I just discussed about the term “expert” with my wive. This discussion appears after we read a polemic about “expert” in a mailing list (milis) subscribed by her. One of the milis member, a Proffesor, said that in Indonesia a lot of people claim their selves as “experts”, but honestly they are not realy “experts”. Just claim their selves as experts, but actually do nothing and have no good scientific “international” publications. He argues that one factor to become “experts”, scientists or researchers should have international publications, not just become a member of “international” or “regional” organisations.
Partly, (maybe) I agree with him but well I have also another opinion. Perhaps, have international publications are very important, and maybe can also indicating the quality, for scientists or researcher. But, how can we have good publications if do nothing or just doing “commercial” project and “instant” order from private companies or consultants?
Some of my friends said that now Bandung is very very dirty, garbage are everywhere. Moreover a friend teased that not only human got trouble with the waste, the flies also got headache and tired. As you know, in Bandung there is a famous Instititute of Technology named ITB. ITB has Departement of Environmental Technology with (I think) a lot of Doctors and Proffesors there, and I am realy sure they know very well about waste management and processing. I am also realy sure, they have a lot of publications in national and international scopes. The question is “how can the city that has a famous institute of technology with a lot of experts in environmental technology has a waste management and processing problem?”
Well, actually I still have no answer regarding to this question. But with this illustration I just want say that just claimed our selves as experts or relied on publications are not enough, we need more than that: responsibility, action and commitment.