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

Organized by the

May, 2024 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 31st December 2023 and please email the abstracts to the symposium Chairperson:

Full papers of the selected abstracts will be considered for publication in the International Journal of Environmental Issues (IJEI).

Important Dates
Abstract Submission Deadline: 31st December, 2023
Early Bird registration: 25th April, 2024
Symposium has tentatively been postponed to the 17th and 18th May 2024

Symposium Chairperson
Prof. Sudharma Yatigammana
Department of Zoology,
University of Peradeniya,
Phone: 081 239 4479

Registration and Fees

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

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

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