ISAE logo  Agriculture has gone through an innovation process attaining long-term productivity growth, but at a great economical cost and has also become less central to the production of bio-based products, though remaining as a key sector. Disciplines related to bio-based industries and rural issues are searching for a better understanding of their potential role in future research and policy-making, and finally in contributing to society’s ability to face the major challenges ahead.

In this context, the concept of bioeconomy (or bio-based economy) has emerged as a key strategy to match human needs while meeting resource efficiency requirements, based on the sustainable exploitation of biological resources. The bioeconomy includes agriculture, forestry, fisheries and food production, as well as parts of chemical, biotechnological and energy industries. Its sectors have a strong innovation potential due to their use of a wide range of sciences and technologies and local and tacit knowledge.

 

In the circumstances, the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka has decided to conduct its 5th ISAE on the theme “Towards a Knowledge-based Bioeconomy: New  Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions” with special focus on the following aspects aimed at harnessing terrestrial as well as marine resources:

 

Key themes

·   Agribusiness Management

·   Climate Change

·   Farm Mechanization and Precision Agriculture

·   Food and Nutrition

·   Genetics, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

·   Green Energy and Technology

·   Indigenous Knowledge Systems

·   Irrigation and Water Management

·   Livestock and Aquaculture

·   Marine Resource Management

·   Plant Science

·   Social Science and Communication

·   Soil Science and Nutrient Management

·   Waste Management

·   Wildlife, Forestry and Natural Resource Management