The Society

The British Mycological Society is a Registered Charity (No 276503) open to all who are interested in promoting and learning about the exciting world of fungi. It has member sections devoted to particular aspects of the fungal world including cutting edge research into many aspects of fungal science, the conservation and recording of fungal fruitbodies and the provision of educational resources for use at all ages and experience. If you are working with, fascinated by or wish to learn about fungi joining the Society can help further your knowledge or career.

The Society was founded in 1896 to promote the scientific study of fungi in all their diversity. Since then it has grown to be one of the major mycological societies in the world. The word ‘mycology’ should not put you off, because just as astronomy is the study of the stars, mycology is the study of fungi.

How is the Society governed?

The Society is governed by Council supported by four main Committees: the Fungal Biology Research Committee, Fungal Education and Outreach Committe, Field Mycology and Conservation Committee and the Publications Committee.

The Society is committed to supporting diversity and equality in all aspects of its work and interaction with members and non-members alike. This is expanded on this page.


The Society produces a quarterly electronic newsletter which is sent to all members and also publishes journals, symposia volumes, small booklets and extensive material for educational use in schools, higher education establishments and for use at public events.


The Society organises an annual programme of scientific meetings, workshops and forays. Non-members may attend all activities of the Society but there is a discount for members attending meetings.

Grants and awards

The Society supports many activities relating to fungi through grants and awards described more fully elsewhere.