Networking for smart agriculture and sustainability of bioresources
International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment
ISAE 2019
28th February 2019 at The Blue Water, Wadduwa, Sri Lanka
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International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment (ISAE 2019)

28th February 2019

at The Blue Water, Wadduwa, Sri Lanka

Important Dates

Submission of Abstracts - 15 September 2018 (Deadline has been Extended to 15 october 2018)

Notification of Acceptance - 01 December 2018

Commencement of registration - 01 January 2019


“Agriculture is the science, art or practice of cultivating the soil, producing the crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products”
- Mariam-Webster Dictionary -

Agriculture is perceived as a synchronous process which encompasses the lives and activities of every strata of the society. Attempts to develop the agriculture sector should therefore consider, parallel developments in all-possible interconnected sectors which include production, marketing, education, innovation and so forth. Therefore, a solid network of stakeholders that ramifies through all the sectors of agriculture, is a must-to-have in order to channel the development inputs to the desired ends.

Sri Lanka's diverse agriculture sector has nearly 27% of the population employed, while contributing only a 7.5% to the national GDP. This relatively poor performance could be attributed to lack of synchronization among the sectors, information gaps and deficiencies in decision making processes.

Having recognized these anomalies, the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna attempts to pave the way to resolve these issues collectively with the stakeholder community. We at the Faculty of Agriculture believe that, ISAE 2019, our annual congregation platform, is the ideal platform to initiate this movement. Hence, ISAE 2019 focuses on exploring the possibilities of establishing a down-to-earth and lasting network dedicated to the sectoral needs of agriculture in the country.

What's new in isae 2019...

Starting from ISAE 2019, all interested stakeholders in the Agriculture sector (foreign and local) are given opportunities to present their experiences, case-specific issues, views and ideas alongside the research sessions. 

Please note that the final decision on the selection of the material will be taken by the publication committee.



  • Session dedicated for networking (main theme)  - find out more...
  • Sessions for complementary subthemes
    • Including a parallel session dedicated to the "Climate-change impacts on fisheries and coastal resources"






  • Networking for Smart Agriculture (main theme) - Physical and online networks, updated networking concepts, lessons learned, challenges...

  • Crop Production Technologies - Crop improvements and biotechnology, Pests, diseases and risk management, Plantations management, Floriculture and landscaping...

  • Forestry and Agroforestry

  • Livestock Production, Development and Expansion

  • Fisheries and Aquaculture

  • Agribusiness and Marketing - Agricultural and environmental economics, extension and knowledge dissemination, product development and advertising, value-chain management, Agro-tourism…

  • Food and Nutrition - Production and processing, postharvest management, health and nutrition, food safety…

  • Soil and Water - Irrigation and water management, hydrology, soil health and performance, soil-water-atmosphere interactions, fertilizers…

  • Agricultural Engineering, Chemistry and Technology - Machinery and mechanization, ICT in agriculture and automation, nanotechnology and molecular sciences, models and simulations, waste management, renewable energy, green production...

  • Bioresources and Environment - Biodiversity, natural resource conservation and management, eco-friendly and organic agriculture…

  • Climate Change and the Impacts - Climate change impacts on Agriculture and fisheries, disasters and resilience, climate-smart agriculture, modeling and predictions…

  • Indigenous Knowledge Explorations 

  • Law and Governance - Codes, acts, guidelines - amendments and enforcements…

Article Submission Guidelines

Please Stick to the Guidelines


  • Research findings (for researchers – abstracts/extended abstracts**)

    ** The printed version of the proceedings will include only the abstracts. However, the authors should submit an extended abstract to assist the review process. If any author wishes to publish the extended abstract or full paper, the publication committee will take necessary steps to publish them in the web (as online version with an endorsement) or TARE Journal, provided that the contents of the paper meets the standards set by the publication committee. 

  • Experiences and views (for planters/investors/extension officers/administrators… - synopses)
All the extended abstracts submitted to ISAE 2019 will be subjected to double blind peer review process and, will be published under the condition that all the suggestions made by reviewers are properly addressed and, all the criteria laid by the ISAE editorial board are fulfilled. 

The synopses which were written based on experiences, case-specific issues, views and ideas will be reviewed by a special committee comprised of experts from various fields in agriculture. The committee will give a feedback to the author after the review process regarding the status of the publication. The authors whose synopses are accepted for publication should present their articles either as oral or poster presentations.

Guidelines for the preparation and submission of Extended Abstracts/ Synopsis

The contents of the EXTENDED ABSTRACTS

  • Title page: Title, author name/s and addresses (institutional affiliations), email addresses of all the authors.

  • Abstract: Maximum of 350 words.

  • Keywords: Maximum of 5 keywords.

  • Introduction: Maximum of 350 words.

  • Materials and Methods: Maximum of 350 words.

  • Results, Discussion and Conclusion/s: Maximum of 800 words. Only one table or figure could be included in this section.

  • References: Maximum of five key references could be included (Please use Harvard Author Date system).

  • Figures and tables may be embedded in the text body and the respective captions and cross-references should be correctly indicated.

  • Figures: Please send the images in jpg format with at least 1024 x 768 size in pixels. Graphs prepared by applications other than MS Excel should be sent as jpg images.

  • Please use the given format for the cross-references and captions Figure 01. / Table 01.

Page settings

  • Page size: A4/ 2.5 cm margin in all sides.

  • Font: Times new roman/ Size 12.

  • Line spacing: 1.5

  • Text alignment: Justified.


The guidelines for the SYNOPSES

  • Length: 500 words

  • Content: You may write a on an important topic covered under any of the thematic areas stated above or any other area related to the agriculture and environment. Please note that "reviews" do not fall into this category. This opportunity is given to the professionals who are not directly engaged in research, yet have valuable views and experiences to share with the community and, could generate new ideas for research and policy making. During the preparation of the synopsis, please make sure to include the evidences as much as possible to strengthen and validate your statements.     

  • Page size: A4/ 2.5 cm margin in all sides.

  • Font: Times new roman/ Size 12.

  • Line spacing: 1.5

  • Text alignment: Justified.

  • Review process: The write-ups will be reviewed by experts in the subject area and the publication committee will take the final decision to publish the article.

  • Publication procedure: The selection for the publication will be based on the quality of the content, which will be evaluated through timeliness of the topic, novelty of ideas, severity of the issues, the evidences provided and so forth. The authors of the qualified articles will be instructed to present the topic as oral or poster presentation under relevant session. Mode of presentation will be notified along with the acceptance notice.

Electronic Submission procedure

  1. Click on the below given link "Click here to submit the manuscript" to enter the submission web page
  2. Click on "Make Submission" link - You will be asked to submit author information, abstract (as text), keywords, password for the system login etc.
  3. Click "Make Submission" Button after filling the form properly (IMPORTANT: remember your submission ID and the password you entered). You will receive a confirmation email.
  4. Click on the "OpenConf Home" link of the submission page
  5. Click on "Upload File" link
  6. Enter your submission ID and password
  7. Use "Browse" button to locate the MS Word file containing your extended abstract in your hard disk. IMPORTANT: Only MSWord files prepared from version 2007 and later (xxx.docx) are accepted.
  8. Click "Upload file" button after selecting the file to be upload.
  9. If file submission was successful you will get a message " Submission ID XX has been uploaded."
You can edit the information if necessary, after logging into the system with submission ID and the password you specified. 


Click here to submit a manuscript

(An acknowledgement will be sent to the corresponding author by e-mail (or by regular mail, if necessary) once the extended abstract/synopsis and author information are received by the ISAE - 2019 secretariat) 

Although we strongly encourage you to use the online submission system, you may send your writeups (hard copies) through post to the following address.

Dr. Chamila Wijekoon 
Coordinator – ISAE 2019 
Department of Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture 
University of Ruhuna 
Mapalana, Kamburupitiya 81100 

For further clarifications on the guidelines for abstract submission, please contact: 

Dr. Chamila Wijekoon 
Coordinator – ISAE 2019 
Tel: +94 (0) 41-2292200 Ext 295, E-mail:, Mobile: +94 77 764 9211 

Dr. Ganganee Samaraweera 
Secretary – ISAE 2019 
Tel: +94 (0) 41-2292200 Ext 214, E-mail:


For Foreign Participants

Following links may be useful to those participating from outside the country

Sri Lankan Visa


Map to the Hotel

Web portal of the Government of Sri Lanka

Note: Video conferencing could be made available. Please contact organizers for more details and arrangements


Commencement of registration: January 01, 2019

Please use the online registration form by following this link. Make sure that you read the symposium excursion and dinner details in this web site before filling the registration form, if you are willing to participate those activities.

Registration Fee

Since the very beginning, the goal of the organizing committee of the ISAE is to ensure that the participants enjoy a productive time in a comfortable environment with minimum burden on the participants. Hence, we offer a nominal registration fee, especially for the young emerging researchers. 

Students (Local) 2000 LKR
Students (Foreign) 15 USD (or equivalent in LKR)
Local authors/participants 4500 LKR
Foreign authors/participants 40 USD (or equivalent in LKR)

An online payment system will be implemented as the registration period commences. We encourage you to use the online payment gateway in order to get registered. 

Those who wish to send the registration fees to the symposium bank account, please use the bank details provided below. 
It is compulsory to send the copy of any valid proof (bank slip/ receipt) of your payment. Please scan the document and email to 
We will confirm the receipt of your payment as soon as the bank transfers the money to our account.

Bank Name: Peoples Bank
Branch: Kamburupitiya
Account Holder: University of Ruhuna, Faculty of Agriculture
Account No.: 133100160000029

Important: Symposium pack which includes symposium bag and proceedings and stationary, will not be available for the persons who do not register. Abstracts belonging to unregistered authors will be removed from the online version of the proceedings. The presenters who are unable to attend the event due to unavoidable reasons, should attempt to send a proxy or, in the event of being unable to participate anybody, the authors should inform the organizers as early as possible to decide on the future course of action. Virtual presentation opportunity can be arranged on request, provided that the registration fee has been paid in advance.

Excursion and Symposium Dinner

ISAE 2019 excursion will be organized on the day following the symposium (1st March, 2019). This will be a one-day event and the destination will be in the southern Sri Lanka. We will be providing you with the transportation during the excursion and accommodation can also be arranged on request (Please note that the cost will have to be borne by the participant).

There will be a nominal fee as indicated below to cover the following expenses. You have the option to participate both excursion and the symposium dinner or either of them depending on your time availability and, the payments should be done at the time of registration to the symposium.

Excursion - Rs. 1,500 (10 US $) (meals, refreshments, entrance tickets etc.) Symposium dinner – Rs. 1,000 (7 US $)

Your family members or invitees can also join the excursion and the dinner. However, same fee applies for additional participant and the children who are 12+ years of age.

Expected site visits: Medium-scale plantations, vegetable and fruit farmer fields and markets

Past Symposia

Timeline for the past events.

  • ISAE 2018

    18 January 2018

    International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment – 2018. “Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture Towards Food Security”

  • ISAE 2017

    19 January 2017

    International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment - 2017. “Greener Agriculture and Environment through Convergence of Technologies

  • ISAE 2016

    13 January 2016

    International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment - 2016. “Towards a Knowledge-based Bioeconomy”: Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions

  • ISAE 2014

    27 November 2014

    International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment - 2014. "Ensuring Sustainable Development through Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services".

  • ISAE 2013

    28 November 2013

    International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment - 2013. "Agriculture and Eco-system Health: Balancing the Issues"

  • ISAE 2012

    29 November 2012

    International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment - 2012. "Research to meet Global Challenges"

  • ISAE 2011

    09 November 2011

    International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment - 2011. "Green Technologies for Sustainable Development"

  • International Symposium 2010

    16 November 2010

    International Symposium 2010. "Sustainable Agriculture for Prosperity"

  • Second National Symposium 2009

    10 September 2009

    National Symposium 2009. "Food for Nation through Innovative Agriculture".

  • National Symposium 2008

    23 October 2008

    National Symposium 2008. "New Frontiers in Agriculture from Farm to Fork"

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Contact Us

ISAE 2018 is administered by a Symposium Organizing Committee (SOC) chaired by the Coordinator. SOC is comprised of the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Heads of Departments, Chairpersons of all sub-committees of ISAE 2018. For further information on ISAE 2018, please contact:

Dr. WMCJ Wijekoon

Coordinator – ISAE 2019

Tel: +94 (0) 41-2292200 Ext 295, E-mail:, Mobile: +94 77 764 9211

Dr. Ganganee Samaraweera

Secretary – ISAE 2019

Tel: +94 (0) 41-2292200 Ext 217, E-mail: