Professional activities


Prof. Pulok K Mukherjee PhD, FRSC, FNAAS, FNASc, FWAST

Society for Ethnopharmacology, India

The Society for Ethnopharmacology (SFE) is a registered society under the West Bengal Society Registration act and affiliated to the International Society for Ethnopharmacology (ISE). The ISE is an international scientific organization of researchers dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the pharmacological actions of plants, animals, insects, and other organisms used in medicines of indigenous and modern, past and present, cultures. The society is also committed to the preservation and conservation of such practices for future generation.

The Society for Ethnopharmacology, India (SFE - India) was constituted by the eminent academicians, researchers, industrialists and others with the vision of providing an environment for knowledge sharing among industrialists, researchers, students, healthcare-practitioners, decision-makers and others interested in promotion of Ethnopharmacology and medicinal plant. The mission of the society is promotion and development of traditional medicine and medicinal plants through dissemination of knowledge and development of collaboration and cooperation with the its vision on “Globalizing local knowledge and localizing global technologies”

After the grand success of the 12th International Congress of International Society for Ethnopharmacology (ISE) organized by the School of Natural Product Studies, Jadavpur University Kolkata in February 2012, the Society for Ethnopharmacology, India (SFE – India) was constituted in 2013. The Society is extremely grateful to Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, for his inspiration and support since its inception.

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International Society for Ethnopharmacology, Switzerland

International Society for Ethnopharmacology is a collaborative, interdisciplinary group of scientists – anthropologists, pharmacists, pharmacologists, ethnobotanists, phytochemists, and others – all fascinated by the study of the global use of medicines. ISE are particularly concerned about understanding the medicinal uses of plants in traditional societies. The ISE promotes a critical discussion between everyone interested in local and traditional knowledge on medicinal, food and toxic plants and their past, present and future.

In many regions of the world such knowledge is changing fast and an ongoing concern of many members of the society is both a dialogue with the owners of traditional knowledge and to find ways to ascertain that such knowledge is passed on to future generations. Knowledge about traditional drugs/medicines is put into practice in different cultural settings in daily health care, nutrition, veterinary, hunting, pest control etc. The Society are interested in the perception and the interface of the emic and ethic perspective of such knowledge and also promote the future use of such local and traditional knowledge.

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Member of the scientific/professional bodies:
• Drug Information association [DIA], USA
• Phytochemical Society of Europe, UK
• New York Academy of Science, USA
• International Society of Ethnopharmacology, UK
• Indian Pharmaceutical Association, Mumbai
• Pharmacists Association, Kolkata
• Indian Pharmacological Society, New Delhi
• Indian Hospital Pharmacists Association, Delhi
• Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata
• Ethno botanists’ Society of India
• Association of Pharmacy Teachers of India [APTI], India.
• Indian Society of Pharmacognosy, India
• Indian Society of Ethnopharmacology, India
• Indian Pharmacy Graduates Association (IPGA), New Delhi.
• Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
• Indian Pharmacological Society, India