Recognition of the central role of indigenous peoples in all global, regional, and local processes is a founding element of the International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE). Since the ISE’s inception in 1988, the society’s priority has been to support and promote the critical efforts of Indigenous peoples, traditional societies, and local communities in the conservation of biological, cultural and linguistic diversity.

Building on the traditions of past ISE congresses, the 15th ISE Congress will bring together indigenous and non-indigenous participants from around the world to tackle the key issues of our times. The congress will include a wide range of formats for people to share their knowledge, ideas and experiences, ranging from talking circles, to film viewings and discussions, cultural performances, field trips, oral presentations and poster sessions. The congress is intended to be highly interactive and participatory. Our aim is to create a cross-cultural learning environment where participants feel safe to share, learn, and cultivate understanding and trust.

In preparation for this congress, to be held in Kampala, Uganda from 1-7 August 2015, the ISE is announcing a Call for travel grant applications to support contributions from Indigenous peoples and local or traditional communities. For the 2016 Congress, due to limited funding, the ISE will consider travel grant applications only from ISE members with a history of active participation and meaningful contributions to the vision and work of the ISE and the ISE Code of Ethics.

Please find the application form and instructions for submission here!