TALKS

ROGER PHILLIPS
Writer of the forager’s bible ‘Mushrooms’, world-leading mushroom specialist, BBC presenter, horticulturist, mycologist and photographer. He will shine a light on the wonderful kingdom of fungi. Learn about Roger’s fascinating journey in understanding fungi. 

DARREN SPRINGER
Keen mushroom grower, grass-roots researcher, Director of Ancient Future, Convenor of the Psychedelia Railway Gatherings and curator at Earth Tone Arts. He will explore psychedelic use in Pan African culture. Learn about psychedelic’s influence in creative arts, personal development and African-Caribbean spiritual systems.

LYNNE BODDY
Mycologist and professor of Microbial Ecology at Cardiff University. Her contributions to the field have been widely recognised across the U.K., she is a sought after education and outreach spokesperson for the world of fungi guest speaking on BBC, Chelsea Flower Show, Botanical Garden in Edinburgh and more. Learn why fungi are invaluable to our earth.

JOHNNY DRAIN
Cook with a PhD in materials science, co-editor of MOLD Magazine for which he spends a lot of time thinking about the future of food and global agriculture. He’s travelled the world using his understanding of science to help people make food more delicious, specialising in fermented food and dairy. Learn about fungi use in kitchens worldwide. 

MARTIN BIDARTONDO
Scientist at Imperial College and Kew Gardens who investigates the ecology and evolution of mycorrhizas. He will be speaking about these intriguing and widespread partnerships between fungi and plants. Learn about the evolution of early land plant-fungi symbiosis and ongoing change in forest fungi driven by pollution.

NINELA IVANOVA
Designer and innovator with a personal passion for craft, materials and fungi. She explores the potential use of mushrooms and bracket fungi for fabrics and furniture. Through multiple collaborations and meeting inspiring, talented and like-minded artists, designers and scientists, she was able to realise her vision for novel mycelium-based designs and products. Learn about fungi as material futures.

BRANDON QUITTEM
Bitcoiner, entrepreneur, amateur mycologist, writer and cryptocurrency consultant. He will be speaking about the ecological parallels between fungi and network technology such as bitcoin. Learn about decentralised systems.

ROSALIND WATTS
Clinical psychologist and Clinical Lead at the Centre for Psychedelic Research, Division of Brain Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London. She practised psychotherapy for 6 years before joining the research team. Learn about psilocybin’s therapeutic potential, with a particular focus on depression.

STEPHEN REID
Social entrepreneur, activist, speaker and founder of the Psychedelic Society, one of the global leading providers of legal psychedelic retreats. Learn about how the conscious use of psychedelic mushrooms can help create a regenerative society.

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