About ISEB

About ISEB


International Society of Environmental Botanists (ISEB) was founded in the historic town of Lucknow, India, on 3rd December 1994. It is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation and since its inception has been actively engaged in promoting its objectives, that is, research, education, and awareness on the role of plants in preserving our environment.

ISEB is Scientific Member of International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), Paris. (Click here to read letter of accreditation from IUBS)

Main goals of ISEB are;


To promote and coordinate research on plants in relation to environmental pollution.


To encourage better interaction among researchers, teachers, and social activists.


To create awareness, especially among governmental policy makers and industry leaders.

With a view to achieve these objectives, ISEB targets its activities to three sections namely, common man, including illiterate masses in rural and urban areas; students in educational institutions from primary school to university level; and global scientific community (research workers and academics in research institutes and universities) including NGOs.

Since its founding, ISEB has organized a wide spectrum of activities including scientific talks, environmental awareness activities, training programmes, community services, lectures, demonstrations, debates and poster competitions at rural community centers, panchayats, schools and colleges.

Besides organizing routine day to day activities like lectures, seminars, debates, mass awareness, and educational programs, the Society has been regularly publishing a quarterly newsletter "EnviroNews". It has played a very significant role in carrying far and wide the message of the Society.

Organization of First International Conference on Plants & Environmental Pollution (ICPEP-96) during 26-30 November 1996 was a landmark in the history of the Society.

This was followed by Second International Conference on Plants & Environmental Pollution (ICPEP-2) during 4-9 February 2002 and the Third International Conference on Plants & Environmental Pollution (ICPEP-3) from 28th November to 2nd December 2005

Encouraged by the success of these three International Conferences, ISEB jointly with NBRI hosted the Fourth International Conference on Plants & Environmental Pollution (ICPEP-4) from 8th to 11th December, 2010.

Apart from being an environmentalist's delight, the conference also provided opportunity to socialize and the city of Lucknow lived upto its tradition of hospitality. The Conference was attended by over 600 delegates of scientific organizations from India and abroad.

Brief History;

A group of 28 odd plant scientists, environmentalists, academics, nature lovers and NGOs met on 3rd December 1994 at the National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, India under the chairmanship of Dr. P. V. Sane, the then director of the Institute, to discuss the ways and means of protecting our environment from the onslaught of atmosphere pollution caused by increasing population, rapidly growing urbanization and industrialization and fast depleting natural resources.

This meeting after detailed discussions and deliberations resolved to establish a society to promote the cause of environmental protection, biodiversity conservation, sustainable development and pollution mitigation, focusing and highlighting the role of plants in attaining the aforementioned objective. The meeting adopted a blue print of the constitution of the Society, which was named as “International Society of Environmental Botanists (ISEB). It was decided to locate the offices of the Society at the National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow (NBRI), which is a national laboratory under the aegis of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, New Delhi.

The Society is registered with the Registrar of Societies, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow under the Societies Registration Act No. XXI of 1860, (Regd. No. 1818) and it is governed by a duly elected Executive Committee.

ISEB launched a quarterly newsletter ‘EnviroNews’ on 1st January 1995 to educate people about current environmental issues. To herald the new millennium a special millennium issue of ‘Environews’ was released on 1st January 2000, which carried highly informative articles by some well known environmental scientists across the globe.


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