With Keynote Speaker:
Giuliana Furci, Fundacion Fungi de Chile
Since 1999 Giuliana has dedicated her life to obtaining justice for the fungi in all aspects possible. In 2012, she founded The Fungi Foundation (www.ffungi.org), through which she has focused on the conservation of fungi, sustainable collection of edible wild mushrooms, education, mycological explorations, the curatorship of the FFCL Fungarium, and the creation of national and international mycological capacity. Her achievements have led her to work and partner with important international institutions such as the Farlow Herbarium of Harvard University, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and the Telluride Mushroom Festival, among others. Thanks to the fundamental role of Giuliana, Chile is the only country in the world that has included fungi in its environmental legislation at the highest legislative level, thus creating dozens of jobs for mycologists and giving the initial kick-off to the creation of formal financing lines for mycology in Chile. In 2007 she published "Fungi Austral", and later in 2013 "Field Guide Fungi of Chile vol. 1" whose second edition was published in 2016, and in 2018 “Field Guide Fungi of Chile vol. 2 was published. She has collaborated in numerous books and publications on mushrooms across the globe. Giuliana received the Telluride Mushroom Festival Salzman Award 2018 for her contribution to the Festival.