The 2016 the Australasian Mycological Society Scientific meeting will be combined with the Fungal Network of New Zealand (FUNNZ).
The two day scientific conference (4-5th May) will held at Rydges Lakeland Resort (38-54 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown).
Confirmed plenary speakers:
Brian Monk (Senior Research Fellow in Molecular Microbiology, University of Otago)
Ian Dickie (Professor of Invasion Ecology, Lincoln University)
Conference sessions: Medical Mycology, Fungal Conservation, Cell and Molecular Mycology, Fungal Ecology, Plant Pathology and Systematics
The conference dinner (4th May) will be at the spectacular Skyline restaurant high above Queenstown.
Pre-conference workshops will be held on 3 May (also at Rydges Resort):
Tertiary Mycology Teaching
The mission of the Australasian Mycological Society is "to promote research and teaching in all areas of fungal biology, to raise the profile of mycology in the Australasian region, to promote the conservation of Australasian fungi and to facilitate networking and collaboration among mycologists". Despite the efforts of many dedicated mycologists, since AMS started in 1996 there has been steadily less education in all areas of mycology. The Tertiary sector has been particularly poor with very little mycology being included in tertiary courses. We hope that by setting up a Working Group that we might be able to work together to improve the education in mycology in Australasia. A brief SWOT analysis will be carried out and then used to set goals and prioritise actions.
Fungal Conservation and Red Listing
This workshop will cover threat status assessment of fungi, focusing on procedures used for the IUCN RED list. The current conservation status of fungi in the region will be summarised. Training will be provided on application of IUCN threat categories to fungi, using methods recently elaborated by Dahlberg & Mueller. These methods are currently being put into practice in the Global Fungi Red List Initiative. Participants are encouraged to collate and present data on candidate species for RED listing in their region and globally
Registraion for the workshops is free but please contact the workshop chairs (Red-Listing: Sapphire McMullan-Fisher email@example.com, Tertiary Mycology Teaching: Jeff Powell firstname.lastname@example.org) for catering purposes.
Registration closes on 4 April 2016
Further information on the meeting can be found at the link below.