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Two Prestigious Kandiah Awards to NIFS Natural Products Research Group

Ms CL Kehelpannala and Mr M Mallique Qader postgraduate research students of the Natural Products Research project working under the supervision of Prof. Savitri Kumar and Prof. Read Full news »

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ඉන්ටෙල් ජාත්‍යන්තර විද්‍යා හා ඉංජිනේරු සංදර්ශනයෙන් විශිෂ්ට සම්මාන දිනූ පාසල් සිසුන් විද්‍යා, තාක්‍ෂණ හා පර්යේෂණ අමාත්‍යතුමාගේ ඇගයීමට ලක් වේ


ඉන්ටෙල් ජාත්‍යන්තර විද්‍යා හා ඉංජිනේරු සංදර්ශනයෙන් විශිෂ්ට සම්මාන දිනූ පාසල් සිසුන් විද්‍යා, තාක්‍ෂණ හා පර්යේෂණ අමාත්‍යතුමාගේ ඇගයීමට ලක් වේ මෙවර, ඇමරිකාවේ ලොස් ඇන්ජලීස් හි මැයි 14-19 දක්වා පැවති ඉන්ටෙල් ජාත්‍යන්තර විද්‍යා හා ඉංජිනේරු සංදර්ශනයට ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව නියෝජනය කරමින් සහභාගී වූ ශ‍්‍රී ලාංකික පාසල් සිසු දරුවෝ තිදෙනෙක් ඉන් විශිෂ්ට සම්මාන ද්විත්වයක් සහ එක් විශේෂ සම්මානයක් සහිතව ජයග‍්‍රහණය කිරීමට සමත් වූහ. ඉන්ටෙල් ජාත්‍යන්තර විද්‍යා හා ඉංජිනේරු සංදර්ශනය යනු ලෝකයේ රටවල් 78කින් පාසල් සිසුන් 1700කට අධික සංඛ්‍යාවක් සහභාගි වන විද්‍යා ව්‍යාපෘති පාදක කොට ගෙන පවත්වනු ලබන ලොව විශාලතම තරගයයි. Read Full news »

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Two-day training workshop for the Science teachers of the Hanguranketha Educational Zone

National Institute of Fundamental Studies – Kandy conducted a two-day training workshop for the Science teachers of the Hanguranketha Educational Zone on 14th and 15th June 2017 at the NIFS premises on Research methodology. This was organized on the request of the Zonal Director of Education-  Hanguranketha. Read Full news »

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Removing Cancer causing Chromium from water- Award winning Sri Lankan School Science Project at USA Science Fair

Two students of the grade 13 AL class in the science stream of S DE S Jayasinghe Central College, Dehiwala, Ravindu Sankalpa Perera and Shehan Kavishka have shown their talents and won the grand award in 4th place in the earth and environmental science category at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (INTELISEF), 2017 held at Los Angeles, California, this year with their project based on removing carcinogenic chromium ions from our natural water sources. This international competition hosted 1,778 contestants from 78 countries. Read Full news »

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National Workshop on “Sri Lankan Lichens”

The 4th National Lichen Workshop 2017  was held at the National Institute of Fundamental Studies (NIFS)  from 24th to 26th of May 2017  with the collaboration of  Dilmah Conservation in creating a deeper understanding about lichens among young scientists encouraging them towards new areas of study and exploration. 

The three day workshop was conducted by an eminent team of scientists which consist of   Dr Pat Wolseley (Natural History Museum of UK), Dr Gothamie Weerakoon (Visiting Scientist, NIFS) along with Prof. 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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Upcoming Event(s)

School Science Programme 2017

The NIFS school science programme is a highly educational and popular event for students who have passed the G.C.E. (O/L) Examination with very good results and intend to pursue their studies in the science stream.  The programme will be held from 12th – 15th December 2017, consisting of lectures and demonstrations (in English Medium). (more…)

International Conference on Solar Energy Materials, Solar Cells & Solar Energy Applications

4th International Conference on Solar Energy Materials,  Solar Cells & Solar Energy Applications will be held from 4-6 January 2018 at Kandy, Sri Lanka. Visit Solar Asia 2018 official web site for more information.

1st Sri Lankan ANRAP Regional Seminar


1st Sri Lankan Asian Network of Research on Antidiabetic Plants (ANRAP)  Regional Seminar (ANRAPSL1) on Herbal Approaches in Combating Diabetes and other Tropical Diseases Jointly Organized by NIFS, ANRAP and COMSATS Thematic Group on Natural Products will be held from 17 – 19 January 2018 at the National Institute of Fundamental Studies, (NIFS) Kandy, Sri Lanka.  (more…)

Recent Event(s)

“Awareness Programme on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)”

 “Awareness Programme on  Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)” by  the Director General and a Patent Examiner of  the National Intellectual Property Office (NIPO) of Sri Lanka.    (08.45 a.m. to 01.00 p.m at the NIFS Auditorium, Kandy) (more…)




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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