Dear Colleagues of the Botanical world,

Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) extends a warm welcome to international scientists and researchers in the Botanical field to participate in the International Symposium on ‘Ethnobotany in the Quran and Hadith’ in SE Asia (henceforth referred to as Ethnobotany Symposium). The symposium will be held on 3rd February 2018, in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam and it is organised by the Department of Environmental and Life Sciences of the Faculty of Science at UBD, the Institute for Biodiversity and Environmental Research, and the Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies.

Our main objective is to bring together botanists from all over the world to share and exchange ideas and to present the recent advances in botanical topics relevant to the Quran and Hadith. We expect young researchers to meet and mix with senior scientists in an effort enthusiasm and inspiration to meet experience and expertise. The Ethnobotany Symposium 2018 will be the place to foster collaboration and networking among peers. It will offer great opportunities for exploring the ethnobotany of plants that have been enumerated in the Quran and Hadith, their efficacy as medicines, food and also for their place in cultures and communities.

The main theme of the event is: ‘Plants in the Quran & Hadith and Contemporary Ethnobotany’. Sub-themes include but are not limited to:



The Organising Committee look forward to seeing you in Bandar Seri Begawan, Negara Brunei Darussalam.


The Chairpersons,

Pengiran Dr. Norhazlin binti Pengiran Haji Mohamad

Dr. Abby Tan Chee Hong




Website theme image: The Spotted Fig (Ficus puncata) is the world’s largest fig with more than 10 cm in size. It is commonly found throughout Borneo growing as a liana. As the name implies, the fig is actually spotted as shown in the picture here but lose their spots as the fruit matures. Photo taken by Mahdi Hussainmiya from the Ulu Temburong National Park.