‘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
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 submission deadlines
Oral presentation submission: 31 November 2021
Poster submission: 31 January 2022
Please send all completed abstract submissions to: email@example.com.
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|
|08:00-09:00||Registration Poster mounting in Atrium of Vincent Building|
Cranfield University, UK
|Session 1: Fungi in the built environment|
Moulds: their importance in damp buildings
Dr Jan Dijksterhuis- Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, NL
The fungal chemical cocktail in damp buildings
Prof Ulf Thrane - Danish Technological Institute, Denmark
Stachybotrys: ecology and toxin production in damp buildings
Prof Naresh Magan - Cranfield University, UK
|10:30-11:00||Refreshment break, networking and poster viewing|
|11:00-11:20||Offered paper I|
|11:20-11:40||Offered paper II|
|11:40-12:00||Offered paper III|
|Session 2: Fungi in the human environment|
Aspergillus fumigatus: present and future infection trends
Prof Anuradha Chowdhary - University of Delhi, India
From ions to biomes: how micronutrient scavenging shapes environmental adaptation and pathogenicity
Dr Duncan Wilson - Exeter University, UK
|13:00-14:00||Lunch in the Atrium and poster viewing|
|14:00-14:20||Offered paper I|
|14:20-14:40||Offered paper II|
|14:40-15:00||Offered paper III|
|15:00-15:20||Offered paper IV|
|15:30-16:00||Refreshment break and poster viewing (sponsored by Romer Diagnostics Ltd)|
|Session 3: Fungi in the industrial/technological environment|
The BMS Webster Award 2020: Fungal biomineralization for bioremediation or element biorecovery
Prof Geoff Gadd, Dundee University, Scotland
Strategies for successful biocontrol
Prof. Xiangming Xu: Biocontrol (NIAB-EMR)
|17:00-17:20||Offered paper I|
|17:20-17:40||Offered paper II|
|17:40-18:00||Offered paper III|
|18:30 onwards||Dinner and networking|
|Session 3 continued: Fungi in the industrial and technological environment|
Whispering fungi in the environment
Prof. Taj Kesharvaj, Westminster University, UK
Approaches for control of spoilage fungi in the evolving industry landscape
Prof. Simon Avery- Nottingham University, UK
|10:00-10:15||Offered paper IV|
|10:15-10:30||Offered paper V|
|10:30-11:00||Refreshment break and poster viewing|
|Session 4: Fungi in the natural environment|
Comparing genomes and gene functions between closely related Fusarium species that occupy different environmental niches
Prof Kim Hammond-Kosack - Rothamsted Research, UK
Impacts of the environment on decomposer fungi
Prof Lynne Boddy - Cardiff University, UK
Bringing down the house: genomic analysis of the dry rot fungus, Serpula lacrymans
Prof Dan Eastwood - Swansea University, UK
|12:30-13:30||Lunch in the Atrium and Poster viewing (Sponsored by Patent Co., Serbia)|
Dispersal of fungi and how to detect them
Prof. Jon West Rothamsted Research, UK
Fungi in extreme environments: do we know enough??
Dr John Hallsworth -Queens University Belfast, NI
|14:30-14:50||Offered paper I|
|14:50-15:10||Offered paper II|
|15:10-15:30||Offered paper III|
|15:30-15:50||Offered paper IV|
|15:50-16:10||Offered paper V|
|16:10-16:45||refreshment break and poster viewing|
Depart via coaches from Cranfield Conference Hotel
Conference Dinner and Music: Woburn Safari Lodge
(coaches return to Cranfield Conference Hotel)
|Session 5: Climate change and interactions with fungi|
Modelling and monitoring fungal plant pathogen responses to climate change
Dr Dan Bebber - Exeter University, UK
Climate change: modelling impacts on mycotoxigenic fungi and risk of mycotoxins
Prof Paola Battilani - Catholic University, Piacenza, Italy
The BMS Berkeley Award 2020 - Climate change, genomics and impacts on phenotypic mycotoxin contamination
Dr Angel Medina, Cranfield University, UK
|10:30-11:00||Refreshment break and poster viewing|
Fungal fruit bodies - a largely untapped source in global change biology and beyond
Dr Håvard Kauserud, University of Oslo, Norway
A perfect storm approaching: the influence of climate change on shifty enemies of agriculture
Dr Diane Saunders, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
|12:00-12:10||Offered paper I|
|12:10-12:20||Offered paper II|
|12:20-12:30||Offered paper III|
|12:30-13:00||Conference close and award of prizes: BMS President Prof Jan Quinn and Local Organisers|
|13:00-14:00||Lunch and departure|
Location and travel details
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Conference dinner at Woburn Safari Lodge, including coach transfers
Access to the conferencing APP
Not included in your ticket price:
Dr Angel Medina
Prof Naresh Magan
Dr Carol Verheecke-Vaessen
Dr Carla Cervini
Conference secretariat: Gemma Haynes (Cranfield University)
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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.