Dear colleagues,

As you are probably aware, the International Mycological Congress (IMC12), which was originally scheduled for July 2022 in Amsterdam, was postponed to 2024 due to the covid-19 pandemic. However, we are happy to announce that we have a new date and venue, namely 8–12 July 2024, in the MECC Conference Centre in Maastricht (in the south of the Netherlands). Maastricht is located in the heart of the Euregion, the area where the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium meet, home to four million people living in these three countries and where four different languages are spoken.

Because we wanted to retain the July timeslot, we had to relocate to another congress venue and city in the Netherlands. However, the MECC Conference Centre has the space to accommodate the exhibits and keynote lectures, as well as breakout rooms to facilitate all secondary meetings that usually get planned during an IMC congress. Furthermore, because of this new location, the mycological societies from nearby European countries will also be able to make a more significant input to the final programme. The MECC in Maastricht is also easily accessible by train via several major airports, or directly by plane to the Maastricht-Aachen Airport (10 kilometres from MECC Maastricht and only 15 minutes away by car, taxi or bus).

The Dutch Mycological Society, in collaboration with the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, is therefore pleased to invite you to attend the 12th International Mycological Congress in Maastricht. We are excited for the return of this incredible mycological experience to Europe, and to the Netherlands specifically.

In January 2023, there will be a call for Symposia, and Workshops. We will keep you posted!

The Scientific Themes have been established, and the chairs appointed. Each theme also has its own scientific committee.


General chair: Pedro Crous

Scientific Chair: Teun Boekhout