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Mini-Symposium on Work Bench to Practice

Date & Time: 26th November 2021 at 10.00 AM - 1.00 PM (IST)

The mini-symposium entitled “Work Bench to Practice” is initiated to enlighten our students and young researchers on how they can go beyond basic research, and develop skills necessary to conduct translational and transformative research, that could help to solve the existing health issues, environmental challenges, and other major global concerns.

Although a significant number of research studies are being conducted regularly in Sri Lanka, only a few have reached the level of providing sustainable and practical solutions for our day-to-day problems. In such a context, applicable and transferable knowledge gathered as outcomes of basic research would be of paramount importance.

The symposium provides a unique platform to learn from the experts in the field, as an eminent panel of speakers will bring new insights, inspiring the audience to investigate innovative tools and methods, applications, new practices, and creative solutions to solve scientific problems. This will be an exceptional learning opportunity for the young researchers who are excited to offer sustainable solutions to formidable local and global challenges.

Session Chair

Prof Deepthi Wickramasinghe

Department of Zoology and Environment Science
Faculty of Science
University of Colombo

Moderated by

Dr. R D Guneratne

Department of Chemistry
University of Colombo (retired)
Sri Lanka

Invited Talks

Time: 10.15 am to 10.55 am
The Journey of the New T20 Cricket Jersey
Ms Sharika Senanayake

Director Environmental Sustainability
MAS Capital
Sri Lanka

Time: 10.55 am to 11.35 am
Geoscience and the Sustainable Development Goals
Prof. Michael G Petterson

Professor of Geology
School of Science
Auckland University of Technology
New Zealand

Time: 11.35 am to 12.15 pm
Dynamics of Host-pathogen Interaction in a ‘Coldspot’ of Chytridiomycosis Infection in Amphibians
Dr. Karthikeyan Vasudevan

Senior Principal Scientist
Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES)
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology

Time: 12.15 pm to 12.55 pm
The Journey from Bench to Market
Prof Ajith De Alwis

Senior Professor in Chemical and Process Engineering
University of Moratuwa
Sri Lanka