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August 30-31 2017 Symposium Week 2017 Registration

Location: Utrecht University, Koningsbergergebouw, The Netherlands
Registration € 150.- (includes coffee/tea, lunches, and fungal BBQ)

Het Victor J. KoningsbergergebouwThe most devastating disease of elms, “Dutch elm disease” was coined this name because most of the important discoveries were made by a team of Dutch women, led by Johanna Westerdijk, who was also the first director of the CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre, and the first female professor in the Netherlands, appointed at Utrecht University in 1917. This symposium is thus a celebration of her life and career, and her struggle to empower female mycologists. Speakers at this symposium are restricted to female mycologists, although males are encouraged to attend. The symposium consists of seven sessions, covering fungal applications, medical mycology, ecology, evolution, genomics, plant pathology and biodiversity. Each session consists of talks, with numerous leading female speakers from around the world presenting keynotes, and additional presentations selected from submitted abstracts.

Draft Programme Symposium leading Women in Fungal Biology

Wednesday 30 August 2017

09.30-10.00 Opening: José van Dijck (President - KNAW)

Session Applied and medical Mycology
10.00-10.30. Joan Bennett (USA):  Advice to mycologists:  wake up and smell the fungi
10.30-11.00. Lene Lange, Peter Busk, Bo Pilgaard and Jens Frisvad (Denmark): Origin of fungal, plant biomass degrading enzymes: Comparative enzyme profile studies of zoosporic early lineage fungi
11.00-11.30. Isabelle Benoit-Gelber (Canada): What can your fungus do for you: from wild type to industrial strains.
11.30-12.00. Joanna Freeke (the Netherlands): From Johanna to Joanna, revolutions in microbial diagnostics.
12.00-12.30. Anne D. van Diepeningen (the Netherlands): Fusarium, the trans-kingdom pathogen.

12.30-13.30. Lunch

Session Fungal Ecology
13.30-14.00. Lynne Boddy (UK): Fungus wars: basidiomycete battles in wood decay.
14.00-14.30. Liesje Mommer (the Netherlands): Lost in diversity: the interplay between soil-borne fungi, biodiversity and plant productivity.
14.30-15.00. Meredith Blackwell and Fernando E. Vega (USA): Lives within lives: hidden fungal biodiversity in insects and plants.
15.00-15.30. Nina Gunde-Cimerman (Slovenia): Black and white - Arctic black bloom fungi.

15.30-16.00 break

Session Fungal Biodiversity I
16.00-16.30. Meike Piepenbring (Germany): Let´s learn and teach about fungal diversity.
16.30-17.00. Jennifer Luangsa-ard (Thailand): Novel and interesting Ophiocordyceps spp. with superficial perithecia from Thailand.
17.00-17.30. Karen Hansen (Sweden): Evolutionary relationships and diversity in the Pezizomycetes.

Thursday 31 August 2017

Session Fungal genomes
09.00-09.25. Brenda Wingfield ( S Africa): Why mating matters in mycology.
09.25-09.50. Eva Stukenbrock (Germany): Fungal plant pathogen evolution - new insights from genomes.
09.50-10.15. Jolantha Miadlikowska (UK): Evolution of lichen symbiosis from the perspective of Peltigera and its Nostoc partner.

10.15-10.45. Cofffee break

Session Fungal plant pathogens
10.45-11.10. Francine Govers (the Netherlands): Dissecting the biology and pathology of the Irish potato famine pathogen Phytophthora infestans.
11.10-11.35. Teena Burgess (Australia): The unfolding story of Teratosphaeria leaf blights in Australia.
11.35-12.00. Vivianne Vleeshouwers (the Netherlands): Exploiting pathogen effectors for disease resistance breeding in potato.
12.00-12.25. Regine Kahman (Germany): From Ustilago maydis mating types to secreted effectors and how they shape the interaction with the plant.
12.25-12.50. Joan Webber (UK):  Dutch elm disease – the early years to the 21st century.

12.50-13.50 Lunch

Session Fungal Biodiversity II
13.50-14.15. Heide Marie Daniel (Belgium): Yeasts in Belgian honey bee collected pollen.
14.15 -14.40. Josepa Gene (Spain): Spain, an interesting reservoir of hyphomycetes.
14.40 -15.05. Mary Catherine Aime (USA): Deconstructing the co-evolutionary complexity of the rust fungi and their hosts.
15.05 -15.30. Birgitte Andersen (Denmark):  Indoor fungi: Who are they, where do they come from and what do they like?
15.30-15.55. Ulrike Damm (Germany): Colletotrichum diversity – hidden, forgotten and cryptic or well-known?

16.30: Official opening of Westerdijk Building, and fungal barbecue at Westerdijk Institute