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 its four main Committees: the Fungal Biology Research Committee, the Fungal Education & Outreach Committe, the Field Mycology & 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. 

If you are working with, fascinated by or wish to learn about fungi, joining the BMS can assist in furthering your knowledge, enable you to meet other like-minded people and give you access to resources and information to support your career through  publications, scientific meetings, grants and awards, field workshops and training.