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Three-minute Thesis Competition at NIFS

National Institute of Fundamental Studies (NIFS), Sri Lanka held its first 3-minute thesis (3MT) competition on 27th Thursday, December, 2018. This competition is inspired by the 3MT competition, which is annually held in over 200 universities worldwide. Read Full news »

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President’s Awards for scientific publications

President’s awards ceremony for scientific publications was held on the 19th of November, 2018. His Excellency, the President awarded 338 Sri Lankan scientists for their research published in 2016. Read Full news »

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South African and Sri Lankan joint Water seminar

South African and Sri Lankan joint Water seminar. It was held at the NIFS auditorium on the 12th of November, 2018. Read Full news »

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Dr. Benjamin Allen, University of Southern Queensland visited NIFS with a hand in collaborative research

Dr. Benjamin Allen, Senior Research Fellow (Wildlife Research) at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australia visited NIFS Kandy, Sri Lanka last week. Read Full news »

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MS. Abiramy Thureirajah received a gold medal for best thesis presentation

NIFS Research Assistant MS. Abiramy thureirajah received a gold medal for best thesis presentation (3 minutes) from the SLAYS 3MT competition 2018 organized by National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka. Read Full news »

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Introduction to NIFS

The National Institute of Fundamental Studies, also known as NIFS, is the premier institute of basic and applied research in Sri Lanka. It was established in 1981 by an act of parliament[1] and initially located in Colombo and then in 1985 relocated to Kandy. The goal of establishing NIFS was to stimulate the growth of knowledge by the enhancement of the countries national scientific research capability, in selected fields to eventually build a knowledge-based Sri Lankan society. Objectives of the institute thus are to conduct basic research in the fields of mathematics, chemistry, life sciences and social sciences as well as dissemination of gained knowledge. NIFS also trains around 32 graduate students at any given time.

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The Annual Research Review 2017 of NIFS

The Annual Research Review 2017 of the National Institute of Fundamental Studies was held on 2nd April 2018 at the institute premises under the patronage of Hon. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology and Research. The aim of this research review was to assess the progress of its scientific research carried out in the year 2017. Read more…

1st Sri Lankan ANRAP Regional Seminar


1st Sri Lankan Asian Network of Research on Anti diabetic Plants (ANRAP)  Regional Seminar (ANRAPSL1) on Herbal Approaches in Combating Diabetes and common Tropical Diseases Jointly Organized by NIFS, ANRAP and COMSATS Thematic Group on Natural Products.

17 – 19 January 2018 at the Royal Mall, Kandy, Sri Lanka.

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The CCD chaired by the Director and facilitated by a Coordinator, will promote, regularize and monitor collaboration of NIFS projects with outside organizations including the private sector and encourage NIFS scientists to engage in productive consultations. Only projects of National importance and those having an impact on National Development would be entertained. Any interested parties for collaboration and Consultation, i.e. Universities, Research Institutes, NGOs & CBOs registered in Sri Lanka, Corporate & Private sector organizations, should contact the Director, NIFS for further details. Read more...

The SEDU mainly focuses on fostering the exchange of the scientific information to the scientific community and to promote the public understanding of Science.

To fulfill these objectives SEDU organizes several activities such as conferences, workshops, hands on lab sessions, Science camps and several e – projects. Read more...

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