Call for applications from early career researchers
An award of up to 1250 Euros is available to support an early-career researcher to give an oral presentation on a topic in fungal ecology, fungal physiology, plant pathogens or mycotoxins at IMC12 (11-15 August, Maastricht).
Application deadline: 20 March
19:30 – 21:00
BMS Talk: Understanding a mould that infects human lungs: a journey from molecules to novel therapies. Research
Elaine Bignell’s work addresses the mechanistic basis of lung diseases caused by the major mould pathogen of humans, Aspergillus fumigatus. Major interests are the role of Aspergillus pH sensing in pathogenicity, transcriptional regulation of host adaptation, and the mechanistic basis of tissue invasion during invasive fungal lung disease. In this talk Elaine will discuss how this work is leading to the development of novel antifungal therapies and vaccines, as well as the challenges of defining pathogenicity in Aspergillus fumigatus (ordinarily a common environmental mould).
Elaine Bignell is Professor of Medical Mycology, Co-Director (Research) for the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology (MRC CMM) at the University of Exeter and UK Director of the Centre for Medical Mycology in Latin America (CMM LATAM). In 2023 she became an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.
Elaine studied Biochemistry at the University of East Anglia and completed a PhD in Fungal Genetics at Imperial College London in 2000. She later relocated to Manchester as a Co-Founder of the Manchester Fungal Infection Group (2013-2020) before moving to Exeter in 2020.
19:30 – 21:00
BMS Talk: A beginners guide to fungal habitats in the UK. Field
A back-to-basics look at the various ecosystems where fungi thrive, from ancient woodlands to urban environments. As each habitat presents unique challenges and opportunities for fungal communities, shaping their diversity and distribution, we'll discuss what that means for a forayer, what they might find and how to plan a foray around them.
Registration will open soon.
Chris Knowles is a field mycologist carrying out fungus surveys and monitoring at sites across the UK. He is an active member of the local Edinburgh and Lothians Fungus Group, an Associate Tutor for Fungi with the Field Studies Council and works in the Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Spring Field Meeting 2024 Field
Taking place in the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with 6 nights' accommodation, breakfast and dinner at the Durrant House Hotel, Bideford.
This event is now fully booked.
If you'd like to be added to the waiting list, please email Sally Hawkes at email@example.com
Our spring meeting this year is focussing on the North Devon Area of outstanding natural beauty. Northam Burrows Country Park lies at the western edge of the Taw Torridge Estuary and is within a few minutes from our base. A Site of Special Scientific Interest, it is approximately 253 hectares of grassy coastal plain with salt marsh, sand dunes and generally unimproved grasslands.
Nearby (16 miles) Braunton Burrows is a vast area - over 1000 acres - of complex dune system sitting between Saunton Sands beach and the rural farmland surrounding Braunton. Due to the rarity of the plant and insect life that inhabits it, the whole area is protected as a UNESCO Designated Biosphere Reserve.
Our main focus will be the dunes but smaller SSSI sites of wet heathland and woodland will provide other habitat opportunities.
- BMS Member - Single room - £420
- BMS Member - Sharing a room - £360 per person (£720 for two)
- Non-Member - Single room - £540
- Non-Member - Sharing a room - £480 per person (£960 for two)
Durrant Hotel, Heywood Road, Northam, Bideford, Devon EX39 3QB
- A minimum payment of the deposit (per person, per event) is due at the time of booking.
- Full payment will be due on request, usually no later than six weeks before the event.
- Payment can be made by bank transfer, debit/credit card or by cheque.
In the event of cancellation:
- Deposits are non-refundable.
- Full Payments minus the Deposit will only be refunded if a replacement participant is found. Waiting lists are held however we cannot guarantee that the place will be filled, particularly for late cancellations.
- Refunds may be given for cancellations made under extenuating circumstances, at the discretion of the BMS.
- You may wish to take out travel insurance to help cover your costs.
If you have any queries regarding the Spring Meeting, please contact Sally Hawkes, Events and Member Services Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
One Health and the Challenge of Antifungal Resistance Research
This 1.5 day conference, organised jointly with the British Society for Plant Pathology, will take place in Bath, UK, and highlights current research to address the increasing concern of antifungal resistance in plants, crops and agriculture, urban environments, and human and animal health.
BMS at the 12th International Mycological Congress (IMC12) Research
Maastricht, The Netherlands
The BMS will be participating in IMC12 - The 12th International Mycological Congress, in Maastricht, August 2024.
The meeting will cover six themes: Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Physiology; Environment, Ecology and Interactions; Evolution, Biodiversity and Systematics; Fungal Pathogenesis and Disease Control; Genomics, Genetics and Molecular Biology; Nomenclature.
Local fungus groups
Fungus groups exist in many parts of the UK and are run on a voluntary basis by enthusiasts seeking to share their knowledge of fungi and improve identification skills. Groups offer a welcoming environment for newcomers and experts alike.
Our online talks take place once a month and are open to everyone, at any level of interest or expertise in fungi. Speakers cover a variety of topics including scientific research, field mycology, art, history and cuture.
BMS offers a number of grants to support work, study, meeting attendance and other activities in fungal biology and field mycology.
One Health and the Challenge of Antifungal Resistance
Supported by the British Society for Plant Pathology, this 1.5 day meeting addresses antifungal resistance in plants, crops and agriculture, human and animal health, and urban environments.
> Registration deadline: 15th March 2024.
Latest issue of Field Mycology - November 2023
On the cover: Chroogomphus fulmineus, a rather common species in the pine woods of the Cairngorms, Scotland. Image credit: Geoffrey Kibby.
Launch of the Naresh Magan Lecture Award
The BMS and International Society for Mycotoxicology have together established the Naresh Magan Lecture Award. Up to 1250 Euros is available to support an early-career researcher to give an oral presentation at an international conference, on a topic in the fields of fungal ecology, fungal physiology, plant pathogens or mycotoxins.
Travel grant for IMC12
The BMS is offering travel grants to support members participating in the IMC12 congress programme as speakers, poster-presenters, session chairs or in other contributory roles.
Join the Society
Membership of the BMS is open to all who are interested in promoting, supporting and learning about the world of fungi.
Join now and your membership will be valid until 31 December 2024. Plus, we offer a discounted fee for the first year of a new, Full Membership.
Fungal biology research articles
The BMS journals Fungal Biology, Fungal Ecology and Fungal Biology Reviews feature the latest scientific research papers and discussions.
Call for submissions to Fungal Interactions
Fungal Interactions is the new, open access, international journal from the British Mycological Society, published by Elsevier.
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