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Indonesia gets tough on foreign scientists

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Science  26 Jul 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6451, pp. 304-305
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6451.304

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Indonesia's rich biodiversity and complex geology have lured scientists from abroad for centuries. But a law adopted on 16 July by Indonesia's parliament may convince some to go elsewhere. The legislation includes strict requirements on foreign scientists doing research in Indonesia, including the need to recruit local collaborators and a near-ban on exporting specimens, along with stiff sanctions, including jail time, for violators. The Indonesian government says the law is needed to protect Indonesia's natural resources and develop the country's research enterprise. But some Indonesian researchers worry it will deter foreign scientists and stifle international research collaborations.

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