Open University Research Sessions 2020 (OURS 2020) is an annual event conducted by OUSL. This was organized by the Senate-Sub Committee for OURS 2020 chaired by Prof. S.R. Weerakoon. This year made this event even more special and memorable as it was hosted as a fully online conference.
Originally, OURS 2020 was planned as a face-to-face conference to be held at the OUSL main campus in Nawala. However, due to the current health situation and the health guidelines issued by the state for Covid 19, the conference was moved to a fully online platform making a historic event in OUSL’s 40th year of service to the nation. For OURS 2020 the online platform was Zoom.
Over 100 participants participated in the inauguration ceremony and the parallel sessions, which were conducted via the zoom platform operated from the technical labs of the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL).
The abstracts covered a wide range of academic and scientific disciplines. Among them are Open and Distance Learning, Biological Sciences, English Language Teaching, Education, Engineering and Technology, Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law, Management, and Physical Sciences.
The Chief Guest at the inauguration of OURS 2020 was Dr. Priyanie Amerasinghe, Emeritus Scientist at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Sri Lanka. The invited keynote speakers for the sessions included Dr. Panduka Karunanayake of the Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, and Dr. Prathapasinghe Dharamawansa of the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, University of Moratuwa.