The Cedar City 2021 meeting will be held May 12–15, 2021

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SoE Conference Postponed to 2021

March 13, 2020

Dear Society of Ethnobiology colleagues and friends:

We regret that we need to announce the postponement of this summer’s Cedar City meeting to 2021.

With the unfolding nature of the novel coronavirus many travel plans are being interrupted and meetings of large groups are being discouraged (or even prohibited). In thinking of the health and welfare of our members, we have decided to postpone the 2020 conference to the spring of 2021. We are working to identify a good set of dates for spring of 2021 and will make that announcement as soon as we are able to. Here are some things we want you to know now, and as we move forward making new plans, we will communicate additional information.

What’s proceeding as planned:

  • The Board meeting will take place on Zoom at the same time as previously scheduled (9am-12pm MST) Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
  • Fellowships will be honored (if an extension is requested, please contact

What’s changing:

  • Conference Travel Awards will be honored for 2021.
  • Refunds: Our all-star office manager will be issuing registration refunds directly to the credit card used to register. You do not need to take any action to receive the refund (we appreciate your patience as we work on processing them all).
  • Contact the hotels, airlines, and other travel arrangements you have made on your own to get a refund or find out from them what your options are. We are unable to provide compensation for any losses due to travel changes.
  • Annual General Meeting is postponed, but important matters will be brought to the membership for information, feedback, and voting.
  • We will post Conference updates on the website, as information becomes available.

Stay tuned for more information:

  • Our special awards, such as the Distinguished Ethnobiologist and Undergraduate Ethnobiologist Awards.
  • Possible online 2020 workshops or other proxy conference experiences.
  • The 2021 dates are TBD but plan on spring.

Who to Contact:

  • Contact Cheryl if you have a question or issue with your refund.
  • Contact Liz about conference details.
  • Contact Ashley about Awards & Fellowships
  • Contact Sarah with compliments to pass along to the incredible Conference Organizers

We are sorry for this inconvenience and trouble. We are sensitive to the time and resources that have already been committed to the conference in 2020 and we sincerely hope that you’ll be able to join us in 2021 instead.

The Executive Board & Conference Team

Conference Theme

43rd Annual Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology logo

'Paa' ~ Water

Water is measured by the drop in the West, and slight seasonal or annual differences can mean life or death for species in many Western ecologies. The 43rd annual conference takes water as a starting point to explore the many connections between people, animals, plants, and environments around the globe. With the conference set in Southern Utah, we will focus on the way that water shapes our landscapes, defines our food systems, and creates our special and sacred places. For the Ancestral Puebloan and Southern Paiutes who are the ancestral owners of the territory where we are meeting, water has a special place with great cultural and environmental value. Questions to explore include: How does water shape other cultures around the world? What threat does climate change bring? How do weather changes impact people who rely on water for their livelihood? Where do ethnobiologists fit-in with water issues in the communities that they study?

May 2020 - New Schedule Format!
Wednesday - Saturday

In response to the growth of the annual conference, and in an effort to include more variety in our conference proceedings, we are excited to be expanding the conference by a half-day. This year, please plan to arrive and join us prior to Wednesday afternoon when we will have our first rounds of conference sessions.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

  • AM Board meeting, Workshops, etc.
  • PM Concurrent sessions and/or plenary
  • Welcome reception Wednesday evening

Thursday, May 14, 2020

  • AM & PM Concurrent Sessions & Some alternative format sessions
  • Student Mentor Lunch
  • Student Networking Social in the evening

Friday, May 15, 2020

  • AM & PM Concurrent Sessions & Some alternative format sessions
  • Poster Session
  • General Society Membership Meeting
  • Banquet

Saturday, May 16, 2020

  • Optional Field Trips