A paramount goal of the British Mycological Society is to promote fungal biology research at all levels within Universities and Research Institutions with the aim of creating a sense of community. We have the aspiration that the BMS Research Student Conference will become the yearly event where all PhD researchers in mycology will have the opportunity to meet national and international peers. This will create a cohort of mycologists early within their research career, which will facilitate networking and provide opportunities for career advancement.

The first Research Student Conference will be held on the 4th of April 2022 at Cranfield University (UK). This 1-day complimentary conference, focused on the research being carried out by PhD students working in diverse areas of mycology, will precede the BMS annual conference which is to be held at Cranfield University on 5th-7th April, 2021.

Benefits of attending

  • Participants have the opportunity to showcase their latest science via short oral presentations, or scientific posters
  • Prizes for best student presentation and best poster
  • Excellent networking opportunities with fellow students and scientists during the main meeting sessions
  • Specifically tailored sessions on:
    • top tips for publishing your first scientific paper
    • the importance of mycology in different sectors of academia and industry in the context of the climate change agenda
    • skills and expertise needed for different career development options
    • BMS membership benefits including travel grants, subsidised attendance of scientific meetings and access to BMS Journals

Event Programme

14:00-15:00 PhD Students Registration in Atrium of Vincent Building
16:00-18:00 Social gathering, introductions and presentation of the event
18:00-20:00 Dinner
20:00 onwards Social

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 reservations, CMDC cmdcreservations@cranfield.ac.uk and quote ref number 267598.

Who should attend

Researchers in mycology at PhD level.


In this first year, event registration is free for PhD students who are BMS members and £30 for non-members.