Faculty of Science

University of Peradeniya

Faculty of Science

University of Peradeniya

News & Events

Recent News and Events

Instruments Received Through AHEAD – DOR Grant

The Department of Geology recently received the following instruments through Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and Development Operation (AHEAD) - Development Oriented Research (DOR) grant

PSA 1190 Particle Size Analyzer

PSA 1190 configured with fully integrated liquid and dry dispersion modes in one instrument. The software enables the switching between liquid and dry dispersion modes with a single mouse-click. PSA 1190 covers a wide measuring range; 100 nm – 2400 micro-meter for dry mode and 40 nano-meter - 2400 micro-meter for wet mode. Due to the wide measuring range, the instrument can be applied in many fields other than Geology.

DJI Matrice 600 Pro Drone

The DJI Matrice 600 pro UAV is well known for its capabilities on geophysical surveys (Magnetic, GPR), LiDAR surveys, photogrammetry, remote sampling. Its stability and the long range performances with high global positioning accuracy will enable vast area of applications not only in Geology but also in other fields. The DJI M600P is a hexacoptor UAV with 6 intelligent batteries that can carry 6 kg of payload. The onboard software development kit of this UAV provides versatility to programme and develop new functions, design and couple different equipment to the UAV. The department of Geology is expecting to use this UVA for basic surveys while keep on developing improved sensors and gadgets that can perform different tasks (E.g., Remote water sampling).

Virtual Speaker Series: Talk No 03 - Planning for Your Graduate Studies and the Life Beyond

Dear All,

Please join us for the Department of Botany, University of Peradeniya Virtual Speaker Series this Saturday, September 26, at 09:00 a.m. for the seminar titled “Planning for your graduate studies and the life beyond ” by Dr. Dayanjan S Wijesinghe, Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy,Virginia Commonwealth University, VA, USA.

Space is limited, so please register to participate. 

Register Here : https://learn.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Asd-quqjIiHNd0-1EHLzvCvovsuRoUQEao

We look forward to seeing you at the event later this week. 

See the Poster

All my best. 

Dr. Nalin Suranjith 


Organizers: Dr. Nalin Suranjith and Dr. Sarangi Athukorala.
Department of Botany
Faculty of Science
University of Peradeniya

Virtual Speaker Series - August 2020

Dear All,

Please join us for the Department of Botany, University of Peradeniya Virtual Speaker Series this Sunday, August 16, at 09:00 a.m. for the seminar titled "Knowledge of Plant Biology: Key to Growing Better Crops" by Dr. Tharindu Weeraratne, Director of Crop Science and Agronomy, Autogrow, New Zealand.

After the talk, we will discuss the study and career opportunities in New Zealand.

Space is limited, so please register to participate.

Register Here
https://learn.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YvcuqsrjooGNyG1KqBfSPJgkfkAObgIKKt

We look forward to seeing you at the event later this week.

All my best.

See the Poster

Dr. Nalin Suranjith
Organizers: Dr. Nalin Suranjith and Dr. Sarangi Athukorala.
Department of Botany

Fully Automatic Hand Washing Unit

A completely touch-free fully automatic hand-washing unit has been constructed in the Electronics Laboratory of the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science. The unit consists of a soap solution dispenser, a water tap and a hot-air dryer, all activated by infra-red sensors. This is the first hand-washing unit of this kind combining washing with soap and drying with hot air so that it is expected to be more effective against Covid-19. The project was initiated by Prof. H.M.N. Bandara and technical assistance was provided voluntarily by Mr. Mahinda Paranawitharana, Staff Technical Officer (Electronic) of the Department of Chemistry. Welding and other metal work were done voluntarily by the staff of the Department of Physics workshop. 



The first unit constructed was donated to the Department of Chemistry and it is now in operation. Construction of more of these units for the faculty is under way.

Virtual Speaker Series - July 2020

Dear all, 

Please join us for the Department of Botany, University of Peradeniya Virtual Speaker Series this Saturday, July 18, at 09:00 a.m. for the seminar titled “Effects of elevated carbon dioxide plus chronic warming on plant nitrogen relations” by Dr. Dileepa Jayawardena, Postdoctoral Fellow at Parma Research and Extension Center, University of Idaho. 

After the talk we will discuss the obstacles and opportunities faced by International PhD students in USA with the aftermath of COVID-19. 

Space is limited, so please register to participate. You will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance or during the live Zoom conversation. 

Register Here

https://learn.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5MudeqgrDIvEtDmRgo_5ZrI5JrU7UGuE_Ry

We look forward to seeing you at the event later this week. 

 All my best. 

See the Poster

Dr. Nalin Suranjith 

Organizers: Dr. Nalin Suranjith and Dr. Sarangi Athukorala.
Department of Botany
Faculty of Science
University of Peradeniya

Environmental Consciousness Program 2019/2020

The Environmental Management Committee (EMC) of the Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, successfully completed an environmental consciousness program for 2019/2020 new entrants with the support of the Orientation Organization Committee 2019/2020. Academic staff members, demonstrators and members of the Botanical Society and the Zoological Association of University of Peradeniya volunteered for this activity. The program was conducted for six weeks from 06th February to 27th February 2020 with the participation of nearly 500 new entrants of the Faculty of Science. 


The main objective of the program was to enhance the awareness on biodiversity of lower Hantana area in order to develop positive attitudes in new entrants on environmental protection. During the activity small group discussions were conducted with students to share information on floral and faunal diversity of the area. The students actively participated in collection of polythene and plastic garbage along the route which started from the milk bar along the Maha Oya and ended at Jayathilleke Hall.

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