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This page lists all fungal events including any section of the BMS and also other organisations. Events appropriate to each section of the Society are listed on these pages.
Fungi are amongst the world’s most important organisms. They are expert recyclers, plants depend on them, they save lives through the production of such drugs as penicillin, and are important in the manufacture of many different foods.
British Mycological Society Launches First Virtual UK Fungus Day
Saturday 3rd October and Sunday 4th October
Fungi are amongst the world’s most important organisms. They are expert recyclers, plants depend on them, they save lives through the production of such drugs as penicillin, and are important in the manufacture of many different foods. Each year, since 2013, the British Mycological Society (BMS) has helped organise and support a range of public events to help share the magic of fungi. However, with the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems unlikely that the restrictive measures currently in place will be fully lifted by October 3rd 2020. As such, the BMS has pioneered a series of online events and activities to allow anyone to learn about the magic of fungi from the safety of their homes.
Events will include:
● Online talks and Global Experts with Q&A Starting at 11:30 each day there will be presentations prepared especially for our online audience covering favourite topics related to fungi. Subjects range from mycorrhizal fungi (the ones that help plants grow) to stories about mushrooms suitable for the whole family.
● Five Minutes of Fungi Listen to five-minute shorts from mycologists from all walks of life with different specialisms, passions and expertise who want to encourage you to join in the fungal fun. These snapshot profiles will start appearing on the UK Fungus Day pages from 1st September, so start watching and if you have any questions for the authors of the snapshots or our panel send them in!
● Virtual Forays Take walks in the park with Geoffrey Kibby and Ali Mckernan. Learn about some of the wild fungi that appear in early autumn and see if you can find them in your local park or garden.
● Movie Night Saturday night will see an online screening of The Creeping Garden, a 2014 documentary on Slime Moulds directed by Tim Grabham and Jasper Sharp
● Fantasy Fungus A competition for all ages. Create your own fungus and tell us all about it.
Competition closes 11th of October 2020, with judging of the entries to be complete by October 25th.
Further details can be found at www.ukfungusday.co.uk
Due to the current pandemic BMS field meetings have been cancelled. This includes the Group Leaders Meeting due to be held in June.
The coronavirus pandemic will inevitably affect our field events and recording programme planned for this year. Current government advice is to stay indoors unless absolutely necessary and avoid contact with anyone other than those you live with. The BMS website should be consulted for details of any cancellations or changes to planned events.
Field enthusiasts should ensure that any recording they carry out takes account of government guidance or restrictions in place at the time to ensure their safety and well-being and that of their communities.
Group Leaders' Meeting 2020
The GLM planned for the weekend of 26th to 28th June 2020 at Northern College, Barnsley, has been cancelled due to concerns and uncertainty regarding the coronavirus outbreak.
Lady Lisa Sainsbury Lecture Theatre, Jodrell Laboratory, Kew
The BMS Autumn Open Meeting was due to take place on Saturday November 21st at the Lisa Sainsbury Lecture Theatre, within the Jodrell Laboratory in Kew Gardens. However due to concerns about the current Covid-19 situation and the recent increase in cases across the UK, this event will now take the form of a virtual event online.
Details are currently being worked out and information on how you can participate will be supplied here as they become availalble. Please return to this page regularly for updated information.
Saturday 21st November 2020 – Lady Lisa Sainsbury Lecture Theatre,
Jodrell Laboratory, Jodrell Gate, Kew Road, Kew Gardens, TW9 3DS
Due to the current Covid-19 situation, this will now be a virtual event and take place solely online. Details on this will be uploaded as they become available so please returnto this page regularly ovee the coming weeks for further information.
11:00-11:30: Prof. Ulf Büntgen, University of Cambridge
Environmental scientist working on global change and fungi.
11:30-12:00: Dr. Taylor Lyons & Bruna Giribaldi, Imperial College London
Biomedical scientists investigating action and clinical uses of Psilocybe.
12:00-14:00: Lunch break.
14:00-14:30: Dr. Merlin Sheldrake
Tropical ecologist and author of Entangled Life.
14:30-14:50: Rowena Hill, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew & Queen Mary Univ.
PhD student investigating fungi within seeds.
14:50-15:20: Prof. Katie Field, University of Leeds
Biologist researching physiology, ecology and evolution of symbiosis.
15:20-15:40: Open Discussion
Kew Gardens (online)
We are pleased to announce that the first international State of the World's symposium combining both plants and fungi will take place online from 13th to 15th of October 2020.
Join international experts to discuss actions for protecting and sustainably using the world’s plant and fungal biodiversity for the benefit of people and the planet.
State of the World's Plants and Fungi Virtual Symposium
13 – 15 October 2020
In conjunction with the publication of a groundbreaking report, scientists, policymakers, businesses, NGOs, the public and media will come together online for the State of the World's Plants and Fungi Virtual Symposium.
Plants and fungi are the building blocks of our planet, with the potential to solve urgent problems that threaten human life. These vital resources, however, are being compromised by biodiversity loss and now, more than ever, we need to explore the solutions that plants and fungi could provide.
In September 2020 we will be publishing, in collaboration with international researchers, the very first State of the World’s report that combines both plants and fungi. The report takes a deep dive into how we currently use plants and fungi, what we are missing and what we are at threat from losing.
This online symposium brings together experts to discuss findings presented in the report and to motivate actions for protecting and sustainably using the world’s plant and fungal diversity. The outcomes of the discussions will be used to inform policies and research aimed at exploring and sharing knowledge and benefits associated with plants and fungi around the world.
By holding it online, we’re able to bring together even more people globally – representing a diverse range of skills, experience and ethnic backgrounds. Through our virtual platform’s live text chat and face-to-face video conferencing facilities, delegates will be able to network, contribute to the debate, present their results and spark new collaborations.
The symposium is based around six themed sessions in which invited experts will address a topical question through presentations and a Q&A panel discussion:
Collections – Why are they important for averting biodiversity loss? What should we do to help them evolve to enable us to address future challenges?
Biodiversity loss – What is driving the extinction rates?
Plant and fungal uses – How can we maximise the use of plant and fungal diversity to meet global challenges?
Genomics – How do we embrace novel approaches to studying plant and fungal biodiversity?
Commercialisation – How do we optimise the economic benefits of plant and fungal biodiversity in recognition of different stakeholders’ needs?
Policies – How can we work globally to respect and enable Access and Benefit-Sharing and CITES regulations, while increasing the diversity of plants and fungi being studied?
Other highlights include:
Virtual poster presentations and prizes
Delegates are invited to submit an abstract to present a ‘virtual poster’ – a one-minute pre-recorded presentation using PowerPoint slides, audio and (optional) video. Prizes will be awarded for the best student and early career researcher virtual poster presentations.
Abstract submissions will open soon.
Registration and tickets
Standard ticket: £10
Fee waiver: to help ensure that the symposium is as open to participation as possible, delegates may apply for a fee waiver at the time of registration.
Tickets include access to all live sessions and recordings, virtual posters, networking discussions, virtual tours and more.
Registration opens very soon. For more information, please visit kew.org/sotwpf-symposium
The BSPP holds an annual Presidential Conference which BSPP members can attend for a reduced fee. The conference always incorporates the PH Gregory Prize which is awarded for the best presentation made by a young scientist and the J Colhoun prize which is awarded for the best presentation of a poster.
The BSPP holds an annual Presidential Conference which BSPP members can attend for a reduced fee. The conference always incorporates the PH Gregory Prize which is awarded for the best presentation made by a young scientist and the J Colhoun prize which is awarded for the best presentation of a poster. BSPP also supports a number of other meetings throughout the year. Suggestions of themes for these generally come from BSPP members.
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.
(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!