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Fifth International Symposium on Water Quality and Human Health : Challenges Ahead

Organized by the

05 - 06 August, 2016 at PGIS, University of Peradeniya, SRI LANKA

The purpose of the symposium is to provide a forum for analytical and solution-based discussions and to disseminate knowledge and exchange information regarding research activities and plans for studying the relationship between water resources, and environmental and anthropogenic activities with special emphasis on water pollution and effects on human health. Participants will include academics, scientists, engineers, managers, legislators, NGO representatives and policy makers involved in water, environment and water related health issues.

Inland waters of Sri Lanka play a major role in our economy by providing water for irrigation, power generation, inland fisheries, and also for supplying drinking water to community. Therefore the assurance of the quality of water has become an important task. Unfortunately water bodies are now under stress due to various threats from natural and anthropogenic sources. Hence the main objective of the symposium is to understand the current conditions of surface and groundwater of Sri Lanka with special emphasis on Dry Zone reservoirs, and mitigation efforts to control water pollution. Presentation of research on water quality and human health, and pollution control attempts conducted in other countries is also warmly welcome. The symposium will thus be a platform for creating partnerships in solving water pollution problems, environmental degradation and health risks affecting different communities in different regions of Sri Lanka and abroad. The symposium will also facilitate the sharing of experience of well known scholars and young scientists through presentations of scientific and technical papers and posters on research, planning research and developmental activities.

Topics to be covered
Benefits of inland water resources, physicochemical and biological characteristics of reservoirs, streams and ground water systems, aspects of water pollution, health and social problems associated with water pollution, importance of water as a global resource, methods of water management and treatment, establishment of water management strategies and water commoditization. A special session will be devoted to present novel research results on Chronic Renal Failure of unknown aetiology (CKDu) prevailing in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka.

Abstract Submission Information

Abstracts are invited on the topics outlined above. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 30th April, 2016.

Important Dates
Abstract Submission Deadline: 30th April, 2016
Notification of Acceptance Deadline: 15th June, 2016
Final Submission: 30th June, 2016
Registration (Early Bird): 1st July, 2016
Registration (Regular): 30th July, 2016

Symposium Coordinator
Dr. Sudharma Yatigammana,
Department of Zoology,
University of Peradeniya,

Symposium Co-coordinator
Mr. C. S. Wijesundara,
Department of Zoology,
University of Peradeniya,
081 2394478

Symposium Secretary
Dr. A. C. A. Jayasundara,
Department of Chemistry,
University of Peradeniya,
081 2394425

Registration Fees
(includes proceedings, meals, tea and refreshments)
Registration Fee
  Local Partcipants (Early Bird)
Postgraduate / Undergraduate   Students
  LKR 1000/=  
  LKR 2000/=  
  Local Partcipants (Regular)
Postgraduate / Undergraduate   Students
  LKR 1500/=  
  LKR 3000/=  
 International Partcipants
SAARC Countries
  USD 100  
Other Countries
  USD 200  

Download Documents
Guidelines for Preparation / Submission of Abstracts (MSWord) (PDF)
Registration Form – Local Participants (MSWord) (PDF)
Registration Form – Foreign Participants (MSWord) (PDF)
Symposium Registration Fees – Payment Details – Foreign Currency (MSWord) (PDF)

Completed registration forms with the fee (full payment) should be submitted to the Deputy Registrar of the PGIS (Fax: 081 2389026).

Prof. H M D Namal Priyantha
Director/ PGIS

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