Plant Physiological Ecology: Theories and Applications in Climate Change Research

Global climatic changes are marked by alteration of normal patterns of biochemical and biophysical processes that dramatically affect plant growth, survival and species distribution. Despite recent advances in research in this area, lack of knowledge transfer, unavailability of cutting-edge scientific instruments and analytical skills have hampered the progress of Plant Physiological Ecology as a scientific discipline in Sri Lanka. This workshop aims to fill this gap by providing hands on experience on using scientific equipment used for Plant Physiological Ecology for postgraduate students and junior researchers in research institutes of the country.

Target Group

  • Postgraduate students in plant sciences/botany/ecology
  • Junior researchers in research institutes

Institutional Organizers

  • Institute of Biology, Sri Lanka
  • Dilmah Conservation Centre for Climate Change Research and Adaptation

Coordinators and Teaching Panel

  • Nalaka Geekiyanage, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka – Main Coordinator
  • Iroja Caldera, Department of Plant Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Colombo – Co-coordinator

Time and Location

  • 28th – 29th March 2020
  • Lectures and practical sessions to be conducted at Dilmah Conservation Centre for Climate Change Research and Adaptation (DCC-CCRA), Queensberry Estate, Nawalapitiya

Number of participants

  • Maximum 12

 Medium of Instruction

  • English

 Workshop fee

  • LKR 8,500 (inclusive of workshop materials, meals, lodging and two-way transport from Peradeniya to Queensbury Estate)


Deadline for registration

  • 20th March 2020

Refund Policy and Other Important Notes

  • Registration fee should be paid in full before the prescribed deadline (20th March 2020).
  • Cancellations are possible up until a week before the deadline without charging a handling fee and seat reservation fee.
  • Cancellations requested on the first day of the workshop may receive a maximum of 25% of the paid registration fee.
  • No refund will be issued for participants who do not show up on the first day of the workshop for whatever the reasons.
  • Participants must arrange their own rain gear, field suits, leech socks, mosquito and tick repellents and other personal belongings for a single overnight stay.
  • Organizers reserve the right to postpone without the consent from the participants if adverse weather or landslide warnings are issued.