Annual Scientific Meeting 2023

Fungal Interactions

12 - 14 September 2023, Newcastle upon Tyne

The theme of this year's Annual Scientific Meeting is Fungal Interactions, to coincide with the launch of our new, open access journal of the same name.

Fungi are at the forefront of many world issues: food security and animal health, soil health and fertility, waste decomposition and treatment, biodeterioration, bioremediation, and biofuel production among others. Their activities directly influence ecosystem function and human wellbeing in multiple positive and negative contexts. Therefore, understanding their biology and the way they interact across natural and synthetic habitats is paramount in order to fully understand their roles and functions, and how such findings can be exploited to tackle current and future global challenges.

The Student Research Conference takes place on Monday 11 September, the day before the main meeting.  This one-day conference provides postgradute students with the  opportunity to meet fellow students and senior researchers, share ideas and research updates and listen to career-focused talks from invited speakers.

The main meeting, from Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 September, will feature talks from renowned, international researchers covering an exciting and broad range of fungal interactions, including:

  • Microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, protozoa, other fungi), plants and animals 
  • Habitats - any natural or synthetic niche, including extreme environments
  • Environmental changes - including stresses, anti-fungal drugs, pollutants, climate change
  • Biotechnology

Poster presentations will showcase the latest research and social events throughout the meeting will enable participants to catch up with colleagues, make new contacts and enjoy the conference location!


Draft programme

Student Research Conference

11 September 2023

Taking place ahead of the main meeting, the Student Research Conference offers the ideal introductory event for postgraduate students to get together, present their research, share ideas with peers and senior researchers, and hear about some useful skills for life after the PhD.

How much does it cost?

Free for BMS Postgraduate Members (£30 for Non-members), including overnight accommodation on Sunday 10 September.  A ticket for the Student Research Conference must be added to your booking when you register for the Annual Scientific Meeting. 

Tickets for the Student Research Conference are SOLD OUT.

Read more about the Student Research Conference.

Social programmeWylam

  • Monday 11 September - Welcome buffet, drinks and networking at the Copthorne Hotel.
  • Tuesday 12 September - A visit to Wylam Brewery, including a tour of the brewery, followed by a 3 course dinner.  The Brewery is about a 40 minute walk from the Copthorne Hotel, and taxis can be arranged for those who prefer not to walk.
  • Wednesday 13 September - Drinks reception and 3 course conference dinner at the Copthorne Hotel.


The Copthorne Hotel is located in the Quayside in the heart of the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne, just around the corner from Newcastle train station and 8 miles from Newcastle International Airport.  

Newcastle upon Tyne is a university city on the River Tyne in northeast England.  Along with its twin city, Gateshead, Newcastle was a major shipbuilding and manufacturing hub during the Industrial Revolution and is now a centre of business, arts and sciences. 


Accommodation is not included in registrations for the event.

The conference is taking place at the Copthorne Hotel.

Other hotels within 15 minutes walking distance of the Copthorne are:


Registration for the Annual Scientific Meeting includes attendance at all sessions at the 3 day conference, 12 - 14 September 2023, and 3 evening social events. The meeting registration fee does not include accommodation.  Rooms can be booked at the Copthorne Hotel or at a number of nearby hotels (see above).

Registration for the Student Research Conference includes attendance at the 1 day conference, 11 September 2023, plus accommodation at the Copthorne Hotel, and tour of the Quayside and dinner on Sunday 10 September.



Registration fees:

Annual Scientific Meeting, 12-14 September Before 2 June 2023 From 3 June 2023
Student - BMS Member £100 £125
Student - Non-member £150 £175
Delegate - BMS Member £200 £225
Delegate - Non-member £300 £325
Student Research Conference, 11 September    
Student - BMS Member Free Free
Student - Non-member £30 £30