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The 33rd International Specialised Symposium on Yeast (ISSY33), organised under the auspices of the International Commission on Yeasts, with support from the Microbiology Society, will take place at University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. The title of the meeting is ‘Exploring and Engineering Yeasts for Industrial Application’.

Yeasts are unicellular fungi used in many sectors of biotechnology to make products such as beverages, foods, pharmaceuticals and chemicals. This meeting will examine the basic physiology and metabolism of industrial yeast strains. The potential to further exploit the natural biodiversity of yeasts to create select or create new strains for applications will also be considered. New genetic tools and approaches have opened up new possibilities for reprogramming pathways to produce novel products in yeast and there will be a particular focus on yeast cell factories. 

Key topics:

  • Exploration of yeast biodiversity for industrially relevant traits
  • Hybrid genomes of industrial yeasts: analysis and engineering
  • Engineering novel (to yeast) product pathways
  • Cell factory product pitches
  • New tools for yeast genome engineering
  • New synthetic pathways in yeast
  • Analysing and engineering regulatory networks in yeast
  • Metabolomics and proteomics of industrial yeasts
  • Evolutionary approaches for yeast strain improvement

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Days to event:
90 days
Programme

Type

Session

Lecture View

Tuesday 27 June

Wednesday 28 June

Thursday 29 June

Abstracts

Abstract submission is now closed.

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by session chairs and scientific committee members and you will be informed of the outcome directly.  By submitting an abstract to this conference, you are indicating to the session organisers your commitment to attend the event.

Posters

Those who are presenting a poster must ensure the work is presented as below. We cannot accommodate incorrectly formatted posters during the conference.

  • Poster size: A0 size 841mm(w) x 1189mm(h) – your poster must not exceed these measurements.
  • Poster layout: MUST BE portrait orientation.
  • Posters will be displayed on poster baords measuring 0.9m(w) x 1.2m(h), one to a side.
  • Posters can ONLY be fixed by Velcro (provided at conference).
  • Your viewing time and details on setting up and taking down will be advised prior to the conference.

Oral presentations

In order to ensure your presentation runs smoothly, you are asked to comply with the following:

  • PowerPoint presentations should be provided to the IT support via a USB memory stick, in advance of the session and should be tested.
  • Presenters may use their own computer but should ensure that they bring any required adapters or cables.
  • Please adhere to the time limit and allow for Q&A following your talk.
Grants

Available grants

Eligible delegates may apply for support to attend this meeting. Four different grants are available – please see below for full details. Please contact grants@microbiologysociety.org with any queries.

Society Conference Grants

Eligible Full Concessionary and Postgraduate Student Members of the Microbiology Society may apply for the Society Conference Grant. The closing date for applications will be 22 March 2017. Please see the grant's page for further details

Travel Grants

Eligible Full, Full Concessionary and Postgraduate Student Members of the Microbiology Society who are ineligible for Society Conference Grants may apply to the 1 March deadline of Travel Grants. Please contact grants@microbiologysociety.org for further queries.

FEMS Bursaries

Members of a FEMS Member Society (not including the Microbiology Society) may apply for a FEMS Bursary. Bursaries worth £500 are available from the meeting organisers to support the attendance of early career scientists (PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) at ISSY33.

Bursary details
Recipients of the FEMS Bursary should use it to cover the cost of their registration including the conference dinner (£340). The remainder of the bursary should be used for travel and accommodation expenses. Individuals receiving grants will be reimbursed by bank transfer.

Eligibility criteria
Applicants should be a member of a FEMS Member Society (not including the Microbiology Society), and confirmation of this should be provided by an Officer of the Member Society. The applicant should be less than 36 years of age on 29 June 2017, an active microbiologist and a presenting author of an offered abstract.

Application process
Eligible applicants should submit an abstract for the meeting by the deadline of 6 March 2017. During the submission process, 'FEMS Bursaries' should be selected when asked if you would like to apply for a meeting grant. Selection will be based only on your submitted abstract. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application via email by 22 March 2017. Offers will be conditional on meeting attendance and proof of Member Society membership and age.

Administration of award
In order to receive the awarded funds, recipients should visit the conference registration desk at the meeting on 26 June 2017.

International Bursaries

Early career scientists (PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) who are ineligible to apply for support from FEMS or the Microbiology Society may apply for a bursary of £500. These bursaries have been made possible through the generous support of Singer Instruments, The Carl Singer Foundation and the International Commission for Yeasts.

Bursary details
Each bursary will cover the cost of registration including the conference dinner (£340). Recipients are expected to use the remaining funds for travel and accommodation expenses. Individuals receiving grants will be reimbursed by bank transfer after the meeting. 

Eligibility criteria
The applicant should be less than 36 years of age on 29 June 2017, an active microbiologist and a presenting author of an offered abstract.

Application process
Applicants should submit an abstract for the meeting by the deadline of 6 March 2017. During the submission process, ‘International Bursaries’ should be selected when asked if you would like to apply for a meeting grant. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the application via email by 22 March 2017. Offers will be conditional on proof of age.

Administration of award
In order to receive the awarded funds, recipients should visit the conference registration desk at the meeting on 26 June 2017.

Registration

Registration is now open.

Register now

What's included in your registration?
  • Admission to the scientific presentations
  • Full access to scientific poster sessions
  • Welcome drinks reception on the Monday evening
  • Lunch on Tuesday to Thursday
  • Day time refreshments on Tuesday to Thursday
  • Extensive networking opportunities
  • A delegate bag and conference material
  • A conference programme and abstracts book
  • Certificate of Attendance
Conference rates

Members of the Microbiology Society

  Early bird rate After 29 April 2017
Full Member including dinner £400 £450
Full Member without dinner £360 £410
Postgraduate & Undergraduate Student Member including dinner £280 £330
Postgraduate & Undergraduate Student Member without dinner £240 £290


Standard registration (non-members)

  Early bird rate After 29 April 2017
Non-member including dinner £460 £510
Non-member without dinner £420 £470
Student non-member with dinner* £340 £390
Student non-member without dinner* £300 £350

*In order to register with these rates, please complete and return the form below to conferences@microbiologysociety.org.

ISSY33 Student Registration Form

Conference dinner

The conference dinner will take place at The Grainstore, which is located on the grounds of the internationally recognised Ballymaloe Country House in East Cork. Delegates will be welcomed at an outdoor reception (weather permitting) in the beautiful gardens of this private, 300-acre estate. Afterwards, dinner will be served in The Grainstore, a recently converted 17th century farmyard building. Delegates will be brought by bus through the East Cork countryside to the venue, which is approximately 40 minutes from Cork city.

Cultural event

On Wednesday evening, Pulses of Tradition will provide a live performance celebrating traditional Irish music, dance and song. Their show brings the audience through a variety of dance forms, from tap dancing to set dancing, and features musical instruments such as the tin whistle, flute, fiddle accordian and bodhrán. It will also showcase traditional Irish Sean Nós and ballad singing. The event will take place in the city centre at 9pm, allowing plenty of time to eat dinner and explore the city beforehand.

Conference grants

Society Conference Grants are available to support eligible Microbiology Society members wishing to present at ISSY33. FEMS Meeting Grants and International Bursaries are also available for young scientists. Please see the 'Grants' tab for more information, or contact grants@microbiologysociety.org with any queries.

Registration confirmation

Upon registration you should receive an automated confirmation email. Please contact conferences@microbiologysociety.org if after 24 hours this has not been received.

Visa applications

If you need a letter of invitation for a visa application, we will be happy to supply this after we have received full payment.

To find out if you need a visa to visit Ireland, please visit the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Services website.

Please note that all conference delegates are responsible for their own travel and visa arrangements; the Microbiology Society and conference organisers will not take any responsibility for travel or visa problems.

Payment information

All registration fees must be paid in full BEFORE arrival at the conference. Any outstanding registration fees must be paid before admittance will be granted to the conference.

Cancellations

Refunds are not provided, however substitutions of attendees can be made at any time by contacting conferences@microbiologysociety.org.

Speakers

Confirmed speakers

  • Pascale Daran-Lapujade (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
  • Hisashi Hoshida (Yamaguchi University, Japan)
  • Simon Hubbard (University of Manchester, UK)
  • Diego Libkind (National University of Comahue, Argentina)
  • Ed Louis (University of Leicester, UK)
  • Steve Oliver (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Merja Penttilä (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland)
  • Dina Petranovic (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
  • Jack Pronk (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
  • Amparo Querol (Institute of Agrochemical and Food Technology, Spain)
  • Christina Smolke (Stanford University, USA)
  • Hiroshi Takagi (Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
  • Karin Voordeckers (University of Leuven, Belgium)
Venue and directions

The conference will be held at University College Cork.

Western Gateway Building
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

Directions

UCC is located in the western part of Cork city, 1km from the city centre. The main parts of UCC's campus are along Western Road and College Road.

By air

Cork International Aiport is located only 6km from the university and is easily reached by public bus or taxi. It operates direct flights to and from the following international destinations:

  • UK (Aer Lingus, Ryanair)
  • France (Aer Lingus, Ryanair)
  • Spain (Aer Lingus, Ryanair)
  • Italy (Ryanair)
  • Netherlands (Aer Lingus)
  • Poland (Ryanair)
  • Czech Republic (Czech Airlines)
  • Belgium (Aer Lingus)
  • Portugal (Ryanair)

There are bus connections to the city centre, provided by Bus Eireann (route No 226 to Cork Bus Station). A taxi journey from the airport directly to UCC will take 10–20 minutes and will cost about €12–18.

Dublin International Airport and Shannon Airport offer flights to and from many more destinations, including the USA. Dublin Airport is located three hours from Cork by train or bus, while Shannon Airport is two and a half hours' travel time by bus.

By car

If you are travelling using a sat nav, please use the GPS coordinates: 51.89371; -8.49929. This will take you directly to the Western Gateway Building.

Car parking facilities at UCC are limited, so when visiting UCC, please consider using public transport.

For more information, please visit the UCC website.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the registration rate for this meeting. Please see below for some local options.

Victoria Lodge campus accommodation (approximately 5 minute walk) – for bookings, contact beds@ucc.ie with 'ISSY33 Conference' in the subject line.

Garnish House (approximately 10 minute walk) – from €60 per night. Quote 'ISSY33 conference' when booking.

The River Lee Hotel (approximately 15 minute walk) – from €125 per night.

Lancaster Lodge (approximately 15 minute walk) – from €129 per night.