Programme at a glance

Detailed programme



Checklist of microfungi and larger ascomycetes of Bialowieza Forest



16.09 From genome to function – Ekaterina Shelest
16.09 Taxonomy and systematics – Jos Houbraken
17.09 Fungi in biotechnology – Katarzyna Turnau
17.09 Fungal interactions – Martin Bidartondo
18.09 Medical Mycology – Michaela Lackner
18.09 Fungal diversity – Carrie Andrew
19.09 Fungi in primaeval forests and other natural habitats – Anders Dahlberg
20.09 Hypogeous mycorrhizal fungi – Giovanni Pacioni
20.09 Data session – Dmitry Schigel 
21.09 Fungal conservation – Susana C. Gonçalves



20.09 Workshop: Global fungal red-listing – David Minter
21.09 Workshop: Biology of Polypores – Dmitry Schigel



21.09 Fungal conservation across borders in Europe (and beyond) for the next 4 years -
what role for the ECCF?



Carrie Andrew

Dr. Carrie Andrew has over 17 years’ experience specializing in terrestrial ecology, global change biology and mycology, across over nine research and teaching institutions in Europe and the US. With an organismal background in mycology and botany, it is the ecology of those organisms and their interactions, from ecosystem to community levels, that is of research priority to her. Investigating the spatiotemporal dynamics of fungi at the macroecological scale, data science has been a primary tool (along with molecular methodologies) that Dr. Andrew has utilized while working with citizen science and museum (fungarium) collections data. 
Her vision is to lead scientific research pertaining to the ecological understanding and conservation of fungi and plants – within the context of global change. It is important to educate the general public, across demographics, as well as scientists and policy-makers, on contemporary scientific research knowledge – as well as the gaps – and the implications to ecology. By communicating science, Dr. Andrew strives to help shift public awareness towards understanding how integral fungi and plants, and their interactions, are for natural systems and societies.


Martin Bidartondo

Martin Bidartondo works on the ecology and evolution of mycorrhizas, one of the dominant symbioses of terrestrial ecosystems. The systems that he studied include arbuscular, ectomycorrhizal, monotropoid and orchid mycorrhizas, and mycorrhiza-like associations of bryophytes. Following his ground-breaking research on the evolutionary ecology of the diverse plants that cheat mycorrhizal mutualisms, his team has investigated:
1) the mycorrhizal ecology of heathlands, first revealing the mechanisms of tree invasions and then uncovering nutritional links among vascular plants, fungi and non-vascular plants;
2) the environmental drivers of forest mycorrhizas at large scales, revealing the impacts of nitrogen pollution across European forests in collaboration with ICP Forests; and
3) the ecology and evolution of their newly discovered, yet ancient and globally-widespread, symbioses between lineages of plants and fungi.


Anders Dahlberg

Anders Dahlberg works as a Professor at the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, Division of Forest Pathology in University of Upsalla. He is a fungal conservation expert at the Swedish Species Information Centre, in charge of fungal red-listing in Sweden, and is active in issues of international fungal conservation. His research interests include fungal population biology with its patterns, processes and genetics, fungal conservation biology and fungal community ecology with functional impacts on ecosystem processes.

Susana C. Gonçalves

I am a researcher at the Centre for Functional Ecology, University of Coimbra, Portugal, and member of the Pringle Lab at Wisconsin University, USA. I am broadly interested in the ecology and evolution of ectomycorrhizal fungi, focusing on the invasion biology of two notorious species: Amanita phalloides (death cap) and Amanita muscaria (fly agaric).  I am also much involved in fungal conservation and keep an active outreach program aiming to bring fungi to the people. As of Autumn 2015, I have served as co-chair of the European Council for Fungal Conservation (ECCF) and conservation officer of the European Mycological Association. 

Jos Houbraken

I'm group leader of the department Applied and Industrial Mycology at the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute in the Netherlands. The mission of my group is to generate and apply knowledge of fungi in relation to food, indoor environment and industry. My main interest is the biodiversity and taxonomy of the species and genera occurring in food & feed (incl. mycotoxigenic fungi) and the built environment, with a focus on Penicillium, Aspergillus and related genera. We furthermore study the effect of various stresses (e.g. temperature, wateractivity,
preservatives) on food- and indoor fungi at a fundamental and applied level, with the aim to find novel solutions for prevention of food spoilage and fungal growth in the harsh indoor environment.


Michaela Lackner

Michaela Lackner is an Associated Professor at the Division of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology (HMM) at the Medical University of Innsbruck (MUI), Innsbruck. Austria. Since 2017, she heads the Mycological Research Group at the HMM. She completed her Master in natural sciences and her PhD with excellence at the University of Innsbruck (LFU) in 2007 and 2010, respectively. Since 2007, she has had a strong interest in fungal pathogens, particularly in the development of novel diagnostic tools, taxonomy of fungal pathogens and in understanding antifungal resistance mechanisms. She is the convener of the ECMM-ISHAM working group on Pseudallescheria/Scedosporium infections and the ISHAM working group of ISHAM Working Group Nomenclature of Clinical Fungi. She has authored more than 60 publications in peer reviewed articles and is involved in the training of medical and science graduates and undergraduates in Social Medicine, Hygiene and Medical Microbiology. In 2016 she completed her habilitation in Hygiene and Medical Microbiology at the MUI.


Giovanni Pacioni

Giovanni Pacioni is a Full Professor of Applied and Environmental Plant Biology at University of L’Aquila, Italy. Since 1972 he has conducted research in the field of biology of the higher fungi, first at the ISS (Higher Institute for Health) of Rome, and then at the University of L’Aquila, dedicating himself mostly to the mycorrhizal fungi. He has enjoyed two NATO semiannual scholarships at the INRA of Paris (the 1978-79) and University of Michigan (1983). He has been responsible for the research units of the National Council for Research grants, engaged in the field of the mycorrhizal symbioses and their biotechnological applications. He organized the CRAMF (Center for Research and Application of the Forest Mycorrhizae) of L’Aquila, funded by European grants. He is an author of patents for “Procedure for the production of truffle plants”, “An edible film made for preserving the vitality and characteristics of fresh truffles” and “Use of cold and pesticides for enhancing the mycorrhization of truffle plants”. He has been a FAO consultant in the field “Mushrooms and No-Woody Forestry Products” 1987-1996, as well as a reviewer of several international journals, proposal projects and university positions. In 1992, he organized the International Conference on Truffles in L’Aquila. In the period 1975-2018 he has published, as author and co-author, 199 original full papers, including the truffle genome master paper in Nature (2010), and 30 books, handbooks and review articles.

Dmitry Schigel

Dmitry Schigel is Docent / Adjunct Professor of Mycology at the University of Helsinki, Finland and Scientific officer at the Secretariat of Global Biodiversity Information Facility. His work and research interests include biodiversity informatics, dead wood, species interactions, molecular ecology, metabarcoding, host selection and fungivory, wood-decaying fungi, databases, nature conservation, boreal and montane ecosystems, and successions. Dmitry’s field based and conservation related studies have been carried out in the boreal and temperate forest in Nordic countries, Russia, and also in Białowieża, Poland. Dmitry coordinates communities and organizes international teaching on fungi, dead wood ecology and biodiversity data. 

Ekaterina Shelest

Ekaterina Shelest is the head of Bioinformatics Unit in German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research in Leipzig, Germany. Her main scientific interests include mechanisms of transcription regulation and methods for their modelling, evolution and adaptation of transcription regulation systems, epigenetic regulation, eukaryotic (fungal) secondary metabolism, gene clustering in eukaryotic genomes, comparative genomics and evolution of fungal protein families.

Katarzyna Turnau

Katarzyna Turnau works as a Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. She focuses on multiple aspects of the biology and ecology of microorganisms including especially mycorrhizal and endophytic fungi. An important field of her scientific interests is phytostabilisation of industrial wastes, phytoextraction of metals and metal distribution in plants associated with microbes.




Professor Patricia E.J. Wiltshire
BSc. (hons), PhD, DSc (hc), FCSFS, FRSB, FLS​

Professor Patricia Wiltshire was a lecturer and researcher, for a total of 34 years, at the University of London, firstly at King’s College, and later at University College. She is an ecologist, with special interests in palynology and microbiology. While at UCL, she was engaged in palaeoenvironmental reconstruction in archaeology, and realised that it was a short step from reconstructing ancient environmental scenarios to modern forensic ones. Over the last 25 years, she has concentrated on developing and establishing the disciplines of forensic ecology, botany, and palynology. In the last 10 years, she has established forensic mycology with her mycologist husband. Mycology has proved to provide robust probative evidence on many occasions. 

Patricia has particular skills in locating clandestine graves, establishing the provenance of unknown materials, and post mortem interval, as well as linking objects, people, and places through botanical and mycological trace evidence. She has worked on approaching 300 criminal cases, both for the prosecution and defence of suspects, and many of these have been very high profile in the UK. She is an experienced expert witness. She has worked with every police force in the UK and Ireland, and lectures worldwide on the disciplines she has developed. 

Patricia is on the editorial board of Forensic Science International, and is Editor-in-Chief for a special edition of the journal on Forensic Ecology. She has a large publication record, and continues to research, teach, and publish her work.  In 2016, she received a Simons Fellowship at Cambridge University, at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematics. 



Duur K. Aanen

Duur Aanen is an associate professor in Evolutionary Genetics at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. After finishing his PhD on speciation of fungi at Wageningen university in 1999, he became a postdoc and later assistant professor at the University of Copenhagen and returned to Wageningen in 2006. Duur Aanen specializes on the origin and evolution of cooperation and uses fungi and the symbiosis between termites and Termitomyces fungi as his main model systems.

Dominik Begerow

Dominik Begerow is a dean of Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology Ruhr-University Bochum. His main interest is evolution and biodiversity of plants and interactions in complex ecosystems.  He uses the integrative approach to the phylogenetics of basidiomycetes and smut fungi. Currently he analyses different plant-fungus interactions and combines phylogenetic methods with infection studies to support the hypotheses of cospeciation and host jumps.

Lynne Boddy

Lynne Boddy is a fungal ecologist, who has investigated the ecology of wood decomposition, and wood decay fungi, for over 40 years. Her favourite areas of research are into the ways in which fungi fight each other, interact with bacteria and invertebrates, and form communities in decaying wood. Other favourites are the ways in which fungi search the forest floor for food resources and respond to their finds, and how global change is affecting fungi. Lynne is Professor of Mycology, and teaches and researches into fungal ecology at Cardiff University UK. She is a prolific author having co-authored or edited seven books, written well over 250 scientific papers, and is chief editor of the journal Fungal Ecology. She is also an ardent communicator of the mysteries and importance of the amazing hidden Kingdom of Fungi to the general public on TV, radio, popular talks, articles and exhibitions. Lynne was president of the British Mycological Society (2009–2010). She has received many awards including the Berkeley Award (1989), the Fleming Award (1991), European Mycological Association outstanding achievement award (2015), the Marsh Award (2016) and the Frances Hoggan Medal (2018). She is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and of the Royal Society of Biology.

Geoffrey Gadd

Geoffrey Gadd is a geomicrobiologist and mycologist with over 30 years direct research experience of metal-mineral-microbe interactions in the contexts of environmental significance for metal mobility, and applications in metal biorecovery and recycling, bioremediation, mineral formation and/or dissolution. He holds the Boyd Baxter Chair of Biology and leads the Geomicrobiology Group in the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, and is a former Deputy Research Director, Head of the Division of Environmental and Applied Biology, and founding Head of the Division of Molecular Microbiology in the College of Life Sciences. He has published over 250 refereed papers, and many co-edited books, invited chapters and reviews, and contributed to 5 patents. He has delivered >120 invited lectures in >20 countries. He has made particularly notable contributions relating to fungal metal-mineral transformations, and the establishment of “geomycology” as a recognised research area. He is a former President of the British Mycological Society (BMS) (2004-7), and has served on several Society for General Microbiology (SGM) (now Microbiology Society) committees including being the former chair of the SGM Environmental Microbiology Group, and the first Chair of the SGM Eukaryotic Microbiology Group. He has received several research awards, including the 2004 Charles Thom Award, Society for Industrial Microbiology (USA) , 2009 Colworth Prize of the SGM, the 2012 Sir James Black Medal of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the Berkeley Award (1990) and the President’s Medal (2012) of the BMS. He was a visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Urumqi, China under the 1000-Talents programme (2014-6), and is elected Fellow of the Society for Biology, the Linnean Society, American Academy of Microbiology, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), the Learned Society of Wales and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and Member of the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM).

David Hawksworth

David Hawksworth  is a mycologist, applying knowledge of fungi (especially microfungi and lichens) to various aspects of applied and environmental sciences, including conservation, ecology, forensic science, medical mycology, palaeoecology, plant pathology, and pollution monitoring. For many years he was the Director of International Mycological Institute, He was visiting Professor for Geography and the Environment at the University of Southampton.He obtained many medals and awards – among others Bicentenary Medal, Linnean Society 1978; Acharius Medal, International Association for Lichenology 2002; Josef Adolf von Arx Award, Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, 2011; Ainsworth Medal, International Mycological Association 2014;. He is exelent taxonomist and recognized world authority on the diversity, systematics, and ecology of fungi, especially microfungi and lichens. He is particularly known for studies and surveys of fungal diversity, and the bioindication of air pollution. Other interests include the biodiversity and conservation and naming systems of all groups of organisms. Since 2007 he develops research in the field of forensic science. He was President of many scientific societies – among others of International Mycological Association and British Mycological Society.

Bogdan Jaroszewicz

Bogdan Jaroszewicz is a botanist. His research activities focus on plant-animal and recently plant-fungal interactions, especially in forest ecosystems. That covers inter alia: influence of large herbivores on vegetation, frugivory, zoochoric seed dispersal, pollination, ecology of soil seed banks, processes of trees decay etc. He is involved in problem how climate change influences range limits and distribution of species and how plant-animal interactions interplay in the process of plant migrations and resulting shifts in their range limits. For many years he was vice-director of Białowieża National Park. Currently he is head of Białowieża Geobotanical Station, University of Warsaw.

Annegret Kohler

Annegret Kohler is a researcher in the tree-microbe interactions department at INRA Grand-Est Nancy in France. Her research is focused on the biology of trees and the associated forest fungi and their role in forest ecosystems. She is particularly interested in mycorrhizal symbiosis and in characterizing the molecular mechanisms established during development and functioning of this mutualistic interaction, as well as to understand the evolution of symbiotic fungi from saprotrophic ancestors. During the last 10 years she was involved in many genomic projects and in particular in charge of the transcriptomic analyses within these projects. She published over 50 scientific papers related to transcriptomics, genomics and tree-microbe interactions.

Marc-André Selosse

Marc-André SELOSSE is professor at Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (Paris) and University of Gdansk (Department of Plant Taxonomy and Nature Conservation, Poland). His two teams’ researches focus on the ecology and evolution of mycorrhizas. His works track: First, the genetic structure of the populations of mycorrhizal fungi (mainly in the genera Laccaria, Lactarius and Tuber) to understand gene flow at various scales (including allopatric speciation), local adaptation and mating systems; Second, the assembly of communities of mycorrhizal fungi, from the local scale (eg. after disturbances or in the modern environmental changes) to larger or even global scales, where he analyze interactions networks linking plants and fungi; Third, mycorrhizal networks, i.e. the between-plants links created by fungi simultaneously colonizing two plants of same or different species. These links allow carbon flow between plants in some instance, and some plants use mycorrhizal network to get carbon from their fungi. They include achlorophyllous plants fully relying on this for their nutrition, but also some green forest plants also partially rely on this carbon source (mixotrophic plants). His models and empirical research cover temperate and tropical ecosystems. He also has a general interest for symbiosis and publishes opinion and review papers on the evolution of symbioses.