The Indonesia Regional Science Association, or IRSA, is an association established to actively promote the advancement of research regarding issues of development, particularly regional development, across Indonesia. Formed in 1997, IRSA organizes annual conferences in collaboration with its university partners across Indonesia.
Syiah Kuala University (Universitas Syiah Kuala or UnSyiah) was founded on 2 September 1961 and is the largest and the oldest national university in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Unsyiah has twelve faculties, providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and more than 20 research centres in various fields. Among these faculties, programs and centres that are actively hosting the 15th IRSA International conference are:
Social Science and Culture Research Centre (Pusat Penelitian Ilmu Sosial dan Budaya)
Faculty of Economics and Business
Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC)
ICAIOS serves as the institutional foundation to maintain a permanent international scholarly presence in Aceh, facilitating ongoing research on both this region, and broader thematic issues that can be fruitfully examined in the context of contemporary Aceh. Furthermore, the Centre provides a valuable resource for the Acehnese intellectual community. ICAIOS governing body consist of representatives from three state universities in Aceh (Syiah Kuala Univesity, Ar-Raniry Islamic State University, Malikul Saleh University).
Within the Aceh Provincial Government, BAPPEDA Aceh, an agency within the Aceh Provincial Government that is responsible in providing a medium and long-term development planning in the Aceh Province, and BPBA, an agency within the Aceh Provincial Government that is responsible in managing disasters occurring in Aceh, have been actively participating in hosting the 15th IRSA International Conference.