The MSA Program At A Glance

A very exciting program has been developed for the 2017 meeting of the Mycological Society of America.

Two symposia are planned:

Fungal-Insect Symbioses - From Invasives to Biocontrol (Monday, July 17)
Planned speakers: Nicole Gerardo, Matt Kasson, Louella Castrillo, James Skelton, Chase Mayers, and Meredith Blackwell

Fungal-Plant Interactions: Exploring Translational Mycology in Agroecosystems (Tuesday, July 18)
Planned speakers: Posy Busby, Linda Kinkel, Anny Chung, Chris Dunlap, Don Natvig, Jason Wallace

New for 2017! A Contributed Symposium "Fungal Frontiers in Cell Biology, Development, and Genetics." Speakers will be selected from abstracts. 

Meeting Highlights: Presidential Address: Georgiana May will deliver her presidential talk entitled"Lucky: A Career in Mycology" (Monday July 17 8:30 am). Karling Lecture: We are also pleased to announce that  Dr. Regine Kahmann, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, will present the Karling Lecture entitled Core Effectors in Smut Fungi: An Amazing Treasure Box.

   2017 Karling Lecture: Dr. Regine Kahmann

Click here for a glance at the tentative schedule for MSA 2017.

There will be two program opportunities offered prior to the official start of the conference on Sunday, July 16th. These include 1) the MSA Foray to Unicoi State Park and 2) a Zygomycete Workshop on the campus of the University of Georgia. See below for more details.

To kick off MSA 2017, the Opening Reception will be held Sunday evening (July 16th) at The Foundry, a local historic site and music venue next door to The Classic Center and The Graduate Hotel. You can socialize and network with friends and colleagues both old and new, while enjoying local cuisine. Toward the end of the evening, you can get a glimpse into Athens, Georgia’s famed music scene with a performance by local Americana artists, Norma Rae.

Opening Reception at The Foundry

On Wednesday evening (July 19th), the MSA 2017 meeting will come to an end with the MSA Social and Auction, which will be held in the Athena Ballroom of the Classic Center. This event will include a banquet dinner featuring southern inspired cuisine, followed by the presentation of student awards. The evening will wrap up with the MSA Auction, which is a fun and lively event consisting of both a silent and live auction of mycological-themed books, photos, clothing, artwork, and more to raise funds for faculty and student awards.

We look forward to seeing you there!

MSA Foray

The 2017 MSA Foray will take part at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Georgia, which is in the beautiful Appalachians and about a 75 minute drive from Athens. Attendees will walk a 3-mile trail (one-way and downhill) to the Bavarian alpine village of Helen. ( and (


There is a $35 per person fee to participate, which covers the bus transportation, a box lunch, and lots of bottled water (because it is normally quite warm in Georgia in mid-July). The bus will load at the Classic Center at 8 am and will return around 3 pm. The MSA Foray has a limit of 100 participants. 

Zygomycete Workshop

There will also be an opportunity to participate in an all-day Zygomycete Workshop prior to the official start of the MSA Conference on Saturday, July 15th. The Zygomycete Workshop will begin at 9 am in the Miller Plant Science Building, Room 2108, on the University of Georgia campus, and should conclude by 5 pm. The workshop will demonstrate laboratory techniques for observation and isolation of fungi from Mucoromycota and Zoopagomycota in teaching and research. A handbook will be provided. There is a $15 charge to participate in this workshop, to defray the cost of the box lunch and meeting expenses.

One more event is happening prior during the meeting.....

STEM Educational Module Development Workshop: Fungal Biology and Biodiversity
.  It will occur July 14-18, 2017, in rooms 2104 and 2108 of the Miller Plant Science Building, on the campus of the University of Georgia. There is more information on this event at the bottom of this page (***).  

Meetings and Socials

Saturday, July 15

9:00 – 5:00 pm  Council Meeting

Sunday, July 16

       5:00 – 6:00 pm  Student Section Board Meeting
       6:00 – 9:00 pm  Opening Reception

Monday, July 17

7:00 – 9:00 pm  Volunteer’s Social

7:00 – 9:00 pm  Mycologia Editorial Board Meeting

Tuesday, July 18
7:30 – 9:30 pm  UGA Alumni Social
        7:30 - 9:30 pm   Student Social

Wednesday, July 19

8:00 – 9:00 am  Business Meeting and Distinctions Award

5:30 – 9:00 pm  MSA Social and Auction

*** STEM Educational Module Development Workshop: Fungal Biology and Biodiversity, 2104 and 2108 Miller Plant Science Building, University of Georgia, Athens Main Campus.

Pre-service, middle and high school biology/environmental science teachers will participate in a 5-day National Science Foundation and Mycological Society of America (MSA) sponsored workshop. The workshop is based on the premise that teachers have limited time in their classroom lesson plans to discuss fungi as isolated taxonomic units. Upon completion of the workshop, teachers will have increased knowledge of fungi and educational resources for developing inquiry and experiential learning-based assignments in science curricula that use fungi to illustrate key fundamental concepts in core scientific disciplines. During the workshop, teachers will interact with a diverse group of MSA members, including William H. Weston Award recipients, graduate students and post-docs that have volunteered to serve as instructors and mentors. Teachers will also be provided with an opportunity for informal science inquiry through participating in the foray, laboratory activities, opening reception and social, and scientific sessions. Although the workshop is limited to selected teachers, members of the society are welcome to stop by for a visit to share the experience or lend a helping hand.