Economic Botany 2018

JUNE 3-7, 2018

FOOD SECURITY, SOVEREIGNTY, & TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE

Madison, Wisconsin

A Joint Conference of the Society for Economic Botany and the Society of Ethnobiology

                                                                                                         

We welcome you to join us for the 2018 Joint Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology and Society of Economic Botany. The conference will take place from June 3 – 7, 2018, in Madison, Wisconsin, with most conference events held in Memorial Union at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The theme of 2018’s conference is Food Security, Sovereignty, & Traditional Knowledge.

Our joint conference provides a wonderful opportunity to meet colleagues in your field, connect with potential research partners, and develop greater cross-cultural, cross-discipline knowledge and awareness. Conference

presenters and attendees come from a variety of fields and backgrounds, including academic faculty and students, Native/Indigenous community members, government personnel, museum staff, and individuals from private consulting and nonprofit agencies.  This year’s conference will include multiple days of oral presentations, breakout sessions, active/applied demonstrations, and cultural field trips. The conference will culminate in a joint banquet on Wednesday evening, and will include awards and talks from this year’s Distinguished Ethnobiologist and Distinguished Economic Botanist.

Registration Rates:

Early bird by March 15:  $100 for students, $170 for professionals
After March 15:  $150 for students, $220 for professionals
Registration will open in late November.

Preliminary Overview Schedule:

Draft schedule - changes may occur so please check back after January 1

SUNDAY (June 3)

9:00am-4:00pm

Board-Council Meetings for SEB & SoE

9:00am-5:00pm

Field trips to be determined

5:00pm-8:00pm

Registration Table

6:30-8:00pm

Welcome Reception with Ho-Chunk Cultural Event

MONDAY (June 4)

8:00am-12pm

Registration

8:30-10:00am

Plenary Session (Indigenous Food Sovereignty)  

10:00-10:25am

COFFEE BREAK

10:30-12:00pm

Continued Plenary Session

12:00-1:00pm

LUNCH On Your Own

1:00-2:30pm

Concurrent Sessions including Highlighted Food Sovereignty Sessions

2:30-2:55pm

COFFEE BREAK

3:00-5:00pm

Concurrent Sessions

5:00-6:00pm

SoE General Membership Meeting

7:30-until ?

Student Networking Social

TUESDAY (June 5)

8:00am-12pm

Registration

8:30-10:00am

Distinguished Awardee followed by Concurrent Sessions

10:00-10:25am

COFFEE BREAK

10:30-12:00pm

Concurrent Sessions

12:00-1:00pm

LUNCH (On your own)

Student Mentor Lunch (Pre-Register)

1:00-2:30pm

Workshops

2:30-2:55pm

COFFEE BREAK

3:00-4:30pm

Concurrent Sessions & Workshops

5:00-6:00pm

SEB General Membership Meeting


WEDNESDAY (June 6)

8:00am-12pm

Registration

8:30-10:00am

Distinguished Awardee followed by Concurrent Sessions

10:00-10:25am

COFFEE BREAK

10:30-12:00pm

Concurrent Sessions

12:00-1:00pm

LUNCH

1:00-2:00pm

Poster Session

2:00-2:25pm

COFFEE BREAK

2:30-5:00pm

Concurrent Sessions

5:30-10:00pm

BANQUET & Awards Ceremony

THURSDAY (June 7) <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Optional Field Trips TBD

 

Travel Information:

Madison, Wisconsin is a wonderful location for a conference.  It is a mid-size city (est. > 245,000) that is fairly centrally located in the USA, large enough to have relatively easy access by air, but small enough that lodging is relatively economical.  It is an attractive city on an isthmus between lakes, surrounded by farmland.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison is a large research university with folks studying many aspects of broad-sense ethnobiology/ethnobotany/economic botany, including archaeology of foodways; pastoralism; domestication and evolution of plants under human influence; food, medicinal, and other uses of plants in the past and present; horticulture and agronomy; nutrition; land use and vegetation change; environmental history, etc.

Conference venue:  The Memorial Union

The Memorial Union is the historic student union at UW-Madison, which has just completed several years of renovation.  The iconic chairs on the terrace overlooking the lake should not be missed.

Ease of access to Madison, Wisconsin, USA: 

Air travel:  The MSN (Dane County) airport is 5.4 miles from the conference venue (15 minutes by car, 45-50 minutes by public transportation).  It is not a major hub itself, but MSN airport connects to many other hub cities (i.e.,  Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, New York, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Washington DC.; see https://www.msnairport.com/flight_travel/where).

While investigating connecting flights, attendees might want to compare with fights to Chicago – O’Hare Airport (ORD).  Some flights are sometimes enough lower in price to Chicago (ORD) that it is less expensive to fly to ORD and then take the Van Galder bus to Madison (currently $60 round trip between Madison and O’Hare airport; http://www.coachusa.com/vangalder/ss.ohareairport.asp ).  The Van Galder bus leaves from ORD toward Madison every hour to 1.5 hours between 6:30 am and 11:00 pm.  The bus trip takes only 3 hours and brings you directly to a stop across the street from the conference venue.

Ground travel:  Train travel has a lower carbon footprint than flying, and although there is not train service directly to Madison, an alternative route on the Van Galder bus goes to Union Station in downtown Chicago.  That allows those who prefer not to fly to reach Madison by taking a train to Chicago (https://www.amtrak.com/regions/midwest.html) and then a bus to Madison.   Just don’t expect the Amtrak trains to run on time, as they are often quite late.  There are also different bus lines that reach Madison from Milwaukee and Minneapolis. 


Housing:

We have reserved a blocks of rooms at a number of places locally. 

1) On campus dorm option.  Ogg Hall (http://map.wisc.edu/s/ps4vfy00) is a few blocks from the Memorial Union, the conference venue.  The rate of $47.23 for double occupancy and $70.48 for single occupancy, which includes breakfast and taxes.  They will find you a roommate if you don’t already have one. More information on how to reserve a dorm or a hotel room at our 4 conference hotels will be posted shortly.  Most housing options come with breakfast included. 

2) Best Western Premier Park Hotel   is a hotel on the square of the Capitol building about a 15-20 minute walk from the Memorial Union.  The rate of $159 for traditional rooms with 1 or 2 beds and $169 for deluxe rooms, $189 for suites.  These rates do not include taxes.  Must be booked by May 3.  To book, please call 608-285-8000 and please mention you are part of the Society for Economic Botany and Society for Ethnobiology annual meeting block.  Comes with complimentary WiFi and airport shuttle.  

3) The Graduate Madison is a hotel on Langdon St. just a few blocks from the Memorial Union, about a 10 minute walk.  The rate of $139 for rooms with 2 Queen beds or 1 King bed.  This rate does not include taxes.  Must be booked by April 18.  To book, please call 608-257-4391 and please mention you are part of the Society for Economic Botany and Society for Ethnobiology (SEB/SoE) annual meeting block.  Comes with complimentary WiFi and local transportation shuttle.  Parking is $20 per car per night.

4) The Lowell Center Hotel is a hotel located just steps from Pyle Center, State Street shops and Madison’s vibrant Capitol Square, and is just a few blocks from the Memorial Union, the conference venue.  The rate is $105 for standard rooms and $124 for deluxe rooms, based on single occupancy.  Additional guests are $12 each.  These rates do not include taxes.  Must be booked by May 3.  To book, please call 1-866-301-1753 or 608-256-2621 or email lowell@ecc.uwex.edu and please mention you are part of the Society for Economic Botany and Society for Ethnobiology annual meeting block.  Comes with complimentary WiFi and parking is $10 per car per day. 

5) The Hampton Inn and Suites is a hotel located just off campus, steps from State Street shops and Capitol Square.  It is a 15 minute walk to the Memorial Union, the conference venue.  The rate is $169 per night plus tax.  All rooms include complimentary breakfast and WIFI.  Parking will be an additional charge.  Reservations may be made by calling 608-255-0360 and mentioning the annual meeting of the Society for Economic Botany and the Society for Ethnobiology.  Must be booked by May 3.  

Food:

During the days of scientific sessions there will be coffee/tea breaks in mid-morning and mid-afternoon.  Lunches and suppers are on your own in most cases, except for the opening reception, mentor lunch, and banquet.  Fortunately, there are LOTS of excellent options for food.  There are dining options within the Memorial Union and beer, brats, and popcorn available on its iconic lakeside terrace.  There are many varied food carts at lunchtime just a block away on the “Library Mall.”  Also, the entire 15-minute walk along State Street from the east end of the UW campus to Capitol Square is lined with restaurants of many cuisines from around the world, all within walking distance of the conference venue. 

Social Events:

The opening reception will acknowledge our location on homelands of the Ho-Chunk nation, with cultural presentations on Ho-Chunk history, culture, and music.  Other social events will include a student mixer and mentor lunch.  We plan to follow recent years’ practice with Tuesday workshops including those on teaching

Childcare:
We are working to secure an option for childcare for those that need assistance during the days of the conference.

Field trips:

There are many local attractions that will make interesting field trips.  Those that are confirmed so far include a tour of the Aztalan archaeological site (occupied 1100-1250 CE and thought to be affiliated with Cahokia), led by Dr. Sissel Schroeder, Archaeologist at UW-Madison, and also a tour of several sites demonstrating ancient agricultural raised fields and other ancient land modification practices, led by Dr. William Gartner, Department of Geography of UW-Madison.

Other attractions that we hope to include as field trips would include some right within Madison, including effigy mounds within campus and many sites around the city; the UW-Madison Arboretum, which includes the world’s oldest prairie restoration and other remnants (https://arboretum.wisc.edu/explore/remnants/); and Olbrich Botanical Gardens, with 16 acres of outdoor gardens and a tropical conservatory.  A bit further afield is Growing Power<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"> (http://www.growingpower.org/) an urban agriculture and empowerment project with greenhouses and aquaculture in Milwaukee, WI.  Wisconsin is famous for beer and cheese, so tours of a cheese factory and brewery would be possible.  Other trip options are under development.

Call for Workshops:
Open Science Network in Ethnobiology (opensciencenetwork.org) invites you to submit a workshop for the Joint Conference of the Society for Economic Botany and Society of Ethnobiology, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin.  These hands-on educations workshops will be held on Tuesday, June 5.  

Please send in your proposal for a workshop by December 1, 2017.
Complete the proposal application below.  Members of the Society of Ethnobiology can send their workshop proposals to Conference Coordinator Dr. Liz Olson (conference @ethnobiology.org)  Members of the Society for Economic Botany can send their workshops proposals
to Dr. Sonia Peter - (sonia.peter@bcc.edu.bb)

SEBSOEWorkshopApplication.doc