70th Anniversary and 40th Annual Sessions of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, Sri LankaActivity by N.M. Sanjaya Hettigedara | added on May 21, 2011 | Sri Lanka
The Institute of Chemistry Ceylon has planned to celebrate its 70th Anniversary simultaneously with its 40th Annual Sessions on 16th-17th June 2011 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka. (Text by A.M.Jayasekara, Programme Officer IYC 2011)
The Institute of Chemistry Ceylon is the successor to the Chemical Society of Ceylon (founded in 1941) and was established in the year 1971 for the general advancement of the science and practice of Chemistry. The Institute is a learned society catering to the chemical sciences as well as a professional, qualifying and examining body looking after and responsible for the maintenance and enhancement of the profession of chemistry. Having a membership of over 1,500 and being the oldest body in any branch of the basic sciences in Sri Lanka, the Institute has planned to celebrate its 70th Anniversary simultaneously with its 40th Annual Sessions on 16th-17th June 2011 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo. This important occasion will be graced by two eminent Chemists namely, Prof. J. A. Pincoch from Dalhousie University Canada as the Chief Guest and Prof. A.P. de Silva from Belfast University, Ireland as the Guest of Honour.
The Annual sessions will consist of the Opening Ceremony and the Annual General Meeting of the Institute which will be held on 16th June 2011. Interschool Chemistry Quiz Awards, College of Chemical Sciences Student Awards, Merit Scholarships and Distinguished awards will be presented at the Opening ceremony. The Theme Seminar, Technical Sessions and the Annual Dinner have been scheduled for the 17th of June 2011. While the theme for this year is ‘Chemistry for the Wellbeing of the Society’ the title of the Theme Seminar will be ‘Photochemistry for the Wellbeing of the Society’. There will be more than 20 research papers presented by the researchers in the areas of chemical sciences. In addition, the Institute’s Research Award Lecture will also be presented.
About 250 scientists and students are expected to participate at the Opening Ceremony.