Special Events

Join Us in Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the WCWS with a Spectacular Pre-Conference Workshop Series!

Pre-Conference Workshop on "Be Bold: Pushing Boundaries in Presentation Delivery" by Prof. Diana J. Fox

Date: 13th February 2024 | Time: 18:00 IST

In honour of a decade of empowering conversations and shared knowledge, we are thrilled to introduce this special pre-conference workshop. Join us as we delve into the art of impactful presentation delivery, challenging the traditional norms and embracing bold, innovative approaches.

Unleash Your Potential: This workshop is designed to ignite your passion for communication and inspire you to become a more effective and dynamic presenter.

Interactive Learning: Explore new techniques, gain insights from experts, and discover how to convey your message with impact.

Save the Date: This unique pre-conference workshop is a one-time opportunity to enhance your presentation skills and celebrate a decade of excellence at the WCWS. Do not miss it!

Translating Research Findings into Publishable Papers: some insights from a journal editor by Dr Ruby Chau

Date: 18th March 2024 | Time: 11:30 IST

This workshop offers practical strategies for transforming research findings into compelling, publishable papers, with expert advice from a journal editor on navigating peer review and publication processes.

Pre Conference Workshop on “Interdisciplinarity and Women's Studies Publications” by Prof. Samita Sen

Date: 02nd April 2024 | Time: 16:30 IST

This workshop explores the intersection of interdisciplinarity and Women’s Studies publications. Participants will delve into how interdisciplinary approaches can enrich and expand the scope of research within Women’s Studies, fostering innovative perspectives.

Publication Workshop “Be Bold: Publishing to Make a Difference” by Prof. Diana J. Fox

“Join our empowering workshop, ‘Be Bold: Publishing to Make a Difference’, designed for aspiring authors and researchers eager to amplify their impact. Gain invaluable insights, tips, and strategies to navigate the world of publishing with purpose and influence positive change. Elevate your voice and make a lasting difference through your work. Don’t miss this opportunity to step boldly into the realm of impactful publishing!”

Forum on “Contemporary Challenges in Women’s Mental Health”

Date: 30th May 2024 | Time: 13:30 - 15.00 (IST)

Forum on “Contemporary Challenges in Women’s Mental Health” aims to offer insights into the global landscape of mental health challenges faced by women and girls. Distinguished panelists will guide our audience in understanding the gender-specific factors influencing mental health outcomes and shed light on issues related to awareness and access to care during crucial life stages such as adolescence, motherhood, and menopause. Drawing from their extensive expertise in conducting research and providing mental health services to women and girls in the context of Sri Lanka, they will discuss the implications of policies and emerging trends in practice for the mental well-being of women and girls. Additionally, this discussion will address pressing concerns, including violence and abuse, evolving gender roles, and gender disparities.

Dr. Alexis Palfreyman


Dr. Giselle Dass

Dr. Giselle Dass


Prof. Miyuru Chandradasa


Dr. Suhashini Ratnatunga

Dr. Suhashini Ratnatunga


Forum on “Violence and the Body - Understanding the Impact of Child Sexual Abuse in Sri Lanka and Unpacking the Modalities of Releasing Individual and Institutional Harm”

Date: 30th May 2024 | Time: 13:30 - 15.00 (IST)

Join us for a thought-provoking forum on “Violence and the body – understanding the impact of child sexual abuse in Sri Lanka and unpacking the modalities of releasing individual and institutional harm” conducted by the Emerge Lanka Foundation. Emerge Lanka Foundation is a charitable organization that has provided support to over 1,300 Sri Lankan child survivors of trauma, including those aged 10 to 18, who have been placed in state-run care. This discussion aims to shed light on the profound impact of such abuse and the various ways it affects individuals. The forum will explore topics such as mental health, somatic work, and institutional approaches that may inadvertently perpetuate harm. The goal is not only to raise awareness about the issue but also to explore potential solutions and avenues for healing. This forum promises to be an enlightening and informative dialogue on a pressing concern within our society. Join us as we work together to better understand and address the complexities of this issue.
Alia Whitney-Johnson

Alia Whitney-Johnson


Monroe Jayasuriya



Sulochana Dissanayake



Dr. Thush Wickremanayake

Dr. Thush Wickremanayake


Rekha Krishnamoorthy

Rekha Krishnamoorthy


Date: 30th May 2024 | Time: 3.30 – 4.30 PM IST

Trailblazing Talks

Are you ready to expand your professional network, forge valuable connections, and engage with like-minded individuals in your field? Then join our exclusive Networking Session during the conference!
This highly anticipated event is designed to create a dynamic platform for attendees to interact, exchange ideas, and foster meaningful relationships. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting your journey, this session offers a unique opportunity to connect with the peers who share your passion and aspirations.

What will you gain from attending?

Engaging Conversations: Break the ice and engage in thought-provoking discussions with professionals from diverse backgrounds. Exchange insights, knowledge, and experiences that can shape your career and broaden your horizons.

Collaboration Opportunities: Discover potential collaborators, partners, and mentors who can contribute to your academic/ professional growth. Explore possibilities for joint ventures, research projects, and career advancement.

Industry Insights: Gain valuable insights into the latest trends, innovations, and challenges in your field. Learn from experts who will be present at the session and gain a fresh perspective on industry developments.

Informal Setting: Step away from the formalities of traditional conference settings. Our Networking Session provides a relaxed and informal environment, encouraging open conversations and fostering genuine connections.

Expand Your Circle: Build a diverse network of contacts, from established professionals to emerging talents. Connect with individuals who can inspire, support, and guide you on your professional journey.

Both in-person and virtual participants can make the most out of this Networking Session by bringing business cards, and being open to new opportunities while speaking out yourself, networking virtually. Whether you’re looking for potential opportunities, or simply seeking to expand your knowledge and network, this session is tailor-made for you.

Don’t miss out on this exceptional chance to connect with the peers, share ideas, and explore collaborative possibilities. Be sure to join us for our Special Networking Session and make valuable connections that can shape your future success.

Free for all the Conference Participants!

We look forward to seeing you there and witnessing the power of networking in action!

(Note: The details provided above are subject to change. Please refer to the final conference program or official communication for the final updates on the Networking Session.)

Harmony in Diversity Gala Dinner

Join us for an enchanting Networking Dinner at the WCWS 2024. This exclusive event offers a unique opportunity to connect, engage, and build meaningful relationships with influential leaders, academics, scholars, scientists, practitioners, industry experts, activists, students, researchers, and passionate individuals in the field of Climate Change. Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of camaraderie, where like-minded individuals gather to celebrate the achievements and discuss the path to a more inclusive future.
Indulge in a delectable culinary experience while engaging in thought-provoking conversations with fellow attendees. Share insights, exchange ideas, and foster collaborations that will shape the future of the field of Climate Change. Whether you are an academic, scholar, activist, scientist, practitioner, industry expert, researcher or a student, this networking dinner is the perfect platform to expand your network and create lasting connections.
Experience an evening filled with inspiration, support, and empowerment and pave the way for a brighter tomorrow. Don’t miss this extraordinary networking opportunity. Secure your spot today.

Special Rate for the Conference Participants: 35 USD

(This is optional for the conference participants. If you would like to join the networking dinner, please contact the conference secretary, via info@womenstudies.co)