The Joint CanFunNet and Great Lakes Mycology Conference

About CanFunNet and the Great Lakes Mycology Meetings

The Canadian Fungal Research Network (CanFunNet) was established in 2019 to promote fungal research in Canada by facilitating dialogue among scientists working across diverse sub-disciplines and institutions. The first CanFunNet conference was held virtually in July 2020, with an audience of 310 participants from 89 institutions across Canada, and 63 presenters representing all career stages (see program here)

The Great Lakes Mycology Meetings, an annual conference of graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and other mycological researchers from Ontario and the surrounding region, were established in 1981 by Brent and Michele Heath and David Malloch. They provide an excellent forum for students to give their first conference talk and a great opportunity for researchers young and old to hear new work across the breadth of mycology.

This year, we are excited to bring these two meetings together for the first time to provide an accessible and thought-stimulating forum to showcase the diversity and excellence of Canadian mycological research. In doing so, this conference will also provide an exciting opportunity for international audiences to connect with and present alongside their Canadian colleagues. We will be using an interactive Zoom-based platform that will enable audience participation, discussion forums, and spontaneous networking events.

GLMM group photo

Great Lakes Mycology Meeting, 2019

Introducing our guest partner organization, the CPS-EOR

CanFunNet and the Great Lakes Mycology Meetings are further excited to announce that several concurrent sessions within the conference at large will be guest hosted by the Canadian Phytopathological Society – Eastern Ontario Region (CPS-EOR). In past years, the CPS-EOR has organized an annual in-person symposium, providing opportunities for communicating and exchanging research ideas on studies related to plant diseases, plant-associated micro-organisms and plant-pathogen interactions. Through the CPS-EOR, conference participants will have the option to publish their relevant Abstract in the Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. Please contact miaomindy.liu@canada.ca and James.Tambong@canada.ca for further information. Special formatting, a reviewing process, and an additional small fee will apply.

CPS-EOR group photo

CPS-EOR Meeting, 2019

Presentation awards

CanFunNet, the Great Lakes Mycology Meetings and the CPS-EOR are all committed to providing opportunities for students and postdocs to present their work, and to supporting research excellence among these trainees. Through the generous support of our community members and industry sponsors, we are happy to announce that all trainees presenting original research will have the opportunity to be evaluated by volunteer judges as part of a presentation competition. Awardees will be announced at the end of the conference.

GLMM award winners

Award winners at GLMM 2019

Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The organizers of the Joint Canadian Fungal Research Network (CanFunNet) and Great Lakes Mycology Conference seek to serve the professional interests of all participants. This mission requires the cultivation of a culture that welcomes and uplifts attendees. It is in the professional interests of all members to be recognized, feel respected and safe, and have opportunities to lead in our scientific community, irrespective of cultural background or identity.

It is incumbent upon the organizers and all participants in these meetings to demonstrate through leadership, statements, and actions that anyone can be a successful scientist. This can be achieved through consistent commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in our meetings and by providing supportive opportunities for participants to discuss barriers that prevent diversification.

The challenges we face are shared by other scientific disciplines and societies at large, but this does not justify inaction against these challenges. Often-unrecognized prejudices and privileges affect our professional trajectories, which are not only based on our value as scientists, but also our race and ethnicity, country of origin, sex, gender identity, religion, age, education level, socioeconomic status, marital status, parental status, physical ability, neurological differences, political affiliation and/or sexual orientation. To strengthen the field of mycology and support all mycologists, at every stage of their career, we strive to break down barriers to participation and to recognize the value of a variety of opinions, backgrounds and experiences to the broader community. We are more similar than we are different and, through adoption of this statement, pledge to respect all individuals without precondition.

This document is derived from the Mycological Society of America’s “Statement on Diversity” (https://msafungi.org/diversitystatement/).