International Commission on Yeasts (ICY) Mycology and Eukaryote Microbiology (MEM) Division International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) ICY Commissioners Meeting,

Minutes of Meeting held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 34th The International Specialised Symposium on Yeasts (ISSY34) Manush Brewery Restaurant, Bariloche, Argentina

Present (35): Hiroshi Takagi (ICY Chair; Japan), Charles Abbas (ICY Vice-Chair; USA), Diego Libkind Frati (ISSY34 Chair; Argentina), Feng-Yan Bai (China), Javier Carvajal Barriga (Ecuador), Florian Franz Bauer (S. Africa), Peter Biely (Slovakia), Teun Boekhout (Netherlands), Kyria Boundy-Mills (USA), Pietro Buzzini (Italy), Heide-Marie Daniel (Belgium), Hüseyin Erten (Turkey), Patrick Fickers (Belgium), Ma Angelica Ganga (Chile), Ramon Gonzalez (Spain), Anne Gschaedler (Mexico), Lene Jespersen (Denmark), Marc-André Lachance (Canada), Leda Mendonça-Hagler (Brazil), Diethard Mattanovich (Austria), Vivien Measday (Canada), John Morrissey (Ireland), Liliana Godoy Olivares (Chile), Steve Oliver (UK), Patrícia Lappe Oliveras (Mexico), José Paulo Sampaio (Portugal), Rosane Freitas Schwan (Brazil), Matthias Sipiczk (Hungary), Masako Takashima (Japan), Johan Thevelein (Belgium), Graeme M. Walker (UK), Teresa Zoladek (Poland). Apologies (36): Tiina Alamäe, Monique Bolotin-Fukuhara, Charoen Charoenchai, Ee-Sin Chen, Sylvie Dequin, Jean-Marie Francois, Brigitte Gasser, Lisa Granchi, Ivan Hapala, Matti Korhola, Thomas W. Jeffries, Vladimir Jiranek, Hyun Ah Kang, Yona Kassir, Huiqiang Lou, Anna Maraz, Sally Ann Meyer, Vladimir Mrša, Elena Naumova, Volkmar Passoth, Merja Penttilä, Gábor Péter, Rajendra Prasad, Isak S. Pretorius, Bernard Prior, Jack T. Pronk, Alexander Rapoport, Peter Raspor, Doris Rauhut, Patrizia Romano, Mathabatha Evodia Setati, Andriy Sibirny, Nitnipa Soontorngun, Jørgen Stenderup, Hana Sychrova, Ida J. van der Klei.

Meeting Agenda 2 Chair Opening Remarks: Dr. Hiroshi Takagi welcomed 35 delegates to the meeting. He thanked Dr. Diego Libkind and the Organizing Committees for the excellent job regarding ISSY34. He also presented the meeting agenda and confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting held in Rzeszów, Poland (May 17, 2018).

Tribute to Drs. Cletus P. Kurtzman, Gennadi Ivanovich Naumov and Inna Pavlovna Babjeva: Dr. Takagi informed of sad news that our honorable Commissioners, Dr. Cletus P. Kurtzman (USA), Dr. Gennadi Ivanovich Naumov (Russia) and Dr. Inna Pavlovna Babjeva (Russia) passed away in November 27, 2017, May 6 and June 18, 2018, respectively. They were very active members of ICY and solid and reliable persons as an excellent yeast scientist, particularly in the field of “yeast taxonomy” and “zymology”. Commissioners mourned their death by paying one minute’s silence tribute. As sincerest condolences, Commissioners will dedicate memorial address to honor their contribution to the community. Dr. Libkind kindly arranged a workshop on Taxonomy and Systematics of Yeasts for Dr. Kurtzman organized by Dr. Teun Boekhout and Dr. Marizeth Groenewald on the first day of ISSY34. Some memorial lectures for two Russians, Dr. Naumo and Dr. Babjeva, will be included in the program of ISSY35 or ICY15 organized by Dr. Hüseyin Erten or Dr. Diethard Mattanovich, respectively. Memorial for Our Yeast Colleagues: Another distinguished yeast scientists, Dr. Andre Goffeau and Dr. Takashi Nakase, who were non-ICY Commissioners, also passed away in April 2 and July 24, 2018, respectively. Dr. Goffeau was considered the father of yeast genome in Europe and was served as an advisor to the Cornucopia 7 countries EU project. Dr. Nakase is a Japanese great taxonomist and was a former Director of Japan Collection of Microorganisms (JCM). Based on suggestions by Dr. Charles Abbas and Dr. Peter Raspor, Dr. Takagi proposed for respect of our past colleagues to create a special site at our official webpage that includes memorial items for each person, such as CV, overview of research achievement, contribution to yeast community, education, and pictures. Dr. Takagi will make a list of our colleagues, who have recently passed away, such as Drs. Jure Piškur, Graham Fleet, Kurtzman, Naumov and Babjeva, and will ask appropriate persons for individual colleagues to collect information and build the contents.

Finally, he will ask Dr. Rob Samson, the secretary-general of IUMS, to upload the contents as soon as possible.

New Commissioners to ICY: Dr. Takagi introduced three candidates for ICY membership. Dr. Andrey Yurkov is Curator for Fungi and Yeasts, Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures, Braunschweig, Germany, and is an expert on taxonomy and ecology of yeasts, nominated by Dr. Eckhard Boles. Dr. Kenneth H. Wolfe is Professor of Genomic Evolution, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, and is an expert on the evolution of eukaryotic genome organization, particularly in yeast species, nominated 3 by Dr. John Morrissey. Dr. Rimantas Daugelavičius is Professor and the Head Biochemistry Department, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania, and is an expert on membrane transport phenomena in microorganisms, including uptake and excretion of metabolites, DNA and antibiotics, nominated by Dr. Andriy Sibirny. Each candidate provided his CV with list of publications and two Letters of Recommendation from relevant National or International Society and the current members of ICY. These documents were spread electronically among Commissioners, who could express their attitude to candidates. Drs. Yurkov and Wolfe got full support from 33 Commissioners with very few negative opinions. Commissioners unanimously elected Drs. Yurkov and Wolfe as new ICY members. Regarding Dr. Daugelavičius, there were several negative comments from Commissioners. Main concern is that he lacks his contribution and involvement to yeast research with only one yeast-related publication. After discussion, Commissioners agreed that we need more careful discussion on his nomination in the light of his CV and letters of recommendation until the next ICY Commissioners’ meeting held in Turkey (October, 2019).

Updates for Future ISSY/ICY Meetings: Each organizer provided a progress report on meeting preparation. Dr. Hüseyin Erten presented the update for ISSY35 that will be held in Turkey (October 21-25, 2019). Dr. Erten was requested to consider new speakers in addition to the confirmed speakers, who are the ICY Commissioners. Dr. Diethard Mattanovich also presented the update for ICY15 that will be held in Austria (August 23-27, 2020).

Suggestions for Future ISSY: Dr. Vivien Measday, who has recently approved as a new Canadian Commissioner, officially proposed ISSY36 (2021) including the potential date and venue. After discussion, Commissioners accepted her proposal to organize ISSY36 in July 5-8, 2021, at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Vivien will start the preparation of ISSY36 including its subtitle with the local/domestic/international organizing committee.

For ISSY37 (2022), the candidate venue is Australia. Dr. Vladimir Jiranek and Dr. Sakkie Pretorius have started considering the draft of ISSY37 to be held in Adelaide, Australia, which has never hosted ISSY or ICY since ISY9 (1996) organized by Dr. Graham Fleet. Dr. Takagi asked Dr. Jiranek to officially propose ISSY37 at the ICY Commissioners meeting held in Turkey next year whether Commissioners endorse their proposal to host ISSY37.

Miscellaneous information: Dr. Takagi and Dr. Pietro Buzzini introduced a recent e-mail and letter, respectively, from Dr. Patrizia Romano (Italy). Dr. Romano informed ICY Commissioners that the book “Yeasts in the production of wine”, which is co-edited by Dr. Romano and Dr. Graham Fleet, is in the final phase of collecting the chapters from the different authors. The book will be dedicated to Dr. Fleet. Also, Dr. Teun Boekhaut shortly updated his “The Yeasts” project, which will become an open access, electronic and updating 4 system for yeast biodiversity and function. Dr. Boekhout introduced “The Yeasts Foundation” <http://www.theyeasts.org/> founded on March 7, 2018, by three founders (Dr. Boekhout et al.), including aims, editors, expected releases, funding and benefits of sponsorship. Dr. Boekhaut asked the ICY Commissioners to suggest companies that potentially might be willing to sponsor his project. This foundation is endorsed by ICY and IUMS.

Boot of ICY Website: To share the information or to follow the past and upcoming meetings between us, Dr. Takagi has just started the website of ICY with the aid of Dr. Rob Samson, the secretary-general of IUMS, who is kindly assisting without any charges. The website in the IUMS webpage as follows: https://www.iums.org/index.php/87-icy/138-international-commission-on-yeasts Dr. Takagi is asking the past/future Chair of ISSY/ICY to collect some available “documents, program, PowerPoint presentation, resource, data and literatures” to upload. Also, regarding “Yeast Newsletter”, Dr. Marc André Lachance, who dedicated and managed, accepted to link its website <https://www.uwo.ca/biology/YeastNewsletter/Index.html> that includes the back numbers of Yeast Newsletter to the ICY website.

Chair Closing Remarks: On behalf of ICY, Dr. Hiroshi Takagi expressed gratitude once again to Dr. Diego Libkind and his staff for the excellent meeting, well balanced and organized scientific and cultural program.

The ICY meeting was closed. November 18, 2018 Minutes presented by: Dr. Hiroshi Takagi, ICY Chair. Dr. Charles Abbas ICY Vice-Chair