One of graduatee of MPPDAS, Bachtiar Wahyu Mutaqin, M.Sc. awarded Prix Mahar Schutzenberger 2017 from Association Franco-Indonesienne pour le Developpement des Science (AFIDES) on Monday, 3 July 2017. There are other 3 young Indonesian researchers, Dita Floresyona, Achmad Choiruddin and Made Windu Antara, awarded Prix Mahar Schutzenberger 2017. The award was directly given by Helene Schutzenberger as a president of AFIDES in front of Deputy ambassador of Indonesia in France, The principality of Monaco, The principality of Andorra, Indonesian Education and Cultural Attache in Paris, AFIDES board of jury and other 70 invited guests. In his speech, The president of AFIDES expressed  huge supports to Indonesian young researcher to develop science and knowledge in each majors. The Indonesian Education and Cultural Attache in Paris said that the awards is a capital to have better research collaboration between Indonesia and France.

The Prix Mahar Schutzenberger is a prestigious prize awarded by AFIDES every year since 1991 to young Indonesian researcher and student who are working and finishing their thesis in France.

Bachtiar graduated from MPPDAS in 2011 and registered as a lecturer of Faculty of Geography Universitas Gadjah Mada since 2013. In 2014, he moved to France to do his doctoral degree in Ecole Doctorale de Geographie de Paris, Univesite Paris 1-Pantheon Sorbonne. His PhD thesis is investigating impact of the Samalas eruption in 1257 on the evolution of the marine environment of Lombok, Indonesia.

“I am very grateful and happy because AFIDES entrust me to have The Prix Mahar Schutzenberger. So many supports come from family, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Prof. Franck Lavigne as my supervisor, and Lembaga pengelola Dana Pendidikan (LPDP) that finally i hold the award.”