The Authors

Ilham Akhsanu Ridlo

Ilham is an early-career researcher and teaching staff at the Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Airlangga in Indonesia. He currently a Ph.D. student at Ludwig Maximilians Universität München . He believes scientific communication is crucial in bridging the gap between research, health policy, and practical implementations. Apart from his daily responsibilities, Ilham is actively involved in the Society of Indonesian Science Journalists (SISJ) as a non-journalist member. His team recently won a small global grant from The Global Network for Academic Public Health Program to fund a project on applying science communication to innoculate the public from vaccine misinformation.

The dire situation that Indonesia is currently experiencing in handling health crises cannot be separated from the catastrophic responses in the critical first three months of dealing with the pandemic. The failure was mainly caused by the lack of coherence in communicating policies corresponding to curbing COVID-19 infections to the public.

Managing information during the pandemic is even more difficult since public spaces, like social media, are littered with disinformation and misinformation. Sometimes, the controversy is started by “the unofficial political buzzers” that the government relies upon to communicate policy. The Indonesian government’s communication strategy predominantly concerns information polarization between scientists, journalists, and politicians. This led him to think that a combination of appropriate health policy and robust science journalism & science communication is crucial to overcome this situation. This is where, I think, science journalism and science communication can build bridges between science, health policy, and public risk awareness.

Research Interest
Health Policy and Politics; Science Journalism; Science Communication
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Rizqy Amelia Zein

Amelia is currently a Ph.D. student at Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, working on a project that investigates the relationship between science and religion using the lens of moral reasoning theories. Additionally, She is broadly interested in researching health misinformation, conspiracy belief, and public attitudes to science. She is also passionate about research methods, meta-research, computational reproducibility, psychometrics, and advanced statistical analysis. Apart from her main responsibility, she was determined to independently practice programming skills.

She was born in Lombok, a beautiful island next to Bali, but spent most of her childhood in Surabaya, Indonesia. Apart from her academic life, She like to cook, listen to Japanese Rock bands, such as L’Arc~en~Ciel, Do As Infinity and Wagakki Band, and read manga (my personal favourites are Gals! and The Promised Neverland).

Research Interest
Social Psychology; Health Psychology; Metascience; Science Communication and Policy