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Raising awareness of fungi and fungal science at all levels though public engagement and the provision of educational resources
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UK Fungus Day 2021 may be over, but there's still lots to find out about fungi!
Information & Updates
09:00 – 9 Dec 2021
British Yeast Group Meeting
The Future of Yeast Research
An online event organised by the University of Cambridge, for yeast researchers in the UK and Ireland to meet, present and discuss their latest research.
The three-day programme will include invited lectures, offered papers, poster flashes, poster sessions and break-out discussions. It will also be an opportunity to reflect on the current state of yeast research and discuss the directions in which the field should move in the future. To that end, the programme will include a panel discussion, chaired by Nobel Laureate, Paul Nurse, focusing on the future of yeast research, in which questions and comments will be welcome from the audience.
- Cell and developmental biology
- Evolution and ecology
- Synthetic and systems biology
- Yeasts and disease
- Steve Oliver (University of Cambridge, UK)
- Juan Mata (University of Cambridge, UK)
- Phil Zegerman (University of Cambridge, UK)
The British Mycological Society sponsors this event.
The 12th International Mycological Congress (IMC12) Research
Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Amsterdam
The organizing committee of the IMC12, along with the International Mycological Association has made the difficult decision to postpone the IMC12 to 2024.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had negative consequences for planning the upcoming IMC, and will still restrict international travel for some time to come. One of the main aims of IMC meetings is to engage the youth, facilitate face-to-face meetings, and hands-on workshops in mycology. To this end, we have decided to postpone IMC12 to 2024. As organizers we are confident that we will be able to host an excellent Congress in the Netherlands in 2024. Additional details on the plans for 2024 will follow soon.
Wieland Meyer, President: International Mycological Association
Pedro Crous, Chair IMC12
19:30 – 21:00
BMS Talk: A Truffler’s Tale Society
Online talk (free to attend)
Hypogeous Historical Snippets and Truffle Fungi in the UK
In this talk, Carol Hobart offers a chance to find out about the hypogeous (below ground) truffles and their diverse forms in the UK - some common, some rare. Carol will also discuss the history of truffle collection, as far back as the Greeks.
The talk is open to all, particularly those interested in fungi who may not be experts. Carol is unfortunately unable to provide an olfactory experience, but she will do her best to entertain!
Carol Hobart is Chair of the British Mycological Society’s Field Mycology & Conservation Committee and has particular expertise and interest in hypogeous fungi, developed over the last 17 years. Carol was a full-time lecturer at Sheffield College and taught art & design until retirement. Her interest in the natural world - specifically fungi - was accidental, but the shapes and forms of these organisms appealed and, once she saw the fungal world through a microscope, she was hooked. Carol was fortunate to attend excellent extramural classes at the University of Sheffield and subsequently studied for a certificate in Human and Natural Environment. After two years, she began teaching the mushroom and toadstool module on this degree-level course and continued to do so in a part-time capacity for 9 years. Carol is passionate about helping others to improve and advance their mycology skills.
BMS Annual Conference - Fungi and the Environment Society
A Conference to celebrate 125 years of the British Mycological Society (1896 - 2021)
To celebrate 125 years of the BMS, we have created a full and varied programme of presentations, poster sessions, seminars and workshops for all from the fungal biology and ecology community, with an additional day dedicated to early career mycologists. The conference is open to national and international BMS members and non-members from the broad mycology community.
The main meeting will be preceded by the 1st BMS Research Student Conference, for PhD research students and recent post-doctoral scientists to present their work, hear from a selection of speakers and meet with colleagues from across the mycology sector.
All attendees will be welcomed to Cranfield on the first evening with a barbeque and chance to meet colleagues, old and new.
The three-day scientific programme includes international speakers in five sessions discussing fungi in the built, human, industrial/technological and natural environments. The final morning’s presentations will be on the theme of 'climate change and interactions with fungi'.
For Colleagues interested in field mycology, speakers will cover aspects of Taxonomy, Recording and Conservation. The practical element of the Spring Field Meeting follows, from Wednesday lunchtime until Sunday midday at the same venue.
All attendees are invited to join the BMS at Woburn Safari Lodge for an evening of music, aware of prizes and the Conference Dinner.
We look forward to welcoming you all to an exciting meeting in April 2022!
Angel Medina and Naresh Magan, Applied Mycology Group, Cranfield University
Local Organisers for the BMS
- All delegate tickets for the main Conference must be booked through Cranfield University, HERE. Tickets are priced separately for students, scientific and field mycology delegates.
- Bookings for the practical element of the Spring Field Meeting must be made using the British Mycological Society BOOKING FORM.
- Accommodation for Conference-only attendees is not included.
- Accommodation for those attending both the Conference and practical element of the Spring Field Meeting can be selected on the Booking Form.
Spring Field Meeting 2022 Field
Mitchell Hall, Cranfield University
The 2022 Spring Field Meeting will take place immediately following the BMS 125th Anniversary Conference at Cranfield University, UK.
The Anniversary Conference is running a parallel programme of sessions for the broad mycology community and includes talks on Ascomycetes, Basidiomycetes and recording, all designed to appeal to the field mycologist.
At the Spring Field Meeting, Tutors Thomas Laessoe and Jens Petersen will run Ascomycete ID sessions based on their latest book.
Monday 4 April: Arrival and registration at Cranfield University, set up workroom, join the welcome barbecue.
Tuesday 5 April and Wednesday 6 April: BMS 125th Anniversary Conference, including Conference Dinner at Woburn Safari Park.
Wednesday 6 April - Sunday 10 April: field meetings and associated tutored lab work
Tutors:Thomas Laessoe and Jens Petersen will run Ascomycete ID sessions based on their latest book.
Total cost of 125th Anniversary Conference + Spring Field Meeting = £505 (single room occupancy; £370 shared room).
Included: attendance at the main Conference and Spring Field Meeting; meals and refreshments during the main Conference; Conference Dinner at Woburn Safari Park; accommodation.
Not included: lunches/refreshments from Thursday - Sunday. (Sandwiches can be purchased in Mitchell Hall restaurant.)
- IMPORTANT NOTE: your delegate ticket for the main Conference must be booked through Cranfield University, HERE. Your booking for the Spring Field Meeting, and accommodation for all days, must be made using the British Mycological Society BOOKING FORM.
If you wish to attend just one of the events (either the Anniversary Conference or the Spring Field Meeting) please contact Carol Hobart for costs and booking advice: firstname.lastname@example.org
BMS Journals & Publications
BMS Mission Statement:
To promote fungal science internationally
The Society’s Objectives are to:
- Promote the recognition of fungal science in the UK and internationally
- Support and grow the key areas of Society activity to promote further understanding of fungal science and to inspire future generations of mycologists
- Support the Society’s academic publications and other resources on fungal biology for the international community
- Organise conferences, workshops and other activities supporting mycology
- Encourage those interested in fungi and related organisms to join the Society and to take part in our events, whether in a professional or amateur capacity
- Promote networking across the fungal science community and maintain strong links with other relevant national and international learned societies and organizations
- Ensure that the Society’s resources are utilised effectively to further fungal science