‘Fungi and the Environment’

Cranfield University, on behalf of the British Mycological Society Fungal Biology Research (FBR) Committee, is pleased to host the BMS Annual Conference, taking place 23rd-26th August 2021.

After much debate and discussion about the potential implications of COVID-19 to our conference, we have, unfortunately, decided that the BMS Annual Conference to be held at Cranfield University will be postponed until the week of the 23rd August 2021. Further details can be read in the letter from BMS.

In 2021 we will be celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the BMS. Thus, for this special occasion Cranfield University will be examining with the BMS Council and the FBR Committee, additional social and scientific events which will be held simultaneously.

We are planning a special one-day meeting (23rd August) aimed at national and international PhD research students and recent post-doctoral fellows working in any related discipline within the mycology umbrella. In these sessions we will provide a platform for presentation of their work as well as additional useful and beneficial talks on scientific writing, grant applications and choosing the right range of beneficial skills for enhancing employment opportunities.

Rest assured that at Cranfield we will be making all the necessary adjustments for this to be a safe and unforgettable conference reflecting the importance of this very special occasion in which we will be celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Society.

The FBR Committee has selected the timely title ‘Fungi and the Environment’ as the theme. With this, we aim to attract as many mycologists as possible to share their latest research findings.

The event will be a great forum for the exchange of new scientific ideas, presenting state-of-the-art technologies and facilitating and strengthening professional networks.

We are also encouraging field mycologists to take part in the meeting as facilities are available for parallel workshops and activities related to the theme.

Abstract submissions

The BMS Conference 2021 Organising Committee invites you to present your latest research during this event. Please submit your abstract for consideration using the abstract submission template. The maximum length on the abstract is 300 words and needs to be written in English. All abstract submissions will undergo reviewing prior to acceptance.

We are looking for abstracts in the following areas:

Session 1: Fungi in the built environment
Session 2: Fungi in the human environment
Session 3: Fungi in the industrial/technological environment
Session 4: Fungi in the natural environment
Session 5: Climate change and interactions with fungi

Important dates

15 May 2021 - Deadline for oral talks abstract submission
30 May 2021 - Deadline for poster communication abstract submission
15 June 2021 - Communication of the outcome to oral talk candidates
30 June 2021 - Communication of the outcome to the poster communication candidates

Please send all completed abstract submissions to: applied.mycology@cranfield.ac.uk.

Event programme

Please consider this programme as a draft as we are making every effort to adjust the sessions to the new dates. The current format is to provide a general idea of the different sessions for which we already have an exciting range of invited keynote speakers.


16:00 onwards Arrival at Cranfield and Registration
18:00-20:00 Welcome BBQ and mixer at Cranfield Management Development Centre

Location and travel details

Vincent Building
Cranfield University
MK43 0AL

Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

  • Road: we are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway. There is free parking on campus.
  • Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford.
  • Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles).

For further travel details please visit our location page.


If you require accommodation during the conference please contact the Cranfield Events Team on events@cranfield.ac.uk and they will be able to advise you on the best accommodation options within the Cranfield campus.

Cost and concessions

Delegate rate: £260
BMS member delegate rate: £200
Student rate: £150
BMS member student rate: £100
One day field mycologist Rate: £90
BMS member one day field mycologist rate: £70
One day registration: £130
BMS member one day registration: £100

Included in your ticket price:

Conference pass, lunch and refreshments each day
Networking evening - details to follow
Conference dinner at Woburn Safari Lodge, including transfers
Access to the conferencing APP

Not included in your ticket price:


Organising committee

Dr. Angel Medina
Prof. Naresh Magan
Dr. Carol Verheecke-Vaessen
Dr. Carla Cervini
Gemma Haynes

Contact us: applied.mycology@cranfield.ac.uk


Scientific committee

Prof. Janet Quin, Newcastle University
Prof. Naresh Magan, Cranfield University
Prof. Simon Avery, Nottingham University
Dr. Angel Medina, Cranfield University
Dr. Michael Csukai, Syngenta
Dr. Martin Bidartondo, Imperial College London & Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Dr. Matthias Brock, Nottingham University
Dr. John E Hallsworth, Queens University Belfast
Dr. Dan Bebber, Exeter University
Dr. Filipa cox, Manchester University


Who should attend

BMS members and non-members interested in mycology, both nationally and internationally.

We hope to attract both academic and industrial participants, at all career stages (from MSc/PhD students to experienced and senior researchers), internationally.