Postgraduate Institute of Science

Research Congress

7th & 8th October 2016,

University of Peradeniya,

Sri Lanka

About the Event

The PGIS Research Congress is the major annual research conference of the Postgraduate Institute of Science. The Congress provides an exciting opportunity to share knowledge and network with scientists from across Sri Lanka and abroad, through the presentation of cutting edge research.

Directors Message Organizing Committee Sponsors

The PGIS Research Congress was initiated to promote and further strengthen the research culture of the Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIS), which in turn would contribute to expand research activities of the country. After two extremely successful events in 2014 and 2015, the third congress 'RESCON 2016' will be held on the 07th and 08th of October 2016.

As this is a national event, any researcher from any institution and postgraduate students are welcome to submit an abstract to be presented. Presentation of research findings of foreign researchers at the PGIS Research Congress is also highly appreciated. There is no doubt that the outcome of the Research Congress will be extremely valuable to open up avenues for new innovations and collaborations. The PGIS Research Congress was initiated to promote and further strengthen the research culture of the PGIS, in turn contribute to expand research activities of the country. After two extremely sucessful events in 2014, and 2015, this year we will be holding the third congress, 'RESCON 2016'.

-Prof. Namal Priyantha, Director, PGIS

Advisory Panel

  • Vice Chancellor, University of Peradeniya (Prof. U.B. Dissanayake)
  • Director, PGIS (Prof. H.M.D. Namal Priyantha)
  • Dean, Faculty of Science (Prof. A. Wickramasinghe)
  • Chairperson, BoS/Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Prof. J.G.S. Ranasinghe)
  • Chairman, BoS/Chemical Sciences (Prof. B.M.R. Bandara)
  • Chairman, BoS/Earth Sciences (Dr. A.A.J.K. Gunatilake)
  • Chairman, BoS/Environmental Science (Prof. H.M.D. Namal Priyantha)
  • Chairman, BoS/Mathematics (Dr. A.A.S. Perera)
  • Chairman, BoS/Physics (Dr. L.R.A.K. Bandara)
  • Chairman, BoS/Statistics and Computer Science (Prof. S.R. Kodituwakku)
  • Chairperson, BoS/Science Education (Dr. H.M.S.P. Madawala)
  • Chairperson, BoS/Plant Sciences (Dr. G.A.D. Perera)
  • Chairperson, BoS/Zoological Sciences (Prof. R.S. Rajakaruna)
  • Director, National Institute of Fundamental Studies (Prof. S.H.P.P. Karunaratne)
  • Chairman, PGIS RESCON-2016(Dr. L.R.A.K. Bandara)
  • Secretary, PGIS RESCON-2016 (Dr. W.A.I.P. Karunaratne)
  • Immediate Past Director, PGIS (Prof. B.S.B. Karunaratne)
  • Immediate Past Chair, PGIS RESCON (Dr. G.A.D. Perera)
  • Immediate Past Secretary, PGIS RESCON (Dr. B.S. Dassanayake)

Main Organizing Committee

  • Chairman, PGIS RESCON–2016 (Dr. L.R.A.K. Bandara)
  • Secretary, PGIS RESCON–2016 (Dr. W.A.I.P. Karunaratne)
  • Deputy Registrar, PGIS (Ms. W.M.D. P. Hulugalla)
  • Senior Assistant Bursar, PGIS (Mr. W.M.S.S. Iddawela)
  • Conveners of seven sub-committees
  • President, YRF (Mr. T.M.M. Marso)


  • Registration: Dr. S.C.K. Rubasinghe (Convener), Dr. S. Athukorala, Dr. N.C. Bandara, Prof. Rohana Chandrajith, Dr. H. A. I. P. Perera, Dr. P. P. De Silva, Mr. C. Wijesundara
  • Logistics: Dr. Nalin Suranjith (Convener), Prof. B.S.B. Karunaratne, Dr. J.W. Damunupola, Dr. N.P.S. Kumburegama, Dr. L.S. Nawarathna, Dr. D.M.K. Pemasiri, Dr. R. Siyambalapitiya, Ms. W.M.D.P. Hulugalla
  • Media-Programming-Publicity: Dr. R.J.K.U. Ranathunga (Convener), Prof. J.G.S. Ranasinghe, Dr. Jayantha Kumara, Dr. Sanjeewa Malaviarachchi, Dr. Ruwan Nawarathna, Mr. Rusiru Hemage, Ms. W.M.D. P. Hulugalla
  • Food and Entertainment: Dr. B.S. Dassanayake (Convener), Dr. S. Athukorala, Dr. Subashini Gunatilake, Dr. L.S. Nawarathna, Dr. Sanath Rajapakshe, Dr. Vajira Seneviratne
  • Ceremonial: Dr. N. C. Bandara (Convener), Dr. J.W. Damunupola, PGIS Staff
  • Fundraising: Prof. H. M. D. N. Priyantha (Convener), Dr. A. C. A. Jayasundara, Mr. W. M. S. S. Iddawela, Mr. T. M. M. Marso

Editorial Board

  • Prof. J.P. Edirisinghe (Convener)
  • Dr. J.P. Liyanage (Secretary)
  • Prof. Pushpa Wijekoon
  • Dr. Sachith P. Abeysundara
  • Dr. G. A. D. Perera
  • Mr. L. A. A. D. B. Liyandeniya
Experts for Themes
  • Physical Sciences: Prof. B.M.R. Bandara, Prof. B.S.B. Karunaratne, Dr. C.V. Hettiarachchi
  • Life Sciences: Prof. Rupika Rajakaruna, Dr. Preminda Samarasingh, Dr. C.L. Abayasekera
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences: Prof. H.M.D. N. Priyantha, Mr. L. R. K. Perera, Dr. Sanjeewa Malaviarachchi
  • ICT, Mathematics and Statistics: Prof. S.R. Kodituwakku, Dr. J.A. Weliwita,
  • Science Education: Prof. A.D.L.C. Perera, Dr. W.D. Chandrasena, Dr. Sakuntala Yatigammana


Research presentations will be held under five broad themes.

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Information & Communication Technology (ICT),
Mathematics and Statistics
Life Sciences
Physical Sciences
Science Education

Important Dates

● Submission of Abstracts: 15th February  -   5th May 2016
● Early Bird Registration: Open until 6th September 2016
● Normal Registration: 7th September  -   30th September 2016
● Inauguration Ceremony: 7th October 2016
● Technical Sessions: 8th October 2016

Keynote Speaker Prof. Kingsley Dixon

Professor Kingley Dixon is a globally respected scientist focused on ecology conservation. Serving for over three decades as the Director of Science in the Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Prof. Dixon has developed and led a team which has made tremendous strides in the research of functional ecology, and physiology of native flora. He also has had a world-wide impact on advancing conservation biology of ecosystems. Being a strong proponent of multi-disciplinary, collaborative research, Prof. Dixon has been involved in science teams which have achieved breakthroughs in germination, ecological conservation and landscape restoration.

Professor Dixon is an author of over 300 papers, and has an h-index of over 50. He has supervised over 40 PhD students, who presently excel in their respective fields . In recognition of his contribution to science and overall service, Dr. Dixon has been awarded numerous awards including the prestigious Linnean Medal in Botany. Currently, he holds the post of Professor in the Department of Environment and Agriculture, Curtin University, Australia.

Technical Programme

Over a hundred abstracts will be presented in the PGIS Research Congress 2016. Oral presentations will be held in ten parallel sessions while a common poster presentation session will also be held.

The technical programme can be downloaded from the link below

Technical Programme

Submit an Abstract

Novel research may be submitted for either oral or poster presentation at the PGIS RESCON 2016. Submissions should include the abstract (for publishing in the Proceedings); the extended abstract (for reviewing); the signed author declaration form; and the completed author checklist.

Completed submissions can be made through the CMT website

Log on to CMT Site

Accepted Abstracts

Camera ready versions of accepted abstracts can be submitted through the CMT system. The template used for the preparation of the abstract should be used, which is in accordance with the Camera Ready Abstract guidelines.

Accepted abstracts will be presented as Oral or Poster presentations, guidelines are also available for download


Registration for the Congress provides access to the Congress dinner, printed material including the Proceedings and Technical programme, and lunch & refreshments during technical sessions.

Registration is now closed for ResCon 2016. Please collect your docket and other material from the registration desks on

6th October 2016: 12.00 noon - 4.00 p.m.
7th October 2016: 11.30 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Contact the Organizers

Feel free to email us at
with any questions, or suggestions

General Inquiries: Dr. Inoka Karunaratne +94 (81) 239-4477
Registration: Ms. Ajantha Kumari +94 (81) 239-4796

Conference Location

The PGIS RESCON 2016 will be held in and around the premises of the Postgraduate Institute of Science. The PGIS is located centrally in the University of Peradeniya, and is readily accessible through motor vehicle or train.