About Us

SLPRD is a newly established research-oriented center formed by a group of Sri Lankan scientists and engineers who are actively engaged in research and development in lightning phenomena and lightning protection. The history of society’s scientific involvement dates back to late 1990s in different levels and is blessed with a highly skilled and qualified group of young scientists. The society has strong collaborations with world-renowned scientists and engineers, who are actively engaged in research and developments in the field of lightning protection. SLPRD also works closely with a number of international research groups and institutions in the field.

SLPRD Mission

Promote all aspects of scientific knowledge in lightning and lightning protection and promote the implementation and improvement of lightning protection standards and related know-how.

SLPRD Vision

Become a state-of-the-art research center and a knowledge hub for modern lightning protection science.

ICLP-SIPDA Conference (International)

Held successfully from 20th to 26th of September, 2021

Workshop on Lightning Protection and Earthing

SLPRD has organized an international workshop as part of its lightning protection technology workshop series. The event will be dedicated to disseminate latest knowledge in the field. Also the workshop will be addressed by experts from all over the world. This will be first of its kind and will be followed by similar technology related workshops. The event is a two-day workshop and scheduled on 25th and 26th November 2021. For more details please visit



SLPRD successfully organized the special biannual joint online conference, 35th ICLP and 16th SIPDA from 20th to 26th September 2021. The event was participated by over 150 scientists from more than 30 countries. It was the first virtual event for the history of both ICLP and SIPDA which spans over 60 years. For more details of the event please visit


Journal of Lightning Research (JLR)

JLR is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal. This free-to-view online journal covers all major sectors of lightning physics and lightning protection. JLR provides researchers a platform to rapidly publish their research in a good-quality peer-reviewed journal. All peer-reviewed accepted submissions with high quality research and ethical standards are published with free access.

The publishers ensure integrity, autonomy, and originality of each published article regarding the Publication Ethics and Rectitude.


Lightning and Lightning Protection Overview

Lightning is a natural phenomenon which is lavishly blended into the aesthetic splendor. It is an electrical discharge between two distant places to accomplish the neutralization of two electrically charged centers. Typically, these charges are created by the turbulent wind inside a thunder cloud. Thus, most of the observable lightning strikes take place within the lower atmosphere, while atmospheric phenomena such as blue jets and red spirits could be witnessed in middle and upper atmospheres.

Despite its aesthetic beauty, the actual danger embedded in a lightning strike is tremendously high. A typical lightning flash could create 300 million volts and carry about 30,000 amperes. These massive numbers challenge scientists and engineers when it comes to providing protection solutions to such requirements.


Service Overview

The primary aim of the SLRPD is to promote and disseminate scientific knowledge in the field of lightning protection. Thus, SLPRD involves in;

  • Research and development
  • Instrumentation design
  • Training – physical, onsite, and on-line
  • Lightning risk assessment
  • Consultation
    • Grounding design
    • Structural lightning protection
    • Surge protection
    • Electrical general engineering
  • Installation of lightning protection systems
  • Resistivity testing
  • Soil resistivity profiling