ICY logoThe International Commission on Yeasts (ICY) was established in Bratislava in 1966 as the Council for Yeast Research, composed of prominent specialists in the field of yeasts. In 1971 the Council was transferred into the International Association of Microbiological Societies (IAMS), now International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS).ICY is now a commision under the Division of Mycology and Eukaryotic Microbiology. ICY publishes the Yeast Newsletter by courtesy by Dr. Marc-André Lachance.

ICY is very active in organizing special meetings on various disciplines of yeast research. The last 34th International Specialized Symposium on Yeasts (ISSY34) and its related workshop regarding brewing yeast was held in Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina, on October 1-4, 2018, including about 290 attendees with 65 oral and 187 poster presentations. This symposium was organized by Dr. Diego Libkind (Instituto Andino Patagónico de Tecnologias Biológicas y Geoambientales, Bariloche, Argentina), under the auspices of ICY. The title of ISSY34 was “Yeast Odyssey: from Nature to Industry”, which covers Ecology and Biodiversity of yeasts, Bioprospection of extremophilic yeasts, Yeasts in food and beverage, Evolutionary genomics and domestication of yeasts, Industrial applications of non-conventional yeasts, Yeast Taxonomy and Systematics (Workshop in memory of Dr. Cletus Kurtzman), Yeasts in biorefineries, Natural variation and applied opportunities, Genetic and metabolic improvement of yeasts.See also https://www.issy34-bariloche.com/

In 2019 the 35th International Specialized Symposium on Yeasts (ISSY35) will be held in Antalya, Turkey, on October 21-25, 2019, organized by Dr. Huseyin Erten (Faculty of Agriculture, Cukurova University, Turkey), under the auspices of ICY. The title of ISSY35 is “Yeast Cornucopia: Yeast for health and wellbeing”, which will encompass the use of yeasts in fermented foods and beverages, the role of spoilage yeasts and their control, yeasts as sources of ingredients and additives, yeasts as biocontrol agents, yeast taxonomy, ecology and biodiversity, yeasts in health and probiotics, and yeast genetics and genomics.See also http://www.issy35.com/en/.

This year, we scheduled the 15th International Congress on Yeasts (ICY15) held in Vienna, Austria, on August 22-26, 2020, organized by Dr. Diethard Mattanovich (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria). However, due to the unprecedented situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have decided to postpone ICY15 by one year, to August 22-26, 2021. Also, ISSY36 in 2021 and ISSY37 in 2022 has been moved to the following year, respectively.

The new schedule for the upcoming and future ICY/ISSY meetings is as follows:

ICY15 held in Vienna (Austria) on August 22-26, 2021, organized by Dr. Diethard Mattanovich

ISSY36 held in Vancouver (Canada) on July 12-16, 2022, organized by Dr. Vivien Measday

ISSY37 held in Adelaide (Australia) on July 2023, organized by Dr. Vladimir Jiranek

ICY16 held in Cape Town (South Africa) on summer? 2024, organized by Dr. Florian Bauer

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Prof. Hiroshi Takagi, Ph.D. (ICY Chair)