IFS empowers early-career researchers at the 2019 Sri Lankan Academy of Young Scientist (SLAYS) Conference

Published: 2019-10-09

Sri Lankan Academy of Young Scientist (SLAYS) is under the umbrella of the Global Young Scientist. SLAYS is a multi-disciplinary team of young scientists and professionals who believe that young scientists in Sri Lanka should play a key role in producing research for impact and safeguarding the quality of research now and in the future. The annual SLAYS Conference held in Colombo provides a common platform that unifies young scientists spread out across the country with the intention of promoting and uplifting research culture and sharing best approaches for gainful and impactful research. Therefore, SLAYS shares key values with IFS and our mission.

The 2019 SLAYS International Conference is centered around “Research for Impact: March of the Sri Lankan Young Scientists”. It will be held on the 16th of October 2019, at the Grand Crystal Ball room, Hotel Taj Samudra in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is the largest national conference for early-career scientists, and will be attended by 150-160 people. Eminent and globally acclaimed international and Sri Lankan scientists will be sharing their experience in this forum with local early-career scientists. The chief guest for the inauguration ceremony will be Eng. Sanath Panawenna (Director General and CEO of Arthur C Clark Center for Modern Technologies) and the chief guest for the awards ceremony will be  Prof. Mohan Munasinghe (Founder Chairman of the Munasinghe Inst. of Development (MIND) and Vice Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). Our Scientific Programme Coordinator at IFS, Dr Jennifer Sjölund, will be giving a talk on “Empowering young researchers – Tips for winning grants”.

SLAYS International Conference 2019-Chief Guests and Speakers Poster

One major highlight of the Conference is the "3-minute research presentation competition-3MT®” of the MPhil/PhD students. Increasingly complex contemporary global challenges demand new and innovative solutions from science. Solutions to such challenges are often found through collaborative work with scientists from diverse backgrounds. Early- and mid-career scientists are best positioned to deliver innovate solutions to such challenges. The 3MT® competition provides a platform for scientists to showcase their research and forge new networks. It is supported by the University of Queensland, Australia (developer of the 3MT®). 

 For additional information please see  SLAYS International Conference 2019


















list of participants 

Center for Natural & Applied Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal


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