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
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
The 12th International Mycological Congress (IMC12) Research
Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Amsterdam
The 12th International Mycological Congress (IMC12) will be organized in Amsterdam, The Netherlands July 25-29, 2022. The last time this event was held in Europe was IMC9, Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2010, which was a great success.
IMC12 12th International Mycological Congress
(25–29 July 2022)
“Fungal Biology and Applications”
The Dutch Mycological Society, in collaboration with the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, is pleased to invite you to attend the 12th International Mycological Congress (25–29 July 2022) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We are excited for the return of this incredible mycological experience to Europe. For the first time, IMC will be hosted in the Netherlands, home to famous mycologists like Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, Hendrik Persoon, Johanna Westerdijk, J.A.(Dolf) von Arx, Cornelius Bas, Joop van Brummelen, and many, many more.
The theme for the congress is “Fungal Biology and Applications”, and will cover cutting edge developments, numerous hands-on workshops, satellite meetings and incredible symposia. IMC12 is the one-stop-shop for mycology. Amsterdam is affordable, safe, and home to Schiphol, one of the most efficient airports in the world. Come and launch your career and share your vision.
It’s time for mycology, it’s time to come back to where it all started, it’s time for Amsterdam! Expand your fungal network, discover mycology, and join us!
19:30 – 21:30
Survival of the fittest: The life and struggles of Helen Gwynne-Vaughan Education
Online talk (free to attend)
Dr Patricia Fara, Emeritus Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and former President of the British Society for the History of Science, delves into the life and career of fungal geneticist and former BMS President Helen Gwynne-Vaughan (1879-1967). Dr Fara will discuss Gwynne-Vaughan's successes and setbacks, set within the context of contemporary attitudes.
Fungal geneticist and former BMS President Helen Gwynne-Vaughan (1879-1967) served in both World Wars, but she fought for equality throughout her life. Many of her colleagues followed Charles Darwin’s pronouncement that women were intellectually inferior, and although she carved out an eminent career in the Army and as a University professor, she constantly battled against discrimination. Feeling herself to be an outsider in every phase of her life, Gwynne-Vaughan repeatedly aroused antagonism by her rebellion against social norms and her determination to succeed.
In this talk, Dr Patricia Fara will discuss the life of Helen Gwynne-Vaughan. This talk will describe her successes and her setbacks, setting them within the context of contemporary attitudes. In doing so, she casts light on concealed prejudices that survive today, despite equality legislation.
Dr Patricia Fara is an Emeritus Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and former President of the British Society for the History of Science (2016-18). She is particularly interested in the Enlightenment, scientific imagery and women in science, both past and present. A regular contributor to In our Time and other radio/TV programmes, she has published a range of popular books on the history of science, including the prize-winning Science: A Four Thousand Year History (2009) and, most recently, Life after Gravity: Isaac Newton’s London Career (2021). Of particular relevance to this talk are A Lab of One’s Own: Science and Suffrage in World War One (2018) and Erasmus Darwin: Sex, Science and Serendipity (2012).
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