Amal Udawatta

Amal Udawatta receiving the ‘Presidential Gold Medal’ from President Maithripala Sirisena, while Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry Secretary Anura Dissanayake, Central Environment Authority Chairman Prof. Lal Mervin Dharm

 

Name –  Udawatta ge Don Amal Udayakumara

Writer- Name – Amal Udawatta

Address “Priya” Deniya Road ,Suwarapola, Piliyandala, -Sri Lanka

E mail  address :-   amal@azimuthworld.com / info@azimuthworld.com

Vocational  Qualification 

1) Trainee journalist  “Vidunena” Science weekly magazine ( Associated News Papers Ltd (Lake House) Colombo)  Year 1987 -1990

2) Founder  Editor in very first  Sinhala  Language  Astronomy magazine  in Sri Lanka  “Ahasa” (The Sky)  -(Year 1990- 1993)

3) Sub Editor– very first educational weekly  paper (A.L) (Science, Art & Commerce) in Sri Lanka  (Year 1993- 1994)

4) Science writer and journalist  “Navayugaya” monthly magazine  and “Mihira” educational  weekly magazine  – (year 1994-1997)

5) ) Chief editor in  National Science Foundation (NSF) Sri Lanka –  monthly  science magazine  “Vidurava” (Year 1997-2000)

6) Senior journalist and Science writer  leading science weekly  paper  in Sri Lanka  “Vidusara” (Upali News Papers Pvt  Ltd) (Year 2000- 2013)

7) Science  Editor –   “Divaina” Daily , News Paper (Upali News Papers Pvt  Ltd) (Year 2007- 2009)

Books  –  (Sinhala Language)

1)     Solar  System  –  year 2002 ( Best Science book of the year 2003-( Sri Lanka Association  for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) – Award)
2)    Tharu Vidu Pena ( Astronomy  Questions and Answers) –Year 2003
3)    Apa jeeavthvana  lokaya (Our Living  World) – Year 2004
4)    Hiru Sandu saha Graha loka (Sun Moon  and Planets)- year 2005 ( Best Science book of the year 2005-( Sri Lanka Association  for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) – Award)
5)      Manava parinamaya (Human Evolution) year 2005 ( Best Science     book of the year 2005-( Sri Lanka Association  for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) – Award)
6)    Svabhaavika Vipath ( Natural Disasters) year 2005 (Ministry of education has approved a library book)
7)     Tharakaa  Rashi Chakraya (Zodiac)  -Year 2006 (Ministry of education has approved a library book)
8)     Pita sakvala jeevaya (Extra Terrestrial Life)- Year 2007(Ministry of education has approved a library book)
9)     Abyavakaasha gaveshana (Space  Exploration)  -Year 2009(Ministry of education has approved a library book )
10   Vishvaya (Space)  -Year 2011  (Ministry of education has approved a  library book )
11 Tharakaa raashi (Constellations) Year 2013 (Ministry of education   has         approved a   library book )
12) Shri Pada Adaviya  ( Bio diversity of Adam’s Peak)  Year 2014 Ministry of      education has approved a  library book )
13 Jaiva Vividathvaya Saha Parisaraya (Biologocal diversity & Environment) Year 2016 Ministry of      education has approved a  library book )

Awards

1)    Best Science Writer of the year  ( Sri Lanka Association  for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS Award  Year  -1997,1998 &1999)

2)   Best Science Presenter Year 2002 (Central Province School  Award in Sri Lanka )

3)     Popularization of Science – National Award in Sri Lanka (World Science Day -2006)  Awarded   by National Science Foundation (NSF)

4)   Reproductive Health journalist of Sri Lanka  Year 2003(Merit Award)

(Awarded by the United Nations population fund  (UNFPA) & Health Education Bureau ( Sri Lanka)

 International  conference

 1 )Media Personal on Science Communication to the Public

(Organize  by the National Science  Foundation – Sri Lanka, Department of Journalism & Communication, University of Pune & L.V. Prasad Eye Institute –  Hyderabad, India (Year 2005 march 3)

2) 8 th  International Congress on AIDS in Asia &  the Pacific

(Year 2007 August  19 -23) held at  Colombo- Sri Lanka 

3) Workshop on Strengthening  Media Professionalism and the NGO- Media Interface  in India, Pakistan & Sri Lanka for HIV/AIDS Coverage.

 (Sponsord by University of Miami ‘s School of Communication , Indiana University ‘s School of  Journalism and the U.S. Embassy  in  Colombo- Sri Lanka)

5)   Training Workshop on Climate Change & Media  (2009 October 19 th  to 21th ) held in Sri Lanka

Organize by Sri Lanka Environmental   Journalists   Forum (SLEJF)

In  collaboration  with Commonwealth Environmental Journalists  Association (CEJA)  & the Asia Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists (AFEJ) .

6)   Participate  as a  Sri  Lankan Environmentalist  & UNDP Observer – Eleventh meeting  of the conference  of the parties (COP 11 ) to the Convention on Biological Diversity held at  the Hyderabad international Convention Centre (HICC) in Hyderabad , India (2012 October  8 to 19)