Annual Sessions

Fiftieth Institute of Chemistry Ceylon Annual Sessions, 2021


The Annual sessions are a key annual activity of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon which is conducted during the month of June and enables members to present their research papers at technical sessions. The Annual Sessions commence with a formal Ceremonial Inauguration during which the outgoing President delivers his/her Presidential Address, and the Annual Awards of the Institute are presented. The Annual General Meeting of the Institute at which the Council for the next year is elected, is also held after the Ceremonial Inauguration. Presentations of awardees and Memorial Lectures are also delivered during the Annual Sessions. Each Annual Session is conducted based off a Theme brought forth by the President. A Themed Seminar based on a particular area of interest is usually conducted to emphasize on the areas covered. The tentative program of the Fiftieth Institute of Chemistry Ceylon Annual Sessions, 2021 is available under downloads section.


With the intention of popularizing Chemistry and chemical sciences among the young generation, the IChemC is organizing the 50th Annual Sessions in 2021. The ceremonial inauguration of the annual sessions will be held on June 27, 2021 at the Centre for Banking Studies, Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting is the event during which prospective candidates for the new Council year 2021/2022 are appointed. The new members will be elected based on a voting system. It is scheduled to be held on the same day after the inauguration ceremony.

A glimpse from the past

To mark the 80th anniversary of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon and the 50th Annual Sessions, a segment dedicated to the history of the Institute will be presented. All the Past Presidents, Council Members and other academics will gather to celebrate this memorable moment. The evening will conclude with fellowship and refreshments.

Themed Seminar

To add colour to this significant event, a themed seminar is introduced. A keynote speaker and several local and international eminent scientists will be delivering lectures on the topic: Sustainable Development through Chemical Sciences”.

Technical Sessions

Undergraduate students who are conducting research under the GIC programme and Members of the IChemC are invited to submit abstracts to be considered for the Annual Sessions. Abstracts on on-going research can also be submitted.

Only members (other than student members) of the IChemC are permitted to be Corresponding Authors. An accepted abstract could be presented at the Annual Sessions by any of the authors. A Collaborator/Co-author who is not a member of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon should apply for Session membership. It is not a requirement for co-authors living overseas to obtain membership at the IChemC. All authors, other than Session members, should not be in any arrears of membership fee, including the current year’s subscription prior to the Annual Sessions. All abstracts and extended abstracts (hard copies) must be submitted to the Assistant Registrar, Institute of Chemistry Ceylon or emailed to on or before March 20,2021.  

Information and instructions on abstract submission are provided below. Please note that abstracts/extended abstracts that are not prepared according to the guidelines provided, or are submitted after the deadline, will not be considered for review.

CCS Alumni Post Graduate Symposia

The inaugural session of the “CCS Alumni Post Graduate Symposia” will be held in celebration of the 50th Anniversary Annual Sessions of the Institute. The session is open to all Alumni who are currently reading for their postgraduate degrees either in Sri Lanka or abroad. Abstracts and extended abstracts should be prepared according to the specified format and will undergo a double-blind peer-review process. The session will take place both physically and via an online platform, extending our reach to the Alumni of CCS. The number of presentations allowed within the technical session will be limited. It is important to note that, a graduate of CCS is a mandatory associate member of the Institute and will not be required to obtain a session membership. The concept was brought forth by Prof. Sagarika Ekanayake and will serve as an important initiative that strengthens the Alumni network of CCS.

Session dedicated to the Women Chemists Committee

The Women Chemists Committee includes a group of Veteran Chemists from various Universities in Sri Lanka, who are qualified and experienced in the field of Chemistry. During this session, eminent female figures in science will share their research endeavors with the audience. This will be a major highlight at the annual sessions organized by the Institute on June 30, 2021.

Call for Abstracts and Extended Abstracts

Members of the Institute of Chemistry are invited to submit abstracts to be considered for presentation at the Annual Sessions to be held in June 2021. Abstracts on on-going research can also be submitted. Only members (other than student members) of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon are permitted to be Principal Authors and allowed to make presentations at the Annual Sessions.

A Collaborator/Co-author who is not a member of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon should apply for Session membership by furnishing the particulars relating to such persons on the prescribed form (FORM B). Session membership to such persons has to be approved by the Council before the abstract is accepted for presentation. Payment of Rs. 1500/= for session membership should be made if the abstract submitted is accepted. Council decisions on such matters are final. You can pay session membership fee via online (Bank of Ceylon Rajagiriya bank branch account number 2323118) and attach the e-receipt with along with the details and sent it to

Abstracts and extended abstracts must be prepared according to the format given below and should contain sufficient information for referees to evaluate the claims made therein. The contents of the abstracts should not have been presented or published elsewhere. All abstracts and extended abstracts (hard copies) must be submitted on or before March 20,  2021. Principal Authors should submit FORM A along with each abstract and extended abstract. All authors other than Session members should not be in any arrears of membership fee including the current year’s subscription that was due on 01st July 2021.

The Principal Author will be informed of the receipt of abstract/s within two weeks after the closing date. If the abstract/s is not acknowledged within this period, please make inquiries at the Institute office. Abstracts will be refereed prior to acceptance. The referees may suggest revisions, changes, corrections, etc. or call for the full paper, which will be communicated to the Principal Author.

Acceptance of the abstracts for presentation will be notified to the Principal Author by April 2021. The final corrected version of the abstract must be submitted by the Principal Author along with the electronic copy (docx or doc) within the given specified period. All accepted abstracts will be printed in the May issue of the “Chemistry in Sri Lanka”, which is issued free to all members of the Institute of Chemistry, who are not in arrears of membership subscription, and to the Session members.

Format for the Abstract

  • The Abstracts should be submitted in quadruplicate, typed in double spacing and should not exceed a total of 600 words. The Abstract should include the items given below.
  • The title should clearly and appropriately indicate the work described in the Abstract. The Abstract could consist of more than one paragraph. Inclusion of background or introductory material should be avoided. Justifications for undertaking the work should be included very briefly, if necessary. Priority should be given to Results and Discussion with any conclusion/s. Conclusions drawn from Figures can be given in table format.
  • If an Acknowledgement is included, it should be restricted to agencies/institutions which provided funding or sponsorship and should be in the form “Acknowledgement: Financial assistance by [the funding agency and the research grant number]”. Names and individuals should not be given. Any specific name may be given in the text with the specific contribution in the form of a chemical or an item.
  • The Abstract must not contain statements such as “Results will be discussed” or “The structure was elucidated using spectral data” without giving important relevant details.
  • Only very important references should be included. References related to previous work should be included in the abstract. The references should be cited in the text by a superscript number and listed after acknowledgements in numerical order in the following style.
    1. Dinda, B and Chel, G., 1992, Phytochemistry, 31(10), 3652-3653
    2. Reisch, J., 1989, J. Chem. Soc. Perkin I, 1047
    3. Norman, R.O.C. and Waddington, D.J., 1983, Modern Organic Chemistry, Harper Collins, London, pp 45 – 48.
    4. Huber, H., 1985, A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon, Vol. V, (Ed. M. D. Dassanayake), Amerind Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, pp 1 – 76.
  • A separate title page must be submitted with each abstract. The name(s) of author(s) and place(s) where the research has been carried out should be given in this sheet along with the title of the paper. (The abstract page should not contain name(s) of author(s) and place(s) where research has been carried out).