Technology & Development: Can Nano-technology leap-frog the Development Process in Sri Lanka?

A seminar on “Technology & Development: Can Nano-technology leap-frog the Development Process in Sri Lanka” organized by the Sri Lankan chapter of the Society for International Development (SID) was held on the 26th of August 2014 at the Institute of Policy Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The goal of the seminar was to facilitate a dialogue among policy makers, scientists, academics, and civil society as to how technology in general and Nanotechnology in particular could be promoted to accelerate the growth process for the well-being of the people.

The keynote address was delivered by Prof. Gehan Amaratunga, Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, Group Leader of the Electronics, Power and Energy Conversion (EPEC) Research Group and Chief of Research & Innovation at SLINTech. Minister of Technology, Research & Atomic Power Hon.Patali Champika Ranawaka and Snr Minister for Scientific Affairs Hon. Prof. Tissa Vitharana also attended the meeting.

The keynote address was followed by an expert panel discussion chaired by the President of the Sri Lankan SID chapter, Dr. Upananda Vidanapathirana.

The panel included Prof. Amaratunga Prof. Ajith de Alwis, Professor of Chemical & Process Engineering at the University of Moratuwa, Dr. Bandula Perera, Deputy Commissioner General, Public Utilities Commission, Mr. Anushka Wijesinghe, Research Economist at the Institute of Policy Studies.