Redefining agricultural & environmental policies: Emerging challenges and new horizons
International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment
ISAE 2020
14th February 2020 at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Mapalana, Kamburupitiya 81100, Sri Lanka
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International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment (ISAE 2020)

14th February 2020 from 08:30 am onwards

at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Mapalana, Sri Lanka

Challenges and Context

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 while protecting the environment should therefore consider parallel sustainable developments in all-possible interconnected sectors which include production, marketing, education, innovation and so forth. However, in the process of Agricultural development, it seems a huge threat to the environmental sustainability. Therefore, a solid policy framework assures the balance between the agricultural development and the sustainability of the environment. The existing policies seem not addressing the environmental issues. Therefore, redefining policy structure is must in the agricultural and environmental sectors in order to stand as the sustainable nation.


The objective of this international symposium is to bring together national and international academics and researchers in agriculture and environment sciences, and agricultural and environmental professionals to redefine agricultural and environmental policies that help toface emerging challenges and promote new horizons that foster enhanced agricultural and environmental performance.

Having recognized this incongruity, the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna attempts to pave the way to resolve this issue collectively with the stakeholder community in the agriculture and the environment sectors. We at the Faculty of Agriculture believe that, ISAE 2020, our annual congregation platform, is the ideal platform to initiate this movement. Hence, ISAE 2020 focuses on exploring the possibilities of establishing a down-to-earth and long-lastingpolicy network dedicated to resolve conflicts between agriculture and natural environment while redefining the existing policies.

Important Dates

15th 30th September 15th October 2019 - Deadlines for paper submission

1st November 2019 - Early Bird Registration starts

31st December 2019 - Early Bird Registration ends

1st January 2020 - Regular Registration starts


Tentative Program of ISAE 2020

14th February 2020

  • 08.00 am - 08.40 am Commencement of registration/ arrival of participants
  • 08.40 am - 10.15 am Arrival of guests and commencement of Inaugural Session
  • 10.15 am - 10.45 am Tea break
  • 10.45 am - 01.30 pm Morning scientific sessions
  • 01.30 pm - 02.30 pm Lunch
  • 02.30 pm - 04.00 pm Afternoon scientific sessions
  • 04.00 pm - 04.15 pm Working tea
  • 05.00 pm - Conclusion of the sessions
  • 07.00 pm - Symposium dinner

15th February 2020 - Excursion: Hiking Diyaluma Falls - 2nd HIGHEST WATERFALL IN SRI LANKA

  • 07.00 am – Start from the Faculty of Agriculture,, University of Ruhuna
  • 10.00 am - Arrival to the destination
  • 05.00 pm - Departure
  • 08.00 pm - Reach to the Faculty premises



  • Redefining agricultural and environmental policies (main theme)
  • Networking for smart agriculture
  • Plant resource management
  • Climate smart agriculture
  • Soil, water and environment
  • Agricultural economics and social sciences
  • Agribusiness management and entrepreneurship
  • Innovative technologies for smart agriculture and environment
  • Food and nutrition
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Livestock and dairy production
  • Oil palm industry
  • Young Graduates' Forum





  • Redefining agricultural & environmental policies: Emerging challenges and new horizons (main theme) - Codes, acts, guidelines - amendments and reinforcements of agricultural and environmental policies, Trade-offs and synergies between the economic, environmental and social dimensions of a policy geared towards sustainability. Science policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services and other related areas

  • Plant resource management - Crop improvements and biotechnology, diseases and risk management, Plantations crops and management, Horticulture, Floriculture and landscaping, organic farming and good agricultural practices, tissue culture and other related areas
  • Climate smart-agriculture - Climate change impacts on Agriculture, disasters and resilience, modeling and predictions, indigenous knowledge explorations, global warming, Mitigation and adaptation to climate change and related areas
  • Soil, water and environment - Irrigation and water management, hydrology, soil , health and performance, interactions of soil- water- atmosphere, fertilizer and environment, natural resource conservation and management, Biodiversity, Bio-solids, Sustainability of healthy soils for agricultural production and other related areas
  • Agricultural economics and social sciences - Environmental economics, extension and knowledge dissemination, Gender in Agriculture, Rural empowerment, green economy, mathematical modeling in agriculture, poverty and well-being, Identification, quantification and valuation of the demand for and supply of agri-environmental services, Economic significance of agricultural trade, The removal of non-tariff measures and barriers to trade, social aspects and social well-being and other related ares
  • Agribusiness management and entrepreneurship - Product development and advertising, value-chain management, Agro-tourism, ecotourism, Human Resource Management, marketing, financial management, value chain management and other related areas
  • Innovative technologies for smart agriculture and environment - GPS and GIS technology for agricultural innovation, Nanotechnology and molecular sciences, Power and machinery in agriculture, models and simulations, waste management, renewable energy and energy management, green production, green buildings, Environmentally and climate-friendly technologies and practices: opportunities and constraints, New technologies for agro-environmental studies, Risk assessment and environmental management and cost effective and sustainable technologies for smart agriculture and environment and other related areas
  • Food and nutrition - Production and processing, post-harvest management, health and Hygiene, food and nutrition safety, food quality and control, Food global trade and security and other related areas
  • Fisheries and aquaculture - Fish breeding, Fish processing, Culturing of aquatic biota, Coastal resource management, Shrimp and shell-fish farming, Ornamental and table fish farming, fisheries management, fisheries economics, coastal zone management, climate change impact on fisheries and other related areas
  • Livestock and dairy production technologies - Livestock production systems, Dairy development, Dairy and meat industry, Livestock product processing, Animal reproduction, Animal genetics and breeding, Grassland management, Animal feed processing and other related areas
  • Oil palm industry - Agronomic research on oil palm, mill effluent management , stakeholder perception on oil palm, Present situation of oil palm industry, New research trends and innovations, Environmental, economic and social issues of oil palm, sustainable palm oil industry, palm oil market implications, production technologies and value addition, challenges and probable solutions of oil palm industry and other related areas
  • Networking for smart agriculture - Physical and online networks, updated networking concepts, lessons learned, challenges and new horizons of ICT in agriculture and automation, Agricultural Development through ICT Application, Management of knowledge network, Digital agriculture ecosystem and other related areas

Chief Guest - IASE 2020

  • Chief Guest - main event

    Mr. Eric LAVERTU

    Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka

    Eric LAVERTU, born on 7 December 1955

    MA in Political Science

    “Hors Classe” Adviser for Foreign Affairs

    Positions held :

    Central administration (French Nationals Abroad and Foreigners in France), 1991 – 1993;
    Third Secretary in Islamabad, 1993-1996;
    Second Secretary in Santo Domingo, 1996 – 1998;
    Political Counsellor in United Nations special mission in Kabul, 1998-1999
    First Secretary, Cooperation and Culture Counselor in Addis-Ababa, 1999-2002;
    Second Counsellor, Cooperation and Culture Counselor in Kabul, 2002-2004;
    Diplomatic Counsellor to the Director & Head of the Central Europe countries office, Department of International relations, Directorate General of Armaments, Ministry of Defense, 2004-2006.
    Diplomatic and financial Counsellor to the Director & Head of the financial mechanisms and agreements office, Department of International relations, Directorate General of Armaments, Ministry of Defense,, 2006-2008;
    Second Counsellor in Santiago, 2008-2012;
    Consul General, Head of the Economic Section in Bangalore, 2012-2015;
    Assistant Director and then Deputy Director, Crisis and Support Centre, September 2015.

    Spoken Languages


Keynote Speakers

  • Main Event

    Nishan Dissanayake

    Senior Policy Advisor at Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sri Lanka

    Nishan Dissanayake is the Senior Policy Advisor for Agriculture in the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sri Lanka and Maldives. Prior to join with the Embassy, he worked for Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as a Monitoring and Evaluation consultant. Nishan received his BSc. Agriculture Degree and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Peradeniya. He is a holder of Certified Professional Marketer (CPM) license for Asia and the Pacific region issued by Asian Marketing Federation in Singapore.

    Nishan’s career interests include promotion of agricultural education cooperation between Netherlands and Sri Lanka with a focus on transferring Dutch knowledge and technology into the Sri Lankan agriculture sector.

    Nishan resides with his family in Colombo. In his free time, he loves to explore the countryside to experience the nature and wildlife.

  • Redefining Agricultural and environmental policies

    Dr. Olaf Heidelbach

    Programme Manager, Development Cooperation Section, Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

    Dr. Olaf Heidelbach studied Agricultural Economics and Development Studies at the Universities of Hohenheim/Germany and Ȧs/Norway. In 2007 he defended his doctoral thesis on innovative risk management instruments in Kazakhstan's agricultural sector at the Martin Luther University in Halle/Germany. He has been an Associate Professor lecturing risk management and analysis in the MBA Programme of the American University of Central Asia in 2008 and 2009. Between 2007 and 2012 he has been working at the EU Delegation to the Kyrgyz Republic and has managed numerous projects and sector policy support programmes in Central Asia on good governance, education, and rural development involving civil society and government institutions. Between 2012 and 2017, he was the responsible programme manager at the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan for the sectors agriculture/rural development and budget support operations/public financial management and has acted as Head of Cooperation. Since April 2017 he is based in Sri Lanka and manages at the EU Delegation in Colombo the EU's interventions in agriculture/rural development and public financial management.

  • Multi-stakeholder engagement for sustainable and inclusive agricultural and Environmental policies

    Dr. Herman Brouwer

    Senior advisor Multi-stakeholder Processes in Food Security, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

    Herman Brouwer is a senior advisor at Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI) at Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands, working on multi-stakeholder engagement for sustainable and inclusive agriculture. He advises, trains and coaches professionals across sectoral boundaries on how to contribute to sustainable development through collaboration. As an accredited Partnership Brokering Association (PBA) partnership broker, Mr Brouwer is supporting local and global partnerships, mainly in food security and natural resource management, in more than 25 countries. He divides his time between governments, companies, civil society organisations and research institutions. He is lead author of the acclaimed MSP Guide: How to design and facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships, which has been referred to as an “invaluable management tool for identifying the core principles, tools and considerations needed to optimise your organisation’s approach to engagement”. This book, which has recently been translated into French and Spanish, is accompanied by The MSP Tool Guide which contains 60 tools to make MSPs more effective. Recent clients include: the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, World Bank, World Wildlife Fund, World Economic Forum, and various humanitarian development NGOs. He is also an associate consultant with CDR (Collaborative Decision Resources) Associates in Boulder, (Colorado, USA) where he focuses on facilitation and mediation of environmental conflicts.

  • Networking for Smart Agriculture

    Prof. Athula Ginige

    Professor of Information Technology at Western Sydney University (WSU), Australia

    Athula Ginige is Professor of Information Technology at Western Sydney University (WSU), Australia and he leads the Social Computing and Knowledge Ecosystems Research Program at the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics. This program focuses on developing knowledge driven Social Computing solutions delivered via mobile based systems to a range of applied problems including “Grand Challenges” in diverse areas such as agriculture, healthcare, business and education. His current research areas include both autonomous and participatory sensor networks, knowledge aggregation and event detection, large scale knowledge organisation based on ontologies and semantic web technologies, context modelling, designing mobile based systems for user empowerment and Social Computing. Digital Knowledge Ecosystems integrate all these technologies and methodologies to provide innovative and sometimes disruptive solutions to real world challenges.

    Prof Ginige has previously done some pioneering work to establish the discipline area of Web Engineering which he is now extending to mobile based applications. He has also done extensive research in the areas of e-Business and e-Transformation. In 2016 he won the Australian Computer Society Digital Disrupter Gold award for developing the Digital Knowledge Ecosystem for Agribusiness. He has over 250 Journal and Conference publications and given many keynotes at conferences. He has successfully supervised 15 PhD students. He graduated with B.Sc. Engineering first class honours from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, England in 1987

  • Soil, Water, and Environment

    Prof. Morihiro Maeda

    Professor of Soil Science at the Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science, Okayama University, Japan

    Prof. Morihiro received bachelor and master degrees in 1991 and 1993, respectively in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan. He obtained his Ph. D. degree in Engineering at Kyoto University in 2002. He had worked as a technical researcher at the National Agricultural Research Center from 1993 to 2008. He had stayed as a visiting researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences for a year of 1998. He moved as associate professor to the Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science of Okayama University in 2008, and became professor at the same university in 2016. His main research interests are nitrate leaching in upland fields, nitrous oxide emissions from organic matter, stable isotope ratios of biophilic elements, etc. He authored or coauthored over 50 original papers in refereed journals and 9 books. He is a member of editorial boards of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (2007-2011, 2015-present) and Hydrological Research Letters (2016-present). He serves chair of Soil Environment Division of the Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (JSSSPN) (2015-present) and had been vice-chair of the same division from 2004-2015. He received Honorable Award from the JSSSPN (2004) and Achievement Award for Young Scientists from the Foundation of Agricultural Sciences of Japan (2004). He contributed as an organizer to 8 international workshops and symposiums. At Okayama University, Dr. Maeda is head of active research projects on groundwater pollution with nitrogen in Vietnam and nitrous oxide emissions in soil disinfestation, and teaches Introductory Soil Science and Soil Quality & Management for undergraduate students, and Soil Use & Management and Soil Functions for graduate students. He is a chief coordinator of a bilateral Master’s program between Okayama and Hue Universities.

  • Food and Nutrition

    Dr. Ranil Coorey

    Senior Lecturer, School of Molecular and Life Sciences (MLS), Bentley Campus, Curtin University Australia

    Dr Ranil Coorey completed his primary and secondary education at St Joseph’s College, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka before continuing with his BSc in Food Technology at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, which he completed in 1991. He then went on to pursuing his Master’s degree in Food Science and Technology at Curtin University, Perth, Australia and completed the same in 1996. Further, Dr Coorey completed his PhD at Curtin University in 2008. Dr Coorey has worked in the food industry in different countries for many years before joining Curtin University as an academic, where he continues to lecture in food processing and food safety. Currently, he working there as a Senior Lecturer and the Course Coordinator and former Discipline Leader of the Food Science and Technology program. During his long career in the food industry, he has developed commercial food safety management systems and food products while working mainly in research and development and product innovation. Being a University academic as well as a researcher, he is, currently, engaged in a variety of industry-funded projects on chicken and seafood cold-chain-management and safety. Moreover, he also holds an international collaborative research project on safe chicken processing, which includes Australia and several African countries, namely, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Uganda. Dr Coorey’s other research projects include a large Australian government grant on red meat safety and industry-funded Australian native food processing and safety. Being a prolific academic writer, he has published extensively in high impact internationally peer reviewed SCI journals. Dr Coorey has supervised numerous MSc and PhD students from around the world. Further, he closely worked with many Sri Lankan scientists both at Curtin University and Sri Lanka. Dr Coorey was instrumental in establishing a link program between the University of Ruhuna and Curtin University and an MOU to this effect was signed in 2017. As part of the link programme, collaborative research on chicken meat safety, novel food product development etc will be carried out both in Sri Lanka and Australia. Moreover, staff and student exchange programmes, joint undergraduate and postgraduate programmes will also be established between these two Universities.

  • Climate Smart Agriculture

    Dr. Giuliano Degrassi

    Group leader, Industrial Biotechnology Division, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

    Dr.Giuliano Degrassi obtained his BSc Agriculture from University of Udine, Italy, and Ph.D. (Life Science) in 2000 from the Open University of London, the UK primarily focusing on biodegradation of lignocellulose, protein expression, and purification, regulation of gene expression of bacteria, biosafety and risk assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms. The primary research interests of Dr. Degrassi and his team at ICGEB, Italy, and Argentina are plant-associated bacteria, plant bacterial endophytes, investigation of plant-bacteria interaction and quorum quenching. Further, they are comprehensively engaging in biofuel and biogas production research and development programs. Currently, Dr. Degrassi is serving as the Group Leader, Industrial Biotechnology Division in International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB). Dr. Degrassi is an eminent scientist in the industrial biotechnology field and has published his important research findings in many prestigious high-impact international research journals.

  • Livestock and Dairy Production

    Dr. Apurba Giri

    Assistant Professor & Head, Dept. of Nutrition, and Coordinator, Dept. of Food Processing, Mugberia Gangadhar Mahavidyalaya

    Dr. Apurba Giri is presently working as Assistant Professor & Head, Dept. of Nutrition and Coordinator, Dept. of Food Processing, Mugberia Gangadhar Mahavidyalaya (UGC recognized as College with Potential for Excellence; Affiliated to Vidyasagar University). He did B.Tech (Dairy Tech.) from West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, M.Tech (Dairy Tech.) from Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fishery Sciences University, Ph.D (Dairy Tech.) from National Dairy Research Institute, and Post-Doc (Agri. and Food Eng.) from IIT-Kharagpur. He worked as Technical Officer at City Dairy, Howrah and Sr. Officer at Banas Dairy, Gujarat. He traveled to Denmark Technical University, Denmark to present his Post-Doctoral research work with the help to UGC International Travel Grant. He is life member of World Science Congress, Indian Dairy Association, Dairy Technology Society of India, Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India), The Indian Science Congress Association and Nutrition Society of India. He has achieved 13 awards in National and International level (including Best Thesis Award from NDRI, oral presentation, poster presentation etc.). He organized 11 Workshop / Conference / Seminar / Short-term course. He attended 11 International Conferences, 21 National seminars/conferences and 11 workshops/short courses. He published 21 research papers in International Journal (having SCI journal, i.e. Food Chemistry, Food and Bioprocess Technology, Journal of Food Science and Technology, Journal of Food Process Engineering, International Journal of Dairy Technology, Journal of Food Processing and Preservation), 3 research papers in National Journals, 7 popular articles, 5 book chapters, 20 other publications (proceeding, Bulletin, NDRI News, etc.). He was presenter as invited speaker in 4 seminars/camps; oral presenter in 6 International conferences, 11 National conferences/seminars, 2 Departmental seminars; poster presenter in 12 International conferences, 23 National conferences/seminars. A project (duration 3 years) funded by Dept. of Science & Technology and Biotechnology (Govt. of West Bengal) is undergoing under his supervision. His areas of research interest are traditional Indian dairy products, frozen dairy products, dairy by-products, cheese and fermented dairy products, dried milk and milk products, algal technology, functional foods etc.

  • Livestock and Dairy Production - Afternoon Session

    Prof. Hiroaki FUNAHASHI

    Dean and Professor, Okayama University, Japan

    Professor Hiroaki FUNAHASHI was educated at Department of Animal Science, Okayama University of Japan, and then awarded a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in 1990. From 1991 to 1996, he was contributed to research at Department of Animal Science of University of Missouri-Columbia,as a postdoc and researchassistant professor under Prof. Billy N. Day. In 1996, he was back to his mother university, Okayama University, as an associate professor of Animal Science. He has been promoted to a full professor since 2012. Currently, he has been the dean of the Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science of Okayama University since 2017. His major is Animal Reproductive Biotechnology. For long time, he has studied on in-vitro production ofbovine and porcine embryos, as well as micromanipulation of mammalian gametes. So far, he has published 11 book chapters, 20 review papers, 110 full international papers as well as 203 presentations at international (99 abstracts) and domestic scientific meetings (104 abstracts). He was also invited 41 times as a guest speaker at international (14 times) and domestic meetings (27 times). In 1998, he has awarded the most honor research award, Shimomura Award, from the Japanese Society of Animal Reproduction. He is a co-editor of two international journals, Reproduction in Domestic Animal and Animal Science Journal.

  • Innovative Technologies for smart agriculture and environment

    Dr. Anup Pradhan

    Senior Lecturer, Department of Quality and Operations Management, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

    Dr. Anup Pradhan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Quality and Operations Management, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He has held posts at Institute of Engineering and Alternative Energy Promotion Centre in Nepal. He received BSc in Agricultural Engineering from Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh; ME in Agricultural Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand; and PhD in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from University of Idaho, USA. His research interests include life cycle assessment, renewable energy, farm mechanization, operations management, smart grid management, smart factory, applied research and optimization, organizational productivity, knowledge management. He is NRF rated researcher in South Africa and a registered Engineer with Nepal Engineering Council. He is a member of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), Engineering Society of South Africa (ECSA), Nepal Engineer’s Association (NEA), Gamma Sigma Delta, Golden Key International Honor Society.

  • Agricultural economics and social sciences

    Dr. Raju Mandal

    Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Assam University, Silchar, Assam, India

    Dr. Raju Mandal serves as an Associate Professor, attached to Department of Economics, Assam University. He is an enthusiastic and innovative professional with extensive experience in Economics of Natural Resources and Environment. He is passionate about Climate Change impact in Agriculture and will tap into his knowledge to the development of Economics of Social Sector. As a leading researcher in Assam University, Dr. Raju brought the founding platform to Climate Change Impact on Rice Yield and have worked for several other funding project in India.

  • Plant Resource Management

    Prof. Yong Wang

    Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Guizhou University, Guiyang, Guizhou, 550025, China

    Dr. Yong Wang is presently working as Professor & Head, Dept. of Plant Pathology, Agriculture College, Guizhou University. He did Ph.D from Plant Pathology in Shandong Agricultural University, and Post-Doc (Biology) from Guizhou University. He worked as plant mycology in southwestern China and Lanmei River Basin. He traveled to Mae Fah Luang University to present his cooperative research work with Prof Kevin D. Hyde. He is a member of American Phytopathological Society and a member of Chinese Society of Plant Pathology council. He organized 14th Youth Symposium of Chinese Society of Plant Pathology and will run the annual meeting of Chinese Society of Plant Pathology in 2020 in Guiyang. He published 70 research papers in International Journal (having SCI journal, i.e. Fungal Diversity, Plant Disease, Phytopathology, Mycologia, Fungal Biology, Mycokeys, Mycological Progress, Cryptogamie Mycologie), 12 research papers in National Journals, and his H-index is 24. In recent five years, he presided over 10 scientific research projects, and also co-sponsored an Iranian National Fund project. His areas of research interest are fungal diversity in southwestern China and Lanmei River Basin, crop fungal disease rapid identification, DNA barcoding, environmental friendly pest managemnt. He hopes to carry out various scientific research cooperation with the experts in “One belt, One Road” countries.

  • Agribusiness management and entrepreneurship

    Prof. Paul Dargusch

    Professor, The University of Queensland, Australia

    Paul Dargusch currently works as an Associate Professor in Environmental Management at The University of Queensland (UQ). He concurrently serves as a Special Advisor to the UNDP in Papua New Guinea. His research interests cover various fields of environmental studies and environmental change, including tropical forest management, ecological engineering and restoration, energy economics and climate policy, and agricultural development. He has a special interest in environmental markets, particularly in how to achieve better returns from environmental finance. From 2016 to 2018 Paul served as the Deputy Head of UQ’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Australia’s top ranked University for environmental sciences. He has published more than 100 papers in leading peer-reviewed journals including in Science and Nature Climate Change. From 2007 to 2016, Paul served as the Director of the UQ Carbon Lab. In that role he developed a carbon trading simulation tool called the Carbon Game which he and his team used to train more than 5000 people in 16 different countries on carbon and energy management; including Government agencies in China, Indonesia, the UAE and Australia, some of the world’s largest corporations such as Petronas, the Chinese National Oil Corporation and Glencore Xstrata, and leading development agencies, such as the World Bank and the FAO. Prior to joining UQ, from 1996 to 2007 Paul held various senior roles in the private sector, including as General Manager of International Business with PCA Ltd (one of Australia’s largest vertically integrated oilseeds companies) and CEO of the BFA Group (Australasia’s biggest organic certification agency).

  • Fisheries and Aquaculture

    Prof. Siddiqur Rahman

    Professor, Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Dr. Rahman holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the American University in Washington D.C. and has 22 years of research and teaching experience in the field of anthropology with a focus on contemporary development issues in Bangladesh. His research experience is centered on the broader areas of development - its global challenges and successes. Dr. Rahman holds permanent teaching positions as professor of Anthropology at Jahangirnagar University (JU), Bangladesh. He has extensive research experience with University of Manitoba-Canada, Monash University-Australia and Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland

  • Oil Palm Industry

    Dr Christina Supramaniam

    Associate Professor, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham - Malaysia Campus, Malaysia

    Associate Professor Dr Christina Supramaniam is the Director of Nottingham Centre for Sustainable Palm Oil and one of the 17 Nottingham Research Leaders in 2019. She is a Malaysian who completed her PhD in Biosciences, University of Nottingham, UK in the area of Molecular Plant Pathology, specifically looking at oil palm basal stem rot (BSR) disease and the genes expressed during the biodegradation of lignin. Oil palm is grown widely in Malaysia and Indonesia and is a major contributing factor to the economies of the country. In 2019, Christina was appointed as a working group committee by the Ministry of Primary Industries, Malaysia, to review the standards for Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil Certification. To date, Dr Christina has had more than four graduate PhD students from the University of Nottingham and more than 50 undergraduate and postgraduate students working on Ganoderma-oil palm interactions. She is a reviewer for Plant Pathology, Wiley and Crop Protection, Elsevier journals. She is a member of the International Society for Plant Pathology, British Society for Plant Pathology and Australasian Plant Pathology Society. She has other research interests that include the molecular reactions to anthracnose disease in postharvest and the bio-formulation of microbial mixtures for biological control and bioprocess technologies. Dr Christina is also a fellow of the Higher Education Agency, HEA UK since 2011.

  • Soil, Water, and Environment

    Prof Hiroaki Somura

    Associate Professor, Graduate School of Environmental and life Science, Okayama University, Japan

    Dr. Hiroaki SOMURA specializes in the hydrology, water quality, and watershed management. He had studied about modeling analysis of groundwater quality (NO3-N) as the topic of his Ph.D. dissertation. His present research topic is “Analysis on influences of climate change and watershed development against watershed hydrology, water quality, and habitat environment of benthic animals by using Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT)”. He has also conducted a field research in paddy fields paying attention to farming activities and water quality, and practical use of Tundra Swan’s feces to rice farming. He has a lot of overseas research experiences in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Texas, and Mozambique.

  • Young Graduates' Forum

    Mr. Ariyaseela Wickramanayake

    Founder and Chairman to Master Divers, Pelwatte Dairy Industries, Sri Lanka

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You can edit the information if necessary, after logging into the system with submission ID and the password you specified. 


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(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 - 2020 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.

Prof. Ganganee Samaraweera
Coordinator – ISAE 2020 
Department of Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agriculture 
University of Ruhuna 
Mapalana, Kamburupitiya 81100 

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

Prof. Ganganee Samaraweera 
Coordinator – ISAE 2020 
Tel: +94 (0) 41-2292200 Ext 214, E-mail:, Mobile: +94 71 838 7487 

Dr. Anuga Liyanage
Secretary – ISAE 2020
Tel: +94 (0) 41-2292200 E-mail:, Mobile: +94 71 801 7621


For Foreign Participants

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

Sri Lankan Visa


Map to the Faculty of Agriculture

Web portal of the Government of Sri Lanka

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


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. 

Symposium Pack

Each registered author will receive a Symposium pack that includes,

  • A Certificate
  • A docket with e-proceeding in a pen-drive
  • Lunch, Morning and evening refreshments
  • Access to all scientific sessions and take part in the discussion forum

Early-Bird (1st Nov to 31st Dec, 2019) Regular (From 1st Jan 2020)
Participants/presenters/authors 4000 LKR 6000 LKR
a) External/postgraduate 2000 LKR 4000 LKR
b) Immediately pass out in 2019 from Faculty of Agriculture 2000 LKR 3000 LKR
Foreign participants/presenters/authors
Other 75 USD 100 USD
Foreign Students
Other 75 USD 100 USD



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 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.


Symposium Dinner and Excursion

Symposium dinner will be held on 14th February 2020 at the Faculty Premises

Excursion - Hiking Diyaluma Falls - 2ND HIGHEST WATERFALL IN SRI LANKA

15th February 2020 - more details will be notified soon

Diyaluma Falls is 220 m (720 ft) high and the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 361st highest waterfall in the world. It is situated 6 km (3.7 mi) away from Koslanda in Badulla District on Colombo-Badulla highway. The Falls are formed by Punagala Oya, a tributary of Kuda Oya which in turn, is a tributary of Kirindi Oya. It is nearly 3 hour journey from faculty to the place.
It has different levels and natural pools on the top. Water coming down with great force on the rocks is amazing to experience on the foot but exploring the top is new and you need to be a fit to reach this. Top of the waterfall is amazing place for enjoying a full day.

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Past Symposia

Timeline for the past events.

  • ISAE 2019

    28 February 2019

    International Symposium on Agriculture and Environment - 2019. "Networking for smart agriculture and sustainability of bioresources"

  • 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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ISAE 2020 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 2020. For further information on ISAE 2020, please contact:

Prof. Gangani Samaraweera

Coordinator – ISAE 2020

Tel: +94 (0) 41-2292200 Ext 2145, E-mail:, Mobile: +94 71 838 7487

Dr. Anuga Liyanage

Secretary – ISAE 2020

Tel: +94 (0) 41-2292200 E-mail:, Mobile: +94 71 801 7621

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