Public evening “Fungal Catastrophes” by Webmaster Meetings 2020-03-16 14:09:35
April 21 2021 Public evening “Fungal Catastrophes”
Venue: Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie der Wetenschappen / Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, Tinbergen zaal, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Time : 18.30 – 21.30
Language : English
Price : Free access

2020 Westerdijk Spring Symposium: Rise of the Fungi Postponed

After much consideration, and because participants from many countries are now no longer allowed to participate in the meeting due to issues surrounding the spread of COVID-19, we are cancelling the “Rise of the Fungi” meeting (23-24 April 2020), as well as the Annual Meeting of the Executive Committee of the International Mycological Association (25 April) and The Public Engagement evening, “Fungal Catastrophes” (22 April, at the KNAW in Amsterdam).

Your registration fee will be refunded.   If you have booked hotel accommodation, please contact them directly. If we booked and reserved rooms on your behalf, we will cancel them. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reimburse you for travel expenses or travel cancellation. If you have any questions, please contact Karin Sinnema

We will postpone the current “Rise of the Fungi” meeting to April 2021 (22-23 April, Thursday/Friday), and will again schedule additional meetings in the April symposium week in 2021.

We apologise for the inconvenience this cancellation might cause, but hope that we can finally meet in 2021!

With best wishes

On behalf of the Westerdijk Institute
Pedro Crous

At the 50th International Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute is organizing a public evening about the emergence of novel and resistant fungi and its consequences for people and the environment. The public evening is the opening of the international scientific symposium "Rise of the Fungi". Three renowned scientists will talk about the emergence of new pathogenic fungi and resistance to antifungal agents. How should infections be fought in humans if fungi are resistant to the usual drugs? What are the prospects for developing new antifungal agents? Is there a solution to the global problem of the dying banana trees caused by mold? What impact does the introduction of fungi in new living environments have on the biodiversity of the amphibians present there? The lectures will be in English.

Publiekssymposium – Fungal catastrophes

Op woensdagavond 22 april, de 50e Internationale ‘Earth Day’, organiseert het Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute een publieksavond over de opkomst van resistente schimmels en de gevolgen daarvan voor mens en omgeving. De publieksavond vormt de opening van het internationaal wetenschappelijk symposium ‘Rise of the Fungi’. Drie gerenommeerde wetenschappers zullen er spreken over de opkomst van nieuwe ziekteverwekkende schimmels en de resistentie tegen antischimmelmiddelen. Hoe moeten infecties bij mensen worden bestreden als schimmels resistent zijn tegen de gangbare middelen? Wat zijn de vooruitzichten qua ontwikkeling van nieuwe antischimmelmiddelen? Is er een oplossing voor het wereldwijde probleem van bananenboomsterfte veroorzaakt door schimmel? Welke impact heeft de introductie van schimmels in nieuwe leefomgevingen op de biodiversiteit van de aldaar aanwezige amfibieën? De lezingen zullen in het Engels zijn.


  • 18.30 – 19.00: Registration & Coffee/Tea
  • 19.00 – 19.10: Opening
  • 19.10 – 19.40: Costing the Earth: Catastrophic losses of amphibian biodiversity caused by chytrid fungi (Prof. dr. Matthew Fisher , Imperial College, London, United Kingdom)
  • 19.40 – 20.10: Going bananas: the global fungal attack on bananas (Prof. dr. ir. Gert Kema, Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands)
  • 20.10 – 20.40: Unsolved: Public health challenges in fungal infections (Prof. dr. Cornelia Lass-Flörl, Medical University of Innsbrück, Innsbrück, Austria)
  • 20.40 – 21.30: Drinks and bites