The Ebi Kimanani Memorial Fellowship

Dr. Ebi Kalahi Kimanani (1958-2005) was an internationally renowned malarial researcher and biostatistician, who believed in African solutions for Africa’s problems. The travel award in her honor goes to a young African ethnobiologist whose work best reflects these values, to enable them to share their work at an ISE Congress. Please consider supporting this ISE Fellowship.

The 2012 Kimanani Fellowship recipient Abderrahim Ouarghidi, from the Messfouia tribe, Tasshelight (Berber) of Morocco is a PhD Candidate at the University of Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech and works as a Field Researcher for the Global Diversity Foundation in Morocco.

Due to a shortage of funds, there was no 2010 Kimanani Fellowship awarded.

The 2008 Kimanani Fellowship recipient Achille Ephrem Assogbadjo (PhD, Biosciences Engineering) is a Lecturer on the Faculty of Agronomic Scinces at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin.

The 2006 Kimanani Fellowship recipients were  Ojok Miriam Fiona, BSc. Ethnobotany and MSc. Botany student at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, Department of Botany, and JacobMhando Nyangila, of the Kenya Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge (KENRIK) – National Museums of Kenya.

ISE Student Prizes

The ISE awards a prize for the student member contribution shared at an ISE Congress – paper, video, multi-media, or performance on an ethnobiological theme – that best reflects the Society’s mission and is consistent with the ISE Code of Ethics.

The ISE awarded 3 Student Prizes for contributions during the 2012 ISE Congress:

1. Oral presentation: Leigh Joseph, University of Victoria, Canada (‘Finding our Roots: Ethnoecological Restoration of an Iconic Plant Food in the Squamish Estuary, British Columbia, Canada’)

2. Poster Presentation: Huei-Wen Chin, National Taiwan University, and Wei-Chi Chang, National Hsinchu University of Education, Taiwan (‘The possibility of indigenous initiative economy: the “e-go shop” case study on reconstructing indigenous traditional food systems’)

3. Alternative Format: Jennifer Schine, Simon Fraser University, Canada (‘Soundwalking: Ways of Listening to the Biological World’)

The ISE awarded 3 Student Prizes for contributions during the 2010 ISE Congress:

1. Oral presentation: Joe McCarter (Conserving traditional ecological knowledge: the case of kastom schools on Malekula Island, Vanuatu)

2. Poster Presentation: Kate Turner (Supporting Cultural Practices Through Business? Gitga’at First Nation Perspectives on Locally-Driven Cultural Tourism Development)

3. Alternative Format: Simone Athayde (Playing with Amazonian Myths: a Workshop on Interactive Storytelling Applied to the Education of Ethnobiology)

You can read more about these 3 emerging Ethnobiologists in the the Special Issue of the ISE Newsletter (March 2011).

Due to a shortage of funds, the ISE was unable to award a 2008 Student Prize awarded.  Please contribute what you can to help ensure young ethnobiologists are recognized for their exceptional work.

The 2006 ISE Congress Student Paper Prize was awarded to Miyako Koizumi, Graduate Student in Asian and African Area Studies at Kyoto University, Japan.

Indigenous Travel Awards

Recognition of the central role of indigenous peoples in all global, regional, and local processes is a founding element of the ISE. Supporting and promoting the critical efforts of Indigenous peoples, traditional societies, and local communities in the conservation of biological, cultural and linguistic diversity has been the priority since the ISE’s inception in 1988. In conjunction with each biennial congress, the ISE calls for applications and awards small travel bursaries that are intended to off­set direct expenses (transportation, hotel, meals, registration) associated with attending ISE Congresses in order to enable wider participation from these communities.