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ICOM12, the 12th International Congress on Mycorrhiza, with the theme Bridging gaps in form, function and diversity, will take place 4-9 August 2024 in Manchester, United Kingdom. The Abstract Submission Deadline is on Monday, March 11, 2024 (23:59 GMT), and the Early Bird Registration Deadline is on May 6, 2024. This announcement will be updated as we receive more news.

Announcing the second issue of the 12th International Mycological Congress (IMC12) newsletter as well as the preliminary programme.
This World congress, jointly organised by the International Mycological Association, the Dutch Mycological Society and the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, will take place on August 11-15, 2024, in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Keynote lectures, bridging sessions and workshops will cover six themes:

  1. Cell biology, biochemistry and physiology
  2. Environment, ecology and interactions
  3. Evolution, biodiversity and systematics
  4. Fungal pathogenesis and disease control
  5. Genomics, genetics and molecular biology
  6. Applied Mycology and Nomenclature
newRegistration is now open, and early rates apply till May 21. The deadline for abstract submission is March 20. Please click the banner on the right to visit the congress website for further details. The Congress also has a Twitter/X account.
newThe Naresh Magan Lecture Award, established by the British Mycological Society and the International Society for Mycotoxicology, will support the oral presentation at an international conference by an early-career researcher (up to 6 years post-doctorate), on a topic deemed to stand for the most impactful research in the fields of fungal ecology, fungal physiology, plant pathogens or mycotoxins. The inaugural award will be given for an oral presentation at the IMC12. Applications should follow the guidelines provided in the announcement page and should be sent until April 9.

The Future is Fungi Award
With the motto Unlocking the magic of fungi for environmental innovations, this award is established to honour frontier and cutting-edge research on how we can use fungi for some of the most important environmental solutions that the world needs. More than 20 research institutions are represented in the jury, and the winners were awarded 10,000 EUR, mentorship, access to network of contacts and visibility. In fact, the main goal of this award is to build a network for fungi innovation: 'gathering key players across the ecosystem to accelerate the fungi revolution through collaboration on fungi innovation'. The Award ceremony 2023 page showcases the winners and runnerups, together with the record on video.

Fungal diversity in Europe 2nd edition, a Special Issue in the open access Journal of Fungi (ISSN 2309-608X, CiteScore 2022: 4.9, and 5.9 in the CiteScoreTracker October 2023, Q1 ranking in Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics), section Fungal Evolution, Biodiversity and Systematics, is now open for submissions. Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Venturella. This Special Issue aims to produce data on the distribution and ecology of fungi and on conservation strategies in order to provide an up-to-date picture not only to researchers but also to ordinary citizens who are increasingly involved in safeguarding ecosystems and biodiversity. Deadline for manuscript submissions on February 29, 2024. For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website. Keywords: fungi checklists, redlists, Europe, North Africa ecology conservation, citizen sciences, open sciences.

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XIX Congress of European Mycologists

The Post-Congress meeting on the Cooperation of Mycological Groups & Societies in Europe promoted the exchange of experiences and ideas on this topic so paramount to Mycology. The meeting summary is available, and a list of Mycological societies is being built and can be viewed and commented on (for example, to suggest new entries).

Awards at the XIX Congress of European Mycologists:

All abstracts can be consulted here.

Governing Committee Dr. Izabela Kałucka has been reelected EMA President for the the new term 2023–2027, together with the following officers: Irmgard Greilhuber (Vice-President), Katerina Krusevska (Secretary), Giuseppe Venturella (Treasurer), Veronica Spinelli (Membership Secretary), Robert Logar (Meetings Secretary), Paulo Oliveira (Editor) and Susana C. Gonçalves (Conservation).

XX Congress of European Mycologists to take place in 2027, in Tartu, Estonia. See the presentation.

The XX International Botanical Congress will take place on July 21-27, 2024 in Madrid, Spain. Featuring 31 topics including Mycology and Lichenology, Ecophysiology, Conservation Biology, Ecology and Communities, Restoration Ecology, Global Change Ecology, Phylogenetics and Phylogenomics, and Comparative Genomics/Transcriptomics, there are plenty of points of interest for mycologists. Also of note is the Nomenclature Section preceding the congress, that will work on the revision of the Nomenclature Code (currently the Shenzhen Code, 2018). Please visit the congress website for further details.

Recently departed
Francesco Bellù, Italian taxonomist and educator, July 26th 2022. – Alexander Kovalenko, Russian mycologist and leading figure, December 10th 2021.

The EMA supports FaunaFloraFunga. It is a proposal to perceive fungi, animals and plants with equal status in legal frameworks for agriculture and conservation. The FFF website has the full statement and a form to sign up in support.

We are unthinkable without fungi, yet seldom do we think about them. It is an ignorance we can't afford to sustain.
The statement originators are Giuliana Furci (Fungi Foundation, Harvard University Associate, IUCN SSC Fungal Conservation Committee), Merlin Sheldrake (author of Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds, & Shape Our Futures) and César Rodríguez-Garavito (New York University School of Law).



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The EMA has the following objectives defined in its Constitution:

  • to promote study of fungi;

  • to disseminate knowledge and information about fungi;

  • to promote conservation of fungi;

  • to promote socially responsible handling of fungi (for example in medicine, plant and animal pathology, quarantine and pharmaceutical research);

  • to establish and foster relations between those working towards such objectives, through meetings, electronic media, publications, and by promoting personal contacts, collaboration and the exchange of ideas and information;

  • to improve the infrastructure of mycology within Europe;

  • to provide European-level input to the International Mycological Association, and other international bodies and initiatives.


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