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new Call for submissions The online open access journal Diversity is scheduling the release of a special issue Fungal Diversity in the Mediterranean Area in its Microbial Diversity and Culture Collections section, with Prof. Giuseppe Venturella (Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy) as Special Issue Editor. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. Keywords: Fungi, Diversity, Applied Mycology, Mediterranean area. The deadline for submissions is March 31st 2020, with a slightly surcharged publication fee if sent after December 31st 2019. The 2.23 CiteScore 2018 places the journal at the 65-75% percentile in four categories.
Recently departed – Francisco de Diego Calonge, Spanish taxonomist and communicator, November 5th 2019. – Stanley John Hughes, Welsh-Canadian developmental biologist and taxonomist, November 7th 2019.
XVIII Congress of European Mycologists in Poland, what an event! The XVIII Congress of European Mycologists was held in Warsaw and Białowieża from 16-21 September 2019. This was the first time this Congress returned to a country which had already hosted an earlier Congress in the series, this second visit to Poland being 53 years after the first. In 1966, the Congress was held entirely in Warsaw. This time, there was an additional location giving participants a wonderful opportunity to visit and reflect on the unique Białowieża National Park.
This eighteenth Congress may well have been the largest in the series to date, with almost 300 participants and accompanying persons, with 273 actually presenting their work. Participants came from 52 countries (Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Benin, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Macedonia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, United States), easily exceeding the XV St Petersburg Congress’ previous high of 40. Prof. Magdalena Frąc, President of the Polish Mycological Society, welcomed the congress participants. Dr Marta Wrzosek was Chair of the Organizing Committee, and the Congress was presided over by EMA President Dr David Minter.
Participants started to register at the Warsaw venue on Sunday the 15th, and on the 16th the proceedings started with an opening ceremony where the Congress was formally dedicated to the memory of Prof. Alina Skirgiełło, the great Polish mycologist and first Honorary Member of the EMA. After that, the main programme started, comprising invited keynote lectures and two and a half days of lectures and presentations in a mixture of plenary and parallel sessions, and poster sessions.
On the Monday evening, there was a Congress welcoming reception at Warsaw’s Botanic Garden, where a garden bench bearing a commemorative inscription honouring Prof. Skirgiełło was unveiled. The General Assembly of the EMA was convened on the Tuesday afternoon, and this was followed in the evening by a highlight of the Congress: the public lecture on forensic mycology given by Dr Patricia E.J. Wiltshire in Warsaw’s superbly modern Copernicus Science Centre. On Wednesday afternoon, participants were transported by coaches to Białowieża National Park, on the border with Belarus, where the scientific programme resumed for another two and half days.
In Białowieża, in parallel with the plenary sessions and two workshops, there was a programme of visits to the National Park, including the chance to take part in guided tours to the Strict Reserve part of the Park. This is an amazing area of primaeval old-growth natural mixed lowland forest which has remained almost entirely undisturbed by human activities since the last glaciation melt, even surviving the huge threats of the 20th century’s two world wars. Friday morning was dedicated to forays in different parts of the surrounding Białowieża forest, with the choice for participants to be in specialist tours (parasitic micromycetes, polypores, macromycetes) or on a 'miscellaneous' tour. Online sharing of photographic field observations was enabled by an iNaturalist project named XVIIICEM.
The congress dinner took place on Thursday in a spacious restaurant in Białowieża village, and the social programme included a final campfire gathering in nearby Topiło on the Friday evening. These occasions were infused with a delicious atmosphere that illustrated the sense of a family gathering in these congresses, so aptly pointed out by one of the participants in the General Assembly. A full report of the event is in preparation and will appear in the Association's next Newsletter.
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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.