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The European Fungal Secondary Metabolism symposium held in Hanover on September 30th and October 1st was a ‘first’. ‘First’ mainly because the participants came from different disciplines: biologists, chemists and bioinformaticians from different European countries, institutes and universities are joining forces to study and exploit secondary metabolites produced by fungi. A place for these diverse expertises to meet was missing. This interdisciplinary symposium thus made the bridge between these communities with the objective to federate them and new collaborations have already been stimulated.

The symposium was a success, the outlines of new collaborations were taking shape during the meeting.
Speakers were not talking about their research in details, but they presented overviews of their activities. ‘Sometimes we miss certain expertise to fully address our research questions, a symposium like this lets you know where to find the missing knowledge’, Westerdijk Group Leader Jerôme Collemare states. He is one of the three organisers of the symposium, the other two being Prof. Soizic Prado from Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris and Prof. Russell Cox from Leibniz University of Hannover. The European fungal secondary metabolism community will now work on durable interactions and increase its visibility as its research has strong social impacts.

Organized with the help from the French Embassy in Berlin and the Institut Français in the Netherlands