The 47th Annual Meeting of the SOCIETY FOR ECONOMIC BOTANY

Sample of abstract:“Healers use a variety of material medica including plants, animals and minerals. There were 363 species/types recorded for treating 91 health conditions.” The annual meeting of the Society of Economic Botanists will bring together the current research in this important and interesting field

Hosted by
Khon Kaen University, Chiang Mai University,
Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden, Royal Institute of Thailand, and the
The Royal Project Foundation.

Please see website (link below) for Pre-Registration and Preliminary Schedule

Important deadline: 1st April for all poster and paper submissions with title and abstract (Please download form from website)

Conference Venue: Imperial Mae Ping Hotel

Background on Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is Thailand's 2nd largest city, situated in the northern part of Thailand and is approx. 800 kms from Bangkok. Northern Thailand rests at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range, a striking and dramatic landscape with craggy limestone mountains and thickly forested rolling hills and valleys. The city of Chiang Mai province has a population of 160,000 people and is considered the cosmopolitan center of northern Thailand. Chiang Mai has managed to cultivate a melting pot of local and international diversity, while at the same time preserving its unique historical and cultural character. Over 300 temples can be found in Chiang Mai and ancient city walls from over 800 years ago still mark the perimeter of the old city. Chiang Mai provides a place of trade and sale for local people, which is most apparent in Chiang Mai's colorful Night Bazaar. Just to the north of Chiang Mai is the Golden Triangle, which marks the convening point for the political boundaries of Myanmar (Burma), Laos and Thailand.


Sunday, 4 June
9:00 - 12:00 Pre-meeting Chiang Mai city tour 1 (optional)
13:00 - 16:00 Pre-meeting Chiang Mai city tour 2 (optional)
16:00 - 19:00 Registration
19:00 - 20:30 Thai Dinner Buffet, Wine/Cheese Reception, Cash Bar

Monday, 5 June
8:00 - Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 Opening Ceremony and Welcome to Chiang Mai
8:45 - 12:30 Symposium1: Folk Botanical Wisdom Towards Global Markets*
Hosted by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break (served on site)
13:30 - 17:30 Symposium 2: Medicinal Plant Research in South & Southeast Asia: Past, Present & Future*
17:30 - Student Network Social

Tuesday, 6 June
8:00 - Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 12:30 Contributed Paper Session 1**

Poster Session open viewing
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break (served on site)
13:30 - 17:30 Contributed Paper Session 2**

Poster Session open viewing
17:30 - Workshop-dinner meetings (open participation and sites determined by participants)

Workshop 1: Curriculum Development and Ethnobotany Certification
Workshop 2: Museum and Herbarium Collections Development and Management
Workshop 3: Field Methods and Development of Economic Botany Theory
Other Workshops will form on demand

Wednesday, 7 June
8:00 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 17:30 Field Trip A: Home Industry and Craft Production: Tour of silk and cotton weaving, plant fiber
craft production, woodcarving and fresh plant markets.
9:00 - 17:30 Field Trip B: Royal Projects: Tour of Thai royal family sponsored community development
projects on ornamental plants, fruit crops, and ecological sustainability.
9:00 - 17:30 Field Trip C: Botanical Garden and Hike: Tour of Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden followed by a
guided hike through Doi Pui-Suthep National Park.

Thursday, 8 June
8:00 - Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 12:30 Contributed Paper Session 3**
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break (served on site)
13:30 - 15:30 Poster Session Presentations***
15:30 - 17:00 SEB Business meeting
17:30 - 19:00 Pre-Banquet Social with Snacks and Cash Bar
19:00 - 21:00 Closing Awards Banquet
Speakers: Drs. Memory Elvin-Lewis and Walter Lewis
2006 Distinguished Economic Botanists

*Symposia sponsored by generous contributions of various organizations ( for details)
**Contributed Paper Session presenters will be competitively selected from submissions. There will not be any concurrent paper presentation sessions. For best consideration, contributed paper abstracts should be submitted by April 1, 2006 via Presentations by students will be judged for consideration for the annual Fulling Award.
***Poster presentation abstracts should be submitted by April 1, 2006 for inclusion in the meeting program. Posters will be accepted non-competitively. Posters submitted by students will be judged for consideration for the annual Morton Award.

See for details on travel, lodging, and other items of interest.

From 05 Jun 2006
Until 08 Jun 2006
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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