International Association for Lichenology

The Cabinet of Lichens

The Cabinet of Lichens

Organization: Silvana Munzi

All expert lichenologists have been beginners and have encountered similar difficulties when approaching lichens for the first time: how can I get a spore out of the ascus? How can I check in the field if the photobiont is a green alga? What is considered a good specimen? How to organize my herbarium?

This course, dedicated to beginners, was born thinking about the hours spent in the company of the many doubts raised by handling lichens, with focus on the practical difficulties of lichen identification and study.

The initiative includes webinars, Q&A sessions and the creation of a working group to better answer the needs of who is approaching lichens and plan the future activities.

Join us (virtually) in a friendly environment and bring your questions. We have been there, we can help.

Free but reserved to IAL members. To become a IAL member:

Register sending an email to Silvana Munzi (email hidden; JavaScript is required), you will receive the link to participate the day before the meeting. The webinars will be recorded and made available to members not able to attend on the day.

Pre-summer appointments:

28 Apr

18:00 CET

First steps in field lichenology: Recognition and collection techniques of lichens


Bibiana Moncada – Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Bogotá, Colombia; Botanischer Garten Berlin, Berlin, Germany

26 Mag

5:00 pm WEST

Microscopic and macroscopic characters: What to look at in lichen identification


Adriano Spielmann – Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

23 Jun

4:00 pm CET

10:00 am EDT

Thinking beyond the moment – a beginners guide to lichen collecting and collections


Holger Thüs (Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany) and Gothamie Weerakoon (Natural History Museum, London, UK)

21 July



Ask what you want (about lichens)

Q&A sessions with lichen experts adapted to different time zones:

Cecile Gueidan – 7 pm Canberra time – 8 am WEST – 9 am CET

Pat Wolseley & Holger Thus – 5 pm CET – 4 pm WEST – 12 am EDT

Gothamie Weerakoon & Adriano Spielmann – 2 pm EDT – 3 pm Brasilia time – 7 pm WEST


End-of-year appointments

7-8 Nov

8:00-11:00 am

Arizona time

A beginner’s course to managing records of lichenized fungi in the Consortium of Lichen Herbaria – managing specimen data, benefiting from taxonomic resources, and creating checklists

Frank Bungartz (School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, USA)

Registration required, register here.

24 Nov

4:30 pm (CET)

Lichens and Citizen Science

Deborah Isocrono (Università di Torino, Italy)

19 Dec

4:30 pm (CET)

Exploring lichen biodiversity data in ITALIC: the information system on Italian lichens and its interoperability with the R programming language 

Matteo Conti (Università di Trieste, Italy)

2024 activities

6 Mar

4 pm (WET)

Biological and ecological role of lichen secondary metabolites

Martin Bačkor (Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra)