Held every two years in different locations throughout the world, the ISE Congress advances the Society’s mission by creating a forum for dialogue across languages, cultures, and worldviews. The congress is organized by ISE members and includes workshops, presentations, field trips, and opportunities to meet with and learn from the local host community. When possible, congress proceedings are documented in print and on the congress website. In addition to providing a forum for discussion, the congress allows ISE board members to meet and conduct society business.

At the 3rd ISE Congress. Mexico City, Mexico. 1992

At the 3rd ISE Congress. Mexico City, Mexico. 1992

To encourage diverse participation at the ISE Congress, and to recognize and promote the work of emerging ethnobiologists, the ISE offers several congress awards. Indigenous Travel Awards offset the direct expense of attending the congress. The Ebi Kimanani Memorial Fellowship enables an emerging African ethnobiologist to travel to and share work at the congress. Student Prizes acknowledge student work that reflects the ISE’s mission and Code of Ethics.

At the 4th ISE Congress. Lucknow, India. 1994.

At the 4th ISE Congress. Lucknow, India. 1994.

The 2016 ISE Congress will be held in Uganda.