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On the Role of Chemistry Research in National Development

Activity by N.M. Sanjaya Hettigedara   |   added on May 23, 2011   |   Sri Lanka Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): RSC, National Science Foundation

The International Conference on Chemical Sciences 20-22 June 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka is organized by the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon. The theme of the conference is Role of Chemistry Research in National Development.

International Conference on Chemical Sciences, 20-22 June 2012, Colombo, Sri Lanka


Please see the Conference brochure in the website:




The Institute of Chemistry Ceylon is organizing an International Conference on Chemical Sciences, during 20-22 June 2012 at Waters Edge, Battaramulla and Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 


The major aim of the conference will be to discuss how chemistry meets the global challenges of clean air, safe water, healthy food, dependable medicine from plants, and how the chemical education imparted to our students achieve the UN Millennium development goals.


The conference will, therefore, bring together chemists, environmentalists, food scientists, educationists and other scientists on a common platform to exchange ideas and discuss the role of chemistry research in national development.


The conference will, therefore, focus on the following main topics in chemistry. The names of the Chairpersons and the Secretaries/Co-ordinators of the five topics are given below:






Natural Products Chemistry

Professor Priyani Paranagama

Dr Vinitha Thadhani

Food Sciences

Professor Siromi Samarasinghe

Ms Dilini Gunawardena

Environmental Chemistry

Professor Oliver Ileperuma

Dr Sisira Weliwegama

Chemical Education

Professor J N O Fernando

Mrs Kumudini de S. Goonetilleke

New Technological Developments and Industrial Research

Dr Parthipan Raj

Dr Rathika Kandiah



Abstracts on the above topics should be sent to the Secretary/Co-ordinator, identified above, for each topic.


Abstracts are also accepted in other main areas of chemistry and electronic copies in these areas should be sent by email to


Acceptance of abstracts will be notified by 15 February 2012 to enable authors to pay the early bird Registration fees by 29 February 2012.


Authors should indicate if they wish to present their papers orally or in the poster sessions.


The two best posters, in each of the above topics, will receive cash awards: First Prize - Rs 5,000 and Second Prize - Rs 3,000. Professor Eugene de Silva (USA) has sponsored these prizes.


For more details, see the first news bulletin on this conference in the following website:



Topic: celebrating chemistry, chemistry education, educational materials, workshops Audience: professional chemists, professors, educators, research scientists, universities, teachers, industrial chemists, post graduate students, educational institutions, decision makers, tertiary education
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