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.
Dr. Nalin Suranjith Organizers: Dr. Nalin Suranjith and Dr. Sarangi Athukorala.
Department of Botany
Fully Automatic Hand Washing Unit
July 22, 2020
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
July 15, 2020
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.
Organizers: Dr. Nalin Suranjith and Dr. Sarangi Athukorala.
Department of Botany
Faculty of Science
University of Peradeniya
Environmental Consciousness Program 2019/2020
June 03, 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.
International Conference on Environment and Medical Statistics 2020 (ICEMS 2020)
March 11, 2020
The International Conference on Environmental and Medical Statistics (ICEMS) 2020 was held on the 9th and 10th of January 2020 with the participation of around 70 people representing various national and international universities, research institutions and industries. This Conference was jointly hosted by the Department of Statistics & Computer Science, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya and Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIS) in collaboration with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), USA.
The inauguration ceremony of the conference was held on 9th January 2020 at the auditorium of the Postgraduate Institute of Science, with the presence of Chief Guest Hon. Dhirendra Singh (Assistant High Commissioner of India for Sri Lanka), and Guest of Honour Prof. P. Karunarathna (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Peradeniya), Prof. S.R. Kodituwakku (Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya), Prof. H.M.T.G.A. Pitawala (Director, Postgraduate Institute of Science), and Prof. Pushpakanthie Wijekoon and Prof. Nagaraj Neerchal (Co-Chairpersons, ICEMS 2020).