Septemer 2019

Westerdijk Institute 2020 Spring Symposium
Public evening “Fungal Catastrophies
Rise of the Fungi
Course Fungal Biodiversity 2020
Atlas of Clinical Fungi

Westerdijk Institute 2020 Spring Symposium

Public evening "Fungal Catastrophies"

Venue: Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie der Wetenschappen / Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, Tinbergen zaal, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Time : 18.30 – 21.30
Language : English
Registration : Compulsary. Number of seats available : 175, Free access

Symposium "Rise of the Fungi"

Venue: KNAW (Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences), Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam.
Registration: € 250.- Registration includes coffee/tea breaks and lunches.
It also includes drinks following the Elevator poster pitches on 23 April


Thursday, 23 April
Session 1: Plant Health: fungi and climate change. Chair: Pedro Crous
Session 2: Fungi and food security: a rising global issue. Chair: Jos Houbraken
Session 3: Human health: fungi on the move. Chair: Ferry Hagen
Session 4: Taxa, from Linnaeus to Genomes. Chair: Vincent Robert

Friday, 24 April
Johanna Westerdijk & Josef von Arx Awards
Session 5: Fungal applications: metabolites and enzymes. Chair: Jérôme Collemare
Session 6: Fungal evolution and ecology. Chair: Teun Boekhout
Session 7:  Fungal genomes and taxonomy. Chair: Ronald de Vries
Session 8:  Nagoya and DSI. Chair: Gerard Verkley


Course Fungal Biodiversity 2020

Venue: Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Utrecht, Uppsalalaan 8, The Netherlands.
Price: € 1700,-


This yearly course has now been transformed into a 1-week course. The course provides a concise overview of the biodiversity of organisms representing the Kingdom Fungi. The course focuses on systematics and general ecology of fungi, as well as related topics such as soil mycology and diagnostics of plant pathogens. Both visual and molecular recognition methods will be discussed and practical hands-on experience will be gained in the morphological recognition and cultivation of fungi. The course is intended for (micro)biology students, PhD students, technicians and scientists/students who would like to obtain a fundamental understanding of fungi

Outline of the topics treated in this course:

  •  General Introduction 
  •  General methods: Aseptic working, media and incubation, microscopic examination of Fungi
  •  Introduction to the Fungal Kingdom with examples: Zygomycota, Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, deuteromycetes, yeasts
  •  Zygomycota (Mucoromycotina)
  •  Asexual morphs and conidiogenesis
  •  Ascomycota:
  • Eurotiomycetes: Aspergillus, Penicillium, Paecilomyces and sexual morphs with examples;
  • Sordariomycetes I: Chaetomium, Bartalinia, Pestalotiopsis, Colletotrichum, Gliomastix, Microascus/Scopulariopsis, Sordaria, Thielaviopsis;
  • Sordariomycetes  II: Neocosmospora/Fusarium, Cylindrocarpon, Cylindrocladium, Trichoderma.
  • Dothidiomycetes and selected genera of Leotiomycetes: Cladosporium, Septoria, Alternaria, Curvularia, Didymella, Epicoccum, Paraphaeosphaeria, Ascodesmis, Botrytis, Pezicula.
  •  Basidiomycota – an introduction with examples of species in culture
  •  Molecular methods for identification
  •  Yeasts: biology, phylogenies and polyphasic identification
  •  Polyphasic identification and other aspects of bioinformatics
  •  Clinical fungi diagnostics
  •  Fungi in our daily life 
  •  Tour through the CBS collection

Course leaders:
Prof Dr Pedro Crous and Dr Gerard Verkley.
Topical lectures will be presented by specialists from the Westerdijk Institute and invited speakers.

Language of instruction:
The course is given in the English language, but several other languages are spoken (Dutch, German).

Lunches and the Course book Laboratory Manual Series I: Fungal Biodiversity by Crous et al. are included in course fee. Accomodation and other meals are excluded.

The Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute invites applications for:

Postdoc in Antifungal drug discovery

full time (1.0 fte 38 hours)

A new and improved Atlas of Clinical Fungi

A new, completely revised, full-color version of the Atlas of Clinical Fungi, the world’s most famous handbook on fungi of medical and veterinary relevance, is now available online. The website’s database has several comfortable search options, using names, diseases or any other parameter as key words. Information can be found on You can subscribe to the Atlas as of today.

Pre-order your print-version

The Atlas was first published as a book in 2000. And now, 20 years later, the book will be printed again, and in full color. It contains about 3000 pages in 3 volumes, with more than 600 photo plates in full color, chapters on diagnostic methods, antifungals, recommended therapy, phylogeny, and explanatory chapters on major fungal groups. With over 7000 references, the book follows the current literature until today, covering all 675 species that have been proven to be able to cause infection in humans and other vertebrates since the beginning of medical mycology in 1840. All fungal names used in medical publications can be found. The book is a must for every diagnostic laboratory.

Please note that for the book pre-ordering is highly recommended. Your early order will be rewarded with 10% reduction on the list price (to be determined). The stock of the book will be limited!



Subscribe to the online version

We herewith invite you to use the new web-version of the Atlas of Clinical Fungi.  The Atlas is still in a test-phase as a database for online search, but you will notice enormous improvements with full-color plates of most of the fungi, extended nomenclature, notes on pathogenicity with a wealth of recent references, and new chapters on antifungal susceptibility and recommended treatment. The Atlas will be further improved with molecular and phylogenetic data; updates are automatic and at no costs. Alternative name search helps you find all fungi ever been reported to cause human infection.

Since we operate a novel system, your old login has been disabled. Your new login has been sent to you. If you haven’t received a new login please contact us

This year (2019) a one-year subscription is on offer for only €35,00.
We hope you will appreciate the new version, and we are looking forward to your feedback.

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