XVIII Congress of European Mycologists | Fungi in nature and culture
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Welcome Speech

Welcome Speech




16.09 From genome to function – Ekaterina Shelest

16.09 Taxonomy and systematics – Pedro Crous

17.09 Fungi in biotechnology – Katarzyna Turnau

17.09 Fungal interactions – Martin Bidartondo

18.09 Medical Mycology – Michaela Lackner

18.09 Fungal diversity – Kadri Runnel

19.09 Fungi in primaeval forests and other natural habitats – Anders Dahlberg

20.09 Hypogeous mycorrhizal fungi – Giovanni Pacioni

20.09 Global fungal red-listing – David Minter

21.09 Fungal conservation – Susana C. Gonçalves

Sessions leaders

Ekaterina Schelest

is haed of bioinformatics Unit in  German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research in Leipzig, Germany. Her main scientific interests include mechanisms of transcription regulation and methods for their modelling, evolution and adaptation of transcription regulation systems, epigenetic regulation, eukaryotic (fungal) secondary metabolism, gene clustering in eukaryotic genomes, comparative genomics and evolution of fungal protein families.

Michaela Lackner

Michaela Lackner is Assistant Professor at the Division of Hygiene and Medical Microbiology (HMM) at the Medical University of Innsbruck (MUI), Innsbruck. Austria. Since 2017, she heads the Mycological Research Group at the HMM. She completed her Master in natural sciences and her PhD with excellence at the University of Innsbruck (LFU) in 2007 and 2010, respectively. Since 2007, she has a strong interest in fungal pathogens, particularly in the development of novel diagnostic tools, taxonomy of fungal pathogens and in understanding antifungal resistance mechanisms. She is convenor of the ECMM-ISHAM working group on Pseudallescheria/Scedosporium infections and the ISHAM working group of ISHAM Working Group Nomenclature of Clinical Fungi. Lackner has authored more than 60 publications in peer reviewed articles and is involved in the training of medical and science graduates and undergraduates in Social Medicine, Hygiene and Medical Microbiology. In 2016 she completed her habilitation in Hygiene and Medical Microbiology at the MUI.

Anders Dahlberg

works as Professor at the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology; Division of Forest Pathology in University of Upsalla. He’s a fungal conservation expert at the Swedish Species Information Centre being in charge of fungal red-listing in Sweden, active in issues of international fungal conservation. His research interests include fungal population biology with its patterns, processes and genetics, fungal conservation biology, fungal community ecology with functional impacts on ecosystem processes.

Martin Bidartondo

works on the ecology and evolution of mycorrhizas, one of the dominant symbioses of terrestrial ecosystems.  The systems that he has studied include arbuscular, ectomycorrhizal, monotropoid and orchid mycorrhizas, and mycorrhiza-like associations of bryophytes. Following his ground-breaking research on the evolutionary ecology of the diverse plants that cheat mycorrhizal mutualisms, his team has investigated:  1) the mycorrhizal ecology of heathlands first revealing the mechanisms of tree invasions and then uncovering nutritional links among vascular plants, fungi and non-vascular plants, 2) the environmental drivers of forest mycorrhizas at large scales, revealing the impacts of nitrogen pollution across European forests in collaboration with ICP Forests, and 3) the ecology and evolution of their newly discovered, yet ancient and globally-widespread, symbioses between lineages of plants and fungi.

Giovanni Pacioni

is a Full Professor of Applied and Environmental Plant Biology at University of L’Aquila, Italy.  Since 1972  he has conducted research in the field of Biology of the higher fungi, first at the I.S.S. (Higher Institute for Health) of Rome, then at the University of L’Aquila, dedicating himself mostly to the mycorrhizal fungi. He has enjoyed two NATO semiannual scholarships at the INRA of Paris (the 1978-79) and University of Michigan (1983). He has been responsible for the research units of the National Council for Research grants engaged in the field of the mycorrhizal symbioses and their biotechnological applications.  He conceived and organized the CRAMF (Center Searches and Forest Application of the Mycorrhizae) of L’Aquila, funded by European grants. He is Author of patents for “Procedure for the production of truffle plants”, “An edible film made for preserving the vitality and characteristics of fresh truffles” and “Use of cold and pesticides for enhancing the mycorrhization of truffle plants”.  He’s been a F.A.O. consultant for the field “Mushrooms and No-Woody Forestry Products” 1987-1996, as well as referee of several international journals, proposal projects and university positions.  In 1992 he organized the International Conference on Truffles in L’Aquila. In the period 1975-2018 he has published, as author and co-author, 199 original full papers, including the truffle genome master paper on Nature (2010), and 30 between books, handbooks and review articles.

Plenary Speakers

Annegret Kohler

David Hawksworth

Geoffrey Gadd

Duur K. Aanen

Marc-André Sellose

Dominik Begerow

Bogdan Jaroszewicz

Open lecturer



Maria Ławrynowicz
Maria Lisiewska
Anna Bujakiewicz
Tomasz Majewski
All members of Honorary Comitee were involved in organization of Congress of European Mycologists in Warsaw 1966.


Martin Bidartondo
Pedro Crous
Anders Dahlberg
Susana C. Gonçalves
Michaela Lackner
David Minter
Giovanni Pacioni
Kadri Runnel
Dmitry Schigel
Ekaterina Shelest
Katarzyna Turnau


Magdalena Frąc
Dorota Hilszczańska
Izabela Kałucka
Julia Pawłowska
Aleksandra Rosa-Gruszecka
Sylwia Różalska
Małgorzata Ruszkiewicz-Michalska
Marta Wrzosek


David Minter
Susana C. Gonçalves
Izabela Kałucka


Wiesław Mułenko
Piotr Mleczko

Dates to remember




Registration closes


Deadline of abstracts submission


Registration page will open September 2018.

Abstracts Submission

Coming on September 2018.

Accommodation and location


The Warsaw Univeristy Library was founded in 1816.

The library housed mostly theological and historical books. In 1831 the library, which housed 134,000 volumes of books, stored in Kazimierzowski Palace. The collection was growing constantly, and a much needed new building was constructed in 1891-1894 at Krakowskie Przedmieście. During World War II part of the collection was damaged by fire.

The new library building (at Dobra street) opened on 15 December 1999 was design by architects Marek Budzyński and Zbigniew Badowski.

The distinct new building includes a botanical garden, located on the roof. The garden has an area of one hectare, and is one of the largest roof gardens in Europe. It is easily accessible for both the academia and the public. The main facade of the building side contains large blocks of classical texts in various scripts, including the Old Polish text of Jan KochanowskiClassical Greek text by Plato and Hebrew script from the Book of Ezekiel.

The library is the place of many spectacular events.


The Białowieża Forest is named after the Polish village of Białowieża (which means “White Tower” in Polish).

Białowieski National Park is one of the oldest nature reserves and last remaining primeval  forest in Europe. It covers the area of over 1500 km2. The park constitutes an area of mixed forests with an unusual abundance of diverse tree varieties which grow in their natural state, untouched by man, with many of the trees reaching heights seldom seen elsewhere in Europe.

Białowieża forest became home for several rare species of birds, hundreds of insects and thousands of mushrooms. It is also a home to the bison. The Bialowieski National Park has been recorded on the UNESCO list of World Biosphere Reserves and on the UNESCO list of World Heritage.

The most protected part of the park is a special conservation area with access to this area only in the company of a guide.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

The conference is co-financed in frame of task: Organization of XVIII Congress of European Mycologists – task financed under contract No. 964/P-DUN/2018 from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education dedicated to the dissemination of science.


Polskie Towarzystwo Mykologiczne



Uniwersytet Warszawski


Wydział Biologii

Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego

Wydział Biologii

i Ochrony Środowiska

Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego

Instytut Agrofizyki

im. Bohdana Dobrzańskiego

Polskiej Akademii Nauk

Instytut Badawczy Leśnictwa

European Mycological Association

Białowieski Park Narodowy


Polish Mycological Society

Al. Ujazdowskie 4

00-478 Warsaw, Poland

+48 22 552 67 27