Postgraduate Institute of Science

Research Congress 2018

9th & 10th November 2018,
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 Postgraduate Institute of Science (PGIS), University of Peradeniya, contributes to the development of science and technology as well as the society by creating and disseminating new knowledge by conducting postgraduate programmes and scientific research. Through its ten Boards of study in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, Plant Sciences, Science Education, Statistics & Computer Science, Zoological Sciences, PGIS has a unique opportunity to launch and promote cross-disciplinary educational and research programs. The Institute as a top priority encourages innovative thinking of its research students and gives its fullest cooperation to fresh graduates to begin their research careers at PGIS. The research and development activities of the Institute has grown steadily in the recent years proving its identity as an outstanding national institution for science. In the year 2018 University of Peradeniya conferred 196 MScs, 21 MPhils and 18 PhDs on PGIS students and that reflects on the achievements of the Institute.

The annual two-day Research Conference of the PGIS is the prime event in the institute’s calendar besides other international and national Seminars and Workshops organized by its Boards of Study. It is a gathering of researchers from all over the country and from other countries and is a regional platform for them to present and discuss their research findings. It combines an inspiring keynote speech by an invited distinguished scientist, with research presentations and discussions in diverse scientific disciplines in a friendly, informal and lively atmosphere. Every year, more than 400 participants comprising scientists from universities, research institutes, senior public-sector officials, industry representatives and postgraduate students attend the conference, and it immensely contributes to promoting and sharing cutting edge research with a stimulating scientific temper.

A conference of this magnitude depends on the contributions of many researchers, organizations and well-wishers, and I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Organizing Committee of RESCON-2018, thank the referees for their invaluable help in the review process and collaboration of the Ministry and Science, Technology and Research of Sri Lanka and the sponsors.

With tremendous pleasure and utmost gladness, I extend a very warm welcome and appreciation to all the dignitaries, researchers, delegates and other stakeholders to the RESCON 2018. I sincerely believe that your presence will add a fresh dimension and glamour to this monumental event.

Prof. H.M.T.G.A. Pitawala
Acting Director
Postgraduate Institute of Science

Advisory Panel

  • Vice Chancellor, University of Peradeniya (Prof. U.B. Dissanayake)
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Peradeniya (Prof. S.H.P.P. Karunaratne)
  • Director, PGIS (Prof. H.M.T.G.A. Pitawala
  • Dean, Faculty of Science (Prof. S.R. Kodituwakku)
  • Chairperson, BoS/Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Prof. R.G.S.C. Rajapakse)
  • Chairperson, BoS/Chemical Sciences (Prof. A.D.L.C. Perera)
  • Chairman, BoS/Earth Sciences (Prof. H.M.T.A. Pitawala)
  • Chairman, BoS/Environmental Science (Prof. R. Fernando)
  • Chairman, BoS/Mathematics (Dr. A.A.I. Perera)
  • Chairman, BoS/Physics (Dr. P.W.S.K. Bandaranayake)
  • Chairman, BoS/Statistics and Computer Science (Prof. P. Wijekoon)
  • Chairperson, BoS/Science Education (Prof. H.M.S.P. Madawala)
  • Chairperson, BoS/Plant Sciences (Prof. D.M.D. Yakandawala)
  • Chairperson, BoS/Zoological Sciences (Prof. S.K. Yatigammana)
  • Director, National Institute of Fundamental Studies (Prof. S. Seneweera )
  • Chairman, PGIS ResCon-2018(Dr. A.A.J.K. Gunathilake)
  • Secretary, PGIS ResCon-2018 (Dr. A.D.S.N.P. Athukorala)
  • Immediate Past Director, PGIS (Prof. H.M.D. Namal Priyantha)
  • Immediate Past Congress Chair, PGIS ResCon (Dr. A.A.S. Perera)
  • Immediate Past Congress Secretary, PGIS ResCon (Dr. H.A.I.R. Perera)

Main Organizing Committee

  • Director, PGIS (Prof. H.M.T.A. Pitawala)
  • Director, National Institute of Fundamental Studies (Prof. S. Seneweera )
  • Chairman, PGIS ResCon-2018(Dr. A.A.J.K. Gunathilake)
  • Secretary, PGIS ResCon-2018 (Dr. A.D.S.N.P. Athukorala)
  • Deputy Registrar, PGIS (Mrs. W.M.D. P. Hulugalla)
  • Senior Assistant Bursar, PGIS (Mr. R. Mudalige)
  • Convener, Ceremonial sub-committee (Dr. N. C. Bandara)
  • Convener, Editorial sub-committee (Prof. B.S.B. Karunaratne)
  • Convener, Food & Entertainment sub-committee (Dr. B.S. Dassanayake)
  • Convener, Fund raising sub-committee (Prof. H.M.T.A. Pitawala)
  • Convener, Logistics sub-committee (Prof. H.A. Dharmagunawardena)
  • Convener, Media and Publicity sub-committee (Dr. R.D. Nawarathna)
  • Convener, Registration sub-committee (Dr. S.C.K. Rubasinghe)
  • Convener, “Research Highlights of the PGIS” sub-committee (Prof. C.L. Abayasekara)
  • Convener, Technical Programme sub-committee (Dr. R.J.K.U. Ranatunga)
  • Immediate Past Congress Chair, PGIS ResCon (Dr. A.A.S. Perera)
  • Immediate Past Congress Secretary, PGIS ResCon (Dr. H.A.I.R. Perera)
  • President, YRF


  • Ceremonial: Dr. N. C. Bandara (Convener), Dr. H.T.K. Abeysundara, Dr. L.S. Nawarathna, Dr. R. De Silva, Dr. T. Ariyasena, Deputy Registrar/PGIS (Mrs. W.M.D. P. Hulugalla), Ms. Sakunthala Rasu/PGIS, Ms. Rohini Malkanthi/PGIS, Ms. Ajantha Kumari/PGIS, Mr. Suresh Wickramasinghe/PGIS, Mr. Nimesha Priyalanka/PGIS, Mr. Sashika Dahanayake/PGIS, Ms. Iresha Wanigasekara/PGIS, Ms. Samadhi Fernando/PGIS

  • Fundraising: Director PGIS (Prof. H.M.T.A. Pitawala), Dr. A.A.J.K. Gunatilake, Prof. R.G.S.C Rajapakse, Prof. Y.P.R.D. Yapa, Prof. R.M.G. Rajapakse, Dr. D. Elkaduwa/Faculty of Engineering, Deputy Bursar/PGIS (Mr. R. Mudalige), Ms. Anuradha Iddamalgoda/PGIS, Ms. Thakshila Irangani/PGIS

  • Food and Entertainment: Dr. B.S. Dassanayake (Convener), Dr. H.A.I.R. Perera, Dr. U.J.M.A.L. Jayasinghe (Dept. of Radiography and Radiotherapy, AHS), Dr. K. De Silva, Dr. N.W.B. Balasooriya, Dr. A.D.S.N.P. Athukorala, Dr. GAN Suranjith, Ms. Wajirapani Jayawardane/PGIS, Ms. Anuradha Iddamalgoda/PGIS

  • Logistics: Prof. H.A. Dharmagunawardena (Convener), Dr. T.C. Weeraratne, Dr. C. Ariyaratne, Dr. P. Perera, Ms. C. Munasinghe, Dr. W.M.A.T. Bandara, Prof. G.R.A..Kumara (NIFS), Deputy Registrar/PGIS (Mrs. W.M.D. P. Hulugalla), Deputy Bursar/PGIS (Mr. R. Mudalige), Mr. WVRD Karunaratne/PGIS, Mr. Sashika Dahanayake/PGIS, Mr. Nimesha Priyalanka/PGIS, Mr. Asanka Amarasinghe/PGIS, Mr. Hemantha Gannila/PGIS, Ms. Indu Dissanayaka/PGIS, Mr. Wijeratne Banda/PGIS, Mr. Kosala Heenkenda/PGIS, Mr. AMUGD Priyanga/PGIS

  • Media-Publicity: Dr. R.D. Nawarathna(Convener), Dr. S.P. Abeysundara, Mr. P. Gunathilake, Dr. C.P. Jayalath, Dr. R.J.K.U. Ranathunga, Mr. Asanka Amarasinghe/PGIS, Mr. Nimesha Priyalanka/PGIS, Mr. Anushka Liyandeniya/PGIS

  • Registration: Dr. S.C.K. Rubasinghe (Convener), Dr. W.A.P.P. de Silva, Dr. D. Uduwela, Dr. R. Siyambalapitiya, Dr. P. Wijesinghe, Dr. N. Koralegedera, Assistant Registrar/PGIS (Ms. S.G. Rajapura), Ms. Ajantha Kumari/PGIS, Mr. Suresh Wickramasinghe/PGIS, Ms. Samanmali Ranasinghe/PGIS, Ms. Samadhi Fernando/PGIS, Ms. Pavithra Rajaratne/PGIS

  • Research Highlights of the PGIS: Prof. C.L. Abayasekara (Convener), Prof. H.M.S.P. Madawala, Dr. G. Jayasuriya, Dr. S. Gunathilake, Dr. S. Kumburegama, Dr. B.M.K. Premasiri, Prof. L. Jayasinghe (NIFS), Ms. Iresha Wanigasekera/PGIS

  • Technical Programme Committee: Dr. R.J.K.U. Ranathunga (Convener), Dr. J. Damunupola, Dr. E. Dayaratne, Dr. A. Amarasinghe, Mr. G. Ellepola, Dr. T. Ariyasena, Dr. P.L. Dharmapriya, Mr. E. Dananjaya, Mr. Asanka Amarasinghe/PGIS, Mr. Niroshana Kumarasinghe/PGIS

Editorial Sub-Committee

  • Prof. B.S.B. Karunaratne (Editor-in-Chief)
  • Prof. H.M.D. Namal Priyantha
  • Prof. H.M.S.P. Madawala
  • Prof. A.A.I. Perera
  • Prof. A.D.L.C. Perera
  • Prof. W.A.I.P. Karunarathne
  • Prof. R. Weerasooriya (NIFS)
  • Ms. Sakunthala Rasu /PGIS


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

●   Calling for Abstracts: 22nd May 2018
●   Deadline for Abstracts: 22nd July 2018
●   Notification of Acceptance 31st August 2018
●   Submission of Revised Abstracts 15th September 2018
●   Early Bird Registration: 15th September  -   15th October 2018
●   Regular Registration: 16th October  -  31st October 2018

Keynote Speaker Prof. Pang Zhonghe

Professor Pang Zhonghe received his BSc in 1981 and MSc in 1984 in Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology from Nanjing University, Nanjing, China. Then he completed his PhD in 1987 in Geothermics from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) in Beijing. He was a Professor and the Head of Lab for Geothermics in Institute of Geology and Geophysics in the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (IGG-CAS) from1995 to 1999. From 2000 to 2005 he served as the Isotope Hydrologist, at IAEA in Vienna. He returned to IGG-CAS in 2006 as a Professor of Hydrogeology and held the position till 2013. Professor Zhonghe has been serving as the Director of Geothermal Research Centre, IGG-CAS since 2014 and the Director of Sino-German Geothermal Research Centre since 2016. In 2014 he took up the Professorship and the Head of Department of Hydrogeology and Geothermics at UCAS and continues up to date.

Professor PANG Zhonghe has carried out research on water cycle and water-rock interaction processes in different geological environments, from shallow to deep and local to basin-scale. He has served as principal scientific investigator and took lead in completing many research projects supported by national and international funding sources, including the CAS, China Geological Survey (CGS), National Science Foundation of China (NSFC), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) as well as SINOPEC. He has supervised many Ph.D. students on various subjects, from groundwater pollution to geological sequestration of CO2. He has edited 5 books/proceedings and written over 120 peer-reviewed articles in international/domestic journals. He has been a member of editorial boards of international journals such as Hydrogeology Journal, Geothermics and Greenhouse Gases: Science and Technology. He has been involved in the study of global water issues in different continents in particular through his two terms of service, during 1997-2005, with the Water Resources Program of the IAEA in Vienna. As a Chinese scientist with international recognition, he has served as Board Member for a number of international scientific societies such as International Geothermal Association (IGA) and International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS).

Technical Programme

Over a hundred abstracts will be presented in the PGIS Research Congress 2018. Oral presentations will be held in eight 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 2018. 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 PCMS website

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Accepted Abstracts

Accepted abstracts will be presented as Oral or Poster presentations. The presentation guidelines can be downloaded using the following link.


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

Early Bird Registration
15th September - 15th October

● Students Rs. 750/=
● Others Rs. 1250/=
● International Registrants USD 75

Regular Registration
16th October - 31st October

● Students Rs. 1250/=
● Others Rs. 2000/=
● International Registrants USD 100

Options for Registration

Registration can be done using the online registration system or manually.

Option 1 : Online Registration
Online registration can be done through the PCMS-Registration website

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Option 2: Manual Registration
Download the registration form and send the completed form to:

The Congress Office, Postgraduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

Registration Form (Word)
Registration Form (pdf)

Contact the Organizers

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

General Inquiries: Dr. Sarangi Athukorala +94 (76) 872-3626
Registration: Ms. Ajantha Kumari +94 (81) 239-4796