09:00–10:00 Registration and refreshments
10:00–10:30 Welcome and introduction
Professor Kathy Willis – Director of Science, RBG Kew, UK
Session 1: Conservation of fungi: what, why, where and how?
10:30–10:50 Dr Anders Dahlberg – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Fungal conservation in practice – 40 years' experiences from the Nordic countries
10:50–11:10 Dr Gregory Mueller – Chicago Botanic Garden, USA
Global red listing: assessing, communicating, taking action
11:10–11:30 Ms Giuliana Furci – The Fungi Foundation, Chile
Public policies for the conservation of fungi: how?
11:30–11:50 Dr Beatrice Senn-Irlet – Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Switzerland
How to reach the goal? Fungal conservation in action - a workshop report from Europe
11:50–12:10 Q&A panel discussion
Session 2: Does all plant life depend on fungi?
13:10–13:30 Dr Francis Martin – INRA, France
The evolution of modes of nutrition in forest fungi – from wood decay to symbiosis
13:30–13:50 Dr Mary Berbee – University of British Columbia, Canada
Fungi as saprotrophs, pathogens and mutualists with the algal ancestors of land plants
13:50–14:10 Dr Martin Bidartondo – Imperial College London & Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Fungi and plants working together: from the conquest of land to the future of our forests
14:10–14:30 Professor Lynne Boddy – Cardiff University, UK
Garbage disposal agents of the natural world: the role of fungi in decomposition and nutrient cycling
14:30–14:50 Q&A panel discussion
14:50–15:20 Refreshment break
Session 3: And have you forgotten the lichens?
15:20–15:40 Dr Thorsten Lumbsch – The Field Museum, USA
Diversity of lichens: cryptic diversity and poorly known tropics in fungal and photosynthetic partners
15:40–16:00 Dr Johan Asplund – Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
How lichens impact on terrestrial community and ecosystem properties
16:00–16:20 Dr Christopher Ellis – Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK
The lichen symbiosis as a microcosm of climate change biodiversity risk
16:20–16:40 Dr Ester Gaya – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
The chemicals that shape lichen diversity: secondary metabolites and their role in lichen evolution
16:40–17:00 Q&A panel discussion
17:00–18:00 One-minute poster presentations
18:00–19:20 Drinks reception and poster session
19:30–22:30 Symposium dinner (optional, pre-booking required)
Session 4: Do fungi provide a greater ecosystem service or disservice?
09:00–09:20 Dr Christopher Fernandez – University of Minnesota, USA
Mycorrhizal fungi and carbon sequestration in soils
09:20–09:40 Dr Rusty Rodriguez – Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies & University of Washington, USA
Plant adaptation to abiotic stress via a symbiotic communication with fungal endophytes
09:40–10:00 Dr Diane G.O. Saunders - John Innes Centre, UK
Fungi in agriculture: managing master manipulators
10:00–10:20 Dr Romina Gazis – University of Florida, USA
Tropical agriculture: a never-ending battle against fungal pathogens
10:20–10:40 Q&A panel discussion
10:40–11:10 Refreshment break
Session 5: Fungal networking – who benefits?
11:10–11:30 Professor Toby Kiers – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Tracking trade across fungal networks
11:30–11:50 Dr Laura M. Suz – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Host specificity and drivers of change of ectomycorrhizal fungi
11:50–12:10 Professor Marcel van der Heijden – Agroscope, Switzerland
Networks of power and influence: mycorrhizal fungal networks drive ecosystem functioning in natural and agricultural systems
12:10–12:30 Professor Paola Bonfante – University of Torino, Italy
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: a network of inter-kingdom interactions
12:30–12:50 Q&A panel discussion
12:50–13:00 Group photo
Session 6: Panning for gold in the mould: where do we find commercial value in fungi?
14:00–14:20 Christine Fischer – Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia (CTFC), Spain
Digging for black diamonds: economic and environmental benefits for promoting truffles
14:20–14:40 Dr Mikako Sasa – Novozymes A/S, Denmark
The importance of natural diversity in screening for industrial enzymes
14:40–15:00 Philip Ross – MycoWorks, USA
15:00–15:20 Dr Tom Prescott – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Understanding how fungal and plant metabolites act: can yeast give us the answers more quickly
15:20–15:40 Q&A panel discussion
15:40–16:10 Refreshment break
Session 7: Exploring the dark taxa: when does a molecular signature become a species?
16.10-16.30 Professor David Hibbett - Clark University, USA
Who gets to name fungi?
16.30- 16.50 Professor Tim James - University of Michigan, USA
Can single cell genomics bring dark fungal taxa to light?
16:50–17:10 Dr Tuula Niskanen – Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
Future bottlenecks in discovering and describing the dark taxa
17:10–17:30 Professor Catherine Aime – Purdue University, USA
Calibrating sequences to species: a specimen based approach for illiminating fungal dark taxa
17:30–17:50 Q&A panel discussion
17:50–18:00 Poster awards and closing remarks