‘Fungi and the Environment’

Cranfield University, on behalf of the British Mycological Society, is pleased to host the BMS Annual Conference, 4-7 April 2022.

A conference to celebrate 125 years of the British Mycological Society (1896-2021)

To celebrate 125 years of the BMS, we have created a full and varied programme of presentations, poster sessions, seminars and workshops for all from the fungal biology and ecology community, with an additional day dedicated to early career mycologists. The conference is open to national and international BMS members and non-members, studying, working or volunteering in mycology.

The main meeting will be preceded by a Mycology PhD Students’ Seminar, for PhD research students and recent post-doctoral scientists to present their work, hear from a selection of speakers and meet with colleagues from across the mycology sector.

All attendees will be welcomed to Cranfield on the first evening of the main meeting with a barbeque and chance to meet colleagues, old and new. The three-day programme includes international speakers in four sessions discussing fungi in the built, human, industrial/technological and natural environments. In parallel, colleagues from the field mycology arena will have the opportunity to gather and participate in seminars and workshops on the latest developments. All are invited to join the BMS at Woburn Safari Lodge for an evening of music and the Conference Dinner. The final morning’s presentations will be on the theme of 'climate change and interactions with fungi', and the conference will conclude with the awarding of prizes and lunch.

We look forward to welcoming you all to an exciting meeting in April 2022!

Angel Medina and Naresh Magan, Applied Mycology Group, Cranfield University
Local Organisers for the BMS

Abstract submissions

The BMS Conference 2022 Organising Committee invites presentations of the latest developments and research from all areas of mycology. Please submit your abstract for consideration under one of the conference sessions (below) using the abstract submission template. All abstract submissions will undergo review prior to acceptance.

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

Abstract template

Abstract submission deadlines

Oral presentation submission:    31 November 2021

Poster submission:                      31 January 2022

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

Event programme

The provisional programme can be found below. This will be updated as speakers and sessions are finalised.

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

Full Conference Delegate rate                    £260 (BMS Member: £200)
Full Conference Student rate                     £150 (BMS Member: £100)
One-day Delegate rate                                £130 (BMS Member: £100)
One-day Field Mycologist rate                   £90 (BMS Member: £70)

Included in your ticket price:

Conference pass, lunch and refreshments each day
Networking evening 
Conference dinner at Woburn Safari Lodge, including coach 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

Conference secretariat: Gemma Haynes (Cranfield University)

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

Scientific committee

Prof Janet Quinn, 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

The conference is open to national and international BMS members and non-members interested in research or field mycology, from all career stages - studying, working or volunteering.