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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. Do visit the conference website. updateComplete Scientific Programme now available. Further details will be posted on the EMA website as they become available.

FUNGAL CONSERVATION IN A CHANGING EUROPE. The Challenges Ahead. A special meeting organized by the EMA jointly with the ISFC, and hosted by Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The meeting will take place from Sunday 1 to Friday 6 October 2017 in Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage Natural and Cultural Site, and is open to anyone interested in fungal conservation in Europe and beyond. The Second Circular with information regarding the purpose, background, organization, programme, practical details, registration and abstracts, together with the editable Registration Form, is available for download ZIP format, posted 2017.07.17.

21th Workshop on ”Biodiversity of Aquatic Fungi”. Organized by the Assiut University Mycological Centre (AUMC), will be held in Assiut, Egypt, on November 12-16, 2017. The workshop comprises lectures and practical sessions covering habitats (freshwater, brackish water, marine), methods for isolation and purification, methods for preservation, identification by conventional methods and molecular techniques, biological and environmental role (biodegradation of wastes and polluted sites, biocontrol of harmful insects and nematodes, natural products, plant and animal diseases), of aquatic fungi. Application deadline November 1, 2017. Fees, further information and contacts available in the circular.

14th European Conference on Fungal Genetics to take place in Haifa, Israel, on February 25-28, 2018, hosted by the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) and co-organized with the Israel Society for Microbiology and the Israeli Phytopathological Society. Abstracts Submission & Early Registration Deadline: October 17, 2017. You can visit the website for registration, satellite workshops (the workshop list is still open for proposals until September 25), abstract submission and general information.

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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.

    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.

    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”.

    Fungi models in terracotta. The "Accademia dei Fisiocritici" in Sienna, located by the Botanical Garden, has a spectacular collection of life-sized terracotta models of fungi by the sienese doctor Francesco Valenti Serini (1795-1872) who, aware of the sufferings caused by mushroom poisonings, produced them to help everyone recognize edible fungi. It is open to the public, and an article by Claudia Perini and colleagues highlighting this collection was published in the APSnet Features. The collection was originally curated by Arturo Nannizzi [text in Italian].

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