The Society for Economic Botany

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

Workshops


We have a fabulous lineup of workshops planned for Sunday, June 4, 2023! These optional workshops offer ways for attendees to engage in hands-on learning and vibrant interactions with fellow conference participants. The workshop schedule is still under development, but here are some confirmed workshops that will be available to participants. Note that workshop fees are not included in the general conference registration cost and will be available at an additional charge. We recommend that workshop registrants plan on arriving for dorm or hotel check-in on June 3, 2023 to ensure that you arrive in time for your scheduled activities. 

CALL FOR WORKSHOPS: In addition to the exciting workshops that have already been planned for Sunday, June 4, there will be space for up to four contributed workshops on that date. If you would like to lead a workshop on some topic or skill of interest to you, please send a brief description of the proposed content and activities to Wendy Applequist, chair of the programming subcommittee, at wendy.applequist[at[]mobot.org
Workshops should be 2.5 hours long, and may include up to 20 people unless you specify a smaller maximum attendance. Please include the nature and estimated cost of any needed supplies in your description. Applications must be received by January 15.


Confirmed workshops:

FULL DAY OPTIONS


Demystifying Fermentation

Demystifying Fermentation

Workshop Leaders: Sandor Katz and Julia Skinner
Fermentation expert and bestselling author Sandor Katz has traveled the world, both teaching and learning about the many fascinating and delicious techniques for fermenting foods. He is joined by local Atlanta fermenting guru, Julia Skinner, who will co-lead this engaging and interactive workshop that explores how fermentation connects people to the natural world.

Workshop Description:
Fermentation is practiced everywhere in the world, as an essential element of how people make effective use of whatever food resources are abundantly available to them. Understand fundamental fermentation concepts, learn simple techniques for preserving vegetables using fermentation, and ask all your fermentation-related questions.

Duration: 10 AM – 4 PM (with lunch break from 12:30-1:30 PM; *lunch not included)

Attendee Cap: 45 

Cost: $75

MORNING OPTIONS   


What is the Future of Ethnobiology?

Workshop Leaders:
Representatives of ADIE (Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion in Ethnobiology)

Workshop Description:
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 

Duration: 10 AM – 12:30 PM

Attendee Cap: 40

Cost: $15

 

The Science (and Magic) of Trade Book Publishing

Workshop Leader: Elias Altman
Elias Altman is 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. His clients include Alexander Nemerov (Stanford), Maggie Doherty (Harvard), Jing Tsu (Yale), Katey Walter Anthony (Alaska), and Emory’s own, Cassandra Quave, as well as many other journalists, memoirists, and essayists.  

Workshop Description:
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. And if you want to bring a one-paragraph description of a potential book project with you to the workshop (along with 41 printed copies to share with Elias and the other attendees), Elias will workshop it before your very eyes. Limited availability! Must see to believe!

Duration: 10 AM – 12:30 PM

Attendee Cap: 30

Cost: $25

AFTERNOON OPTIONS


Social media: bane of our existence or excellent SciComm tool?

Alexis Nikole Nelson

Workshop Leader: Alexis Nikole Nelson

Workshop Description:
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.

Duration: 1:30 – 4:00 PM

Attendee Cap: 40

Cost: $25



Ethnobotany in R

Workshop Leaders: Morgan Ruelle and Ashley McGuigan 

Workshop Description:
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. 

Duration: 1:30 – 4:00 PM

Attendee Cap: 30

Cost: $25 (*all participants will receive a USB drive as part of the activity)