State of the World's Plants and Fungi Virtual Symposium

Join international experts on 13 – 15 October 2020 to discuss actions for protecting and sustainably using the world’s plant and fungal biodiversity for the benefit of people and the planet.

Tree trunks surrounded by raging orange flames

Programme

Day 1: Tuesday 13 October 2020

Day 2: Wednesday 14 October 2020

Day 3: Thursday 15 October 2020

Meet our speakers and read their abstracts – Find out more about our speakers and their research.

Follow us on Twitter @KewScience for updates and join the conversation using #SOTWPF

About the symposium

In conjunction with the publication of a groundbreaking report, scientists, policymakers, businesses, NGOs, the public and media will come together online for the first international State of the World's symposium combining both plants and fungi. 

Plants and fungi are the building blocks of our planet, with the potential to solve urgent problems that threaten human life. These vital resources, however, are being compromised by biodiversity loss and now, more than ever, we need to explore the solutions that plants and fungi could provide.

In collaboration with international researchers, we have just published the very first State of the World’s report that combines both plants and fungi. The report takes a deep dive into how we currently use plants and fungi, what we are missing and what we risk losing. 

This online symposium brings together experts to discuss findings presented in the report and to motivate actions for protecting and sustainably using the world’s plant and fungal diversity. The outcomes of the discussions will be used to inform policies and research aimed at exploring and sharing knowledge and benefits associated with plants and fungi around the world. 

Sponsors

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

Tree trunks surrounded by raging orange flames

State of the World's Plants and Fungi

Providing assessments of our current knowledge of the diversity of plants and fungi on Earth, the global threats that they face, and the policies to safeguard them.

State of the World's Plants and Fungi

Your privacy

RBG Kew uses your personal data to provide you with access to the State of the World's Plants and Fungi Virtual Symposium. We will be processing your personal data to fulfil our legitimate interests, as described in Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR. To gain access to the Symposium you will be sent a link, via email, to Zoom. Your information will be shared with our data processor, PInnaca, who will be assisting us in facilitating the Symposium. We will keep your information for one month following the end of the Symposium and then dispose of it securely. If you have any concerns with how your information is being used, please email sotwpf@kew.org, or you can contact our Data Protection Officer on privacy@kew.org. Further information on your rights is available on our website, or on the Information Commissioner's Office website. For information on how Pinnaca uses your information, please visit their website. For information on how Zoom uses your information, please visit their website.