The Society for Economic Botany

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

Schedule and Program


Schedule and Program

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


Saturday, June 3, 2023

Arrival and dorm or hotel check-in (recommended for participation in Sunday workshops or for executive council members of SEB and SoE)

Registration table open at ESC Atrium, 3 PM – 8 PM

Dinner at Dobbs Common Table*, 6:30-8 PM


Sunday, June 4, 2023

Arrival and dorm or hotel check-in

Setup Exhibitor Hall Displays, 9 AM – 4:30 PM

Breakfast at Dobbs Common Table*, 8-9:30 AM  

Council Meetings

  • Society for Economic Botany Council Meeting, ESC N302, 9 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Society of Ethnobiology Council Meeting, ANT 206, 9 AM – 4:30 PM

Lunch at Dobbs Common Table*, 12-1:30 PM

Registration table open at ESC Atrium, 9 AM – 7 PM

Workshops
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). Location: Emory Student Center (ESC) MP1. Max enrollment: 45 
  • Elias Altman is a literary agent at Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents, often representing experts, historians, critics, and scientists who want to share their deep knowledge with a broad audience through trade books. The secrets of agenting, editing, and trade-book publishing can feel as closely guarded as those of the magician and the escape artist. Like a sleight of hand trick, you marvel at a beautiful book at your local bookstore and say, How *did* they do that? Or, if you’re in the academy: How did *they* do that? Luckily for you, Elias can explain. In this workshop, a veteran literary agent will demystify the complex evolutionary process, speaking candidly and with humor about how to approach the task—from adapting an article or a dissertation into a workable book concept, to drafting a proposal, finding an agent, and navigating the publishing process. Registration Fee: $25. Morning Workshop (10 AM - 12:30 PM). Location: Candler Library (LIBC) 101. Max enrollment: 30 
  • 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). Location: Candler Library (LIBC) 114. Max enrollment: 40 
  • Social media: bane of our existence or excellent SciComm tool? It can be both! Alexis Nikole Nelson(@blackforager on IG) will teach participants how to use various social media applications for optimal science communication. Alexis worked in digital marketing for 5 years before leaving to make botany and outdoor education content full time for her 5M followers. Registration fee: $25. Afternoon Workshop (1:30 – 4 PM). Candler Library (LIBC) 114. Max enrollment: 40
  • 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). Location: Candler Library (LIBC) 101. Max enrollment: 30 
  • TBD Contributed Morning Workshop 1 (10 AM - 12:30 PM). Location: Candler Library (LIBC) 122. Max enrollment: 20 
  • TBD Contributed Afternoon Workshop 2 (1:30 – 4 PM). Candler Library (LIBC) 122. Max enrollment: 20 
  • TBD Contributed Morning Workshop 3 (10 AM - 12:30 PM). Location: Candler Library (LIBC) 123. Max enrollment: 20 
  • TBD Contributed Afternoon Workshop 4 (1:30 – 4 PM). Candler Library (LIBC) 123. Max enrollment: 20

  **more workshops may be added depending on submissions.

Opening Remarks. 5 – 5:30 PM, Location: ESC 4

  • Land Acknowledgement
  • Cassandra Quave, Chair of the Organizing Committee
  • Emory University Leadership
  • Wendy Applequist, Society for Economic Botany President
  • Liz Olson, Society of Ethnobiology President
  • Daniela Shebitz to introduce our keynote speaker, Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

 
Keynote Lecture, ESC 4, 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. She was recently recognized as a McArthur Fellow. 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, ESC 5+6, 6:30 – 7 PM

Opening Reception and Dinner, McDonough Field, 7 – 10 PM


Monday, June 5, 2023

Breakfast at Dobbs Common Table*, 7:30-9 AM

Quiet Space, ESC N210, 9 AM-5 PM

Morning Plenary Sessions  

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Plenary Session 1A, ESC Room 4 [Capacity: 270], 9-10:15 AM

  • Plenary #1, 9-9:30 AM
  • Plenary #2, 9:30-10 AM
  • Flash Poster Talks Session A (4 talks), 10 AM-10:15 AM

Coffee break, Exhibitors Hall, ESC Room 5+6, 10:15 AM -10:45 AM  

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Plenary Session 1B, ESC Room 4 [Capacity: 270], 10:45 AM – 12 PM

  • Plenary #3, 10:45-11:15 AM
  • Plenary #4, 11:15 -11:45 AM
  • Flash Poster Talks Session B (4 talks), 11:45 AM - 12 PM

Lunch at Dobbs Common Table*, 12-1:30 PM  

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Session Chair: TBD
Afternoon Concurrent Session 1A, Panel on Publishing Science for the Public, ESC Room 4 [Capacity: 270], 1:30-2:50 PM

Session Chair: TBD
Afternoon Concurrent Session 1B, Topic TBD, ESC 1+2 [Capacity: 80], 1:30-2:45 PM

  • Contributed talk 1, 1:30-1:45 PM
  • Contributed talk 2, 1:45-2:00 PM
  • Contributed talk 3, 2:00-2:15 PM
  • Contributed talk 4, 2:15-2:30 PM
  • Contributed talk 5, 2:15-2:30 PM

Session Chair: TBD
Afternoon Concurrent Session 1C, Topic TBD, ESC 3 [Capacity: 40], 1:30-2:45 PM

  • Contributed talk 6, 1:30-1:45 PM
  • Contributed talk 7, 1:45-2:00 PM
  • Contributed talk 8, 2:00-2:15 PM
  • Contributed talk 9, 2:15-2:30 PM
  • Contributed talk 10, 2:30-2:45 PM

Session Chair: TBD
Afternoon Concurrent Session 1D, Topic TBD, ANT 303 [Capacity: 180], 1:30-2:45 PM

  • Contributed talk 11, 1:30-1:45 PM
  • Contributed talk 12, 1:45-2:00 PM
  • Contributed talk 13, 2:00-2:15 PM
  • Contributed talk 14, 2:15-2:30 PM
  • Contributed talk 15, 2:30-2:45 PM

Coffee break, Exhibitors Hall, ESC Room 5+6, 2:45-3:15 PM  

Session Chair: TBD
Afternoon Concurrent Session 2A, Topic TBD, ESC Room 4 [Capacity: 270], 3:15-5 PM

  • Contributed talk 16, 3:15– 3:30 PM
  • Contributed talk 17, 3:30 – 3:45 PM
  • Contributed talk 18, 3:45 - 4:00 PM
  • Contributed talk 19, 4:00 – 4:15 PM
  • Contributed talk 20, 4:15 – 4:30 PM
  • Contributed talk 21, 4:30 – 4:45 PM
  • Contributed talk 22, 4:45 – 5:00 PM

Session Chair: TBD
Afternoon Concurrent Session 2B, Topic TBD, ESC Room 1+2 [Capacity: 80], 3:15-5 PM

  • Contributed talk 23, 3:15– 3:30 PM
  • Contributed talk 24, 3:30 – 3:45 PM
  • Contributed talk 25, 3:45 - 4:00 PM
  • Contributed talk 26, 4:00 – 4:15 PM
  • Contributed talk 27, 4:15 – 4:30 PM
  • Contributed talk 28, 4:30 – 4:45 PM
  • Contributed talk 29, 4:45 – 5:00 PM

Session Chair: TBD
Afternoon Concurrent Session 2C, Topic TBD, ESC Room 3 [Capacity: 40], 3:15-5 PM

  • Contributed talk 30, 3:15– 3:30 PM
  • Contributed talk 31, 3:30 – 3:45 PM
  • Contributed talk 32, 3:45 - 4:00 PM
  • Contributed talk 33, 4:00 – 4:15 PM
  • Contributed talk 34, 4:15 – 4:30 PM
  • Contributed talk 35, 4:30 – 4:45 PM
  • Contributed talk 36, 4:45 – 5:00 PM

Session Chair: TBD
Afternoon Concurrent Session 2D, Topic TBD, ANT 303 [Capacity: 180], 3:15-5:00 PM

  • Contributed talk 37, 3:15– 3:30 PM
  • Contributed talk 38, 3:30 – 3:45 PM
  • Contributed talk 39, 3:45 - 4:00 PM
  • Contributed talk 40, 4:00 – 4:15 PM
  • Contributed talk 41, 4:15 – 4:30 PM
  • Contributed talk 42, 4:30 – 4:45 PM
  • Contributed talk 43, 4:45 – 5:00 PM

BREAK 5-6:30 PM

Dinner at Dobbs Common Table*, 6:30-8 PM

Evening events, 8:30-11 PM

  • Student Social, Location: TBD
  • Documentary Film Screenings Location: ESC 4 [Capacity: 270]

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Breakfast at Dobbs Common Table*, 7:30-9 AM

Quiet Space, ESC N210, 9 AM-5 PM  

Morning Plenary Sessions

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Plenary Session 1A, ESC Room 4, 9-10:15 AM

  • Plenary #5, 9-9:30 AM
  • Plenary #6, 9:30-10 AM
  • Flash Poster Talks Session C (4 talks), 10 AM-10:15 AM

Coffee break, Exhibitors Hall, ESC Room 5+6, 10:15 AM -10:45 AM  

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Plenary Session 2A, Contributed Highlight Talks, ESC Room 4, 10:45 AM – 12 PM

  • Contributed talk 44, 10:45 - 11:00 AM
  • Contributed talk 45, 11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
  • Contributed talk 46, 11:15 – 11:30 AM
  • Contributed talk 47, 11:30 -11:45 AM
  • Flash Poster Talks Session D (4 talks), 11:45 AM- 12 PM

Lunch at Dobbs Common Table*, 12-1:30 PM

Put up posters during lunch break

Afternoon Sessions  

Session Chair: TBD
Afternoon Plenary Session, ESC Room 4, Plenary Panel, Topic on Ethics or TBD, 1:30 AM – 2:30 PM

  • Panelist Speakers TBD, ESC Room 4, 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Afternoon Poster Session, 2:30-5 PM

  • ESC Rooms 1+2+3, in person poster boards
  • ESC Room 4, Virtual posters
  • Afternoon snack break open throughout poster session, Bar and light hors d'oeuvres

Distinguished Ethnobiologist Lecture, ESC 4, 5-6 PM

BREAK 6-6:30 PM, Take down posters

Dinner at Dobbs Common Table*, 6:30-8 PM  

Evening Social Event, 8-10 PM
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. Location: Candler Library (LIBC) 122. Max enrollment: 40 
  • 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. Location: Candler Library (LIBC) 122. Max enrollment: 30 
  • 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. Location: Candler Library (LIBC) 122. Max enrollment: 20 
  • 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? Location: Candler Library (LIBC) 122. Max enrollment: 20

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Breakfast at Dobbs Common Table*, 7:30-9 AM

Quiet Space, ESC N210, 9 AM - 12 PM

Morning Concurrent Sessions  

Session Chair: TBD Morning
Concurrent Session 1A, ESC Room 4, 9-10:15 AM

  • Contributed talk #48, 9-9:15 AM
  • Contributed talk #49, 9:15-9:30 AM
  • Contributed talk #50, 9:30-9:45 AM
  • Contributed talk #51, 9:45 – 10:00 AM
  • Contributed talk #52, 10:00 – 10:15 AM

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Concurrent Session 1B, ESC Room 1+2, 9-10:15 AM

  • Contributed talk #53, 9-9:15 AM
  • Contributed talk #54, 9:15-9:30 AM
  • Contributed talk #55, 9:30-9:45 AM
  • Contributed talk #56, 9:45 – 10:00 AM
  • Contributed talk #57, 10:00 – 10:15 AM

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Concurrent Session 1C, ESC Room 3, 9-10:15 AM

  • Contributed talk #58, 9-9:15 AM
  • Contributed talk #59, 9:15-9:30 AM
  • Contributed talk #60, 9:30-9:45 AM
  • Contributed talk #61, 9:45 – 10:00 AM
  • Contributed talk #62, 10:00 – 10:15 AM

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Concurrent Session 1D, ANT 303, 9 – 10:15 AM

  • Contributed talk #63, 9-9:15 AM
  • Contributed talk #64, 9:15-9:30 AM
  • Contributed talk #65, 9:30-9:45 AM
  • Contributed talk #66, 9:45 – 10:00 AM
  • Contributed talk #67, 10:00 – 10:15 AM

Coffee break, Exhibitors Hall, ESC Room 5+6, 10:15 AM -10:45 AM  

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Concurrent Session 2A, ESC Room 4, 10:45 – 11:45 AM

  • Contributed talk #68, 10:45 – 11 AM
  • Contributed talk #69, 11 – 11:15 AM
  • Contributed talk #70, 11:15 – 11:30 AM
  • Contributed talk #71, 11:30 – 11:45 AM

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Concurrent Session 2B, ESC Room 1+2, 10:45 – 11:45 AM

  • Contributed talk #72, 10:45 – 11 AM
  • Contributed talk #73, 11 – 11:15 AM
  • Contributed talk #74, 11:15 – 11:30 AM
  • Contributed talk #75, 11:30 – 11:45 AM

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Concurrent Session 2C, ESC Room 3, 10:45 – 11:45 AM

  • Contributed talk #76, 10:45 – 11 AM
  • Contributed talk #77, 11 – 11:15 AM
  • Contributed talk #78, 11:15 – 11:30 AM
  • Contributed talk #79, 11:30 – 11:45 AM

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Concurrent Session 2D, ANT 303, 10:45 – 11:45 AM

  • Contributed talk #80, 10:45 – 11 AM
  • Contributed talk #81, 11 – 11:15 AM
  • Contributed talk #82, 11:15 – 11:30 AM
  • Contributed talk #83, 11:30 – 11:45 AM

Lunch at Dobbs Common Table*, 11:45 AM- 1 PM

Break to change for field trips

Afternoon Sessions

Afternoon Field trips 1:30 PM – 6 PM

  • 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)
  • Lineup at buses by 1:15 PM. Departing at 1:30 PM

Dinner at Dobbs Common Table*, 6:30-8 PM

Evening event, Location TBD, 8-10 PM

  • Bring your own instrument musical gathering

Thursday, June 8, 2023

Breakfast at Dobbs Common Table*, 7:30-9 AM

Quiet Space, ESC N210, 9 AM-5 PM

Morning Concurrent Sessions

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Concurrent Session 1A, ESC Room 4, 9-10:15 AM

  • American Heart Association Food Symposium (program under development by AHA)

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Concurrent Session 1B, ESC Room 1+2, 9-10:15 AM

  • Contributed talk #84, 9-9:15 AM
  • Contributed talk #85, 9:15-9:30 AM
  • Contributed talk #86, 9:30-9:45 AM
  • Contributed talk #87, 9:45 – 10:00 AM
  • Contributed talk #88, 10:00 – 10:15 AM

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Concurrent Session 1D, ESC Room 3, 9-10:15 AM

  • Panel on careers in ethnobotany and ethnobiology, panel member TBD

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Concurrent Session 1D, ANT 303, 9-10:15 AM

  • Contributed talk #89, 9-9:15 AM
  • Contributed talk #90, 9:15-9:30 AM
  • Contributed talk #91, 9:30-9:45 AM
  • Contributed talk #92, 9:45 – 10:00 AM
  • Contributed talk #93, 10:00 – 10:15 AM

Coffee break, Exhibitors Hall, ESC Room 5+6, 10:15 AM -10:45 AM  

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Concurrent Session 2A, ESC Room 4, 10:45 AM-12:00 PM

  • American Heart Association Food Symposium (program under development by AHA)

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Concurrent Session 2B, ESC Room 1+2, 10:45 AM-12:00 PM

  • Contributed talk #94, 10:45 – 11 AM
  • Contributed talk #95, 11 – 11:15 AM
  • Contributed talk #96, 11:15 – 11:30 AM
  • Contributed talk #97, 11:30 – 11:45 AM
  • Contributed talk #98, 11:45 AM – 12 PM

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Concurrent Session 2C, ESC Room 3, 10:45 AM-12:00 PM

  • Panel topic and members TBD

Session Chair: TBD
Morning Concurrent Session 2D, ANT 303, 10:45 AM-12 PM

  • Contributed talk #118, 10:45 – 11 AM
  • Contributed talk #99, 11 – 11:15 AM
  • Contributed talk #100, 11:15 – 11:30 AM
  • Contributed talk #101, 11:30 – 11:45 AM
  • Contributed talk #102, 11:45 AM – 12 PM

Lunch at Dobbs Common Table*, 12:00-1:30 PM?

Take down materials in exhibitors hall (12-3:30 PM)

Society for Economic Botany Business Meeting, ESC 4, 1:30-2:30 PM

Society of Ethnobiology Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony, 2:30-3:30 PM

Trip to Atlanta Botanical Garden, buses leaving from 4 - 4:30 PM
**The ABG trip and entry is included in the registration costs.  

Tours of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 5 – 6: 30 PM

Banquet Cocktail Reception, 6:30- 7 PM (additional cost; banquet is a ticketed event. Those not attending the banquet may return by bus to campus at 6:30 PM)

  • Distinguished Economic Botanist Lecture – Dr. Bradley C. Bennett
  • SEB Awards ceremony
  • Bus return to campus, 9:30-10 PM

Friday, June 9, 2023

Breakfast at Dobbs Common Table*, 7:30-9 AM  

Departure  

**Special note on meals: All meals served at the Dobbs Common Table are restricted to delegates who sign up for the meal plan. Point-of-service purchase of meal tickets at the DCT is not possible. The meal plan must be reserved in advance of the conference. The opening reception dinner is included in the registration fee. The final banquet at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is not included in registration or the meal plan; banquet tickets can be purchased at an additional fee during registration.