The Society for Economic Botany

Fostering research and education on the past, present, and future uses of plants by people.

Schedule and Program

Our draft schedule highlights planned activities for the conference week. A final schedule will be released in May 2023.

Saturday, June 3, 2023
Arrival and dorm or hotel check-in (optional, **important for participation in Sunday workshops or for executive council members of SEB and SoE)

Sunday, June 4, 2023
Arrival and dorm or hotel check-

Council Meetings

  • Society for Economic Botany Council Meeting, 9 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Society of Ethnobiology Council Meeting, 9 AM – 4:30 PM

Registration table open, 9 AM – 7 PM

A variety of exciting hands-on workshops will be offered at an additional cost. Times vary: Morning Workshop: 10 AM – 12:30 PM; Afternoon Workshop: 1:30 PM – 4 PM; Full Day Workshop: 10 AM – 4 PM with lunch break from 12:30-1:30 PM. Confirmed workshop leaders include:

  • Sandor Katz, a world-renowned fermentation revivalist, will teach participants about the art of fermentation in this hands-on workshop. He will be joined by fabulous Atlanta fermenter and founder of Root Kitchens, Julia Skinner, as we dive into the science and art of fermented foods! Registration fee: $75. Full Day Workshop (10 AM – 4 PM)
  • Representatives of ADIE (Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion in Ethnobiology) will lead this fun hands-on workshop. What is the future of ethnobiology? What exciting possibilities do you see on the horizon? Share your vision and contribute to the creation of a mural expressing our collective aspirations. This is a great opportunity for first-time attendees to get to know other folks as we imagine and paint together. Artists of all abilities are welcome. Registration fee: $15. Morning Workshop (10 AM - 12:30 PM)

  • Alexis Nicole, aka the “Black Forager,” has more than 3.9 million followers on her wildly popular TikTok account. In this workshop, Alexis will teach participants about how to leverage social media for science communication. Registration fee: $25. Afternoon Workshop (1:30 – 4 PM) 
  • Morgan Ruelle and Ashley McGuigan will lead the Ethnobotany in R workshop! Have you always wanted to use R in your work but weren’t sure where to start? Are you an experienced R-user looking to gain new skills? Would you like to make connections with other ethnobotanists who use R? This workshop will seed an R-users network aimed at advancing the rigor of quantitative analyses and visualization in ethnobotany. Facilitators will demonstrate the use of R in their work: 1) analysis of functional trait diversity and 2) visualization of ethnobotanical interview data. We will identify R packages that are particularly useful for ethnobotanists and facilitate a ‘show and tell’ for participants to share some of their previous work in R. We welcome R-users of all abilities, including those who have never used R. We will tailor small group activities to levels of experience based on a pre-workshop survey. Registration fee: $25 (all participants also receive a USB drive). Afternoon Workshop (1:30 – 4 PM)

Opening Remarks. 5 – 5:30 PM

  • Land Acknowledgement
  • Cassandra Quave, Chair of the Organizing Committee
  • Emory University Leadership
  • Wendy Applequist, Society for Economic Botany President
  • Daniela Shebitz, Society of Ethnobiology President 

Keynote Lecture, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

  • Robin Wall Kimmerer, New York Times bestselling author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, is our opening keynote speaker. Dr. Kimmerer is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and SUNY Distinguished Professor of Environmental Biology. Her work and writings on restoration of ecological communities and restoration of human relationships to land has been recognized with a John Burroughs Medal and invitation to address the United Nations general assembly on the topic of healing our relationship with nature.

Book Signing with Dr. Kimmerer, 6:30 – 7 PM

Opening Reception, McDonough Field, 7 – 10 PM

Monday, June 5, 2023

Distinguished Ethnobiologist Lecture

Scientific program

  • Under development pending abstract submissions

Panel on Publishing Science for the Public

Evening events:

  • Student Social
  • Documentary Film Screenings, Harland Cinema

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Scientific program

  • Under development pending abstract submissions

Evening Social Event:
Join ADIE (Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion in Ethnobiology) for dessert and discussion of an exciting topic! 

  • Room 1 - The art of belonging: Whether we are students or faculty, many of us find ourselves the lone ethnobiologist in our department or university. We struggle to explain our (inter)disciplinary identities to our friends and colleagues. In this room, we will share experiences and identify strategies for professional growth, including sources of community and mentorship.
  • Room 2 - Is data for the taking? In this room, we will discuss data sovereignty—the right of nations to govern the collection, ownership, and application of their own data. What challenges might data sovereignty pose for ethnobiological research? How might we contribute to data sovereignty through our research practices? We will explore these issues through a series of real and imagined scenarios, including ethical issues arising during field work and collaboration with pharmaceutical companies.
  • Room 3 - Art and ethnobiology: How have artists contributed to the efforts of ethnobiologists? Where are new opportunities for ethnobiologists with artistic interests and skills? In this room we will explore the many intersections between our science and various forms of art practice.
  • Room 4 - Organizational decolonization: In what ways do our institutions reproduce colonial power structures? How can we disrupt those? Where can we find alternative models? What can we do as individuals and what requires collective action?

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Field trips

  • We will have information on an assortment of fieldtrips and Atlanta City Tour information made available soon.
  • All fieldtrips will be at an additional cost (not included in general registration)

Evening event:

  • Bring your own instrument musical gathering

Thursday, June 8, 2023

Scientific program

  • Under development pending abstract submissions

Distinguished Economic Botanist Lecture – Dr. Bradley C. Bennett

Evening Events:

  • Tour and final banquet at the Atlanta Botanical Garden (additional cost)
  • Awards ceremony

Friday, June 9, 2023