Awards, Fellowships and Recognitions up to 2015

Awards, Fellowships and Recognition in year 2015

Dr. DN Magana-Arachchi delivered an invited speech at the MMDR-5 5th International Symposium-cumTraining Course on Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, Pakistan, 11-16, January, 2015.

 


Dr. GKR Senadeera received a position to serve as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Solar Energy Research Updates, Awanti Publishers (2015)

 


Dr. GKR Senadeera received Presidential Award for his scientific publications in the year 2013, on 18th November 2015.

 


Dr. GKR Senadeera received University Research Award for 2014, The Open University of Sri Lanka on 19th November, 2015.

 


Dr. Meththika Vithanage received a position to serve as a member of the Editorial Board of the Elsevier Journal of Groundwater for Sustainable Development (2015)

 


Dr. Meththika Vithanage received Presidential Award for his scientific publications in the year 2013, on 18th November 2015.

 


Dr. Meththika Vithanage served as a Member of the Board of Governors, Atomic Energy Authority (2015)

 


Dr. Meththika Vithanage was elected as a Steering committee member – Young Scientists Forum, National Science and Technology Commission, Sri Lanka (2015)

 


Dr. Viduranga Waisundara received an award for the outstanding contribution in reviewing by the Life Sciences journal, Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands

 


Dr. Viduranga Waisundara was invited as the quiz master of the Food Quiz Bowl Competition of the 14th ASEAN Food Conference from 24 – 26 June 2015 in Pasay City, Philippines

 


Dr. W Dittus delivered an invited speech on Lessons from Monkey behavior at Sri Lankan Veterinary Association, University of Peradeniya, 28th October, 2015.

 


Dr. W Dittus delivered an invited speech on Lessons in accounting and life from Monkeys at Sri Lanka Association for Charted Accountants, April, 2015

 


Dr. W Dittus delivered was an invited speaker on critical habitats for the conservation of evolutionary significant units of biodiversity among Sri Lankan primates and other mammals at the National Symposium on Biogeography and Biodiversity Conservation in Sri Lanka in a Changing Climate, 12-13 November, 2015.

 


Dr. W Dittus received Presidential Award for his scientific publications in the year 2013, on 18th November 2015.

 


Dr. W Dittus was an invited speaker on History of Sri Lanka at Smithsonian Journeys, June, 2015.

 


Mr. Prasanna Kumarathilaka delivered an invited talk on E-Waste Management, TALENT soft 2015 program, Advance Technological Institute, Kandy, 04th October, 2015.

 


Ms. DK Weerasekera – Research Assistant attached to the NIFS Cell biology Project won the Best Poster Award at the 2nd International Conference on Advances in Medical Sciences; 14th-16th April 2015, Malaysia

 


Ms. Kalpani Wasana Kumari, Research Assistant attached to the NIFS Condensed Matter Physics and Solid State Chemistry Projects has won the Best Poster Award at the 5th International Conference on Functional Materials and Devices held in Johor Bahru, Malaysia from 4th to 6th August 2015.

 


Prof. J Bandara received a position to serve as a member of the Editorial Board of the Progress in Photovoltic (Wiley Science) and Journal of Solar Energy (Hindawi) (2015).

 


Prof. J Bandara was the recipient of Turkish Government Research Fellowship in 2015.

 


Prof. L Jayasinghe received Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship to conduct research work at Jacobs University of Bremen, Germany, September-November, 2015.

 


Prof. MAKL Dissanayake received a Presidential Award for his scientific publications in the year 2013, on 18th November 2015.

 


Prof. MAKL Dissanayake served as the Consultant for Physics subject revision for the Eastern University of Sri Lanka (2015). This was funded and administered by the Higher Education for the Twentieth Century (HETC) Project of the UGC.

 


Prof. MAKL Dissanayake was an Invited Speaker at the 5 th International Conference on Functional Materials and Devices organized by University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur and held in Johor Bahru, Malaysia from 4th to 6 th August 2015. He delivered an invited presentation on “TiO2 as a multi functional material”

 


Prof. MAKL Dissanayake was awarded the General Research Committee (GRC) Award of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) in 2015. This award has been instituted by SLAAS to recognize Sri Lankan Scientists who have carried out exceptionally high quality research/pioneering research in Sri Lanka over a period of time and the award is given for the total research contribution of a scientist rather than for his/her contribution to a single research project.

 


Prof. MCM Iqbal received Presidential Award for Scientific Publications in the year 2013, on 18th November 2015.

 


Prof. ND Subasinghe received Presidential Award for Scientific Publications in the year 2013, on 18th November 2015.

 


Prof. NS Kumar delivered an invited lecture on Indigenous medicinal plants of Sri Lanka: A cultural heritage for development at the International Symposium on Science and Technology for Culture, Cambodia, May 15-17, 2015.

 


Prof. SA Kulasooriya delivered a Key Note Speech at 4 th Annual Conference and Scientific Sessions, Sri Lankan Soceity for Microbiology, Kandy, 23rd October, 2015.

 


Prof. SP Benjamin Dr. GKR Senadeera received Presidential Award for his scientific publications in the year 2013, on 18th November 2015.

 


Prof. SP Benjamin was invited as a Key Note Speaker of the 3rd Conference of the Asian Society of Arachnology, Amravati, India.

 


Awards, Fellowships and Recognition in year 2014

Prof. M.A.K.L. Dissanayake
  • Invited Speaker at the Asian Conference on Solid State Ionics (ACSSIS-2014) held at National University of Singapore.
  • Presidential Awards for research publications in SCI journals in 2010, 2011 and 2012 (Awarded in November 2014).

 


Dr. W.P.J. Dittus - Listed in Wikepedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_Dittus

 


M.C.M. Iqbal - NRC Merit Award for Scientific Publications (2011)  

 


Prof. U.L.B. Jayasinghe - Presidential Award for Scientific Publications 2012

 


Prof. S. A. Kulasooriya
  • Chief Guest at the 34th Annual Sessions of the Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka held in Colombo on 16th September 2014. Title of the address ‘Some thoughts on postgraduate research’.
  • A keynote speaker at the 2nd International Symposium of the Sri Lanka Academy of Young Scientists, held at the NIFS, Kandy. Lecture title ‘Ecosystems: Their Diversity, Value and Exploitation’. Also served as a member of the Discussion Panel.
  • Gave the principal address to the newly admitted students to the Faculty of Science, University of Peradeniya, in December 2014.

 


Prof. A. Nanayakkara - Presidential awards 2011, 2012, 2013

 


Prof. G. Seneviratne - Presidential Awards 2011

 


Dr. G.K. RohanSenadeera
  • Presidential Awards for research publications in SCI journals in 2010, 2011 and 2012 (Awarded in November 2014).
  • Annual Research awards 2012/2013, in the discipline of Natural Sciences ,The Open University of Sri Lanka (Awarded in November 2014).
  • National Research Council Merit awards for research publications in SCI journals in 2010, 2011 and 2012 (Awarded in December 2014).

 


Dr. M.S. Vithanage
  • Presidential Awards for Scientific Publications for 2012
  • Received the Commendation Award for Popularization of Science by National Science Foundation, 2014
  • Received SUSRED awards for 2013 from the National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka for the supervision of MPhil degrees of Mr. S.S.R.M.D.H.R. Wijesekara graduated from PGIS (2013)
  • Received NRC Merit Award for Scientific Publications for 2011

 


Dr. Viduranga Waisundara
  •  Chairperson of two conference sessions of the 17th International Union of Food Science andWorld Congress in Montreal, Canada. - Concurrent Session 3.5: Industrially-Relevant Products & Issues – Sodium & Sugar Reduction on 18 Aug 2014. - Concurrent Session 10.6: Chemistry – Food Bioactives: Identification, Characterization & Efficacy II on 21 August 2014.
  •  Invited to serve as a member of the jury of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) AchievementAwards 2015 by the Office of the President ofIFT, USA.
  • Developing Country Sponsorship Award to attend the 17th International Union of Food Science & Technology World Congress in Montreal, Canada.

 


Dr. A. Wijayasinghe   Inclusion under the Ten Thrust Tecnological (3T) areas: The proposed research on Development of Sri Lankan natural vein graphite for rechargeable batteries has been recognized under the Mineral Resources Focus Area in National Research and Development Investment Framework for 2015-2020.

 


Mr. C.A. Thotawatthage NRC Merit Awards for research publications in SCI journals in 2011 and 2012 (Awarded in 31st October 2014).

 


Science Education and Dissemination Unit (SEDU)

  • SEDU Team of OSCEM (ViduNenaHawula-Science Message service) won a National Award under the category of e-Learning & Education at the e-Swabhimani, National Best e-content award 2014.
  • The e-Swabhimani is an initiative of the Information Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka aimed at recognizing excellence in digital content creation. The eSwabhimani Award process is being conducted along the lines of the World Summit Award.

 


Awards, Fellowships and Recognition in year 2013

Dr. Meththika Vithanage and Dr. Renuka Rathnayake received NSF SUSRED (Support scheme for supervision of Research Degrees) award for supervision of post graduate research degrees. Prof.S.A. Kulasooriya also received the same award as a co-supervisor. Prof. Lakshman Dissanayake received a Research Award

 


Awards, Fellowships and Recognition in year 2012

Doctor of Science Degree, awarded by Wayamba University of Sri Lanka. Prof. M.A.K.Lakshman Dissanayake.

 


In the national competition for best e- content (e- Swabimani 2012 ), vidumanpetha Sinhala Science Web site was awarded with the Grand Jury special merit award under the category of e- Education & Learning

 


Dr. Meththika Vithannage, Research fellow, Chemical and Environmental System modeling project at the IFS has received The TWAS Young Affiliateship 2012 From the central & South Asia Region

 


Awards, Fellowships and Recognition in year 2011

Dr. S.P. Benjamin received the Humboldt Research Fellowship for experirnced Researches (2011-2012)

 


Dr. M.C.M. Iqbal received NSF merit award for completion of Resraech Grant

 


Prof. U.L.B/ Jayasinghe was awarded three months Research Fwllowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to Jacobs University Bermen, Germany, 2011

 


Awards, Fellowships and Recognition in year 2010

Best Paper Presentation Award for her presentation on ‘Generating a dengue risk map for Mawanella Area’ at the Map Asia 2010 & ISG 2010 26-28 July, 2010 held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.. Ms. Maduni Madanayake

 


62 researches from the IFS received Presidential awards for their scientific excellence on 27th July 2010. This was awarded for the research work which was carried out by them for the years 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006.

 


Dr. Meththika Vithanage / Research fellow, Mr. Lakmal Jayarathne / Research Assistant of the chemical & Environmental modeling project at the IFS, Prof. Ken Kawamoto and his PhD student Shaphal Subedi at   Saitama University, Japan (Collaborative research work) have received Best Presentation Award for their research paper on “Assessment of water Repellency of Model Sands Mixed with Oleic Acid” at    the 12th International Summer Symposium of Japanese Society of Civil Engineers.

 


Awards, Fellowships and Recognition in year 2009

Doctor of Science Degree, awarded by Sabaragmuwa University of Sri Lanka. Prof.C.B.Dissanayake.

 


Emeritus Proffesorship was awarded by University of Peradeniya.Prof.N.S.Kuma.

 


Visiting Proffessorship was awarded by Tokyo Institute of Technology ,Japan (01.07.2009-30.09.2009). Prof.U.L.B.Jayasinghe.

 


Best Graduate Scientist for Natural Hazards 2009 was awarded by the Natural Hazards Focus Group of the American Geogrophysical Union. Dr.M.vithanage.

 


Mr.T.Wansapura won the IUPAC Young Chemist Award 2009. His award winning work was on "Electro degradation of textile colourant Eyosine Y,Using Indium Tin Oxide plated conducting glass electronics'.

 


Kandiah Memorial Award for Basic Chemistry 2009, Mr.M.H.Haniffa.

 


Awards, Fellowships and Recognition in year 2008

Kandiah Memorial Awards for Basic Research by the institute of Chemistry,Sri Lanka.N.R.Amarasinghe.

 


Awards, Fellowships and Recognition in year 2007

Humbolt Fellowship Award in 2007. J.Bandara.

 


Short-term Visiting Collaborative Research Fellowship at University of Sydney,Australia (April-June 2007). G.Senevirathne.

 


Awards, Fellowships and Recognition in year 2006

Kandiah Memorial Award (Basic Chemistry)2006, for the best piece of post graduate research carried out by a post graguate student in Sri Lanka. K.G.N.P.Piyasena Visiting scholar ,Institute for Molecular Bio-organic Chemistry,George-August University ,Gottingen,Germany(2006,July-August)- H.R.W.Dharmarathne

 


Awards, Fellowships and Recognition in year 2005

Kandiah Memorial Award(111)2005, for the best piece of post graduate research carried out by a post graduate student in Sri Lanka .M.T.Napegoda

 


The presentation titled "Xanthones from roots of Calophyllum thwaitesi and their biological activities"was awarded as the best scienctific paper in Medicine at the proceeding of University of Ruhuna Annual sessions(2005).

 


Awards, Fellowships and Recognition in year 2004

Institute of Chemistry Gold Medal 2004 , for outstanding contribution in the use of Chemical Science for the development or innovation in industry or for national development in Sri Lanka .H.R.W.Dharmarathne.

 


Awards, Fellowships and Recognition in year 2002

Presidential Research Awards -2002 for publications in Science Citation Indexed Journals. M.C.M.Iqbal.

 


Presidential Awards for Research 2002. U.L.B.Jayasinghe.

 


Awards, Fellowships and Recognition in year 2000

Visiting scholar, National Center for Natural Product Research University of Mississipi ,University ,Ms,USA 2000/2001-H.R.W.Dharmarathne.

 


Awards, Fellowships and Recognition in year 1999

Kandiah Memorial Award (11) 1999  for the best piece of research carried out by a postgraduate student in Sri Lanka – W.M.N.M. Wijesinghe

 


Awards, Fellowships and Recognition in year 1998

Dr. U.L.B. Jayasinghe was awarded the prestigious Alexander-von-Humboldt (AvH) Research Fellowship by the AvH Foundation for the year 1998/1999 to carry out advanced research in Natural Product Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of Hohenheim, Germany

 


Awards, Fellowships and Recognition in year 1997

Kandiah Memorial Award(11) 1997 for the best piece of research carried out by a postgraduate student in Sri Lanka.        W.M.A.P. Wanigasekera

 


Awards, Fellowships and Recognition in year 1996

TWAS/NARESA Award for the best young scientist of the year 1996 (Chemistry Award) W.M.A.P.WanigasekeraTWAS/NARESA Award for the best young scientist of the year 1996 (Physics Award) G.R.R.A. Kumara

 


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