Botanical Ontologies: A Cross-Disciplinary Forum on Human-Plant Relationships

May 16-17 2014, Oxford, UK

Plenary Session

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Friday, 16 May 2014

Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)

Early Registration for the Conference: 4.45-5.10 PM

Plenary Session: 5.15-7.00 PM

Followed by wine reception and poster session

We welcome the two distinguished keynote speakers, Professor Roy Ellen and Dr Mark Nesbitt.

Prof. Roy Ellen

Prof. Roy Ellen (University of Kent): Is there a role for ontologies in understanding ‘plant knowledge systems’?

Prof. Ellen is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Human Ecology at the University of Kent’s School of Anthropology & Conservation. His research explores the anthropology of the environment and ethnobiology. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Indonesia, including with the Nuaulu of Seram and other peoples of the Moluccan islands of eastern Indonesia,  and with communities in Sulawesi, Java and Brunei.

Dr. Mark Nesbitt

Dr Mark Nesbitt (Kew Gardens): Unlocking indigenous knowledge from ethnobotanical artefacts

Dr Nesbitt is Economic Botany Manager at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens. He curates the Economic Botany Collection, including specimen acquisition and collection  maintenance. His current research focuses on materia medica (e.g. Cinchona) and fibres, including papermaking, textiles and basketry. His role at Kew also involves the joint organization and teaching of the Kent-Kew MSc in Ethnobotany.