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XVIICEM participants
Some of the participants pose for an "end of Congress" group photograph, 25 September 2015

XVII Congress of European Mycologists in Madeira a great success. The XVII Congress of European Mycologists was held in Funchal (Madeira, Portugal) from 20-25 September 2015, first time the Congress has visited Portugal, and the first time it has been staged on a truly Atlantic island off the continental shelf. There were 143 participants from 32 countries (Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom). The Chair of the Organizing Committee was Prof. João Baptista-Ferreira, and the President of the Congress was EMA President, Dr David Minter. Following an icebreaker party on the evening of arrival, and a formal opening session, the main programme comprised invited keynote lectures, with four days of lectures and presentations in a mixture of plenary and parallel sessions, plus demonstrations, and poster sessions. One day was devoted to excursion with options to see the fungi and associated plants at the Vereda dos Balcões or along the Levada do Furado. In addition, there was a meeting of the European Council for Conservation of Fungi, and on the last morning, the General Assembly of the EMA convened. On the Thursday evening, there was a superb reception for participants at the historic São Tiago Fortress in Funchal. A full report of the event is in preparation and will appears in the Association's next Newsletter.

Ninth International Medicinal Mushrooms Conference. The ninth International Medicinal Mushrooms Conference will be held in Palermo, Italy, from 24-27 September 2017. The EMA is delighted to support this meeting which is being organized by the University of Palermo, with Giuseppe Venturella, one of the Association’s Founder Members leading the Organizing Committee. The conference website is in preparation and is expected to be available from January 2016. Further details will be posted on the EMA website as they become available.

Poland wins bid to host XVIII Congress of European Mycologists. Congratulations to the Polish Mycological Society for their successful bid to hold the next Congress of European Mycologists. Provisional dates for the Congress are 16-21 September 2019, an Organizing Committee is being set up, a website is in preparation, and venues being considered for the meeting include Warsaw and Białowieza. One of the most important functions of the EMA is to oversee organization of these Congresses. The Polish bid was one of three, and was approved by the EMA General Assembly which convened during the XVII Congress of European Mycologists in Madeira in September 2015. EMA President, David Minter, expressed delight at the decision, saying, “the eighteenth Congress of European Mycologists in Poland will be the latest in the world’s oldest and longest running series of international mycological meetings, and by hosting this prestigious Congress, the young Polish Mycological Society will be strengthened by becoming a focal point for European mycology”.