President's Message

It is with great pleasure that I provide this message for the new Website of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon.

The Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, a professional body for the general advancement of Chemical Science and the practice of Chemistry in Sri Lanka, is the successor to the Chemical Society of Ceylon, founded in 1941. Both the Chemical Society and the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon are among the oldest scientific bodies in Sri Lanka. The Institute has been steadily growing during the past few decades in both academic and professional aspects, and moreover, the Institute has focused more on charitable and national services in the recent past to serve the nation. The Institute now offers many academic programmes, namely, the BSc (Hons) programme in Chemical Science, Graduateship in Chemistry (GIC) Prorgamme and Diploma in Laboratory Technology (DLT) programme. A few more academic programmes to cater to the needs of the nation are soon to be initiated.

The activities conducted by the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon during the Council year 2023 – 2024 concentrate on the theme, “Chemical Science for Technological Advancement: Empowering the Future”. In addition to webinars and seminars, the second international symposium on Frontiers in Chemical Technology (2nd FCT) is scheduled to be held in June 2024 under the above theme having a special forum on industrial activities covering the herbal, polymer, activated carbon, and ceramics & tiles technologies together with value addition strategies. Further, providing necessary knowledge for secondary level chemistry teachers, thereby shaping up the younger generation in chemical science, is also a priority.

Prof. Namal Priyantha
B.Sc. (Perad), Ph.D. (Hawaii), FNASSL, FIChemC, CChem
President, Institute of Chemistry Ceylon
Senor Professor in Chemistry, University of Peradeniya