The 2nd International symposium on cyanobacteria and public health in Sri Lanka , is scheduled to be held on the 15th January 2018 at Golden Rose hotel, Boralesgamuwa.  This event will be jointly organized by the Department of Zoology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, the general Microbiology Society, UK and the National Science Foundation (NSF) of Sri Lanka. Renowned senior cyanotoxin experts Prof. Linda Lawton and Dr. Christine Edwards from the Robert Gordon University, UK will be participating in the symposium as foreign delegates.

This symposium will enlighten international and local researchers/ academics/ Government and non- government authorities, water companies on the occurrence of toxic cyanobacteria in Sri Lankan drinking and irrigation water bodies. Since, the 1st International symposium on cyanobacteria and public health in Sri Lanka held on January 2013 covered up on hepatatotoxic Microcystins, in the 2ndsymposium it is expected to focus on the occurrence of neurotoxic Cylindrospermopsin producing cyanobacteria in drinking and irrigation water bodies of Sri Lanka. Furthermore, the foreign delegates will educate the participants regarding the toxicity of Cylindrospermopsin and their effect on human beings.

In par with the symposium, a hands on training session named as the “ Cylindrospermopsin tool box” will be conducted by the foreign delegates from 16th to 18th January 2018 at the Center for Water quality and Algae research, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. This training sessions will be open to limited individuals from governmental/non- governmental organizations and postgraduate students from all universities. The participants will be given an excellent training experience on extraction and quantification of toxic Cylindrospermopsin in water.

Interested individuals are welcome to participate to the symposium and the training session. Please contact for further details.


Prof. M. M. Pathmalal
Dr. S. Idroos
Gayani Yashopdara