Irish Fungal Society

Fungi represent one of the main branches of the evolutionary tree and constitute their own Kingdom. They are an integral component of the environment and contribute to nutrient cycling in a wide range of ecosystems. There are approximately 1.5 million species of fungi, many are microscopic, while the fruiting bodies of others are visible as mushrooms. Fungi, in the form of unicellular yeasts, are used in baking and brewing, while other fungal species are used to produce antibiotics and are used as food (e.g. mushrooms, truffles and blue cheese). Unfortunately, a small number of fungi also cause disease in humans and animals. These diseases range from superficial infections such as ringworm and thrush, to life-threatening diseases such as systemic candidiasis and invasive aspergillosis.

The purpose of the Irish Fungal Society is to promote research on all aspects of fungi in Ireland. This is currently achieved by providing a forum for researchers and clinicians with an interest in fungi to meet and discuss their ideas, research data and clinical experiences. The second aim of the society is to educate the medical and scientific communities on basic and applied fungal biology. These goals will be achieved primarily by organizing an Annual Scientific Meeting at which junior scientists and clinicians, as well as invited international and national experts in Mycology will present their research.

The IFS has been in existence since 2011 when it was established to promote the study of fungi in Ireland. The IFS holds an annual scientific meeting for researchers involved in the field of mycology to develop collaborations and advance our understanding of fungi for the betterment of Irish Society. The society incorporates a broad spectrum of interests including medical mycology (the study of fungi that cause human disease), fungal biotechnology (the use of fungi and their products in industry) and the use of fungi as model organisms to study biological processes.

A copy of the IFS constitution can be foundĀ here

2019 - Present: Prof. Kevin Kavanagh
2015 - 2019: Prof. Gary Moran
2011 - 2015: Prof. Tom Rogers

2022 - Present: Dr Edel Hyland
2017 - 2021: Dr Alida Talento
2014 - 2017: Dr Maria Tuohy
2011 - 2014: Prof. Derek Sullivan

2022 - Present: Dr Rebecca Owens
2017 - 2022: Dr Ozgur Bayram
2014 - 2017: Dr David Fitzpatrick
2011 - 2014: Prof. Sean Doyle