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/.

In 2020, we had 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 decided to postpone ICY15 by one year, to August 23-27, 2021. ICY15 was successfully held online attending about 600 scientists with 6 plenary lectures, 150 oral and 250 poster presentations. The subtitle of the joint virtual event with ICY15 and the 30th Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology (ICYGMB 30) was “The Spirits of Yeast” that covered a wide variety of latest research for all yeast species (conventional. Non-conventional, laboratory, pathogenic, industrial yeasts) from basic science to biotechnology, including genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, taxonomy, ecology, biodiversity, health science, metabolic engineering, synthetic biology and systems biology etc. See also https://icy15.boku.ac.at/

At the ICY Commissioners meeting during ICY15, Dr. Diethard Mattanovich, who is Full Professor at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), has been elected with unanimity as new ICY Chair until ICY16 in 2024.

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

ISSY36 held in Vancouver (Canada) on July 12-16, 2022, organized by Dr. Vivien Measday https://issy36.com/

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

Diethard Mattanovich  Picture Takagi

 Prof. Diethard Mattanovich

(ICY Chair)

 Prof. Hiroshi Takagi, Ph.D.

(ICY vice-Chair)





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