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21st European Cortinarius Foray
21e Journées Européennes des Cortinaires      21. Europäische Cortinarien-Tagung
21 Giornate Europee del Cortinare


28 September -  4 October, 2003
Pribylina - Podbanské (northern Slovakia)

organized by
the Slovak Mycological Society
in co-operation with the association Journées Européennes des Cortinaires
supported by
the Institute of Botany and the Slovak National Museum – Natural History Museum




We have the pleasure to invite you to Slovakia and attend the 21st European Cortinarius Foray. Slovak Mycological Society is honored to organize the foray – the largest mycological event ever to be held in Slovakia.

Slovakia (Slovak republic) is a relatively small central European state (49 036 sq. km). The mountain range, covering a substantial part of the country, belongs to the Western-Carpathians with the highest peak Gerlachovský štít Mt. (2655 m). Three big lowlands cover southern part of the country: Záhorská (Borská) nížina in the west, Podunajská nížina in the south and Východoslovenská nížina in the east.

Almost 25% of the territory of Slovakia are under environmental protection. It includes 9 national parks, 14 protected landscape areas and more than 1000 natural reserves. Last edition of the Slovak red list includes 2915 taxa of plants (305 fungi) and the regulation 24/2002 protects 1345 of them (70 fungi, 18 lichens, 43 bryophytes and 1214 vascular plants).

The Slovak Mycological Society (a successor of the working group for conservation of fungi and Association of Slovak Mycologists) was founded in 1999. Members of the Society are involved in numerous research projects on taxonomy, biodiversity and conservation of fungi.

Looking forward to welcome you at Podbanské.


Pavel Lizoň

President of the Slovak Mycological Society




Sunday, 28 Sept.          8-22

arrival and registration of participants
opening ceremony and welcome lectures


Monday, 29 Sept.      8.30-14

study of collections
presentation of collections
lectures and presentations


Tuesday, 30 Sept.     8.30-14

study of collections
presentation of collections
lectures and presentations


Wednesday, 1 Oct.         8-16

study of collections
presentation of collections
lectures and presentations


Thursday, 2 Oct.        8.30-12

study of collections
JEC plenary session
presentation of collections
dinner and social


Friday, 3 Oct.            8.30-12

study of collections
presentation of collections
closing ceremony


Saturday, 4 Oct.             8-12

departure of participants

Registration and information desk will be open Sunday, Sept. 28 from 8 to 22, Monday – Saturday, Sept. 29 – Oct. 4 from 7.30 to 8.30 and from 14 to 19.



Location for the 21st European Cortinarius Foray is the village of Pribylina - Podbanské (940 m a. s. l.), northern Slovakia, situated on foots of the Západné Tatry (West Tatras) and Vysoké Tatry (High Tatras) Mountains. All indoor activities will be held in Grand hotel Permon.


How to get there

By car

from Wien and/or Praha via Bratislava


By train and bus and/or taxi


By air


Hotel Permon

Accommodation will be provided in comfortably arranged rooms with balconies (double-room, single room). Each room is equipped with TV set, radio, telephone and private facilities. Visitors can enjoy views of the beautiful Tatras Mountains.

Food will be served in the hotel restaurant with wide assortment of Slovak cuisine meals and house specialties. A day bar and coffee bar offer a varied assortment of drinks. Nightclub gives an exotic view of the hotel swimming pool.

Wide ranges of services in the Hotel Permon help our visitors relax and rest. The hotel 25-m swimming pool is one of most popular features. Therapeutic services include under-water massage, pearl bath, whirl pool, inhalation, sun bed, infra-red lamp, UV lamp, wax packs, diadynamic power, sauna, classical massage. (hotel is licensed as a private health facility). As a complement to the therapeutic services, an automatic bowling alley, fitness center and tennis courts are available, as well as sport equipment rental on-site.


Working on Collections

Hotel gymnasium will be transferred to a spacious workspace where the participants can study and display their collections, meet for discussions. The room will be equipped with tables and chairs and electric extension cables will make possible to plug-in and use participants’ microscopes and dryers.


Seminars and Lectures

Conference hall will be available for lectures and meetings every evening. It is equipped with slide-projector, overhead-projector, data-projector.




National Park Tatry (Tatranský národný park – TANAP)

The oldest national park in Slovakia was established in 1949 and with its area of 74 111 hectares covers the Slovak part of Western and High Tatras and whole Belianske Tatras. It preserves mainly rare and unique alpine and subalpine animal and plant species. Tatras’ are built by a granitoid massif and in western- and easternmost parts Mesozoic sediments, mostly limestone and dolomites, are present. Foothill forests and meadows grow on flysh bedrock.

Tatras are not only the highest mountains in Slovakia, reaching more than 2000 meters, but their nature is outstanding by its beauty and diversity as well. Higher in the mountains at the line where spruce forests meet creeping mountain pine groves Pinus cembra (native here) occurs.

Carpathian animals living in Tatras include deer, wild pig, as well as big predators as brown bear, wolf and lynx. Endemic species of mountain goat and marmot also live here but their populations are rapidly decreasing. The sky belongs to the golden eagle, raven and to the northern eagle owl at night.

Most interesting sites for mycologist are the dense mountain spruce forests, limestone subalpine and alpine meadows and mountain pine stands, peat bogs with pines, larch, birch and juniper, and old pastures at the foothills, outgrown by spruce forest.

National Park Nízke Tatry (Národný park Nízke Tatry – NAPANT)

Park, founded in 1978, occupies 72 842 ha and its protecting (buffer) zone 110 162 ha. Mixed forests with beech and fir and Norway spruce forests cover about 10% of the area. Dwarf-pine communities and sub-alpine meadows cover higher elevations above 1500 m a. s. l. The rest of the territory is covered by Norway spruce forests.

Their geology represents granitoid and metamorphosed rocks while limestone-dolomite complexes dominate in northern part. Wherever you look, you can see vast forests - light green beech forests at south and dark spruce woods at north. Valleys here are long and only here and there you can see a few houses and/or cottages.

Life conditions here are suitable for wild cat, lynx and the biggest of all – brown bear. Important bird species nesting here are honey buzzard, golden eagle and occasionally a rare peregrine falcon.

Whole area, except the highest peaks, is very rich in fungi and is one of the most popular areas for mushroom hunters. Limestone parts, either covered with beech-fir forests or old pastures outgrown by pines and junipers host the greatest diversity of fungal species.

Chočské vrchy Mts.

Mountain range is attached to the west-end of the National Park Tatry (Západné Tatry Mts.). Limestone and dolomites build there typical deep valleys and canyons and karst formations, such as towers, ridges and steep rocky slopes. Woods, mostly planted spruce forests, cover the whole area. Remnants of original beech-fir or relict pine groves were preserved on inaccessible places. The limestone basement hosts an extreme diversity of plant species, e.g. almost 40 species of orchids.

The animal kingdom is typical for Western Carpathian region, there are many kinds of birds, fish and predators like wolf, bear or even lynx also find there safe refuge.

Most interesting collecting sites for fungi are situated in the northern part of the mountains where the slopes are not so steep as in the south and are lined with colorful mosaic of meadows, pastures, springs, peat bogs and small woods.




High Tatras Mts. and Tatra National Park,,

Nízke Tatry Mts. and National Park Nízke Tatry,,

Region of Liptov

Liptovský Mikuláš - center of the region, county seat, (cca 30 km von Podbanské)

Štrbské Pleso - ski resort and climatic spa, the highest settlement in the country (1350 m),

Tatranská Lomnica - tourist center

Karst-Cave Važecká - National Nature Monument - village Važec (ca 40 km from Podbanské), (daily 10-14)

Museum of Liptov Village - village of Pribylina (ca 10 km from Podbanské), (open daily 9-16)

Wooden articulated Evangelic Lutheran church - village of Svätý Kríž, south to Liptovský Mikuláš (35 km from Podbanské). Built in 1693 in the village of Paludza, moved to its new place in Svätý Kríž in 1974-1982 (1150 m2, 43 m long, with 12 doors and 72 windows), (open daily 9-16.30)

Spišský hrad/Spiš Castle - the largest castle in the Central Europe (75 km from Podbanské)


14th Congress of European Mycologists (Sept. 22-27, 2003) in Ukraine will precede Cortinarius Foray.


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