The Siri Wickremesinghe Memorial Oration

The Siri Wickremesinghe Oration was instituted by the Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists in 2004, in memory of the late Dr R S B Wickremesinghe, who was one of the earliest members of the College, and its’ President in 1994. Dr Wickremesinghe was a Consultant Medical Microbiologist at the Medical Research Institute for many years, the first Secretary to the Board of Study in Microbiology of the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine of the University of Colombo, and a much revered and loved teacher of many postgraduate students. He passed away in 2003.

The Inaugural Siri Wickremesinghe Oration was delivered in 2004 by Dr Norbert Ryan, a Consultant Microbiologist who worked closely with Dr Wickremesinghe in Australia.

Since then, the Oration has been delivered annually by the following distinguished speakers.

2005 Dr Nalini Withana
2006 Dr Maya Atapattu
2007 Prof Lalitha Mendis
2008 Prof Manel Wijesundera
2009 Prof Vasanthi Thevanesam
2010 Prof Jennifer Perera
2011 Prof Nelun de Silva
2012 Dr Sujatha Mananwatta
2013 Dr Geethani Wickramasinghe
2014 Dr Ranjith Perera
2015 Dr Harsha Perera
2016 Dr Rajive De Silva
2017 Prof Faseeha Noordeen
2018 Porf  N P Sunil Chandra
2019 Prof Nilanthi De Silva
2020 Dr Sunethra Gunasena
2021 Prof Nelun Perera

Author: Piume madushani