Call for Session proposals

The call for session proposals is now closed.

Download a PDF of this call for session proposals.

Deadline for Session proposals: Extended to 30th November, 2015

Please use the congress abstracts e-mail to submit your proposal.

Anyone who has an interest in the themes of the Congress and shares the vision of the ISE may submit a Session Proposal.

To enhance diversity and bridge perspectives, we encourage sessions co-chaired by two individuals who are not from the same background where feasible (for example, an indigenous and non-indigenous scholar, or a scientist and a practitioner). The Congress Organizing Committee will work with Session Chairs to suggest or match possible Co-Chairs.

What kind of sessions can be proposed?

A ‘session’ is a group of thematically-linked presentations or contributions that together explore, discuss, or portray a common idea or theme from different perspectives. Sessions should be up to 90 minutes in length (shorter sessions can be proposed). They can take place during the day (i. e., in the main congress program), or they can take place in the evening as an optional activity. Please indicate if you have a preference and Congress organizers will accommodate you to the extent possible.

We encourage many formats of communication and interaction designed to facilitate multidisciplinary exchanges, intercultural discussion, and bridging of worldviews. Examples include (but are not limited to):

Sessions that include a diversity of formats will be welcomed.

What are the responsibilities of session chairs or co-chairs?

The Session Chairs are responsible for all the organizational aspects of the Session including soliciting and selecting contributions, and liaising with session participants to ensure timely submission of abstracts, electronic presentations if relevant (e. g., PowerPoint), and final papers or other finalized contributions.

What are the criteria for selection?

For acceptance of your Session Proposal, the Congress Organizing Committee will use the following criteria:

Preference may be shown to proposals that are co-chaired by ISE members and/​or by local community members (e. g. from Uganda). All successful session chairs will be required to join or renew their ISE membership before the congress. Individual presenters within sessions are not required to be ISE members.

In addition to sessions proposed by congress participants, the Congress Organizing Committee will also organize sessions.

Submission Requirements

Please use this checklist BEFORE you submit your proposal

Your proposal must include:

Chairs may be asked to work with the Congress Organizing Committee to build a mutually agreeable session program prior to final acceptance.

Call for individual contributions

The call for individual contributions is now closed.

Download a PDF of this call for individual contributions.

Deadline for Individual contribution proposals: Extended to 31st January, 2016

Please use the congress abstracts email to submit your proposed contribution.

Anyone who has an interest in the themes of the Congress and shares the vision of the ISE may submit a proposal for an individual contribution.

The Congress Organizing Committee will organize accepted individual contributions into thematically-linked sessions.

We encourage many formats of communication and interaction designed to facilitate multidisciplinary exchanges, intercultural discussion, and bridging of worldviews.

Examples include (but are not limited to):

What are the criteria for selection?

For acceptance of your contribution, the Congress Organizing Committee will use the following criteria:

Submission Requirements

Please use this checklist BEFORE you submit your proposal

Your proposal must include:

Guidelines for Proceedings papers

Guidelines for preparing papers for proceedings of the International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) Congress 2016 at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Download a PDF of these guidelines.

General information

Structure of publication paper


The title of the paper should be written according to APA 6th edition publication format. It should be 12 – 20 words in length and should not contain abbreviations. It should be capitalized, unnumbered and centered between the margins. The use of taxonomic format of writing scientific names should be adhered to where applicable. Use Times New Roman ( or Times ), 14 point, bold font for the title.

Author citation

Beneath the title type the authors’ name( s ) i.e. first name, middle initial and last name. Do not use titles or degrees. Use Times or Times New Roman font size 10.

Institutional affiliations

Type the institutional affiliation below the author’s name( s ) with a superscript to indicate the location where the authors conducted the research or the authors’ address. Affiliations should not be repeated for multiple authors of the same affiliation. The corresponding author shall be delimited by an asterisk as in the example below:

Susan Serani1*, Gerard M. Mutumba1, Henry Kiryose1, Geofrey Lamtoo2 and Mary Okwakol3
1Department of Botany, Faculty of Science Makerere University, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda
2Institute of the Environment and Natural Resources, Makerere University P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda
3Department of Zoology and Entomology, Faculty of Science, Makerere University, P.O. Box, 7062, Kampala, Uganda.


An abstract must accompany every paper. It should be a brief summary of the significant items of the main paper. The abstract should give concise information about the title, background, objectives, methods, results ( negative or positive trends or main idea, concept, or observations etc.), and conclusion. The abstract shall not normally exceed 300 words. It shall not contain literature citations or allusions to the tables or illustrations.


List of keywords ( alluding to the main content of the paper ) from the work proposed by the authors, separated by commas. Up to 5 key terms should be selected. The keywords should be italicized. Do not use long phrases.

Abbreviations & acronyms

Define abbreviations and acronyms the first time they are used in the text, even after they have been defined in the abstract. ( Standard abbreviations should be included in the list of acronyms ). Do not use abbreviations in the title or heads unless they are unavoidable.


The APA format recommends that all manuscripts should be written in double line spacing throughout the document.

Tables & figures

All tables and figures should be numbered chronologically throughout the document. In the text, the tables and figures should be referred to by their numbers. Each table or figure should be given an appropriate title in bold type. Figure captions should be placed below the figures; table heads should appear above the tables. Insert figures and tables after they are cited in the text. Use the abbreviation “Fig. 1,” even at the beginning of a sentence. A short description about table and figure contents should be provided. The tables should not have vertical lines according to APA format.

In-text citations

Use American Psychological Association 6th Edition format. If a citation has one or two authors, cite all the authors in the text. Note that all cited works have neither first names nor titles mentioned in the text. Also, a citation to several authors is allowed. In this case each author must be delimited either by commas or the ampersand ( & ). The phrase “et al.” is also valid for multiple authors.

Citation Examples:

One work by one author:

  1. In a developmental study ( Smith, 1990 ), children learned… OR
  2. In the study by Smith ( 1990 ), primary school children… OR
  3. In 1990, Smith’s study of primary school children…

Works by multiple authors:

When a work has two authors, cite both names every time you reference the work in the text. When a work has three to five authors, cite all the author names the first time the reference occurs and then subsequently include only the first author followed by “et al.”
For example:

First citation: Masserton, Slonowski, and Slowinski ( 1989 ) stated that…
Subsequent citations: Masserton et al. ( 1989 ) stated that…
For 6 or more authors, cite only the name of the first author followed by “et al.” and the year.

Works by no identified author:

When a resource has no named author, cite the first few words of the reference entry ( usually the title ). Use double quotation marks around the title of an article, chapter, or web page ( Wikipedia is not cited as a web page ). Italicize the title of a periodical, book, brochure, or report.
For example:

  1. The site seemed to indicate support for homeopathic drugs (“Medical Miracles,” 2009 ).
  2. The brochure argues for homeschooling ( Education Reform, 2007 ).

Two or more works in the same parenthetical citation:

Citations of two or more works in the same parentheses should be listed in the order they appear in the reference list ( i.e., alphabetically, and then chronologically ).

Several studies ( Jones & Powell, 1993; Peterson, 1995, 1998; Smith, 1990 ) suggest that… .

Personal communication:

This can be of different forms such as interviews, face-to-face conversations, letters, and memos. It is adequate to provide the surname of the communicator, and the date. For example:

C. Opolot ( personal communication, January 20, 2006 ) said that the first rule of academic writing is to proofread everything… .

Unpublished work:
  1. Dissertations/ Theses
    To include a dissertation or a thesis in a reference list, you need to include: Author, initials, year of submission, title, award, and university to which the work was submitted.
    For example:

    Aguti, J.N. ( 1996 ). Makerere University external degree programme: The dual mode approach. Dissertation for MA Education and Development: Distance Education, Institute of Education, University of London.

  2. Other unpublished works
    For any other unpublished works include: author and initials, year of writing/ presentation, city, organization, and the word “unpublished” added at the end.
    For example:

    Opolot-Okurut, C. ( 2005 ). Teacher preparation programmes and early years of mathematics teaching in Uganda. A paper presented at the 15th International Commission on Mathematical Instruction ( ICMI ) study Conference, 15 – 21st June 2005, Aguas de Lindoia, Brazil. Unpublished.

Citations in a reference list

In general, references should contain the author name, publication, and date. Every Reference must start with the sequence “Name ( Year )( without the quotes ). Name and year must match the citation in the running text [ see Citations ]. The single information fields of a Reference ( Author1, Author2, Title…) should be delimited by commas or semicolons.

Use the following APA style when referencing a book or journal article making sure to precede the reference with the bracketed information described above.

Book references:

O’Shea, T., & Self, J.A. ( 1983 ). Learning and teaching with computers. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall Inc.

Chapter of a book:

Bergquist, J.M. ( 1992 ). German Americans. In J.D. Buenker & L.A. Ratner ( Eds.), Multiculturalism in the United States: A comparative guide to acculturation and ethnicity ( pp. 53 – 76 ). New York, NY: Greenwood.

Proceedings references:

Tsio, F. ( 1994 ). Hypermedia Systems in the Future. Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 1994, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, Charlottesville, VA. 115 – 123.

Journal references:

Beasley, R.E., & Vila, J.A. ( 1992 ). The identification of navigation patterns in a multimedia environment: A case study. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 1 ( 2 ), 209 – 222.

On-line newspaper articles:

Becker, E. ( 2001, August 27 ). Prairie farmers reap conservation’s rewards. The New York Times. Retrieved from

Data sets:

Simmons Market Research Bureau. ( 2000 ). Simmons national consumer survey [ Data file ]. New York, NY: Author.


Separate footnotes from the preceding main text by a line from the left to the center of the page. Start the footnote with the sequence “[ n ]”, where n is the unique number of that footnote ( unique means that this number can only appear once on a page, not throughout the whole document ). Use a 9 point font for footnote text.


[ 1 ] as we mentioned earlier this is how to write footnotes


This is an optional section. Acknowledgements or appreciation to individuals for assistance with the material reported should be included and appear at the end of the article after References. Financial support for work reported or a grant under which a study was made should be noted in the acknowledgements.

Deadline for submission of papers

Your paper must arrive in electronic form by 1st June 2016. Any papers received after this date may not be included in the proceedings.


The Proceedings Book will be generated from the electronic file you send, it is important that your paper not exceed the following guidelines.

Presentation Category Maximum Length ( including graphics and references )
Full Papers 10 pages, minimum 7 pages
Abstract only for the ISE conference on; each paper presenting in the ISE conference should follow the Brief Paper length guide
Symposia These papers should be submitted separately after acceptance of the ISE Secretariat Individual paper submission.
Instructions can be requested after acceptance.
Text Area 16.51 cm × 22.86 cm or 6½ × 9 inches
Begin the Text Area 1″ or 2.54 cm from the top of hard copy page. Use only a one-column layout. Set your margins so that they precisely match the text area specified. Place pictures, figures, and tables centered between the margins without any text flowing around them. Do not start a new page for new sections ( chapters ) or subsections. Do not insert page numbers. Also, notice that no form of running heads is allowed. Align or justify the document to the left.

Accepted file formats

A format which best preserves the document’s “look” as it was submitted is preferred. You should not have problems generating a file in one of those formats, no matter which word processor you are using. When submitting a file, please follow the rules given below which will allow your paper to be read and converted. To provide an interface to a wide variety of word processors, we accept the following file types:

Submitting your file

Send your file to ISE Congress abstracts.

Please use this checklist to ensure that guidelines are followed

  1. Paper size must be A4
  2. Margins must be 2.5 cm
  3. Typeface must be Times or Times New Roman
  4. Font size must be 12 point ( except for the paper title which is 14 pt )
  5. Paper page length must be followed
  6. References, graphics, and tables all count toward total page count
  7. Must include an abstract
  8. Do not include page numbers
  9. Do not include headers or footers
  10. Word limit is 4000 words and 10 pages


Exhibitor guidelines

Guidelines for exhibition at the International Society of Ethnobiology ( ISE ) Congress 2016 at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Download a PDF of these guidelines.

General information

This information is to ensure that high quality exhibitions are presented. Exhibitors are urged to take special care in preparing their products and services by following the guidelines of National Drug Authority for herbal medicines, Uganda Bureau of Standards for food stuffs, or any other regulatory body in charge of the exhibited item in Uganda.

Exhibitions shall include:

  1. Exhibitions should be in line with the congress subthemes as given below:
    • Ethnobiology and economic development
    • The science behind traditional practices
    • Traditional medicine, spirituality and the law
    • Traditional medicine and modern medicine
    • Culture at the crossroads
    • Gender roles and issues in resource management
    • Ethnobiological knowledge transmission and survival of indigenous languages
    • Ethnobiological knowledge and intellectual property issues
  2. A registration fee of UGX 420,000 (~$125 USD ) will paid to cover seven days. Fee includes a desk 2×1 meter, two chairs for two exhibitors, power outlet, and security.

Congress themes

The congress theme is “Ethnobiological knowledge for human wellbeing and development

It goes with a tagline of “Together keeping continuity from our roots”. This emphasizes the efforts that must be taken to learn from cultural heritage and knowledge for wellbeing of humanity.

The knowledge amassed through experience, research, education, and blending is essential for livelihoods now and in the future.

Congress sub-themes include: