Dr. Tom Volk (front left) was an inspiration to generations of mycologists, author of Tom Volk’s Fungi, and a beloved member of the UW-La Crosse biology faculty (pictured).


A Symposium in Honor of the Mycological Life of Dr. Tom Volk 


We are currently welcoming submission of abstracts for presentations at the Synmycanthrosium  (“Together-fungus-people-place”) to be held at UW-La Crosse May 21–22, 2023. This symposium will honor Dr. Volk’s profound and enduring scientific impacts in the field of mycology and beyond. The symposium agenda is available here

  • Submissions should focus on work that was carried out in collaboration with Dr. Volk or that has been informed by his findings or example. This could include, for example, if Dr. Volk was a role model or inspiration to you.
  • Descriptions of work in progress, presentations of new results, and retrospectives of previous work are all welcome.
  • Poster presentations and short talks (15 min.) are available.
  • Student researchers whose studies have been inspired by Dr. Volk are especially encouraged to apply. 
  • Amateur mycologists who wish to disseminate their findings to a scientific audience are welcome to submit, either individually or as an organization. 
  • Abstracts should be no more than 300 words in length and should clearly articulate Dr. Volk’s influence on the work, be it intellectual, personal, direct, or indirect. 

Abstracts should be submitted online.  Detailed instructions for abstract submission are available at the submission site. 

The deadline for abstract submissions is 11:59 p.m. on April 14, 2023 (original deadline has been extended).  Applicants will be informed of the status of their abstract by April 24, 2023.  We expect to be able to accommodate all poster presentations; slots for oral presentations are limited and will be chosen on the basis of their articulated relationship to Dr. Volk’s work and with the goal of creating a thematically broad program.  Applicants who are not selected for a talk will be assigned a poster presentation. 

Please note that submitting an abstract does not automatically register you for the conference. You must register separately. Registration and travel information is available here. Note that there is a discount for registration by April 14, 2023. Opportunities for sponsors or exhibitors are forthcoming. 

Please email Dr. Alder Yu (ayu@uwlax.edu) with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in La Crosse!