The Society for Economic Botany
Fostering research and education on the past, present, and future uses of plants by people.
Greetings to you all!
Time is flying, and it is difficult to believe that our Society's meeting in Plymouth, England is now two months past. The 160 attendees at the 2013 conference made for a collegial and international exchange of ideas and research. I would like to personally extend a big thank you to the conference organizer Ian Martin and Past President Gail Wagner for their tireless work to put on such a successful meeting. Thank you!
Our 54th annual conference at Plymouth University was memorable in many ways.
We are excited to announce the 55th SEB annual meeting and the first joint conference between the Society for Economic Botany (SEB) and the Society of Ethnobiology(SoE) in Cherokee, North Carolina, from May 11-14, 2014. Cherokee, the home of theEastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is adjacent to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in western North Carolina. We encourage people to take this opportunity to stay and explore this beautiful area. More information on meeting plans and the area can be found on our web site.
Dedicated members are the core of any society, and all of you have for a long time supported SEB’s work and mission. SEB has strengthened its international profile during the last few years, and I am very happy to report that the number of members from outside the US is steadily increasing. Our journal's Impact Factor has risen steadily since 2005, and the latest figure is our highest to date - 1.925. We also have actively been supporting botanical education efforts through the Open Science Network, PlantingScience, and now the launch of EconBotEd.
EconBotEd Digital Library: A New Resource
The Society for Economic Botany is what its members make of it, so I encourage you to get involved: volunteer for a committee, submit news and notices to the newsletter, make suggestions for what you’d like to see at the conference, and make yourself heard. It won't be long and we will begin membership renewal season for 2014. I know that when the call goes out for renewal, that you will all respond quickly. Pleasecontinue to be ambassadors for our Society by encouraging students and other colleagues around the world to join us in our mission.
Best wishes, on behalf of SEB President, Robert Bye
Bill Dahl, Executive Director
Society for Economic Botany