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Issy 32

Yeasts Biodiversity and Biotechnology in the Twenty-First Century

Perugia (Italy), September 13/17, 2015



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Yeasts can be defined as those fungi whose asexual growth predominantly results from budding or fission, and which don’t form their sexual states within or upon a fruiting body. The evident ubiquity of yeasts in the Earth’s biosphere is balanced by their diversity, specificity for habitats, and relationships with other organisms. They are a versatile group of eukaryotic microorganisms exhibiting heterogeneous nutritional profiles and a surprising ability to survive in a wide range of natural and altered habitats and to colonize a variety of ecosystems within a wide range of climates, altitudes, substrates and geographical locations. In addition, yeasts are probably one of the most relevant microbial groups in biotechnology. Mankind have benefited from yeasts for millennia in traditional fermentation technologies.

SCHEDULE WITH SPEAKERSFinal Programme (subject to changes)



University of Western Ontario (Canada)

University of Western Ontario (Canada)   Marc-André Lachance obtained his PhD in Microbiology at the University of California, Davis, under Herman Phaff’s mentorship. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, where he strayed from his main path to work on the molecular systematics of cyanobacteria, he joined the University of Western Ontario, where he began his exploration of yeast biodiversity. Lifelong collaborations with Herman Phaff and Tom Starmer led him first to study yeasts from necrotic cacti of the Caribbean Islands, the Sonoran Desert, Hawaii, Argentina, and Australia. His interest gradually shifted to the yeast community of flower


Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)   Leda Cristina Mendonca-Hagler obtained her B. Sc. Degree in Chemistry from the Federal University of Sergipe and the Ph. D. in Biological Sciences (Microbiology) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, (UFRJ). She did her postdoctoral training on Yeast Biology at the University of California, Davis, USA, under the supervision of Prof. Herman Phaff, and on Molecular Microbial Ecology, at the Institute for Soil Fertility, (NL), with Prof. Jan D. van Elsas. Professor L. Mendonca-Hagler served on the faculty of the UFRJ for over four decades, where she was Head of the


Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)

University of New South Wales (Australia)   Graham Fleet is an Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales ( UNSW), Sydney, Australia. He has BSc ( 1966) and MSc degrees ( 1969) in microbiology/biochemistry from the University of Queensland and completed his PhD at the University of California , Davis ( 1973)- working on yeast cell wall biochemistry. After post- doctoral studies at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, he joined UNSW in 1975 where he was responsible for teaching and research programs in food microbiology/ biotechnology until his retirement in 2007. During this time, he has published many research papers


Yeast and Renewables Reseach Archer

Yeast and Renewables Reseach Archer Daniels Misland (ADM) (USA)   Charles Abbas is the Chair of the International Commission on Yeasts (ICY). He has served in this role since being elected in August 2012 for a 4-year term. He also has two academic appointments as an adjunct Professor in the Dept. of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering (BBE) at the U. of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN and as an adjunct Faculty in the Dept. of Food Science & Human Nutrition (FSHN) at the U. of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. Charles received a B.S. in Microbiology from the U of Minnesota (Twin Cities), an


Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)

Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)   Jose Paulo Sampaio has worked mainly on yeast systematics, evolutionary ecology and biogeography. His more recent research interests concern the use of population and comparative genomics to understand microbe domestication using the genus Saccharomyces as a model. He coordinates the Portuguese Yeast Culture Collection (PYCC).          


National Academy of Science (Ukraine)

National Academy of Science (Ukraine)   Andriy A. Sibirny received a B.S. in biology from the I. Franko Lviv State University (Ukraine), and a M.S. in biochemistry from the Lviv Division of Institute of Biochemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Since 1973 he was scientist, senior scientist, chief scientist of Lviv Division of Institute of Biochemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and since 1988 he is Head of the Department of Biochemical Genetics (since 2000, Department of Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology), above mentioned Institute (transformed in 2000 to Institute of Cell Biology). From 2000 to present he is Director


World Int Property Organization

World Intellectual Property Organization (Switzerland)   Ewald Glantschnig Nationality: Austrian Academic degree: Dr. Jur. Salzburg 1984 Actual Function: Head, Budapest Treaty Section, Patent Law Division, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Former positions held:

  • Permanent Mission of Austria in Geneva: Adviser for intellectual property matters.
  • Ministry for Economic Affairs, Vienna: Adviser; cooperation with Austrian Patent Office, preparatory work for TRIPs-implementation.
  • CA-Leasing GmbH, Vienna: Marketing Manager.
  • Austrian Trade Mission in Chicago: Deputy Trade Commissioner.
  • Austrian Trade Mission in Lisbon: Deputy Trade Commissioner.
  • Elektronische Haustechnik Laimer GmbH, Salzburg: Consultant for export-planning.
  • Civil Court, Salzburg: Assistant to the judge.

Submission of abstracts

We cordially invite you to submit your abstract for the following Sessions:

Session 1A: Yeasts in the environment: ecology and taxonomy
Session 1B: Yeasts in the environment: physiology and stress response
Session 2A: Yeasts in food biotechnology: biodiversity and ecology in foods and beverages
Session 2B: Yeasts in food biotechnology: detection methods and strain improvement
Session 3: Yeasts in no-food biotechnology: biofuels, new molecules and enzymes
Session 4: Yeasts genetic and genomic
Session 5: Non-conventional yeasts
Session 6: Yeasts Culture Collections

Abstracts for oral presentations submission DEAD LINE: APRIL 30, 2015

The ISSY32 scientific committee will review the abstracts and notify by email the acceptance of abstract for oral or poster presentations before May 20, 2015

Abstracts for poster submission DEAD LINE: JUNE 7, 2015

The ISSY32 scientific committee will review the abstracts and notify by email the poster acceptance before June 30, 2015
After JUNE 7, 2015 NO submission will be accepted

Guidelines and main recommendations for authors

1. All the oral presentations or poster abstracts must be submitted in English
2. The abstracts should contain no more than a maximum of 2000 characters (including spaces)
3. Black & white graphics, tables or figures can be included; they can be submitted as .gif or .jpg Please note that you are only allowed to submit two images for one abstract that are not larger than 500KB each.
4. The complete abstract including (if any) graphics, tables and figures should stay within one page
5. The abstracts should be composed following the classical structure: introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion.
Please, to assemble the abstract follow strictly the example here.
6. The presenting author must be a registered participant. Please note that the presenting author is not automatically registered by submitting an abstract. Regular registration is obligatory and binding and implies payment of the registration fee
7. Each registered participant should submit no more than 2 abstracts as presenting author.
8. The abstract should be upload in .doc or .docx format
9. When submitting your abstract, name it with the family name of the presenting author followed by the Session number - i.e.: "DARWIN_Session1A.docx".
If you have any questions regarding abstract submission, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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REGISTRATION AND FEEFor organizational reasons, on-line registration is closed. It will be possible to make on site registration.

Conferences that take place in Italy are liable for Italian VAT as they are classed under VAT legislation as “services” and therefore VAT is charged by the service provider (organizers of the Conference).
VAT on registration fees will be charged ONLY to an individual person not belonging to any company or (public) institution. Participants affiliated with (EU/nonEU) companies and /or public institutions DO NOT have to pay VAT. Participants from EU institutions and/or companies are requested to provide the VAT code of their own affiliation to actually enjoy of this exemption.
Other Italian institutions and companies subjected to VAT-exemption policies will not be charged VAT provided that they can prove their specific VAT exemption status.

Early bird registration

Senior scientists: 350 EUR
PhD students: 200 EUR
Accompanying person: 180 EUR

Late registration (after June 7, 2015):

Senior scientists: 400 EUR
PhD students: 250 EUR
Accompanying person: 245 EUR

Registration fee for senior and PhD students will cover:
Full access to the ISSY32 scientific program, Conference proceedings, Two lunches & one dinner at the Restaurant of Hotel Giò – Perugia Centro Congressi, Get together party at the Cloister of the S. Lorenzo Cathedral - Perugia, Welcome cocktail, Coffee/tea breaks. Excursion and Gala Dinner are not included in the fee.

Registration fee for accompanying persons will cover:
Two lunches & one dinner at the Restaurant of Hotel Giò – Perugia Centro Congressi, Get together party at the Cloister of the S. Lorenzo Cathedral- Perugia, Welcome cocktail, Coffee/tea breaks. Excursion and Gala Dinner are not included in the fee.
For On Site Registration the cost of the fee will increase as follows:
Senior scientists = 450 EUR; PhD students = 300 EUR; Accompanying persons = 300 EUR.


We are happy to announce that FEMS (Federation of European Microbiological Societies) will provide approximately 14 grants for Young Scientists (< 36 years) to support their attendance at the 32nd International Specialized Symposium on Yeasts (ISSY2015): Yeast Biodiversity and Biotechnology in the Twenty-First Century, September 13-17, 2015, Perugia, Italy.


ABOUT PERUGIAWelcome to Perugia: video & general travel tips

We’re glade to invite registered participants and accompanying persons to participate in one of the following excursion on Tuesday September 15, in the afternoon:

- Assisi: placed close to Perugia on the western flank of Monte Subasio, it is the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan religious order and St. Clare founder of the Order of Poor Clare. Known for the noteworthy churches, in particular the beautiful Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi decorated by Giotto and Cimabue, Assisi is identified as the most important artistic place of Umbria.

- Discover Perugina Chocolate Factory: Perugina is the Italian confectionery company based in Perugia. The company produces a wide array of chocolate and food products but the most important is undoubtedly the Bacio (Kiss). You will have the possibility to enter where the chocolate processes take place and spot the secret of the chocolate manufacturing. The visit to the close Chocolate Museum will close the excursion.

The cost of the excursion in not included in the fee and you can book and pay it through the registration procedure, during the registration or in the following days.
Deadline for excursion booking: July 31st, 2015.
The cost will cover the bus transport, the tickets and the guide.


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