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Raising awareness of fungi and fungal science at all levels though public engagement and the provision of educational resources
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UK Fungus Day 2021 may be over, but there's still lots to find out about fungi!
Information & Updates
09:00 – 9 Dec 2021
British Yeast Group Meeting
The Future of Yeast Research
An online event organised by the University of Cambridge, for yeast researchers in the UK and Ireland to meet, present and discuss their latest research.
The three-day programme will include invited lectures, offered papers, poster flashes, poster sessions and break-out discussions. It will also be an opportunity to reflect on the current state of yeast research and discuss the directions in which the field should move in the future. To that end, the programme will include a panel discussion, chaired by Nobel Laureate, Paul Nurse, focusing on the future of yeast research, in which questions and comments will be welcome from the audience.
- Cell and developmental biology
- Evolution and ecology
- Synthetic and systems biology
- Yeasts and disease
- Steve Oliver (University of Cambridge, UK)
- Juan Mata (University of Cambridge, UK)
- Phil Zegerman (University of Cambridge, UK)
The British Mycological Society sponsors this event.
The 12th International Mycological Congress (IMC12) Research
Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Amsterdam
The organizing committee of the IMC12, along with the International Mycological Association has made the difficult decision to postpone the IMC12 to 2024.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had negative consequences for planning the upcoming IMC, and will still restrict international travel for some time to come. One of the main aims of IMC meetings is to engage the youth, facilitate face-to-face meetings, and hands-on workshops in mycology. To this end, we have decided to postpone IMC12 to 2024. As organizers we are confident that we will be able to host an excellent Congress in the Netherlands in 2024. Additional details on the plans for 2024 will follow soon.
Wieland Meyer, President: International Mycological Association
Pedro Crous, Chair IMC12
BMS Mission Statement:
To promote fungal science internationally
The Society’s 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
19:30 – 21:00
BMS Talk - The fungi in skeletons: apatite leaching, from soil to indoor environments. Society
Online talk (free to attend)
Dr Flavia Pinzari, a biologist specialised in mycology, microbial ecology and applied microbiology, discusses studies of fungi that dissolve apatite, the key mineral in bone, and their importance to processes in the soil and the wider environment.
In a study of fungal biodeterioration, Dr Flavia Pinzari examined the skeleton of a blue whale - the central exhibit in the Hintze Hall of the Natural History Museum, London. The skeleton was previously on display in the Mammals Hall, and has been exposed to this indoor environment for almost 90 years. Mineral particles from the bone surface were found to be covered with a dense biofilm mostly composed of fungal hyphae.
Flavia is lead researcher at the Institute of Biological Systems, Italian National Research Council (CNR), Rome, Italy. She is also Scientific Associate at the Botanical Diversity, Life Sciences Department, Natural History Museum, London, UK.
10:45 – 16:15
BMS Autumn Open Meeting - The World of Fungi Field
Online meeting (Zoom)
Our 2021 Autumn Open Meeting programme includes fungi experts, enthusiasts and supporters from around the globe.
BMS 2021 Autumn Open Meeting
The world of fungi
Saturday, 20 November 2021, 10:45am (UK)
10:55-11:00 Prof Martin Bidartondo - welcome and introduction
Imperial College London & Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
11:00-11:30 Prof Ursula Peintner, University of Innsbruck.
Expert on alpine and arctic fungi, webcaps and polypores.
11:30-12:00 Ruben de Lange, University of Gent
Expert on the brittlegills, Russula.
12:00-13:30 Q&A followed by short break.
13:30-14:00 Dr Ryan Stephens, University of New Hampshire
Ecologist investigating fungus consumption by mammals.
14:00-14:30 Dr Pepijn Kooij, São Paulo State University
Evolutionary biologist investigating fungus-growing insects.
14:45-15:15 Barbara Ching & Bruch Reed
The President and the CEO of the North American Mycological Association.
15:15-15:45 Nathan Wilson
Founder of 19th Birthday Boys Girls 19 Years Bday Funny Gift Year 2002 Ragl.
15:45-16:15 Doug Bierend
Journalist and author of In Search of Mycotopia (2021).
16:15-16:30: Q&A and close.
BMS Annual Conference - Fungi and the Environment Society
A Conference to celebrate 125 years of the British Mycological Society (1896 - 2021)
To celebrate 125 years of the BMS, we have created a full and varied programme of presentations, poster sessions, seminars and workshops for all from the fungal biology and ecology community, with an additional day dedicated to early career mycologists. The conference is open to national and international BMS members and non-members from the broad mycology community.
The main meeting will be preceded by the 1st BMS Research Student Conference, for PhD research students and recent post-doctoral scientists to present their work, hear from a selection of speakers and meet with colleagues from across the mycology sector.
All attendees will be welcomed to Cranfield on the first evening with a barbeque and chance to meet colleagues, old and new.
The three-day scientific programme includes international speakers in five sessions discussing fungi in the built, human, industrial/technological and natural environments. The final morning’s presentations will be on the theme of 'climate change and interactions with fungi'.
For Colleagues interested in field mycology, speakers will cover aspects of Taxonomy, Recording and Conservation. The practical element of the Spring Field Meeting follows, from Wednesday lunchtime until Sunday midday at the same venue.
All attendees are invited to join the BMS at Woburn Safari Lodge for an evening of music, aware of prizes and the Conference Dinner.
We look forward to welcoming you all to an exciting meeting in April 2022!
Angel Medina and Naresh Magan, Applied Mycology Group, Cranfield University
Local Organisers for the BMS
- All delegate tickets for the main Conference must be booked through Cranfield University, HERE.
- Bookings for the practical element of the Spring Field Meeting must be made using the British Mycological Society BOOKING FORM.
- Accommodation for Conference-only attendees is not included.
- Accommodation for those attending both the Conference and practical element of the Spring Field Meeting can be selected on the Booking Form.
Spring Field Meeting 2022 Field
Mitchell Hall, Cranfield University
The 2022 Spring Field Meeting will take place immediately following the BMS 125th Anniversary Conference at Cranfield University, UK.
The Anniversary Conference is running a parallel programme of sessions for the broad mycology community and includes talks on Ascomycetes, Basidiomycetes and recording, all designed to appeal to the field mycologist.
At the Spring Field Meeting, Tutors Thomas Laessoe and Jens Petersen will run Ascomycete ID sessions based on their latest book.
Monday 4 April: Arrival and registration at Cranfield University, set up workroom, join the welcome barbecue.
Tuesday 5 April and Wednesday 6 April: BMS 125th Anniversary Conference, including Conference Dinner at Woburn Safari Park.
Wednesday 6 April - Sunday 10 April: field meetings and associated tutored lab work
Tutors:Thomas Laessoe and Jens Petersen will run Ascomycete ID sessions based on their latest book.
Total cost of 125th Anniversary Conference + Spring Field Meeting = £505 (single room occupancy; £370 shared room).
Included: attendance at the main Conference and Spring Field Meeting; meals and refreshments during the main Conference; Conference Dinner at Woburn Safari Park; accommodation.
Not included: lunches/refreshments from Thursday - Sunday. (Sandwiches can be purchased in Mitchell Hall restaurant.)
- IMPORTANT NOTE: your delegate ticket for the main Conference must be booked through Cranfield University, HERE. Your booking for the Spring Field Meeting, and accommodation for all days, must be made using the British Mycological Society BOOKING FORM.
If you wish to attend just one of the events (either the Anniversary Conference or the Spring Field Meeting) please contact Carol Hobart for costs and booking advice: [email protected]