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 


About Us

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.

Prof. de Silva graduated from the University of Colombo and obtained his MD from the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo and the DPhil from the University of Oxford. He was a member of the National Research Council since its inception in 1999, and was appointed as Chairman in 2013 and was reappointed as Chairman in 2016 after the National Research Council was established as a statutory body by an Act of Parliament. He is also the Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo.

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. He is a world-renowned scholar in the field of anthropology and has published extensively on anthropology of religion and psychoanalysis and anthropology, and more recently on historical anthropology. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Sri Lanka.His books include Land Tenure in Village Ceylon (1967), Medusa’s Hair (1981), The Cult of the Goddess Pattini (1984), Buddhism Transformed, (1988, with Richard Gombrich), The Work of Culture (1990), The Apotheosis of Captain Cook: European Mythmaking in the Pacific (1992), and Making Karma (2002).His latest publication is the Doomed King: A Requiem for Sri Vikrama Rajasingha (2017).

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. Prof. Sinha is best known for his pioneering research and conservation to save the Ganges River dolphin from extinction. His scientific research and relentless conservation campaign for the past 35 years have been crucial to the efforts of saving the Ganga River dolphin from extinction. He is elected Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, recipient of several honours and awards, including the most excellent order, the Order of the Golden Ark, of the Netherlands by His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands in 1999, the Swarna Jayanti Puruskar of the National Academy of Sciences, India in 2000, Eugene P. Odum Gold Medal by the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) and the fourth highest civilian award – Padma Shri from the President of India in 2016.

Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy completed her B.A. from Yale University and an LLM from Harvard University and received honorary PhDs from Amherst College, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Essex. Dr. Coomaraswamy, a lawyer by training, is an internationally known human rights advocate who has done outstanding work as Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (1994-2003). Radhika Coomaraswamy was appointed by the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as Under-Secretary-General, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict in April 2006. Dr Coomaraswamy received many awards: these include, The International Law Award of the American Bar Association, the Bruno Kreisky Award of 2000, the William J. Butler Award from the University of Cincinnati, and the Robert S. Litvack Award from McGill University. Most recently, she was given the Alumni Award by Harvard Law School, an annual award given to a woman alumnus celebrating the entry of women into Harvard.

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is the Special Advisor to the Provost on Open Education and a Psychology Instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in British Columbia, where he conducts research on open education and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He is a recipient of the Robert E. Knox Master Teacher Award from the University of British Columbia and the Dean of Arts Teaching Excellence award at KPU. Dr. Jhangiani serves as the co-director of the Open Pedagogy Notebook, an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching, and an Ambassador for the Center for Open Science. He also currently serves on the advisory boards of NOBA Psychology and Virtually Connecting. He is also a Former Senior Open Education Research & Advocacy Fellow at BCcampus and a Faculty Workshop Facilitator with the Open Textbook Network, Dr. Jhangiani’s books include A Compendium of Scales for Use in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2015) and Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (2017).

Dr. Matt Folley is a Senior Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast Marine Research Group. Dr.Folley completed his BSc in Mechanical Engineering with Maths from Reading University in 1987 and a PhD on the design of wave energy converters at Lancaster University in 1991 before moving to join the QUB group in 2000. In 2016 he travelled to Sri Lanka to spend two years working as a Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Peradeniya. Dr.Folley is the author of over 50 scientific publications in the field of wave energy and has worked on projects for concept development to prototype performance analysis. Dr.Folley is currently the Chair of the IEC international group for the development of standards for the assessment of wave energy converter power performance. He has recently edited a book on the numerical modelling of wave energy converters. He is currently investigating the potential for novel wave energy converters.

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
Director/Research- OUSL

Important Dates
  • Mon

    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).

    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  or posted to the Director Research, Research Unit, The Open University of Sri Lanka, PO Box 21, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka.

  • Sat

    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.

  • Sat

    Academic Staff & Others : LKR 2000
    Foreign participants : USD 50

  • Mon

    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

  • Mon

    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.

  • Thu

    iOURS 2018 will be held on 29th, 30th November 2018.

    iOURS 2018 – Session Plan

Contact the Organizers

Director Research
Prof (Mrs) Sithy S. Iqbal
Tel: +94 (11) 288 1490

Feel free to ask a question or simply leave a comment.

Conference Location

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