August 30-31 2017
Symposium Week 2017
CBS-KNAW, Utrecht Uithof.
€ 150.- (includes coffee/tea, lunches, cocktail party and fungal BBQ)
The most devastating disease of elms, “Dutch elm disease” was coined this name because most of the important discoveries were made by a team of Dutch women, led by Johanna Westerdijk, who was also the first director of the CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre, and the first female professor in the Netherlands, appointed at Utrecht University in 1917. This symposium is thus a celebration of her life and career, and her struggle to empower female mycologists. Speakers at this symposium are restricted to female mycologists, although males are encouraged to attend. The symposium consists of seven sessions, covering fungal applications, medical mycology, ecology, evolution, genomics, plant pathology and biodiversity. Each session consists of talks, with numerous leading female speakers from around the world presenting keynotes, and additional presentations selected from submitted abstracts.
Draft Programme Symposium leading Women in Fungal Biology
Wednesday 30 August 2017
09.30-10.00 Opening: José van Dijck (President - KNAW)
Session Applied and medical Mycology
10.00-10.30. Joan Bennett (USA): Advice to mycologists: wake up and smell the fungi.
10.30-11.00. Lene Lange, Peter Busk, Bo Pilgaard and Jens Frisvad (Denmark): Comparative studies of Rasamsonia extrolite profiles (metabolites and secreted enzymes of seven Rasamsonia spp), to elucidate correlation to taxonomy, substrate affinity, and physiology (thermophilic or mesophilic).
11.00-11.30. Isabelle Benoit-Gelber (Canada): What can your fungus do for you: from wild type to industrial strains.
11.30-12.00. Joanna Freeke (the Netherlands): From Johanna to Joanna, revolutions in microbial diagnostics.
12.00-12.30. Katja Sterfingler (Austria) The good, the bad and the ugly: stress response and ecological plasticity of black yeasts based on proteomics and transcriptomics.
Session Fungal Ecology
13.30-14.00. Lynne Boddy (UK): Fungus wars: basidiomycete battles in wood decay.
14.00-14.30. Linda Kohn (Canada): Life lessons on fungal speciation; how does it work?
14.30-15.00. Meredith Blackwell and Fernando E. Vega (USA): Lives within lives: hidden fungal biodiversity in insects and plants.
15.00-15.30. Nina Gunde-Cimerman (Slovenia): Black and white - Arctic black bloom fungi.
Session Fungal Biodiversity I
16.00-16.30. Meike Piepenbring (Germany): Let´s learn and teach about fungal diversity.
16.30-17.00. Jennifer Luangsa-ard (Thailand): Novel and interesting Ophiocordyceps spp. with superficial perithecia from Thailand.
17.00-17.30. Karen Hansen (Sweden): Evolutionary relationships and diversity in the Pezizomycetes.
17.30 Cocktail party
Thursday 31 August 2017
Session Fungal genomes
09.00-09.25. Brenda Wingfield ( S Africa): Why mating matters in mycology.
09.25-09.50. Eva Stukenbrock (Germany): Fungal plant pathogen evolution - new insights from genomes.
09.50-10.15. Jolantha Miadlikowska (UK): Evolution of lichen symbiosis from the perspective of Peltigera and its Nostoc partner.
10.15-10.45. Cofffee break
Session Fungal plant pathogens
10.45-11.10. Francine Govers (the Netherlands): Dissecting the biology and pathology of the Irish potato famine pathogen Phytophthora infestans.
11.10-11.35. Teena Burgess (Australia): The unfolding story of Teratosphaeria leaf blights in Australia.
11.35-12.00. Vivianne Vleeshouwer (the Netherlands): Exploiting pathogen effectors for disease resistance breeding in potato.
12.00-12.25. Regine Kahman (Germany): From Ustilago maydis mating types to secreted effectors and how they shape the interaction with the plant.
12.25-12.50. Joan Webber (UK): Dutch elm disease – the early years to the 21st century.
Session Fungal Biodiversity II
13.50-14.15. Heide Marie Daniel (Belgium): Yeasts in Belgian honey bee collected pollen.
14.15 -14.40. Josepa Gene (Spain): Spain, an interesting reservoir of hyphomycetes.
14.40 -15.05. Mary Catherine Aime (USA): Deconstructing the co-evolutionary complexity of the rust fungi and their hosts.
15.05 -15.30. Birgitte Andersen (Denmark): Indoor fungi: Who are they, where do they come from and what do they like?
15.30-15.55. Ulrike Damm (Germany): Colletotrichum diversity – hidden, forgotten and cryptic or well-known?
16.30: Official opening of Westerdijk Building, and fungal barbecue at Westerdijk Institute
Symposium Week 2017
Previous important and successful CBS Symposia had a great impact on the mycological community. The CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre has now started planning the 2017 Symposium week, consisting of three symposia, which will take place from Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September 2017. The week will kick off with the “2nd Symposium on Plant Biomass Conversion by Fungi” (28-29 August), a public symposium, “Fungi and Quality of Life” (evening 29 August), followed by the “Leading Women in Fungal Biology” (30-31 August), and a final symposium “Cryptic Speciation in Classifications” (1 September). The week will close with the opening of the new Building of the CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre in Utrecht, and a fungal barbeque.
Contributed papers are welcome, and they will be selected for either oral or poster presentations. A special volume of Studies in Mycology, based on invited papers from women first authors, will be published following the various presentations.