Education and Outreach Committee

The Fungal Education and Outreach (FEO) Committee has a remit to promote knowledge of fungi and fungal science to the public at all levels from junior school, through secondary school and universities, to adults including the general public and teachers. The aim is to convey an appreciation of the importance and fascinating diversity of fungi, and also inspire the next generation of fungal biologists. The committee designs and provides resources for a variety of education and outreach activities such as school lesson plans, University teaching materials, and pull-up displays for general public events.

The Committee normally holds two meetings per year in addition to regular electronic communication.

Committee Members 2018

Dr Eleanor Landy Chair 2018/19
Mr Nathan Smith Secondary Schools Adviser 2018/20
Mr Jonathan Worton Primary Schools Adviser 2016/18
Dr Rebecca Hall Academic Research Adviser 2016/18
Dr Martha Crockett Public Outreach 2017/19
Ms Ann Miller Public Outreach 2017/19

Co-opted for 2018

Prof Lynne Boddy Media Relations  
Mr Ali McKernan Primary Schools Adviser  
Dr Ali Ashby Past chair

 

The Roles of Members of the Fungal Education and Outreach Committee

Chair

To manage incoming enquiries and liaise with external agencies and internal members of the British Mycological Society regarding all aspects of Education (Primary, Secondary, FE, HE and Lifelong learning) and Outreach (Building collaborations with institutes, societies, media and the General Public). To ensure reporting of all activities of the committee to members and non-members in a timely manner. To ensure that the public face of the British Mycological Society is seen as one that embraces and encourages education and outreach for all members of society both in the UK and Internationally. To support individuals and groups in their endeavours to promote fungal science.

Vice- Chair

To support the Chair and train to take on the role. This responsibility is one that should be taken alongside one of the other offices below.

Secondary School Adviser

To liaise with groups involved in age 11-19 education in the UK. To promote and develop resources for learning sequences that enhances the profile of fungi within the age range. To support MiSAC in their work as well as Universities who offer fungal education opportunities that are endeavouring to engage the age group.

Primary School Adviser

To liaise with groups involved in age 4-11 education in the UK. To promote and develop resources for learning sequences that enhances the profile of fungi within the age range. To support Societies and other agencies, looking for opportunities to enhance the primary curriculum.

Academic Research Adviser

To liaise with Universities, Industry and Research Institutes involved in Fungal Research. To provide a link between academia and the non-specialists, whatever their background. To support early-career academics, post-docs and PhD/Masters students as they emerge onto the international stage and facilitate their appeal to the general public.

Public Outreach (x 2)

To provide a link to meet with biology-based or non-biology based charities/societies/research institutes/industries/groups and find a way for fungal biologists to assist them in making their ideas about fungi informative and realistic.

Life Long Learning

To provide information to interested parties regarding training opportunities beyond academic environments. To include non-scientists in our endeavours to promote fungal science. To ensure that adults with changing interests can be included in our community.

Next meeting

Past Meetings

Meetings 2018

April 11th 2018 

Meetings 2017

October 25th 2017

April 6th 2017 (Presentation of the FEO award 2017)

Meetings 2016

December 7th 2016

April 5th 2016

Meetings 2015

December 17th 2015

April 30th 2015

Meetings 2014

December 9th 2014

June 17th 2014

Meetings 2013

June 6th 2013

November 26th 2013