Award Naresh Magan

International Society for Mycotoxicology (ISM) and British Mycological Society (BMS) have together established the Naresh Magan Lecture Award in honour of the late Professor Magan’s major contributions to the fields of fungal ecology, fungal physiology, plant pathology and mycotoxin research.

The award of up to 1250 Euros will support an early-career researcher to give an oral presentation at an international conference, on a topic in the fields of fungal ecology, fungal physiology, plant pathogens or mycotoxins.

Professor Naresh Magan (1953 – 2023) was a hugely productive scientist, authoring close to 400 scientific articles over his career and supervising more than 75 PhD and 100 MSc students. Since 1986, Naresh worked at Cranfield University, UK, specialising in applied microbiology. He participated in and contributed to many academic societies, including the British Society for Plant Pathology, the Society for General Microbiology and the Association of Applied Biologists. He was also particularly active in the British Mycological Society, serving on a range of the society’s special-interest committees, as BMS President from 2011–2012, and as a BMS council member (1989–1991 and 2000–2023). He also served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Applied Microbiology, Letters in Applied Microbiology, the World Mycotoxin Journal, the International Journal of Food Microbiology and Mycological Research. More about Naresh Magan

The inaugural Naresh Magan Lecture Award will be given for an oral presentation at the 12th International Mycological Congress, IMC12, in Maastricht, The Netherlands, August 11-15, 2024. Thereafter the award will be given annually for presentations at either the ISM or the BMS main scientific meeting, with the expectation that in 2025 the presentation will take place at the 15th World Mycotoxin Forum (location and dates still to be determined).
A call for applications will be disseminated by both societies. Applications will be assessed by a panel comprising representatives of the BMS and ISM governing bodies. The award will be made to an early-career researcher (up to 6 years post-doctorate) deemed to be presenting the most impactful research in the areas listed.

The International Society for Mycotoxicology was founded by a consortium of international experts in 2005 to increase scientific knowledge of mycotoxins and toxigenic fungi. Mycotoxin accumulation in foods and feeds represents a major threat to human and animal health with an estimated 60-80% of the world’s food crops affected. The Society brings together those working on mycotoxins from all areas of science through membership and networking, scientific meetings, symposia, discussions, technical courses and publications. The Society is registered as a non-profit association in accordance with the Italian law from which it derives all rights as a legal entity.

The British Mycological Society was founded 125 years ago to promote the scientific study of fungi and has since grown to be one of the major mycological societies in the world. The Society is committed to promoting cutting-edge scientific research, fungal conservation and species recording and the provision of educational resources. As a charity and membership body, the Society is open to all who are interested in supporting, promoting and studying the diverse and fascinating fungal kingdom.

How to apply for the 2024 award

Applications should be submitted by email to .
The following will be required:

  • Name, affiliation and contact details
  • Summary of recent employment history
  • Details of at least one publication in an SCI-indexed journal in the field of fungal ecology, fungal physiology, plant pathogens or mycotoxins.
  • A statement outlining why you wish to give this award lecture (up to 200 words)
  • Title and abstract, according to the conference guidelines (outlined below)
  • Statement of support from the supervisor/line manager (up to 200 words)

Title and abstract

  • Author and co-authors’ details.
  • Abstract title – limited to 25 words.
  • Abstract main text body – limited to 250 words. (No images, tables or references)
    • Background and aims
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Conclusions
  • The presenting author is required to ensure that any co-authors are aware of the content of the abstract and agree to its submission, before submitting the abstract.
  • All abstracts should be submitted and presented in clear UK English with accurate grammar and spelling of a quality suitable for publication. Please arrange for the review of your abstract by two colleagues who are native English speakers.
  • Use only standard abbreviations. Place special or unusual abbreviations in parentheses after the full word the first time it appears.


The deadline for applications is Wednesday 20th March 2024