The Geological Society of Sri Lanka (GSSL) was established in September 1983 during the first International Symposium on the Geology of Sri Lanka held at the University of Peradeniya as a non-profit scientific society. It has been the only one of the pre-eminent geological organization in Sri Lanka. The main objective of the society is to promote dissemination of all aspects of geological knowledge within Sri Lanka and to look into the interests of the individuals and organizations involved in the field of geosciences.
The GSSL is working with any interested group in planning symposia and other type of meetings related to geosciences. It will also advocate the improvement of employment standards of professional geologists in various organizations and will also assist undergraduates to improve their geological knowledge. The Journal of the society is the flagship publication which publishes peer-reviewed articles under the category of Review Papers, Research Papers, Short Communications, and book reviews. It is now published as peer-reviewed and open access journal. In addition to the Journal of the GSSL published annually, the Society also publishes quarterly newsletter and ventures on producing occasional special publications too. The annual sessions of the Society are held at the end of February each year, and it's the forum for presentation and discussion on current geoscience research.
Mr. Nimal S. Ranasinghe, Former Director of Geological Survey Department of Sri Lanka and Dr. Bernard N. Prame, Deputy Director of Geological Survey & Mines Bureau received the Ananda Coomarswamy Medals for year 2013 and joint the elite group of Ananda Coomarswamy medal reciepients. The official Ceremony to award Ananda Coomarswamy Medals and the Ananda Coomarswamy Memorial Orations will be organized separately by the Geological Society of Sri Lanka during the course of year 2014.
The executive committee of the GSSL has planned to publish Volume 16 of the Journal of the Geological Society of Sri Lanka (JGSSL) in 2014 to felicitate the late Prof. PG Cooray for his dedicated services to GSSL. Those who wish to send manuscripts are requested to submit either hard copy or the soft copies, prepared according to JGSSL format to the editors
To honour late Dr.Ananda Coomaraswamy for his pioneering contribution to the geological knowledge in Sri Lanka GSSL annually offers a medal to an eminent earth scientist who has made outstanding contributions towards understanding the geology of Sri Lanka. The General membership is requested to send nominations on behalf of eligible geoscientists with the CV of the nominee to the Secretary/GSSL, ON OR BEFORE 30th SEPTEMBER 2014.
P. G. COORAY MEDAL 2014
To honour Prof. P.G. Cooray for his outstanding contribution to understanding of earth sciences, Geological Society of Sri Lanka awards the "P.G. Cooray Medal" every year, with effect from 1995, to the most outstanding young earth scientist. Applications are invited from Sri Lankan geoscientists under the age of 35 years at the time of application, for the award of the P.G. Cooray Medal. Prospective applicants are requested to submit copies of their theses, dissertations, publications, patents etc. to the Secretary/GSSL, ON OR BEFORE 31st DECEMBER 2014.