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Forum Alumni Auditorium, University of Exeter Streatham Campus, Exeter EX4 4XZ

Most fungi are harmless or even beneficial to humans, but some are deadly

There are far more fungi than plants. Most are harmless or positively useful to humans - all of them are aesthetically beautiful organisms. A very few species are extremely dangerous threats to human health, and these cause more deaths globally than malaria and approximately the same as HIV or TB. Why have you never heard that before?

Speaker biography

Professor Neil Gow is deputy vice-chancellor for research and impact and professor of microbiology at the University of Exeter. Professor Gow was appointed in September 2018. He has had a lifelong research investigating the fungi that cause life threatening human disease and trying to find ways to diagnose and treat these infections. He has acted as president of four international societies of mycology and microbiology and is a passionate advocate for his community of medical mycologists - a field in which Exeter are world leaders and have the largest number of researchers in the UK.

Booking and cost

Bookings for this talk will open on the 1st August. Ticket prices are as follows:
  • RSB members - free
  • Staff and students of Exeter University - free
  • Under 18s - free
  • General admission - £5
A refund can be given up to 24 hours before the event, by contacting Ellie Oakley at


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