About the Society

The British Mycological Society (BMS) is a Registered Charity (Charity Number 276503) open to all who are interested in supporting, promoting and learning about the exciting world of fungi.  Sections of the BMS are devoted to different aspects of the fungal world including cutting-edge research in fungal science, the conservation and recording of fungal fruitbodies and the provision of educational resources for use at all ages and experience.

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.

Activities and operations are governed by the BMS Council, supported by four Committees: Fungal Biology Research Committee; Fungal Education and Outreach Committee; Field Mycology and Conservation Committee; Publications Committee.  Day-to day-management and operations are carried out by the BMS office staff.

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

BMS Mission Statement: to promote fungal science internationally

Our objectives are to:

  • Promote the recognition of fungal science in the UK and internationally
  • Support and grow the key areas of Society activity to promote further understanding of fungal science and to inspire future generations of mycologists
  • Support the Society’s academic publications and other resources on fungal biology for the international community
  • Organise conferences, workshops and other activities supporting mycology
  • Encourage those interested in fungi and related organisms to join the Society and to take part in our events, whether in a professional or amateur capacity
  • Promote networking across the fungal science community and maintain strong links with other relevant national and international learned societies and organizations
  • Ensure that the Society’s resources are utilised effectively to further fungal science