2 October 2021
Celebrate UK Fungus Day with us this October!
UK Fungus Day offers something for everyone including local fungal forays, international talks, a quiz and competitions, live performances and activities for the whole family.
Details of how to join the BMS or contact the Office along with details about the Society’s Constitution, Committees and Grants can be found here
Representing academic research across the fields of medical mycology, plant pathogenesis, fungal ecology and biotechnology
Raising awareness of fungi and fungal science at all levels though public engagement and the provision of educational resources
Go on BMS field trips, join local fungus groups, or learn about the Society’s Conservation work
Downloads of various BMS documents, Identification Keys, English names of fungi and details of Mycological Events and News are available here
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
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
News from the BMS
Information & Updates
UK Fungus Day 2021 Education
Various locations and online
Science and arts activities and events to introduce everyone to the wonders of the Fungal Kingdom!
The British Mycological Society's 2021 UK Fungus Day is taking place on 2 -3 October.
UK Fungus Day includes online and live events across the weekend. Visit the UK Fungus Day website for more more details.
10:45 – 16:15
BMS Autumn Open Meeting - The World of Fungi Field
Online meeting (Zoom)
Our 2021 Autumn Open Meeting programme includes fungi experts, enthusiasts and supporters from around the globe.
BMS 2021 Autumn Open Meeting
The world of fungi
Saturday, 20 November 2021, 10:45am (UK)
10:55-11:00 Prof Martin Bidartondo - welcome and introduction
Imperial College London & Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
11:00-11:30 Prof Ursula Peintner, University of Innsbruck.
Expert on alpine and arctic fungi, webcaps and polypores.
11:30-12:00 Ruben de Lange, University of Gent
Expert on the brittlegills, Russula.
12:00-13:30 Q&A followed by short break.
13:30-14:00 Dr Ryan Stephens, University of New Hampshire
Ecologist investigating fungus consumption by mammals.
14:00-14:30 Dr Pepijn Kooij, São Paulo State University
Evolutionary biologist investigating fungus-growing insects.
14:45-15:15 Barbara Ching
President of the North American Mycological Association.
15:15-15:45 Nathan Wilson
Founder of Mushroom Observer.
15:45-16:15 Doug Bierend
Journalist and author of In Search of Mycotopia (2021).
16:15-16:30: Q&A and close.
Registration will open in October. (Registration will be via Eventbrite and the meeting will be delivered on Zoom.)
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, studying, working or volunteering in mycology.
The main meeting will be preceded (on Monday, 4th April) by the inaugural BMS Mycology-PhD Students' Seminar, 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 of the Anniversary Conference with a bar-b-que and chance to meet colleagues, old and new. The three-day programme includes international speakers in four sessions discussing fungi in the built, human, industrial/technological and natural environments. In parallel, colleagues from the field mycology arena will have the opportunity to gather and participate in seminars and workshops on the latest developments. All are invited to join the BMS at Woburn Safari Lodge for an evening of music and the Conference Dinner. The final half-day will be on the theme of climate change and interactions with fungi, and the Conference will conclude with the award of prizes and lunch.
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