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newThe XVIII Congress of European Mycologists is now open for registration through its website. The EMA has now issued an official announcement. The Congress will take place between 16nd and 21st September, 2019 in Warsaw and Białowieża, Poland. Deadlines to remember: March 31 for registration at reduced fees, and May 31 for abstract submission. Registrations will close on September 16, or earlier, as soon as the 300 limit on the number of participants is reached. This is also a great opportunity to affiliate to EMA.
The Congress keynote lectures, session talks and poster presentations will focus on fungal diversity and interactions, genomics, metabolomics, evolution and fungal conservation. We will discuss different strategies for bioremediation and biocontrol. An emphasis will be put on applying basic science and molecular techniques from diverse areas of mycology towards solving biomedical problems. We will pay special attention to fungi in primaeval forests and natural habitats, as we will have an exceptional opportunity to visit the Białowieża Forest, one of the very last remaining natural lowland forests in Europe. Do visit the Congress website regularly for updates.
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”.

earlier announcements
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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    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.

    State of the World's Fungi Symposium, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London, which took place on 13-14 September 2018. Inspired by the successful State of The World’s Plants project in the same institution, this symposium centered on the State of the World’s Fungi report, prepared by Kew with contributions by 100 scientists from 18 countries, an important document that provides a review of our current state of knowledge and the major issues affecting fungal diversity and abundance. Also featured are fungal-plant interactions, conservation and uses of fungi, and the fungal tree of life. The two-day symposium brought together plant and fungal scientists, ecologists, conservationists and industry and policy experts from around the world, to discuss issues raised in the report. The full report is available at the State of the World's Fungi 2018 website.

    Elias Magnus Fries Medal. At each International Mycological Congress, six awards are made by the International Mycological Association [IMA] to young mycologists, with the intention of helping advance their careers. Each region recognized by the Association is responsible for one award. The Elias Magnus Fries Medal is the award for Europe, and is administered by the EMA through its Award Committee, which recommends a winner based on nominations received. The last presentation of this award took place at the XI International Mycological Congress in Puerto Rico (16-21 July 2018).

    FUNGAL CONSERVATION IN A CHANGING EUROPE. The Challenges Ahead. This was 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 took place from Sunday 1 to Friday 6 October 2017 in Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage Natural and Cultural Site, and was open to anyone interested in fungal conservation in Europe and beyond. Here is the full Programme. The Macedonian Mycological Society has included in their blog a detailed follow-up of the proceedings since June 15, featuring very well-designed photo albums. The information is complemented by a facebook page (hashtag: #EMAohrid2017).

    14th European Conference on Fungal Genetics took 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. You can visit the website for general information.

    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 [WikipediA, text in Italian].

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