New research centre named “Environmental Change Sciences and Technology Innovation Center (ECSTIC)” was established at Department of Zoology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura with the support from National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan. Joint research centre has planned to conduct research in Marine science and natural product characterization.

In-line with establishment of “Environmental Change Sciences and Technology Innovation Center”, brainstorming session on Marine Research & Genetic Characterization of Natural Products was also conducted. During the session, staff and the students were given opportunity to interact with academic delegates from National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU), Taiwan and future research collaborations, student/staff exchange programs and postgraduate fellowships were also discussed.

Further, the centre will have research collaborations with Interdisciplinary Center for Innovation in Biotechnology & Neuroscience of the Faculty of Medical Science.

Dr Kamal Ranatunga, Department of Zoology will serve as the Director of the research centre.

(Photographic contributions: Dulan Jayasekara, Nayana Wijayathilaka)