July 1-2, 2021

5th International Research Conference IRCUWU2021

Exploring Potentials in Challenging Periods

We are pleased to announce that the International Research

Conference of Uva Wellassa University (IRCUWU2021) will be

held as an Online conference on 1st and 2nd July,2021

The Event at Glance

The 5th international Research conference of Uva Wellassa University was proudly held on 1st and 2nd of July 2021, as a fully virtual conference.

Through its past conferences, Uva Wellassa University has made significant contributions to the exploration of avenues of value addition to Sri Lankan resources. The 5th International Research Conference of Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka-IRCUWU2021 focused on exploring new horizons to combat difficulties by opening it under the theme "Exploring Potentials in Challenging Periods" at a time when the entire world is facing one of the most significant challenges in human history, the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof. J.L. Ratnasekera, Vice Chancellor of Uva Wellassa University, presided over the inaugural session of the IRCUWU2021. The event was held at the Main Computer Lab at Uva Wellassa University adhering to all Covid-19 health guidelines. The distinguished chief guest, Senior Professor Sampath Amaratunge, Chairman of the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka, graced IRCUWU2021.A scholarly keynote speech on " Experiences of Water Pollution Prevention and Control in China during 40 years " presented by Professor Yuansong Wei of the Chinese Academy of Sciences enlightens the event. Furthermore, Professor Ramesh G. Mani from Georgia State University in Atlanta, USA, delivered the second keynote speech on " Potential future applications of graphene; Detection of spin resonance in epitaxial graphene," enhancing the value of the inaugural session.

Academics, researchers, scientists, industrialists, professionals, graduates, and undergraduate students convened for IRCUWU2021 to explore and disseminate unique and innovative ideas and research findings published in ten thematic areas.

Scholars from all over the globe presented 277 research findings chosen from more than 500 abstracts submitted in ten thematic areas at IRCUWU2021. The presented IRCUWU2021 abstracts are published online as an electronic archive in the university web system. (link: http://www.uwu.ac.lk/wp-content/uploads/2021/ircuwu_2021_proceedings.pdf). The most influential research work in each track was selected based on panel members’ feedback, encouraging researchers to bring on more perfect inventions.


The Best Research Award

Track Best Research
Agriculture Paper ID: IRCUWU2021-393
Assessment of Compost Quality Produced with Municipal Solid Waste and Dewatered Fecal Sludge: A Case Study
B.H.R. Fernando, M.K.F. Nadheesha, G.S. Nirukshan, N.S. Aratchige and C.S. Ranasinghe
Aquaculture Paper ID: IRCUWU2021-540
Determination of the Effect of Papaya (Carica papaya) Leaf Powder as a Low Cost, Immunogenic, Herbal Feed Additive on Zebrafish (Danio rerio)
H.A. Prameesha, D.P.N. De Silva and W.A.H.P. Guruge
Business Management Paper ID: IRCUWU2021-253
Influence of Human Relations Movement on Employees’ Self-Reported Productivity in Work from Home
T.A.D. Sewwandi and  A.L. Sandika
Computing & Informatics Paper ID: IRCUWU2021-149
Secondary and Super Secondary Structure of Prefusion Conformation of Spike Protein of SARS-CoV-2: A Computational Structure Profiling
S. Suthaharan, M. Sababathy and A. Murugananthan
Engineering & Technology Paper ID: IRCUWU2021-360
Development of a Low-Cost pH Meter using Arduino Programming
J.A.L. Naveendra, J.P.A.S. Jayawickrama, A.M.M. Bandara and K.G.C. Senarathna
Environmental Sciences Paper ID: IRCUWU2021 - 238
Cellulase Activity of Fungal and Bacterial Isolates and their Fungal-bacterial Biofilms
I.D. Singhalage, A.P. Palliyaguruge, U.D. Kannangara, G. Seneviratne, H.M.S.P. Madawala and K. Yogarajah
Food Science & Bioprocesses Paper ID: IRCUWU2021 – 464
Anti-Oxidant Activity and Tyrosinase Inhibitory Activity of Ceylon Black Tea Extracts: Water Extract of Ceylon Black Tea Regulate Anti-Melanogenic Activity by Suppressing Tyrosinase, TRP-1, TRP-2 and MITF in B16F10 Melanoma Cells
A.U. Rathnayake and Hee-Guk Byun
Hospitality & Tourism  Paper ID: IRCUWU2021-53
A Study on the Future Prospects of Tourist Hostel Operations under Covid – 19: Hostel Operators’ Perspective in Western Province of Sri Lanka
K.A.M.P. Senevirathne, W.G.S.R. Wijesundara and U.G.O. Sammani
Humanities, Social & Library Sciences  Paper ID: IRCUWU2021-166
A Study on Assessing the Awareness of the Risk Factors Causing Cervical Cancers among Women in Gampaha District, Sri Lanka 2020.
P.A.D.O. Devindini, F. Sameetha, L.B.I.S. Amarasena and N. Weerakoon
Material & Mineral Sciences Paper ID: IRCUWU2021-15
Geochemical Variations of Prospective Heavy Mineral Deposits Bordering the Coastline of Sri Lanka
H.C.S. Subasinghe, A.S. Ratnayake, T.D.U. Wijewardhana and K.A.G. Sameera



About IRCUWU2021

Being the pioneer Entrepreneurial as well as Technopreneurial University in Sri Lanka, UWU has generated an exemplary studious milieu for the nation inspired by the unique theme, "Value addition to the national resources base". UWU continues to produce well-rounded graduates capable of contributing to the national development with innovative solutions.

Through its past conferences, UWU has contributed immensely to explore avenues of value addition to Sri Lankan resources. This time, when the whole world faces one of the greatest challenges in the human history, the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCUWU2021 focuses on exploring new horizons to combat difficulties by opening its International Research Conference (IRCUWU2021) under the theme "Exploring Potentials in Challenging Periods"

IRCUWU2021 encourages national and international academics, researchers, scientists, industrialists, professionals, graduates and undergraduate students to discuss, share and disseminate their novel and innovative ideas and research findings in all aspects of Science, Engineering, Technology and Management at this dignified forum of intellectualities actively engaged in keeping footprints in the journey of Sustainable Development though Information and Knowledge Dissemination. This prestigious event provides opportunities for scientists, industry personnel and international delegates to unite and present their scientific innovations and discuss global trends in different fields

Key Dates

Deadline for Abstracts Submission 

20th April 2021

Extended to 08th May 2021

Notification of Acceptance  

10th June 2021

Registration for Participants/Authors (Open) 

10th June 2021

Deadline for registrations for participants/Authors  

16th June 2021

Conference Dates 

1st & 2nd July 2021


Chief Guest
Chief Guest

Prof. Sampath Amaratunge

Chairman, University Grants Commision of Sri Lanka

Keynote Speaker

Chief Guest
Chief Guest

Yuansong Wei, Ph. D, Professor,

Director of Laboratory of Water Pollution Control Technology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). 

Deputy Director of CAS-TWAS Center of Excellence for Water and Environment (CEWE). 

Professor at University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. 

Adjunct Professor at National Institute of Fundamental Studies, Sri Lanka.

Yuansong Wei, Awarded Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Jiangxi Polytechnic University in July, 1990; Master of Environmental Engineering from Dalian University of Technology in July, 1995; Ph.D of Environmental Engineering from RCEES, CAS in July, 2000, respectively. Studied as Postdoctoral in TNO, the Netherlands from March 2001 to March 2002, and worked as Visiting Scholar in EAWAG (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology) from March 2008 to March 2009. 

His research areas focusing on water & wastewater treatment, organic solid wastes treatment and resource recovery, river restoration, and antibiotics resistance pollution & control in environment. He has supervised 18 Ph. D and 45 Master students, published over 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals (H-index: 31),including over 130 papers in scientific citation index(SCI) journals and over 20 authorized patents.As PI of over 30 projects funded by National High Technology Research and Development Program of China, National Major Science & Technology Projects for Water Pollution Control and Management of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China, CAS, local governments and enterprises. 

Keynote Speaker

Guest of Honour
Guest of Honour

Ramesh G. Mani, Ph. D. Professor,

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Georgia State University, USA

Ramesh Mani completed his undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Maryland, College Park. He worked as a guest scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute in Stuttgart, Germany, where he invented and developed the "anti-Hall bar within a Hall bar" configuration, which helped to demonstrate sign reversal of the Hall effect within voids, and the possibility of dual simultaneous ordinary, integral-quantum, and fractional-quantum Hall effects in a single multiply connected specimen. From Stuttgart, he returned to the USA with a position at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before moving to Harvard University. While at Harvard, he discovered the radiation-induced zero-resistance states and associated 1/4-cycle shifted  magnetoresistance oscillations in the GaAs/AlGaAs 2D electron system. He subsequently moved to Georgia State University, where he has established a Nanoscience, Low Temperature and High Magnetic Field Laboratory in order to examine low dimensional electronic systems based also on modern 2D materials such as graphene.