Open University International Research Sessions 2018 (iOURS 2018)
29th, 30th November 2018
The Open University of Sri Lanka
Re-imagining the Future through Research and Innovation
Research presentations will be held under six broad themes:
Open & Distance Learning (ODL), Education, Engineering and Technology, Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Science, Natural Sciences
The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) is the only National University which offers a wide range of academic programmes of study through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode.
The flexibility and ease of access of this system has enabled the University to cater to the needs of prospective students from all parts of the country, regardless of their level of formal education, socio-economic background or age. It offers Certificate, Diploma, Degree and Postgraduate Degree programmes in a wide range of disciplines through its five Faculties, namely, Education, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Humanities & Social Science and Natural Sciences and the Postgraduate Institute of English (PGIE).
The Open University takes special interest in fostering research and scholarship, and is a pioneer in research in Open and Distance Learning.
About the Event
Open University International Research Sessions 2018 (iOURS 2018) will be held on the 29thand 30th November 2018. These Sessions offer a unique forum for academics and researchers both within and outside the Open University to present and discuss their research findings in a wide range of disciplines.
Following on the steps of OURS 2017 by the Open University of Sri Lanka, iOURS 2018 is the first of the biennial Research Sessions that will be open to International participants. It will focus on research and innovation within our fields of academic interest in our pursuit of a future that we wish to re-imagine for posterity.
The Organizing Committee of iOURS 2018 is pleased to invite academics and researchers from around the globe to submit their research findings to be presented at the sessions.
Vidyajyothi Professor Janaka de Silva is the Senior Professor of Medicine at the University of Kelaniya and Consultant Physician, Colombo North Teaching Hospital.
Guest of Honour
Gananath Obeysekere is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University. He received his undergraduate education at University of Ceylon, Peradeniya and then subsequently at the University of Washington.
Key note Speakers
Prof. Ravindra Kumar Sinha, Ph.D. (Patna University, Patna) is presently Vice Chancellor of Nalanda Open University, Patna. He is an internationally acclaimed scientist and Nature conservationist.
Message from the Director/ Research
The Annual Academic Sessions of the Open University of Sri Lanka was initiated in 2003 to promote and further strengthen the research culture of The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL), which is the premier Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Institute in Sri Lanka. Over the years, the OUSL has made great strides in research in the fields of Open and Distance Learning (ODL), Education, Engineering & Technology, Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Natural Sciences,. This annual event was upgraded and re-named as the ‘Open University Research Sessions (OURS)’ in 2016. This re-naming process not only encapsulated the contributions made by these research activities towards the country and its citizens, it also firmly established the potential for foreign collaborations through the involvement of the International Relations Unit (IRU) of the OUSL. After fifteen years of extremely successful events, the sixteenth OUSL Research Sessions will be an International event. The theme of Open University International Research Sessions 2018 (iOURS 2018) is Re-imagining the Future through Research and Innovation. It will be held on 29th and 30th of November 2018.
We are calling for abstracts under the themes, Open and Distance Learning (ODL), Education, Engineering and Technology, Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. This is an international event which I believe will attract submissions from around the world. The iOURS 2018 will undoubtedly create opportunities for inventions, innovations and collaborations.
Prof. Sithy S. Iqbal
Conference Chair – iOURS 2018
Finding of the Novel research may be submitted for oral presentation at the iOURS 2018. Submissions should include the extended abstract (for reviewing and publishing).
- Guideline for Abstracts Preparation iOURS 2018
- Template for Extended Abstracts
- EasyChair Conference Management System – Guideline for Authors
Completed submissions can be made through the Easychair website
The Author declaration form and Checklist for Authors should be filled after the initial submission of the Extended abstract, through the online system. The completed Author Declaration Form should be either scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to the Director Research, Research Unit, The Open University of Sri Lanka, PO Box 21, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka.
Once accepted, the corresponding authors will be notified by 01st September 2018. The abstract together with reviewer comments will be made available to the authors.
Academic Staff & Others : LKR 2000
Foreign participants : USD 50
Academic Staff & Others : LKR 3000
Foreign participants : USD 75
Fees include Proceedings, Lunch and Refreshments (both days)
Mode of Payment
- Bank Payment
Peoples Bank, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
A/C No : 174-1001-7-0350215
Bank No : 7135
Account Holder : The Open University of Sri Lanka
Swift code : 023PSBKLKLXRegistration Fee to be deposited to the A/C No. 174-1001-7-0350215 at Peoples Bank, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka. Please attach a scanned copy of the Bank Slip with the online Registration form.
- By cash: Accepted only at the Shroff counter of the OUSL/front office at CRC-Nawala. Please attach a scanned copy of the Slip issued from the Shroff counter
- Bank Payment
Deadline for receiving camera-ready copy of the Final Revised abstracts including suggested changes to the abstract will be 15th October 2018. No revised abstracts will be accepted after the deadline. These abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings.
iOURS 2018 will be held on 29th, 30th November 2018.
Contact the Organizers
Prof (Mrs) Sithy S. Iqbal
Tel: +94 (11) 288 1490
Feel free to ask a question or simply leave a comment.
The iOURS 2018 will be held in Seminar Rooms 1, 2 & 3,
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences,
The Open University of Sri Lanka.
The university is readily accessible through motor vehicle or train