First of all, I also would like to say thank you very much for being parts of the 4th FIRST 2020 to all of honourable keynote speakers, authors, and all participants.
As we know, the corona pandemic has hit many sectors in the world. Not only the economic one but also the social, and education. As incredibly crucial to the growth and sustainability of innovation and learning within the academic community, some events, such as: academic conferences, seminars, and even lectures themselves, have also been the worst hit by this corona pandemic. A lot of important events has been adversely affected due to region-wide lockdowns.
Therefore, to accommodate the researchers from all over the world and to be consistent in maintaining the continuity and the development of science and technology, the FIRST 2020 is still held in this year although in virtual way. It is hoped that FIRST 2020 be one of the conferences that support the advance of the science and technology.
As our attention on COVID-19 tragedy, in this year, we also make a cooperation with the ITKJ (Institut Teknologi Kesehatan Jakarta) or now called as JGU (Jakarta Global University) that focuses on the health and health technology. Therefore, in this occasion, We also invite special issues research about COVID-19 to participate in FIRST 2020 and SNAPTEKMAS 2020 conferences.
Thanks to the God, although we are facing the corona pandemic, the researchers are still be able to produce good research and still have great spirit in finding new technique or methods in many areas. The purpose of the FIRST is basically to provide the researchers and academia to exchange, to discuss the results of their study, so that they can meet the industrial needs and government regulations, and also to publish the research. Although, this year conference should be held virtually, however, the FIRST 2020 is still able to facilitate researchers from all over the world to meet and to make opportunities to collaborate.
FIRST has been held for four times and organized by State Polytechnic of Sriwijaya. The previous beginning FIRST conference was a National Conference and it was held on October 27, 2015, with the theme: Peningkatan Kualitas SDM melalui Penelitian Teknologi Tepat Guna dalam Menghadapi Ekonomi Asean. On 2016, the FIRST was upgraded in order to enhance the quality of the conference. The first FIRST international conference was held in State Polytechnic of Sriwijaya, on October 18-19, 2016, while the second FIRST international conference was held on October 30-31, 2019 at Horison Ultima Hotel Palembang, and the 3rd FIRST was held on October 9-10, 2019, at Excelton Hotel Palembang, Indonesia.
This 4th FIRST 2020 International Conference has attracted 8 countries, i.e., from Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, Hungarian, and Cambodia.
This year FIRST 2020 conference is held on November 11, 2020, at Beston Hotel. This conference presents:
1. Prof. Chiaki Ogino, from kobe University, an expert in biodiesel field
2. Dr. Wahyu Caesarendra, S.T., M. Eng., from Universiti Brunei Darussalam, an expert in mechanical engineering
3. Prof. Yuliansyah, M.S.A., Ph.D, Akt, CA, from Lampung University, an expert in Accounting
4. Dr. Dodi Reza Alex Noerdin, as Head Regency of Musi Banyuasin, an expert in government policy for technology implementation
5. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohammed N Adurazaq, from Management and Science University (MSU), an expert in health technology, and
6. Dr. Muhammad Haikal Satria, IPM, from Jakarta Global University, an expert in health
Finally, I also want to say thank you very much for all of committee for their great contribution.