Prof. N.A.A.S.P. Nissanka

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Academic and Professional Qualifications


  • B.Sc. (Agriculture) Honors with Second Class Upper Division (1986), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • M.Sc. (Crop Physiology) Specialized stress physiology and in crop-weed interactions. 1992. University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Ph.D. (Crop Physiology) Specialized in impact of different stress conditions on physiological responses at canopy level and yield of maize varieties 1996. University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.


  • Climate change and crop modeling (ICRISAT-India, 2012, 2013)
  • Antioxidant analysis techniques (ITI-2013)
  • IPCC-LULUCF guidelines (Sri Lanka, 2012)
  • Potential climate change, adaptation and mitigation and CDM opportunities (Japan, 2011)
  • Clean Development Mechanisms (CDM) and CER trading potential (Sri Lanka, 2010)
  • Urban greening of cities, urban forestry (Thailand, 2003)
  • International postgraduate course in Crop Weather Modeling: Israel- 2003 (The World Meteorological Organization Geneva, Switzerland and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Center for International Cooperation, Jerusalem, Israel)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Sri Lanka Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and University of Peradeniya – 2002)
  • Techniques used in herbicide resistance development studies (Israel -2001)    (Herbicide physiology unit of Professor B. Rubin, Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science, University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel)
  • Organic farming and bio-dynamics, Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka Canada Foundation - 2000)
  • Participatory rural appraisal techniques use for forest conservation (Sri Lanka-1997) (The Forest Department and the Asia Pacific Agroforestry Network)
  • Principles and practice of counseling for university students, Sri Lanka

   (University of Peradeniya – 1997)



  • Five Presidential Awards (Sri Lanka) for Scientific Publications  (2004,  2005, 2008,  2012, 2015)
  • National Research Council Merit Award for research publication (2013 and 2017)
  • Country’s best e-Content Applications in the category “e-Learning and Education” at the “e-Swabhimani 2010” (one of the Contributor)
  • Third (3th) place in the “Private Sector Initiative of the Year” in the category “eAgriculture’ at the “elndia Citizen Choice Award 2010’(one of the leading Contributor)
  • Dr. John Bandeen Memorial Scholarship at University of Guelph, Canada (1994) (for the best course aggregate among the postgraduate students)
  • University of Guelph Graduate Scholarship in Canada. 1993 (for the best course aggregate among the postgraduate students)
  • Commonwealth Scholarship to Canada for postgraduate studies (1990 to 1995)



  • Professional Fellow of the “Sri Lanka Institute of Agriculture (FSLIAg/035)” (From2019)
  • Fellow of the National Academy Science of Sri Lanka (From January, 2023)



  • Annual Research Excellence Award for Outstanding Research in the Year 2020
  • TIER4* Research Award (for excellent research contribution based on the transparent research performance scheme stipulated in the UGC Circular 05/2018)

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