanan Surakarta be based in the city of Solo and Yogyakarta Sultanate which founded in Yogyakarta. Kraton (palace) still exists until today and is functioned as the residence of sultan and his family as well as hundreds of abdi dalem (the servant of the palace) who faithfully serve the palace voluntarily and run the tradition in the midst of changing times. At the palace, there are many cultural performances such as wayang kulit (puppet shadow play), gamelan (Javanese orchestra), and Javanese dance etc. ( See Calendar of Events)

Yogyakarta at present is a place where tradition and modern dynamics are going on together continuously. In this city, there is a palace which has hundreds of loyal servants to run the tradition, but there is also Universitas Gadjah Mada that is one of the leading universities in South East Asia. Almost a hundred universities and colleges are also built in Yogyakarta.

Some of its residents live in a strong agrarian culture. In the other side, there are also students who live with pop life-style. Traditional markets and handicraft centers are numerous in the city where some of them located by the malls which are no less hectic.

At the north end of Yogyakarta, you will see Mount Merapi stands proudly almost as high as 10,000 feet. This mountain is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. The trace of its malignant of the 2006 eruption can be witnessed in the Village of Kaliadem, 30 km from the city of Yogyakarta. Mooi Indie style scenery of green rice field with Mount Merapi in the background can still be seen in the suburb area of Yogyakarta. (See Nature & Outdoors)

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