The Society for Ethnobotany

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

Letter from the President

Welcome to the Society for Ethnobotany!

Our society continues to have the same goals as the former Society for Economic Botany: “to foster and encourage scientific research, education, and related activities on the past, present, and future uses of plants, and the relationship between plants and people, and to make the results of such research available to the scientific community and the general public through meetings and publications.” However, after considerable discussion and consultation with the membership, we have decided to change the name of our community and association to better reflect the composition and interests of our members.

We are also strategizing about the future amid the changing ways of communicating and connecting. To those important ends, I believe our work must also be to modernize, diversify, and open the Society for maximum impact. We can only do that with members like you.

To support and participate in the Society and to receive the benefits of membership, please consider joining us. Membership is open to anyone interested or engaged in work at the intersection of people and plants—and those who wish to support the Society's mission.

Membership comes with several valuable benefits. These include free online access to the journal Economic Botany and to our newsletter Plants and People; free access to video recordings of past online and in-person events when available; reduced costs for Society for Ethnobotany conferences, our Fall and Spring online symposia, and other events; notifications about related activities around the world; access to a network of highly experienced professionals and academics; eligibility to submit manuscripts to our society journal Economic Botany and to present at our conferences and symposia; and the opportunity to participate in the governance and organization of our many events.

We offer a reduced Student Membership rate of $30, or, for just $10, current SEB members can provide gift memberships to new student members. We also have the convenience of 3-year memberships, and discounted memberships to citizens of certain lower income countries. Please see here for all membership options.

I look forward to working with each of you to co-create a robust future for our Society. Please do not hesitate to reach out.

Heike Vibrans
Society for Ethnobotany