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1 July–31 August 2022 PNTEC 2022 | Pathogens and Natural Toxins e-Conference


This conference innovatively brings On-Demand content to science, and makes it Open-Access to anyone in the world. It will uniquely award prizes to the best presentations, with the public engagement during a two month period (number of views and scoring) selecting the presentations short-listed for assessment by the scientific committee. All presentations will be pre-recorded, and will be immediately accessible 1 July, 2022, rather than drip-fed to the public in sessions. Then talks are viewed and scored by the public for two months to generate the short list from which the winners will be selected. 60 cash prizes in total will be awarded. 30 for the student category, 30 for the early career category. With both categories having an additional grand prize in the form of a fee-waiver to the journal Toxins.

Long gone are the days when scientists were expected to present their work solely for specialist ‘ivory tower’ audiences. The dawning realization is that science can and should be communicated as widely as possible, and in a way that is accessible to both colleagues and lay public alike. The value of presenting technical work clearly and in an enjoyable way, has resulted in something like a paradigm shift in science communication. The widespread success of breaking down of barriers between scientists and non-scientists attests to the power of such initiatives to engage people with the world around them. In short, ensuring science communication is open and accessible sparks interest and curiosity in the population at large, and the greater clarity that results will also generate cutting edge insights in colleagues. This form of inaugural conference aims to bring both worlds together, scientific experts and the greater population, and anyone and everyone that has some interest in science, in order to generate knowledge and feed curiosity.

To-date, scientific conferences have typically retained a ‘scientists-only’ assumption and this implied resistance to truly open science represents one of the more persistent barriers to break down. The inaugural Pathogens and Natural Toxins e-Conference (PNTeC) will be held in 2022. PNTeC is an Open Access conference that aims to do for the scientific conference world what The Selfish Gene (Richard Dawkins) and A Brief History of Time (Stephen Hawking) did for popular science writing. As such, toxinologists from all career levels are encouraged to present their work in an accessible format for a broader global audience that caters for all levels of scientific understanding and knowledge. All presentations will be pre-recorded, allowing participants to make them as elaborate or intricately edited as they wish – any approach is welcome, from simple recorded presentations to full-blown DIY documentaries. Prizes will be awarded for the best presentations within each section; one set for students, another set for early career researchers (defined as up to 10 years experience post-PhD to allow for career interruptions including maternity leave, illness, or COVID lockdown disruptions).

All talks will be freely available to anyone anywhere in the world, from the date of the conference until the collapse of civilization (or the internet, which is the same thing really). This ‘science on demand’ approach will eliminate the headache caused by international time-zones more effectively than a novel spider venom-derived painkiller. It will allow an unparalleled level of public engagement and unprecedented amount of exposure for toxinological research. We invite you to make like a toxin and leave the body of the organism that produced you (the academy!) in order to effect change in the bodies and minds of your conspecifics around the globe.

The conference will include presentations on the latest scientific discoveries concerning all aspects of pathogens and natural toxins, whether affecting humans, livestock, pets, or wildlife. Topics will span all things toxinological, from viruses and pathogenic bacteria to poisonous and venomous plants and animals. It will include investigations into basic science and methodologies, the evolution of pathogenic organisms and toxins, toxin structure-function, mechanisms of action, and therapeutic discoveries that both use toxins (i.e., biodiscovery) and combat them (e.g., antivenoms; vaccines; etc.).

PNTEC 2022 will be divided into sections, with presentations on any relevant aspect including:
- Evolution of pathogenic or toxic organisms
- Toxin-synthesis and evolution of venom delivery systems
- Toxin molecular evolution
- Toxin biochemistry and pharmacology
- Clinical effects and treatment options including antivenoms and antitoxins

18–20 July 2022 3rd Ibero-American Congress on Cyanotoxins

Ponta Delgada, Portugal

The University of the Azores, Ponta Delgada, will host the Iberian Congress on Cyanotoxins and the 3rd Ibero-American Congress on Cyanotoxins from the 18th to the 20th of July 2022. Participants will be able to present their research and learn of the latest studies on cyanobacteria and their toxins in the beautiful setting of the Azores, the youngest and most remote territory in the European Union. The congress will include keynote speakers, oral sessions, panel presentations and social events. The main research areas to be addressed in this congress are:

  • New cyanotoxins and detection methodologies;
  • Toxicology of cyanotoxins and other metabolites;
  • Monitoring, mitigation and removal of cHABs and cyanotoxins;
  • Cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins in the context of climate change;
  • Biotechnological applications of cyanotoxins and other metabolites;
  • Impact of culture collections on the study of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins.

4–7 September 2022 3rd African Society of Mycotoxicology Joint MYTOX-SOUTH Conference 2022

Stellenbosch, South Africa

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 3rd African Symposium on Mycotoxicology, which has been jointly organised in partnership with the African Society of Mycotoxicoloy (ASM) and with MYTOX-SOUTH®. The in-person conference will take place from 04 to 07 September 2022 and will be set against the beautiful backdrop of Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Participation is limited and is in line with prevailing COVID-19 regulations. Please ensure that you register early to avoid disappointment. Online registrations are open, and abstracts can be submitted. Visit the conference website at for more information.

Thank you to our current sponsors R-biopharm (platinum), Microsep (gold), and Fermentek (silver). Prospective sponsors are encouraged to look at the opportunities that are available on the conference website.

5–8 March 2023 16th European Conference on Fungal Genetics

Innsbruck, Austria

We are happy to announce the 16th European Conference on Fungal Genetics (ECFG16) that will take place in Innsbruck, Austria from 5 to 8 March 2023.

With the last ECFG conference having been held in Rome in the year 2020, it is too long since we last had a face-to-face fungal meeting in Europe. It is therefore high time to meet in person again and engage in scientific exchange and discussions.

Thus, we will now be resuming the long tradition of the ECFG conference series that is committed to bringing together scientists working in the field of fungal genetics and biology. The conference will provide an excellent opportunity to present and discuss progress and the latest advances in the field with your colleagues and leading experts in three plenary and twelve parallel sessions, as well as in several satellite meetings that will complement the ECFG16 conference program.

Our venue, Congress Innsbruck, is ideally located next to Innsbruck’s Old Town with its numerous historical sights and lots of restaurants and bars. We invite you to present your exciting results while also enjoying the alpine-urban flair of Innsbruck, a city often called “the capital of the Alps”.

We very much look forward to meeting you in Innsbruck in March 2023!
Susanne Zeilinger and Hubertus Haas (Conference chairs)

Characteristics and Goals of ECFG16:

  • ECFG16 is the largest European conference focusing on fungal genetics and biology
  • ECFG16, with 3 plenary and 12 parallel sessions as well as several satellite meetings, will showcase recent advances in fungal biology and genetics
  • ECFG16 provides a platform for people interested in fungal genetics from both academia and industry and fosters scientific discussions and co-operation
  • ECFG16 brings together young scientists and experienced researchers from all over the world
  • The ECFG conference series has a tradition of more than 30 years

Why join:

  • A major European conference on fungal genetics attracting hundreds of young and experienced researchers from around the world
  • A platform to showcase your products and get global visibility
  • An opportunity for company representatives to connect with conference delegates
  • Unique environment in the middle of the Alps
  • Located in the middle of Europe with easy access by plane, train, and car

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