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

Organized by the

26 - 27 November, 2021 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 Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology (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 June 2021 and please email the abstracts to the symposium coordinator: .

Important Dates
Abstract Submission Deadline: 30th June, 2021
Notification of Acceptance Deadline: 08th October, 2021
Final Submission 15th October, 2021
Registration (Early bird): 30th October, 2021
Registration (Regular): 12th November, 2021

Symposium Chairperson
Prof. Sudharma Yatigammana
Department of Zoology,
University of Peradeniya,
Phone: 081 2394470

Symposium Coordinator
Dr. W. S. S. Gunatilake
Department of Chemistry,
University of Peradeniya,
081 2394436

Registration and Fees

Online Registration Form

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

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

Completed registration forms with the fee (full payment) should be submitted to the Assistant Registrar of the PGIS on or before 12th November, 2021 (Fax: 081 2389026).

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