The Society for Economic Botany

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

Summer Members-Only Virtual Symposium

SEB Summer Members-Only Symposium

The SEB Summer 2021 Virtual Symposium will take place August 6 and 7, 12-3:30 pm ET each day via Zoom. The event will include a large variety of selected talks from researchers around the world, virtual space for networking via "virtual coffee breaks", and the annual SEB Members Meeting.

Dr. Mark PlotkinHappy to announce that Dr. Mark Plotkin will be our opening speaker at our summer meeting!

He is a renowned ethnobotanist who has studied traditional indigenous plant use with elder shamans of Central and South America for much of the past 30 years.

Registration and Abstract Submission NOW OPEN!

Attendance is free, but all attendees and presenters must be current SEB members. To join/renew your membership click here.

Membership fees are $30/yr for students, $60/yr for regular members, and we offer additional discounted options for gifting student memberships, multi-year discounts, retired individuals, and citizens of LDCs (least developed countries).

In addition to having access to the symposium, current members also receive access to the journal Economic Botany and our newsletter Plants and People as well as other membership benefits.

We do plan to record the symposium for future viewing by members in the case that you are unable to attend the live broadcast. Click here to register for the event.

Submissions should include a proposed category, a title, author(s), and a 250-word description. The abstract submission deadline is Thursday, July 1st, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST. We are not accepting abstracts for posters for the summer symposium.

Accepted talks will be 12-15 minutes in length and open to a wide array of topics within ethnobotany and economic botany. Click here to submit your abstract.

The exact agenda for the symposium will be made available approximately one month before the event-- once speakers have been confirmed.

If you have membership questions you can email Amelia Neely at Please direct all questions about the program to John de la Parra,