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Prof. Sunil Wimalawansa, Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology and Nutrition, Director of Cardio-Metabolic and  Endocrine Institute, New Jersey, USA visited Prof. Ranjith Senaratne,  Chairman of NSF on 13 August 2020 with a view to exploring possibilities for research collaboration. A fruitful discussion  on  immunity boosting  and taking science to the community was held and he  expressed  interest  for constructive engagement with  NSF.

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The final round of the Science Research Projects Competition 2019 was held on the 12th February 2020 in the NSF Auditorium. Prof. Ranjith Senaratne, the Chairman of the NSF, inaugurated the session with an inspiring introductory speech together with a welcome note addressing students and teachers. He highlighted the merit of scientific research and the potential of students to grow as good researchers starting from early days as students. Twenty selected winners from the first round of the SRPC were presented certificates.

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The final round of the Science Research Projects Competition 2019 was held on the 12th February 2020 in the NSF Auditorium. Prof. Ranjith Senaratne, the Chairman of the NSF, inaugurated the session with an inspiring introductory speech together with a welcome note addressing students and teachers. He highlighted the merit of scientific research and the potential of students to grow as good researchers starting from early days as students. Twenty selected winners from the first round of the SRPC were presented certificates. Ms Nazeema Ahamed, Acting Director General also addressed the students & teachers after the award of certificates. Dr Thamara F. Dias/Additional Director, Dr Jayantha Wattavidanage/ Chairman of the NSF Working Committee on Science Popularization and the Members of the Panel of Judges were also present at the inaugural session. Twenty-two projects selected at the 1st round were placed at the final competition. After rigorous evaluation, 10 national winning projects were selected by the Panel of Judges. Active participation of students from all over the country was noteworthy throughout the competition.

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A round-table discussion was held on 28.01.2020 in the auditorium of the NSF with the participation of Directors of the Centre for International Affairs (CINTA) of the universities to apprise them of the opportunities offered by EU, JICA and US-SL Fulbright Commission for research, higher studies, fellowships and capacity building. It was chaired by Prof. Ranjith Senaratne, Chairman of NSF. Mr. Ludivic Ciechanowski, Programme Manager, International Cooperation and Development of EU, Mr. Indika Cabral, Senior Project Specialist of JICA  and Mrs. Sandarshi Gunawardena, Executive Director of SL- US Fulbright Commission made detailed presentations on opportunities available. The EU representative said that another awareness programme would be conducted in March regarding the call for new proposals by EU on Horizon 2020.

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Dr. Guiliano Degrassi of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) visited NSF on 17 February 2020 and held discussion with Prof.

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His Excellency David Holly, Australian High Commissioner, in  Sri Lanka and Mr. Brett Galt-Smith, Counsellor (Education and Research), Australian High Commission in New Delhi visited the National Science Foundation (NSF) on 20.02.2020 with a view to promoting academic cooperation and research collaboration between Australian institutions and Sri Lankan universities and R & D institutions.

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The Secretary General of Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO Dr Punchi Nilame Meegaswatte, and    Ms Ashwini Madanayake  Deputy Secretary General of Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO visited the National Science Foundation (NSF) on 25.02.2020 with a view to forge collaborative programmes to take science to the community and to promote science education in the country.
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