At the 50th International Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute is organizing a public evening about the emergence of novel and resistant fungi and its consequences for people and the environment. The public evening is the opening of the international scientific symposium "Rise of the Fungi". Three renowned scientists will talk about the emergence of new pathogenic fungi and resistance to antifungal agents. How should infections be fought in humans if fungi are resistant to the usual drugs? What are the prospects for developing new antifungal agents? Is there a solution to the global problem of the dying banana trees caused by mold? What impact does the introduction of fungi in new living environments have on the biodiversity of the amphibians present there? The lectures will be in English.
18.30 – 19.00: Registration & Coffee/Tea
19.00 – 19.10: Opening
19.10 – 19.40: Costing the Earth: Catastrophic losses of amphibian biodiversity caused by chytrid fungi (Prof. Dr. Matthew Fisher, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom)
19.40 – 20.10: Going bananas: the global fungal attack on bananas (Prof. dr. ir. Gert Kema, Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands)
20.10 – 20.40: Unsolved: Public health challenges in fungal infections (Prof. dr. Cornelia Lass-Flörl, Medical University of Innsbrück, Innsbrück, Austria)
20.40 – 21.30: Drinks and bites