Indonesian Flat Earthers plan to hold their first national conference this year

Illustration of flat earth. (Photo: Hellerick/Wikipedia via CC BY-SA 4.0)
Illustration of flat earth. (Photo: Hellerick/Wikipedia via CC BY-SA 4.0)

Indonesian Flat Earth Research (IFER), a community that rejects the objective reality that the Earth is round, is planning to hold its first national conference in Jakarta in October.

IFER’s CEO and founder Wahidin Amir said the community wants to hold seminars he expects 100 active IFER members to attend the conference, but he claims interest in the planned event may be much higher after receiving support from around 10,000 flat earthers from various other communities on Facebook.

“We’re currently working on the rundown, listing potential professors to invite so they can present their scientific studies,” Wahidin told CNN Indonesia on Wednesday.

Wahidin said that the conference will be open to the public, but that the the concept and location are still tentative because the community is still focused on fundraising for the event. They also plan to cooperate with other Indonesian Flat Earth communities such as Flat Earth Society and FE 101.

Indonesia has seen a rise in vocal Flat Earthers in recent years, especially on social media. In 2017, believers of the theory swarmed the social media accounts of the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) for months, challenging the fact that the Earth is spherical.

The trolling came after LAPAN invited representatives of Flat Earth communities the previous year with the intention of proving that Earth is not flat, but the institute’s lecture fell on deaf ears.

IFER’s planned conference would be the first of its kind in Indonesia, but not the first held around the globe. In the US, there have already been two large Flat Earther conferences in 2017 and 2018.

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