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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 early November. Registration is 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 from the broad mycology community.
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
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 through the British Mycological Society, (Details to follow).
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
Recording Group Leaders Meeting 2022 Field
Northern College, Wentworth Castle, South Yorkshire
The programme and costs for the BMS bi-annual Recording Group Leaders' meeting will be circulated to Group representatives in early 2022.
Location: Northern College
Upland Field Meeting 2022 Field
Strathpeffer, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland
Strathpeffer (Ross and Cromarty, Scotland) is a village in the northern highland surrounded by Ben Wyvis & Strathpeffer Woodlands, which are managed by the Scottish Forestry commission. Here, fungal fruiting occurs around a month earlier than in England, hence an August field meeting is expected to be productive!
The landscape of Scottish conifer forests has significant areas of native woodland mixed with conifer plantation (Sitka spruce 36%; Scots pine 23%; Lodgepole pine 20%). Broadleaf species are also well-represented within the Land Management Plan area (16%).
Workroom and accommodation
The meeting workroom will be in Strathpeffer Community Centre.
Participants will need to arrange their own accommodation and catering in nearby bed and breakfast, rented cottages and camping. A list of accommodation is available; early booking is recommended as this meeting occurs duting summer holiday season.
BMS Members workroom only: £55.00
Non-members workroom only: £90.00
* Booking details to follow *
Autumn Field Meeting 2022 Field
Bellingham, Northumberland, England
Bellingham, in the Northumberland National Park, is close to Brown Rigg and is the gateway village to Kielder Water & Forest Park. The unique countryside of Northumberland National Park has varied habitats including hay meadows, wild moorland, peat bogs and ancient woodlands.
The nearby winding ravine Hareshaw Burn with its moist air encourages thick moss and much rot. The trees that grow in this sandstone gorge – pedunculate oak, elm, ash and hazel – are remnants of woodlands that were once more extensive. Liverworts, ferns and more than 50 species of lichen have been recorded. The area is designated as a site of special scientific interest.
Kielder is the largest man-made woodland in England with three-quarters of its 250 square miles (650 km2) covered by forest. It is dominated by Sitka spruce, but other key species include Norway spruce and Lodgepole pine. The remainder is made up of Scots pine, larch, Douglas-fir and broadleaves.
The Meeting workroom is at Brown Rigg Lodges, which also has a limited number of self-catering guest rooms.
For alternative accommodation and catering options, Bellingham has many traditional inns, cafes, pubs and shops.
Workroom and Brown Rigg accommodation
- BMS Members
Lodge single £233; shared £127
En-suite guest room single £405; shared £213
Lodge single £263; shared £157
En-suite guest room single £435; shared £243
BMS Members: £50
* Booking details to follow *