2022 AMS SYMPOSIUM

 

We’d love for you to join us at the 2022 Australasian Mycological Society Symposium on 25th November in Wellington, New Zealand at Victoria University.

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This year, AMS is joining with the New Zealand Microbiological Society and our symposium will be held as a satellite meeting after the main conference which runs at the same venue from 21-24 November. Now that international borders have opened, this is intended to be a fully in-person opportunity, without a hybrid or virtual offering. We want to see you there in the flesh!

 

Registration is open!

The registration options are for either the whole week (21-25th November) including the NZMS Conference “Microbes Rule”, or you can register for the Friday AMS Symposium alone. There are pricing options for AMS/NZMS members and non-members, and further discounts for students. Early Bird Rates end on 14th September.

 

Included in the registration cost is morning and afternoon tea and lunch on each day for which you register. There is also an optional field trip on Thursday afternoon (24 November) with NZMS delegates to the nearby Zealandia – the world’s first fully fenced urban ecosanctuary. You can also join us for an AMS dinner on the Friday night (25 November – details TBC) before heading home on Saturday or choosing to spend the weekend exploring more of New Zealand in her early summer glory.

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Wellington Harbour at night

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New Zealand kākā at Zealandia. Photo by B Steinrucken

2022 AMS Symposium Plenary Speaker: Dr Alison Pouliot

Our plenary speaker for the day is the incredible Dr Alison Pouliot. Dr Pouliot an ecologist and professional environmental photographer with a focus on fungi. Her work spans both northern and southern hemispheres ensuring two autumns and a double dose of fungi each year. Alison is actively involved in teaching, research and conservation, and has conducted over 700 forays and workshops in a dozen countries over the last two decades. Alison is author of The Allure of Fungi, co-author (with Tom May) of Wild Mushrooming, and her new book on fungi will be published in March 2023. www.alisonpouliot.com 

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Program of Speakers

Abstract submission for oral and poster presentations is open until 4th August! For oral presentations at the AMS Symposium, select the “AMS Mycology” Theme when prompted. Talks are 15 minutes each followed by questions.

 

Posters will be displayed on the Wednesday of the NZMS conference and AMS posters will be judged alongside the other NZMS poster submissions, but any submissions from AMS delegates will be displayed again at our Friday Symposium. This means that if you submit a poster, you’re still able to win a poster prize if you’re only able to attend the AMS Symposium and not the NZMS Conference too.

 

We welcome talks and posters on all areas of mycology, with speakers invited to share their work on human, animal or plant fungi, yeasts, and oomycetes. We know our members have expertise in diverse areas including fungal taxonomy and systematics, ecology, evolution, epidemiology, biochemistry, genetics, cell and molecular biology, biotechnology, conservation and biodiversity, physiology, plant pathology, molecular pathogenesis and medical mycology.

 

Students

We hope to motivate a large group of AMS students to join us this year so we have several incentives for you to attend! What better way to convince your supervisor?!

 

AMS is excited to offer two Student Travel Grants to AMS student members who register and submit abstracts for the AMS Symposium. These grants are worth AU$250.00 each with a big thanks to our generous donors Pamela and David Catcheside. Applicants must be registered AMS members (individual or lab membership) for 2022, with the awarded funds going towards travel expenses such as flights and accommodation. You can apply for the travel grant here.

 

As is traditional, we also have an additional AU$250.00 for the Dr Jack Warcup Memorial Prize to award the best student talk at the AMS Symposium (for students presenting on 25 November), which will be awarded at the closing ceremony.

 

All students planning to attend the NZMS conference (with or without the AMS Symposium) are also invited to take part in a 3-minute thesis style video competition. The top six contestants will be selected to give 15 minute talks in a dedicated session at the NZMS meeting (21-24 November). The prize for the best 15 minute presentation is funding for their attendance at the American Society for Microbiology Conference, in May or June 2023!! For more details on this opportunity, visit https://www.microbiologyconference.org.nz/students)

 

Want more?! NZMS is also hosting a dedicated Student Social Event and Networking Session on Tuesday 22 November with refreshments provided.

So, what are you waiting for?!

 

To Register and to Submit your abstract under the AMS Symposium Theme, visit the conference website where you will also find some accommodation options and more details on the program and plenary speakers:

 

https://www.microbiologyconference.org.nz/

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Wellington Harbour. Photo by B Steinrucken