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Diversity is key to State of the World’s Fungi Symposium

As the full programme is announced for the first international State of the World’s Fungi Symposium, we look forward to a diverse set of talks and speakers.

While speakers at the forthcoming State of the World’s Fungi Symposium will be exploring our current understanding of fungal diversity, another area of diversity is worthy of note.

In boardrooms across the world, gender balance may seem many years away, but diversity among Kew’s scientific staff is having an impact across all our work. In 2015, Kew scientists analysed data on 15,604 international plant-naming scientists and reported that only 12 per cent were female. Fortunately, things are changing, at least at Kew. Earlier this year, we reported that 60 per cent of Kew’s scientific employees were female.

For this year’s State of the World’s Fungi report, five out of the ten chapter leads are women, including prominent Kew scientists Ester Gaya, Laura M-Suz and Tuula Niskanen. The report will highlight the biodiversity of fungi and the pressing questions that science and policy need to answer to provide solutions to many of the global challenges facing humanity today.

The State of the World’s Fungi Symposium which accompanies the launch of the report, also has an impressive gender ratio of 14 female speakers to 14 male. This international line-up also includes speakers from 12 different countries.
 
If you would like to join us for the first international State of The World’s Fungi Symposium on 13 & 14 September 2018, you can find information and booking details on the symposium event page