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Dear yeast researchers and friends,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the joint event – the 15th International Congress on Yeasts (ICY) and the 30th International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biologs (ICYGMB30) to be held online from August 23 to 27, 2021. The conference is intended to attract all yeast researchers in all fields.

ICY15 meets ICYGMB30 is organized by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna under the auspices of the International Commission on Yeasts and the ICYGMB Steering Committee. Founded in 1966, the International Commission on Yeasts promotes all aspects of yeast research and higher education, and it organizes annual specialized symposia and, every four years, the International Congress on Yeasts. Every second year since the 1960s, the International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology is held in Europe.

The symposia and workshops cover up to date research fields and are open for all yeast species. To make sure that the congress gives an overview of the latest developments in yeast research we will focus on keynote lectures, invited speakers and selected contributions of participants.

The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), the Alma Mater Viridis, perceives itself as a teaching and research center for renewable resources, which are necessary for human life. Connecting natural sciences, engineering, and economic sciences, we wish to increase knowledge of the ecologically and economically sustainable use of natural resources. Today BOKU is one of Austria’s leading centers in yeast research, spanning from fundamental research on yeast ecology to its application in food, feed and biopharmaceutical production, as well as the forefront of synthetic biology for renewable production of chemicals.

The congress will be opened on Monday, August 23, technical sessions will be held from Monday, August 23 to Friday August, 27.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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The International Commission on Yeasts (ICY) was founded in 1966 under the name International Commission on Yeasts and Yeast-like Microorganisms (ICYYLM), as a commission of the International Association of Microbiological Societies (IAMS), presently the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS). The present name of ICY was adopted in 1992 and it is now part of the IUMS Division of Mycology. ICY is represented by its members from more than 30 countries all over the world.

The aim of ICY is to promote interaction between scientists interested in research and teaching on yeasts. Therefore the commission organizes annual International Specialized Symposia on Yeasts and the International Congress on Yeasts (ICY) every four years.



ICY14 retrospective

Regarding ICY14, general topics were “Yeast for Global Happiness” that meant great contribution of yeast science and technology to the world in terms of food and beverage, health and medicine, energy and environment. About 440 yeasts researchers from 40 countries participated in this big event. Among them, 185 participants were involved in the oral presentation and about 255 participants communicated their yeast research via poster presentations during this five days congress.

The ICY14 event, chaired by Prof. Hiroshi Takagi who is also the current chairman of International Commission on Yeasts was successfully held and may bring big contributions to the future development of yeasts research and applications.