“Sustainable Development through Innovative and Resilient Agriculture”

Welcome to the 5th National Symposium (NSATRS 2024)

Welcome to the 5th National Symposium (NSATRS 2024) of the Institute for Agro-Technology & Rural Sciences, University of Colombo for harnessing the advancements in scientific knowledge for the improvement and better performance of farming community and all kinds of stakeholders in the agricultural sector.

The symposium provides opportunities to direct the existing agriculture towards an eco-friendly clean agriculture with the best practices for ensuring global food security and sustainable rural development.

This is a valuable platform for academics, researchers, and research students to present and disseminate the knowledge and experience in diverse subject areas on the theme of “Sustainable Development through Innovative and Resilient Agriculture”

Date & Time: 28th June 2024 from 8.30 am onwards (as a virtual conference)
Venue: UCIARS-Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Our Key Themes

Food processing

Technological Advancement for Sustainable Agriculture

  • Precision Farming
  • Climate-Smart Agriculture
  • Agricultural Biotechnology for Sustainability
Crop protection

Crop Production and Protection Technologies

  • Innovative Crop Breeding Techniques
  • Advances in Crop Monitoring and Management
  • Pest and Disease Management
  • Soil Health and Fertility Management

 

Innovations for sustainable agriculture

Food, Nutrition and Post-Harvest Technologies

• Food Processing Technologies
• Post-Harvest Storage and Preservation
• Food Safety and Traceability

livestock and fisheries

Sustainable Livestock Farming and Aquatic Production

• Sustainable Livestock Farming Practices
• Aquaculture Technologies and Innovations
• Integration of Livestock and Crop Production

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Plant and graph chart growing with shape of arrow, Business investment and financial, Stock, Business growth, profit, development and success on nature background.

Entrepreneurship and Rural development

• Agro-Entrepreneurship
• Rural Livelihood Development

Send your extended abstract to nsatrs@uciars.cmb.ac.lk

All accepted papers will be published in proceedings of NSATRS (ISBN978-955-703-076-0)

Important Dates 

Calling for extended abstracts: 1st February 2024

Deadline for Submission of extended abstracts: 1st March 2024

Notification of Acceptance: 1st April 2024

Submission for Camera Ready Copy: 1st  May 2024

Commencement of Registration : 1st June 2024

Symposium Date: 28th June 2024

WHY YOU NEED TO JOIN NSATRS 2024?

• You can join virtually as an oral presenter
• Oral Presentation as a pre-recorded video with a Q&A session through Zoom
• You can get your Abstract published in the Proceedings of NSATRS 2024
• Endorsed Participation Certificate for all presenters
• Submitted manuscripts will be subjected to peer-reviewing process and the Full paper of selected manuscripts will be published in Journal of Agro-Technology & Rural Sciences with the ISSN 2792-1360 (https://uciars.cmb.ac.lk/atrs-journal/)

Registration

  • Commencement of registration: 1st June 2024
  • Last date of registration: 25th of June 2024
  • Registration Fee: 2500 LKR should be paid as symposium fee to Peoples Bank AC – 007100120005006 / Hambantota Branch OR pay online using following link
      • Please enter the following information in the deposit slip
        • Beneficiary Name: Assistant Bursar / UCIARS
        • Your name and NIC number should include in paying slip
        • Main remark in the deposit slip as “Symposium 2024 Member fee/Registration fee/other specify ”
        • Mention your manuscript no. at top left corner of the paying slip
  • Scanned copy of paying slip / Online receipt should be sent to sab@uciars.cmb.ac.lk (with the copy to nsatrs@uciars.cmb.ac.lk)
  • Symposium fee will not be refunded

PAST SYMPOSIA

NSATRS 2020

1st National Symposium on Agro-Technology and Rural Sciences (NSATRS) 2020 Virtual Symposium

The First National Symposium of the UCIARS, NSATRS-2020 was held on 15th December 2020 as a Virtual symposium on the theme of “A WAY FORWARD IN GREEN AGRICULTURE TOWARDS RURAL DEVELOPMENT”. The objective of the symposium is to dissaminate the scientific knowledge for the advancement of rural livlihood and other stakeholders specially students, researchers and farming community. Local and foreign academics, scientists and students shared their research findings to the symposium. Thirty six research articles were published in the proceedings of NSATRS-2020. Professor Chandrika Wijeyaratne, Vice Chancellor of University of Colombo graced the symposium as the Chief Guest of the NSATRS 2020 and she mentioned that this symposium is a wonderful platform to share experiences and gain knowledge on the application of Green Agriculture to ensure sustainable rural development in Sri Lanka. Dr. W.M.W. Weerakoon, Director General, Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka and Prof. Morio Iijima, Faculty of Agriculture, Kindai University, Japan joined as keynote speakers for this NSATRS 2020.

NSATRS 2021

2nd National Symposium on Agro-Technology and Rural Sciences (NSATRS) 2021 Virtual Symposium

The Second National Symposium of the UCIARS, NSATRS-2021 was held on 28th June 2021 as a Virtual symposium on the theme of“A WAY FORWARD FOR SMART AGRICULTURE TOWARDS RURAL DEVELOPMENT”. The objective of the symposium is to dissaminate the scientific knowledge for the advancement of rural livelihood and other stakeholders specially students, researchers and farmi
ng community. Academics, scientists and students shared their research findings to the symposium. Fifty one research articles were published in the proceedings of NSATRS-2021. Professor Chandrika Wijeyaratne, Vice Chancellor of University of Colombo graced the symposium as the Chief Guest of the NSATRS 2021 and she mentioned that this symposium is a wonderful platform to share experiences and gain knowledge on the application of Smart Agriculture to ensure sustainable rural development in Sri Lanka. Dr. Richard S. Cahoon, Cornell University, USA joined as key note speaker for this NSATRS 2021.

NSATRS 2022

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3rd National Symposium on Agro-Technology and Rural Sciences (NSATRS) 2022 Virtual Symposium

The Third National Symposium of the UCIARS, NSATRS-2022 was held on 28th June 2022 as a Virtual symposium on the theme of “EXPLORING PATH FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE THROUGH INTEGRATIVE RESEACH”. The objective of the symposium was bringing academics, researchers, and professionals in diverse subject areas to promote new horizons that foster enhanced agricultural performances through clean and smart agricultural concepts for ensuring global food security and rural development.

Twenty eight research articles were published in the proceedings of NSATRS-2022. Senior Professor H.D.Karunaratne, The Vice Chancellor of University of Colombo graced the symposium as the Chief Guest of the NSATRS 2022 and he mentioned  that the symposium provided a unique platform for researchers, entrepreneurs, innovative farmers and the industry to deliberate and discuss on the diverse areas of Agro-Technology.

Emeritus professor Upali Samarajeewa, University of Peradeniya and Professor Paul A. Iji, The Dean of College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Fiji National University joined as the keynote speakers for the NSATRS 2022.

NSATRS 2023

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4th National Symposium on Agro-Technology and Rural Sciences (NSATRS) 2023 Virtual Symposium

The fourth National Symposium of the UCIARS, NSATRS-2023, was held on 28th June 2023 as a Virtual symposium on the theme of “EXPLORING PATH FOR FOOD SECURITY AND SAFETY THROUGH INNOVATIVE AGRICULTURE.” The objective of the symposium was to bring together academics, researchers, and professionals from diverse subject areas to promote new horizons that foster enhanced agricultural performance through clean and smart agricultural concepts, ensuring global food security and rural development.
The symposium featured forty-two research articles published in the proceedings of NSATRS-2023. Senior Professor H.D. Karunaratne, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo, graced the event as the Chief Guest of NSATRS 2023. The distinguished keynote speakers for NSATRS 2023 were Professor Buddhi Marambe from the Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, and Professor Rajeev Bhat, Professor & Chair Holder, ERA-Chair in VALORTECH, Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMU), Estonia, European Union.

Contact Us

INSTITUTE FOR AGRO-TECHNOLOGY AND RURAL SCIENCES

Address: New town, Weligatta, Hambantota Country: SriLanka – Asia
E-mail:nsatrs@uciars.cmb.ac.lk
Symposium Chairman: Prof. Champathi Gunathilke Tel: +94  47-2034201, Email: director@uciars.cmb.ac.lk
Symposium Coordinator: Mrs. Nelka Sriwarsinghe Tel: +94 47-2034200 Ext 224, Mobile: +94  77-8175176, Email: nelka@uciars.cmb.ac.lk
Secretary:Mr. A.J.M.C.M. Siriwardana Tel: +94 47-2034200/ Ext 242, Mobile: +94 71-6503597, Email: chathura@uciars.cmb.ac.lk
Senior Assistant Registrar: Mrs. S.A.S Priyadarshani  Tele: +94 47 20 34 211  Email: sar@uciars.cmb.ac.lk
Assistant Bursar: Mrs. A D P. De Soyza Tele: +94 47 20 34 207 Email: sab@uciars.cmb.ac.lk