Professor Yohanes Purwanto

Prof Yohanes Purwanto is a Research Professor in ethnobiology and graduated from the Agronomy Department, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Sebelas Maret, Surakarta in 1984. He has also studied at the Université Pièrre et Marie Curie in Paris and recieved his PhD in 1997 in Ecologie Générale et Production Végetale.

Prof Purwanto has always been interested in the relationship between natural resources and sustainable development in Indonesia and as a result, joined the Indonesian Institute of Sciences in 1985 and became the Executive Director of the Indonesian MAB Program in 2008.

In 1998, Prof Purwanto was appointed Executive Director of The Indonesian MAB-UNESCO Program National Committee and then in 2008, he joined the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).

He has been active in developing a comprehensive and integrated programme related to sustainable development and the sustainable use of natural resources. Recently, Prof Purwantowas appointed as the Program Director of Program I: Biogeodynamic and Sustainable Environment of the International Center for Interdisciplinary and Advanced Research, a non-structural centre established by LIPI in 2009 to promote excellence in interdisciplinary and advanced research within the realm of environment and human security. He was also elected Chairman of the Indonesian Ethnobiologist Society Association in 2008, a position he continues to hold.