Academy & CBS-KNAW Symposium

Fungi & Global Challenges

13 April 2016 from 19:00 to 21:00 hrs
Trippenhuis Building, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
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We use fungi in daily life for many things: We eat them, drink them and take them as antibiotics and medicines. However, fungi also have a darker side: We know that they cause diseases in plants, man and animal. How significant are these fungal threats and how should we deal with them?

In this special Academy Symposium, David Denning and Sarah Gurr, two world-leading scientists outline the major threats we are facing and discuss how we might control them.

Aspergillus aculeatus - Collection Fungal Biodiversity Centre (CBS-KNAW)


  • Anne van Diepeningen, Researcher specialising in Fusarium and the Ecology of Clinical Fungi at the CBS Fungal Biodiversity Centre – Opening remarks and Introduction (Dutch)
  • David Denning, Professor of Infectious Diseases in Global Health at the Education and Research Centre of the University Hospital of South Manchester, United Kingdom – Hope on the Horizon for Reducing Death and Misery from Fungal Diseases
  • Sarah Gurr, Professor in Food Security at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom – Global Food Security: Food, Famine and Fungi

Target group

Anyone with a broad interest in science and biology is welcome. A scientific background is not necessary.

Language of communication

English and Dutch


Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre