Scientific Committee – Agriculture and Forestry Conference 2014

Co-Chair

Prof. Pushpakumara-ICOAF2014

Prof.D.K.N.G.Pushpakumara

Prof.Pushpakumara graduated from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 1990 and and joined the Department of Crop Science, University of preadeniya,Sri Lanka. He carried out postgraduate studies in the University of Oxford, UK starting from 1992, and completed the M.Sc. degree in Forestry and its Relation to Land Use in 1993, also completed Ph.D. degree in the same place in mid 1997 in the area of Forest Genetics and Germplasm Conservation.

His areas of teaching and research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, include tree domestication and improvement; assessment and improvement of benefits of agro forestry interventions; conservation and utilization of medicinal plants; impacts of invasive species on biodiversity and ecosystems; and assessment of agro biodiversity and pteridophyte diversity in Sri Lanka. Due to his research contribution to areas of agro forestry, agro biodiversity and tree domestication, he was appointed as the Country Liaison Scientist to the World Agro forestry Centre (ICRAF) since 2004, where he has engaged in networking of tree domestication and agro forestry activities within national agricultural research system, building capacity on agro forestry and tree domestication through establishment of Deans committee within south Asia region and in Sri Lanka in particular, disseminating much needed information on agro forestry and tree domestication via publications, and linking the national scientists with regional centers of excellence. He also serve as a member in many national committees and task forces, and national and international professional associations. He led the team that prepared the second national report for the Convention on Biological Diversity, the National Bio-safety Framework, the National Action Plan for Agro-biodiversity Conservation, and the country report of Forest Genetic Resources of Sri Lanka for the state of world’s forest genetic resources. He has also served as a member of reviewing panels in number of national and international journals. He has published over 60 research papers which include books, book chapters, journal articles and conference papers.

Keynote speakers

Prof. D K Weerakoon-ICOAF2014

Prof. D.K.Weerakoon

Department of Zoology,University of Colombo,Sri Lanka

Prof. Terence J. Centner-ICOAF2014

Prof. Terence J. Centner

Terry Centner was recruited by the Department to add a legal component to the College’s teaching and research programs. His teaching program involves environmental, public health, and agribusiness law courses.

Professor Centner’s research program involves policy analyses of current issues confronting agriculture and the environment. As summarized in a summary of selected publications, this program involves scientific inquiry and investigation of policy issues facing agriculture and the application of findings and recommendations to enhance agricultural performance. As new challenges confront agricultural production and marketing, he redirects his efforts to timely new topics and develops new ties with scientists in other disciplines. In 2004, his book entitled Empty Pastures was published by the University of Illinois Press.

Professor Centner’s research program involves policy analyses of current issues confronting agriculture and the environment. As summarized in a summary of selected publications, this program involves scientific inquiry and investigation of policy issues facing agriculture and the application of findings and recommendations to enhance agricultural performance. As new challenges confront agricultural production and marketing, he redirects his efforts to timely new topics and develops new ties with scientists in other disciplines. In 2004, his book entitled Empty Pastures was published by the University of Illinois Press.

Professor Centner’s professional activities include memberships in law and economics associations. He has been an active member of the American Agricultural Law Association, serving as Secretary-Treasurer from 1985-87 and as President for 1992-1993.

International studies, research, and teaching have been a part of Professor Centner’s activities. He was chosen by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung as a research fellow at the University of Goettingen, Germany. In 2002-2003, he was selected a Fulbright Senior Scholar to teach at the University of Mannheim. Through yearly international presentations, he has shared his research in numerous countries around the world.

 

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Scientific Committee

Prof. D.K.N.G.Pushpakumara Sri Lanka
Prof. E.R.N.Gunawardena Sri Lanka
Prof. Deepthi Chandrika Bandara Sri Lanka
Prof. V.A. Sumanasinghe Sri Lanka
Prof. AZMI BIN YAHYA Malaysia
Prof. K.L.Wasantha Kumara Sri Lanka
Prof. U.R. Sangakkara Sri Lanka
Prof. Manzoor Ahmad Pakistan
Dr. Asanga D Ampitiyawatta Sri Lanka
Dr. Terrence Madhujith Sri Lanka
Dr. Sutharsan Somasundaram Sri Lanka
Dr. Shamala Kumar Sri Lanka
Dr. Ponniah Sivarajah Sri Lanka
Dr. Aijaz Ahmad Qureshi India
Dr. Syed Hamid Hussain Shah Netherland
Dr.Rajeev Bhat Malaysia

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