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State of the World's Fungi Symposium

Join scientists and policymakers for our first ever two-day symposium on the State of the World's Fungi. 13 &14 September 2018.

Event details

13 & 14 September 2018.

Jodrell Laboratory, Kew Gardens, Kew Road, Surrey TW9 3DS


**Last few tickets remaining**

The registration fee includes attendance, lunch and refreshments on both days, and a drinks reception during the poster session on 13 September.

Symposium ticket: £192 (including VAT) 

Symposium dinner (optional): £45 (including VAT)

**Book your place now**

About the Event

In conjunction with the publication of a cutting-edge annual report, scientists and policymakers will gather at Kew for the first international State of the World's Fungi Symposium.

Building on the success of our State of The World’s Plants project, the State of the World’s Fungi report provides a review of our current state of knowledge and the major issues affecting fungal diversity and abundance. Also featured are fungal-plant interactions, conservation and uses of fungi, and the fungal tree of life.

The two-day symposium brings together plant and fungal scientists, ecologists, conservationists and industry and policy experts from around the world, to discuss issues raised in the report.


The symposium will be based around seven topical questions, with each session comprising talks from invited experts followed by a panel Q&A to discuss the emerging issues:

  1. Conservation of fungi: what, why, where and how?
  2. Does all plant life depend on fungi?
  3. And have you forgotten the lichens?
  4. Do fungi provide a greater ecosystem service or disservice?
  5. Fungal networking – who benefits?
  6. Panning for gold in the mould: where do we find commercial value in fungi?
  7. Exploring the dark taxa: when does a molecular signature become a species?

Other highlights of the programme include:

  • Poster session and drinks reception – 13 September 2018
  • Symposium dinner (optional) – 13 September 2018

View the programme

Poster presentations and prizes

Abstract submissions are now closed.

All poster presentations will be accompanied by a one-minute oral presentation. Prizes will be awarded for the best student and early career researcher posters.

Posters must be printed in portrait orientation, no larger than A0 (841mm wide x 1189mm high). If your poster has more than one author, please underline the name of the presenting author e.g. Tanimoto, M., Smith, R.J. & Willis, K.

Posters will be open for viewing throughout the symposium. Please ensure that your poster is mounted by 12:30 on Thursday 13 September and taken down by 18:00 on Friday 14 September.

A designated poster session will take place from 18:00 to 19:20 on Thursday 13 September. If you are presenting, please ensure that you are by your poster at this time.
Poster categories:

  • Conservation of fungi 
  • Useful fungi
  • Newly discovered fungi 
  • Climate change and impact on fungal communities 
  • Fungal pathogens 
  • Positive fungal-plant interactions 
  • Fungal genomes 
  • China (country focus) 
  • Fungal tree of life
  • Definition and diversity 
  • Lichens
  • Ecosystem services 
  • Dark taxa 
  • Policy 

Symposium dinner

The symposium dinner on Thursday 13 September will be held in the Kew’s Orangery restaurant, a Grade I listed historic building designed by Sir William Chambers. Tickets for the dinner cost £45.


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The symposium will take place at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lectures will be held in the Lady Sainsbury Lecture Theatre, Jodrell Laboratory, Kew Road, Surrey TW9 3DS. To access the building, please enter the Gardens via the Jodrell Gate on Kew Road (approximately 300m from Victoria Gate).

Getting here


We strongly recommend that delegates book their accommodation as early as possible to secure availability and the best prices. Nearby accommodation is available at:

Travelodge London Kew Bridge Hotel (0.9 miles away)
Premier Inn London Kew Bridge Hotel (1.2 miles away)
Premier Inn London Brentford Hotel (1.7 miles away)
Other local bed and breakfast accommodation can be found at:

Please note, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew cannot accept any responsibility for the information on the above list or the standard of accommodation services provided.

Sponsors and exhibitors

If you are interested in advertising, sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities at the symposium, please contact

The staff and Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Kew Foundation would like to thank the Sfumato Foundation for generously funding the State of the World’s Plants and Fungi project.

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