Over the course of its rich pioneering history, celebration of its sesquicentennial in medical education, and a century of higher education in the Arts and Sciences, the University of Colombo has achieved many important conceptual and pedagogical research milestones which have had a significant impact on society, culture, our environment, and the economy, not only in Sri Lanka but also globally. The University of Colombo Annual Research Symposium (ARS) is a flagship event in the calendar of our university, established to further promote and encourage our heritage of vibrant research and innovation. It provides a university-wide opportunity for undergraduate/ graduate students and faculty members to showcase their research, scholarship, and creativity.

The ARS 2020, held for the 13th consecutive year, was held across the Sri Palee Campus, nine faculties, the University Of Colombo School Of Computing, three institutes, and the main University library and two Departmental international conferences (details under faculty symposia page). The concluding ceremony of the ARS 2020 will be held on 21st January 2021, coinciding with the centenary celebrations of our Faculties of Arts and Science, under the theme Research & Innovation: challenges and opportunities in the new normal. The chief guest at the event is Her Excellency Sarah Hulton, OBE, the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. The highlights of this event will be the presentation of the Senate Awards for Research Excellence under the Open and Early Career categories to a total of 83 academics, and the Keynote Address by an illustrious Sri Lankan scientist, Prof. Mohan Edirisinghe OBE, FREng, FEurAcadSci, of the University College London. The collated proceedings of the ARS 2020 will be available on this web page in due course.

Observing strict healthcare guidelines under the new normal, the concluding ceremony of the University of Colombo ARS 2020 would be held as a virtual event. We cordially invite you to be part of this event by logging on to this page to join its live streaming


Her Excellency Sarah Hulton OBE
British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka



Professor Mohan Edirisinghe OBE, FREng, FEurAcadSci
Bonfield Chair of Biomaterials
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University College London

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5.00 PM Commencement of the proceedings
5.03 PM Two- minute silence to pay tribute to the memory of our pioneers
5.06 PM Saraswathi Pooja Dance (video)
5.10 PM ARS 2020 –summary of faculty sessions
5.12 PM Welcome Address
Senior Professor Chandrika Wijeyaratne
Vice-Chancellor, University of Colombo
5.25 PM Our Rich Research Culture (video presentation)
5.30 PM Senate awards (commendation certificates)
5.40 PM Introduction of the Chief Guest
Prof. Neloufer de Mel
Senior Professor of English
5.45 PM Address by the Chief Guest
Her Excellency Sarah Hulton OBE
British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka
5.55 PM Senate awards (Research excellence)
6.10 PM Introduction of the Keynote Speaker
Prof. Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam
Senior Research Advisor to the UOC
6.15 PM Keynote Address
Advanced Novel Manufacturing Research for Medicines and Healthcare
Prof. Mohan Edirisinghe OBE, FREng, FEurAcadSci
Bonfield Chair of Biomaterials, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University College London.
7.15 PM Vote of thanks
Prof. Preethi Udagama
Chairperson, Annual Research Committee 2020
Sri Palee Campus Artistic and Media Values for National Development in Digital Contexts 19th February 2021
Faculty of Arts Inclusion, Equality, and Diversity in Higher Education / Understanding Chinese Language and Culture 16th & 17th December 2020
Faculty of Education Education Reforms and Policy Implementation: Trends and Opportunities 18th December 2020
Faculty of Graduate Studies COVID-19 Pandemic: Development Challenges and Opportunities 15th December 2020
Faculty of Law Law at Crossroads: Reflections and Foresights 19th December 2020
Faculty of Management and Finance Thriving in Turbulent Times 27th of November 2020
Faculty of Medicine Research in the new normal; Navigating beyond challenges 14th December 2020
Faculty of Nursing Strengthening Nursing Education for Emerging Health System Challenges 18thDecember 2020
Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Symposium 2020 – Faculty of Science 17th December 2020
Faculty of Technology Technology for a Clean and Healthy Nation 26th November 2020
University Library Rethinking of Library Services in the Knowledge Era 23rd December 2020
University of Colombo School of Computing 20th International Conference on Advances in ICT for Emerging Regions 05th – 06th November 2020
National Institute of Library and Information Sciences Challenges and Opportunities for Libraries in the New Normal 23rd January 2020
Institute for Agro Technology and Rural Sciences A Way Forward in Green Agriculture Towards Rural Development 15th December 2020
Department of Demography, Faculty of Arts International Research Conference on “Population and Sustainable Development” 24th November 2020
Department of International Relations, Faculty of Arts International Research Conference on “International Relations and the Bystander Effect” 21st – 22nd November 2020


Post-Congress Session and Launch of Phase 3 Programs
organized by

Academic Mentoring Program
Faculty of Medicine
Annual Research Symposium 2020
Via Zoom, 22nd January 2021


Prof. Preethi Udagama

Prof. Ramanee Wijesekera

Dr. Sanjeewa Senevirane

Mr. Mohomad Shifar