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Centre for Biocultural Diversity


Centre for Biocultural Diversity

Conducting international research and providing training for capacity building

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Coming Events

Kent-Kew Distinguished Ethnobotanist Lecture 2021

Professor Manuel Pardo-de-Santayana (UAM, Real Jardin Botanique, Madrid)

Protecting traditional botanical knowledge in the era of open science: lessons learned from Spain

A lecture on documenting and preserving traditional botanical knowledge, especially that of wild plant foods and medicines across Spain.

17.00 – Tuesday 12 October, 2021

Jodrell Lecture Theatre, Kew Gardens (entry via Jodrell Gate on Kew Road from 4.30pm)

All welcome – no ticket/booking required

More information here


RAI Conference: Anthropology and Conservation  25th-29th October 2021

Online: Registration details here

CBCD PANEL: Wed Oct 27, 1-5 pm

The Shaping of Conservation and Customary Rights: Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples’ Responses and Mobilization in Southeast Asia

Within a Southeast Asian context, this panel will assess the complexity and multiplicity of local voices and indigenous communities responses being deployed to ensure ecological and cultural integrity of their territories, especially in relation to threats from conservation and development schemes.

Prof Roy Ellen, Dr Dario Novellino, Dr Raj Puri, CBCD-SAC, University of Kent


Past Events ONLINE

WEBINAR: People and Psychoactive Plants

Webinar series exploring exisiting stigma and new models of social regulation for tobacco, cannabis and alcohol

From Menace to Medicine: Cannabis in Transition

Panel discussion held April 1st 2021, with special guests led by Dr. Axel Klein  Panel, bios and video interviews

Tobacco 15 years after the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control – Global Governance, local stigma    

Panel discussions held 30th September and 1st October 2020, with special guests led by Dr. Axel Klein   Panel Recordings here


2020 Distinguished Ethnobotanist Lecture

Dr. Ina Vandebroek, The New York Botanical Garden, Caribbean Ethnobotany: Herbs, Health and Heritage Across Borders. Held Ocotboer 13, 2020. Ethnobotany Lecture


Book Launch with Prof Roy Ellen

A book launch celebrating two new books from Emeritus Professor Roy Ellen was held on 28th January, 2021.   

 Nature Wars and The Nuaulu World of Plants

A recording of the event will be available on the RAI YouTube channel.


See our new CBCD YOUTUBE Channel for more content.

For more information please contact Dr Raj Puri (rkp@kent.ac.uk), Director of the Centre for Biocultural Diversity at Kent.