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Keynote Speakers



Amsterdam, The Netherlands (12 November 2015) – The International Society for Mushroom Science (ISMS) announced today the first six keynote speakers for the 19th ISMS Annual Conference, which will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 29-June 3, 2016.


”The biggest week on the 2016 mushroom industry calendar will be Mushroom Week in Holland. The 19th ISMS Congress will combine with the 34th Mushroom Days from 29 May to 3 June. The Organizing Committee is well advanced in its planning to provide everyone in the mushroom industry with a smorgasbord of opportunities for the mushroom experience of a lifetime”, says Greg Seymour, President of ISMS. “From the scientific and marketing programs at the Congress to the technical and commercial innovation at the Mushroom Days, from the excitement and beauty of Amsterdam to the history and hospitality of den Bosch, Mushroom Week brings it all together into one global networking event that no one in the mushroom industry should miss”.


The keynote speakers at the 19th ISMS Annual Conference are:

Han Wösten Professor Han Wösten, Unversity of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Title: Use of mushroom forming fungi to create novel materials
Prof. Wösten will present a view on a complete different use of fungi: Composite materials based on mushroom mycelium as an alternative with cost-effective and esthetical properties.
Elies Lemkes Drs. Elies Lemkes – Straver, ZLTO (Southern Agriculture &Horticulture Organization), The Netherlands
Title: Farming for the Future
Drs. Elies Lemkes-Straver, also chairwoman of the division Market & Society of the governmental Top Sector Agri & Food, provides an insight into future farming linked to the cultivation of mushrooms.
Fred Brouns Professor Fred Brouns, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands
Title: Health aspects of mushrooms and mushroom bioactives
Prof. Brouns will review the state of the art potential for mushrooms as a source for healthy food and bioactive compounds found in mushrooms that can have a curing or disease preventing effect.
S. Chen Dr. S. Chen, Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope, Duarte, CA, USA
Title: Important lessons from a recent phase 1 clinical study of white button mushroom on biochemically recurrent prostate cancer
Prof. Chen will present the latest research of his group in using button mushrooms in a diet to prevent the return of a frequently occurring cancer in men: prostate cancer.
Willem de Vos Professor Willem de Vos, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Title: Microbes inside; lessons from the human gut flora
Prof. de Vos will introduce us in the fascinating world of microbes that live in all of us, the role they have in our health and potential for mushroom compounds in our gut.
Daniel Eastwood Professor Daniel Eastwood, Swansea University, Swansea, United Kingdom
Title: Evolution of wood degradation related to mushrooms
Prof. Eastwood will show how fungi long ago evolved into wood degrading organisms and how we (can) use this knowledge to cultivate edible mushrooms.
Gunter Pauli Profesor Gunter Pauli
The business of mushrooms beyond mushrooms. The economy, ecology and social impact of community based mushroom farming.

Plenary sessions will be held with topics such Substrate & Composting, Nutrition, Bioactive Compounds, Medicinal Aspects, and Genetics & Breeding. There will be separate sessions on Research & Innovations in the industry as well.