Igniting the Power of Innovation in Sri Lanka

A seminar and panel discussion on ‘Igniting the power of innovation in Sri Lanka’ was organized by the IPS in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF) on the 12th March 2013. The Keynote address was delivered by Chief of Research and Innovation at Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology, Prof. Gehan Amaratunga, while the discussion was presided over by chief guest, Hon. Senior Minister for Scientific Affairs Prof. Tissa Vitharana. Welcome remarks were made by Dr. Saman Kelegama Executive Director of the IPS and Prof. Sirimali Fernando, Chairperson of the NSF.

The Session also included an engaging panel discussion entitled, “Igniting the Power of Innovation: An Agenda for Sri Lanka,” moderated by Anushka Wijesinha, Research Economist at the IPS. The Panel included Prof. Amaratunga, Prof. Fernando, Prof. Ajith De Silva (University of Moratuwa), and Ajit Gunawardena (Deputy Chairman – JKH).

A special edition of the Talking Economics Digest on Innovation and an IPS Working Paper on ‘Fostering Innovation to Fast Forward Growth in Sri Lanka,’ were launched at the event – with the first copies being presented to Minister Vitharana.

Media Highlights

The Island, 15 March 2013

Daily FT, 20 March 2013

Lanka Businessonline, 13March 2013