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We warmly invite you to attend an Imperial Fungal Science Network Symposium hosted by Dr Emily Masters-Clark, Imperial College London, taking place on Wednesday 29th March 2023, 15:00 – 17:00 GMT at the Flowers Building/G47A, South Kensington Campus, Armstrong Road, London SW7 2AZ.

Early career researchers in fungal science – what now and what next?
This symposium aims to showcase the wealth of contributions to fungal science made by post-docs and early-career researchers. We will be hearing from ECRs across the network’s broad scope of fungal science, with a focus on interesting and alternative career options. 


15:00-15:20     Dr. Adriana Torres-Ballesteros (Rothamsted Research)
Fungal drivers of crop productivity identified with machine learning

15:20-15:40     Dr Tania Chancellor (The Crop Science Centre, University of Cambridge)
Multi-omic techniques for the investigation of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis in rice

15:40-16:00     Dr Razieh Rafieenia (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow, Department of Bioengineering, ICL)
Metabolic engineering of Yarrowia lipolytica for value-added chemicals production from lignocellulosic biomass

16:00-16:20     Dr Johanna Rhodes (Imperial College London and Radboudumc)
Fungi, Careers, and Beyond: Exploring the Exciting World of Mycology as an ECR

16:20-16:40     Dr Claire Stanley (Department of Bioengineering, ICL)
FUNGI-ON-A-CHIP: Discovering the secret life of soil microbes using bioengineering techniques

We strongly encourage in-person attendance to benefit from the networking afterwards.  We hope you will be able to join us at the Flowers Building for drinks to follow the talks

This is a hybrid event to ensure that our non-London Members/audience can join for the talks remotely  for online option – please request to

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