I welcome the establishment of the Unconventional Geo-Resources Research Group (UGRG) as an interdisciplinary research forum for studying non-conventional earth resources. To conserve the use of conventional energy sources, the utilization of non-conventional energy sources such as shale oil, shale gas, tight-sand gas, coal bed methane, and methane hydrate must be sought. In the field of minerals, we must begin to develop techniques for the exploitation and extraction of rare earth metals which are much needed for the manufacture of important materials in the electronics and other fields. And in the process of exploration, exploitation and extraction of these resources must be ensured not to cause environmental damage. Therefore it is appropriate if the researchers at UGRG consist of researchers from various fields of science in the hope of complementing and complementing each other in conducting research and studies. Research conducted at UGRG both in the fields of energy, minerals, and the environment should not only stop until scientific publication, but until the downstreaming of research products that are input to the government to be taken into consideration in making policies and regulations and become products commercial products that can be done by UGM partners. We hope that the UGRG research team can establish good cooperation with partners from the government, industry, media and the community to work together so that UGRG can carry out its role optimally and make a real impact and contribution to society and the nation.
Prof. Ir. Panut Mulyono, M.Eng., D.Eng., IPU, ASEAN Eng.
Rector of UGM