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The Mission of the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka is to be the foremost resource in the country for expert advice on matters of national importance involving science and technology.


The National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka (NASSL) is a high level, non-governmental scientific body, established in 1976 and incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1988... Read More…




 We reproduce several articles dealing with bad science on this page. In Sri Lanka, examples of bad science abound. It is important for scientists to be alert to unfounded claims by “scientists” and those masquerading as scientist… Read More…


A Letter from Ms. Smriti Daniel…

Dear Dr. de Alwis,
It was lovely to meet you the other day. Thank you for being willing to allow me to attend and represent SciDev.Net at the event…

A Letter from Dr. A. T. Balachandra…

Dear Dr. de Alwis,

I read your article on CKDu in the Island, printed on Dec 8. I regret that I came to know about it only today and therefore, will not be able to attend the conference. Your article is well written and I appreciate your inclusiveness…
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 letter from the President of the
Iranian Academy of Sciences

Letter from Iranian Academy of Sciences

Net metering with solar panels

In the article appearing in the Island of 18.04.13 under the caption “Solar Power and Net-metering”, the writer suggests that the policy makers need to take a closer look the net-metering scheme…
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Electricity tariff increase – Improve efficiency and cut losses first.

Dr Janaka Ratnasiri

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has announced a proposal for electricity tariff increase as highlighted in The Island of 12.03.2013, and has called for public comments…  Read More

Chronic Kidney Disease

Article on Chronic Kidney Disease when Scientists Diagree by Dr Kingsley de Alwis. Click here


It all began in February 2008. We will soon be celebrating the Fourth Anniversary!

A staggering claim was then made. A local inventor from Yatiyantota had invented a method for converting plastic and polythene into usable diesel fuel. Read More


Dr. U. Pethiyagoda

Early this year, my wife and I joined a Pilgrim Group to the Buddhist sites in India. Bodhgaya and Savaththi were visited. The botanist in me was kindled by the  legends associated with the Bodhi (Ficus religiosa) trees… Read More


The Act of Incorporation of the National Academy of Sciences vests us with responsibilities for (a) Good Science (b) Optimal use of resources and (c) Care for the environment… Read more


A suggestion has been made to the Council mooting the publication of an electronic journal (on the internet and in CDs) and perhaps later in print, of a journal of the National Academy of Sciences. It could be a biannual or annual journal similar to theProceedings of the National Academies (PNAS) of the United States… Read more

16th Science Council of Asia (SCA) Co...


Hon. Prime Minister took part in 16th Science Council of Asia (SCA) conference at Galadari Hotel.

SCA-16 Abstracts Submission


Abstracts in Times New Roman Font should fit into a single A4 page keeping 1” margins.  A model Abstract is attached and a template is provided in the conference website.  Please identify the particular conference sub-theme into which the abstract fits and include a one page CV of the presenter with the abstract. Full papers […]

MEGACITIES: Lessons and Challenges fo...


The scale and pace of urbanization in the Third World Countries today is known to be unprecedented in human history. The Global Network of Science Academies recently placed population growth coupled with unplanned urbanization among the ten most serious global concerns. That important apex body of worldwide scientific institutions identified the necessity to develop and […]

Report on Women in Science and Techno...


The AASSA Regional Workshops on “Women in Science and Engineering” were held for three times: the 1st was in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2012; the 2nd was in New Delhi India in 2013, and the 3rd was in Izmir, Turkey in 2014. The outcomes of these workshops are: first, the establishment of the “Special Committee for […]

The Sixteenth Conference of the Scien...


Download Brochure Front & Back Early Notification The Sixteenth Conference of the Science Council of Asia will be held at  Galadari Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka during May 30th – June 1st, 2016. The theme of the Conference is: Science for the People: Mobilizing New Technologies for the Sustainable Development in Asia Sub-Themes: Opportunities in mobilizing Information technology, […]

NASSL Statement on the Banning of Gly...

Farmer spraying pesticide on rice field

The National Academy of Sciences Sri Lanka (NASSL) is the premier academic body of senior scientists in Sri Lanka incorporated by Act of Parliament No. 66 of 1988. The Academy acts as an independent consultative body on applications of science and technology in national development, and promotes the utilization of worldwide scientific achievements for the […]

Science Education Program


Prof. Vijaya Kumar, General President, NASSL hands over the DVDs on Science Education to Dr. AM Mubarak, General President of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science for distribution among school children through that organization.

General Assembly of Association of Ac...


The General Assembly of the Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA) was organized by theIndian Academy of Sciences (INSA) from 13th to 17th October 2014 in at the Indian Science Academy, New Delhi, India. The third summit of South Asian Academies was held in conjunction on October 17, 2014. The AASSA […]

NASSL President elected President of the Science Council of Asia


Prof. Vijaya Kumar, President, NASSL was elected President of the Science Council of Asia at the 14th SCA Conference held in Kuala Lumpur in June 2014. He will hold office until the 16th SCA Conference which will be organized by NASSL in Sri Lanka in mid-2016. Further details and the message of President, SCA available at http://www.scj.go.jp/en/sca/

70th Annual Sessions of Sri Lanka Association for Advancement of Science (SLAAS)

in  Colombo December 1-5,  2014 


Dr. Azeez Mubarak,  Vice President, NASSL is  the current President of SLAAS . Its 70th Annual Sessions on the theme “Engage Science Enrich Society” was inaugurated on December 1st with Secretary to President, Mr. Lalith  Weeratunga as Chief Guest.  The theme seminar was held on December 2nd and Technical Sessions at University of Colombo during December 3-5th. Further details are available at SLAAS website, http://www.slaas.lk

Annual report for 2013/2014
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 Database on CKDu literature

Comprehensive literature on CKDu is available now.
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Provided to you by courtesy of Prof Chandre Dharmawardana of National Research Council, Ottawa, Canada, who has developed and maintains the website. Prof. Dharmawardana would be pleased to receive any omissions, new material on CKDu and requests that they be sent to his email address: chandre.dharma@yahoo.ca


From :
Dr.(Mrs.)A.Amudeswari, Director, CICS, Chennai, India (dircics@gmail.com)
To :
Dr. Kingsley de Alwis, President, National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka (kingsleydealwis@yahoo.com)
Sub :
Fellowship programmes for developing country scientists
Date :15 January 2013

Dear Sir,

Greetings from Centre for International Cooperation in Science – CICS (Formerly CCSTDS). CICS is promoted by the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) New Delhi, in association with Scientific Agencies and Departments… Read More


As of June 2, 2011, all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press (NAP) will be downloadable free of charge to anyone. This includes their current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports published by NAP.* Read More


The intervention of the advance Science & Technology is needed for economic development of the country. It is important that growth in our nation comes from high value products and intellectual property, allowing us to leapfrog to a strong economy. Read More


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for November – December 2010

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