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International Society for Ethnopharmacology (ISE)
Joint Meeting with the
Society for Medicinal Plant Research (GA)

Ethnopharmacology 2000
Challenges for the New Millennium

ETH Zurich,
Zurich, Switzerland
September 4 - 7, 2000

1st Circular and Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Oral presentations (15 minutes including discussion) and posters are kindly requested.

Technical equipment available:

  • Overhead projection
  • Slide projection
  • Video projection
  • Pin walls for posters

The official language of the congress will be English.

Main Topics

  • Ethnopharmacology and Biodiversity (jointly with GA)
  • Targeted Drug Screening Approaches (jointly with GA)
  • Ethnopharmacology and Primary Health Care: The Need for Dialogue
  • The Role of Anthropology and the Social Sciences in Ethnopharmacology

At mid-century it appeared as if the use of medicinal plants would be eclipsed by advances in biomedicine, principally by synthetic drugs. But research of the last few decades of the closing millennium has been revealing the resilience of medicinal plants and phytomedicines in health care. Significantly, collaborations among social and pharmaceutical/clinical scientists underscore that these resources offer the most important and immediate benefit for peoples of the developing world. Natural products research has retained a prominent role in drug discovery and related research. Ethnopharmacologic research has important implications for the preservation of biodiversity. Paradoxically, growing interest in a small number of species both signals their importance and runs the risk of their extinction. Last but not least, molecular biology and related fields offer numerous new options for ethnopharmacologic research.

We anticipate a lively scientific dialogue on these and related themes for the 6th International Congress on Ethnopharmacology.

Contact: Congress ISE 2000, Pharmacognosy – Phytochemistry, Department of Pharmacy, ETH Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland; Fax +41.1.6356882,

E-mail pharmacognosy@pharma.ethz.ch
Website www.pharma.ethz.ch/pharmacognosy


An Exploration of Issues involving Indigenous Peoples, Conservation, Development and Ethnosciences for the Millenium

May 28 – June 3, 2001
Honolulu – Hawaii

Presented by
the University of Hawaii at Manoa & JuliFlora Foundation

Conference Objectives

Serve as a forum for discussing ways to compensate and incorporate traditional peoples and traditional knowledge.

Present the advantages of interdisciplinary training and collaboration.

Foster the development of local businesses, as well as conservation and development projects, that incorporate disparate social groups.

Provide a neutral environment for industry and government representatives to meet with local peoples and non-profit groups.

Provide a unique networking environment for groups of individuals and organizations that work in similar areas but are unlikely to meet elsewhere.

Conference Themes

  • Ethnobiological Research
  • Cultural Diversity & Property Rights
  • Biodiversity & Development
  • Traditional & Biological Conservation


  • Morning Sessions: 20 ethnoscientists from around the world will speak about the theoretical implications of their research.
  • Workshops: 16 experts in conservation and development.
  • Afternoon Sessions: 30 scientists, traditional people, politicians, industry members and foundation representatives from all over the world.

Invited Participants

One of the unique features of the conference is that we will provide (200-400) attendance grants for participants from local communities around the world. It is vital that discussions about building bridges with traditional knowledge involve traditional people themselves.

Conference Events


  • Saturday & Sunday, Noon - 6:00 pm
    Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 2:00 pm


  • Theoretical & Applied Research:
    Monday - Saturday, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm daily
  • Corporate & Natural Product:
    Monday - Saturday, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm daily

Morning Sessions

  • Ethnoscientific Research:
    Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 11:30 am daily


  • Industry & NGO Workshops:
    Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 11:30 am daily

Afternoon Sessions & Daily Geographic Focus Problem Solving, Collaboration and Discussions

  • Monday - Friday, 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm daily

Monday: Africa;
Tuesday: North, South & Central America;
Wednesday: Europe & the Mediterranean;
Thursday: Asia;
Friday: Australia & the Pacific Islands.


  • Thematic Banquets & Cultural Experiments:
    Monday - Friday, 7:30 -10:00 pm daily

Field Trips

  • Three field trip options: Saturday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Regional Discussion Groups

Speakers will meet to discuss ways to build bridges of understanding between traditional and industrial peoples and will publish a consensus statement for their geographic region.


  • Building Bridges Conference, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822-2279, USA; Fax +1.808.9563932, E-mail Bbt2@hawaii.edu
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