The Society’s main meeting will be held this year at Cardiff University’s University Hall - a large hall of residence with a lively, friendly atmosphere, less than 2 miles from the town and main campus.
As well as the normal scientific sessions there are special events aimed particularly at postgrads, postdocs and field mycologists on the first day, though everyone is welcome. The National Botanic Garden of Wales (NBGW) is within striking distance and will host the conference on the Wednesday afternoon. The science programme will be slightly different on that afternoon in that, as well as lecture theatre talks, there will be a range of on-site visits, talks, forays, and opportunity to explore the gardens in groups or alone. NBGW houses Lord Norman Foster’s iconic Great Glasshouse, it has the finest collection of Mediterranean climate zone plants in the northern hemisphere and is home to some of the world’s rarest plants. It’s stunning range of themed gardens appeal to a wide range of visitors. The ‘From Another Kingdom’ exhibition is housed in rooms off of the Great Glasshouse. The conference dinner will take place at the NBGW and will include some local dishes, all food being sourced locally.
The four main science themes are:
Phenology, Ecology and Ecosystem processes
Emerging animal diseases
Plant pathogens: introductions, ecological disturbance and novel evolution
A great range of eminent international scientists have already agreed to speak, including: Betsy Arnold (USA), David Blehert (USA), Clive Brasier (UK), Arturo Casadevall (USA), Javier Diéguez-Uribeondo ( Spain), John Dighton (USA), Chris Ellis (UK), Mat Fisher (UK), Alan Gange (UK), Sarah Gurr (UK), Everett Hansen (USA), Takao Kasuga (USA), Bjorn Lindahl (Sweden), Franck Richards (France), Jan Stenlid (Sweden), Kathleen Treseder (USA), Joan Webber (UK) and Phil Wookey (UK). There will, of course, be plenty of slots available for offered papers, and also poster sessions.
The Berkeley lecture will be given by Tom Richards (Exeter) – the 2012 recipient, and the President’s lecture by Geoff Gadd (Dundee) – the 2012 recipient of the President’s Award.
The AGM will take place at the meeting on Thursday 12th September.