The International Research Symposium on Pure and Applied Sciences (IRSPAS) under the theme “Towards New Paradigms in Scientific Research” was successfully held on the 20th of October 2017 at the Auditorium of the Faculty of Science. This research symposium was organized to commemorate the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Faculty of Science. The presentation of the abstracts was conducted under four technical sessions; Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Software Intensive Systems and Multidisciplinary Research.
This Symposium was organized in order to allow the participants to explore the current trends in their areas of research as well as to provide opportunities for researchers in different disciplines to engage with the professionals from industry.
The selected abstracts of the Symposium are considered for publication in Journal of Science, University of Kelaniya. Concurrently, the book named “Gloria Scientiam” was launched.
The Keynote speech was delivered by Prof. Manjunatha Pattabi, Chair Professor, Department of Materials Science, Mangalore University, India. The Guest Speech on “Political Economy of Development, What has gone wrong for Sri Lanka?” was delivered by Dr Amarakoon Bandara, Senior Economic Advisor, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The conference was graced by Prof. D.M. Semasinghe, the Vice- Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya, Prof. Lankshman Senevirathne, the Deputy Vice- Chancellor, Prof. B.M. Jawawardena, the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Prof. Patrick Ratnayake, the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Cadre Chair & Senior Prof. N.P. Sunilchandra, the Chairman of the Research Council, academic and non- academic staff members of the university and many undergraduates, post graduate students, researchers and innovators from diverse disciplines.