Non-conventional Yeasts: from Basic Research to Application

The International Conference “Non-conventional Yeasts: from Basic Research to Application” will consider different aspects of cell biology, ecology, systematics, biochemistry, genetics, and biotechnology of all yeasts, different from those belonging to the genus Saccharomyces (known as conventional yeasts). The number of described species of non-conventional yeasts exceeds 1500 and this number is steadily increasing. Many strains of non-conventional yeasts possess some unique peculiarities: unusual features of metabolic regulation leading to overproduction of some compounds; thermo- or psychrotolerance; ability to produce unusual substances; utilization of “difficult” carbon or nitrogen sources; efficient expression of heterologous proteins; strong regulatory promoters and others. Researchers working with non-conventional yeasts have several platforms for meetings. They include Yarrowia, Kluyveromyces, Pichia and Hansenula meetings, however, it is important to have possibility for meeting of the scientists working on different species of non-conventional yeasts. Such general meetings were organized in past in 1987 in Weimar, Germany, and in 2011 in Lviv, Ukraine. The planned meeting organized under auspices of the International Commission on Yeasts will be the third general conference on non-conventional yeasts.

The conference will gather leading specialists in the fields of yeast cell biology, including that of autophagy, genomics, proteomics, systematics, ecology, sensing, signaling, stress response, using non-conventional yeasts for production of heterologous proteins, pharmaceuticals, bulk chemicals, biofuels and for analytical devices. A total number of participants is estimated between 200 and 230 and will represent Europe, Asia, Northern and Southern Americas and Africa. In addition to the scientific program, Organizers are also preparing a rich cultural and social program, which includes Rzeszow city tour, a welcome concert, get-together party and conference dinner. Optional tours include visiting local castles and palaces, tours to Cracow, Lviv (Ukraine) or attending the Lancut music festival, which starts on May 19, 2018.

The conference will be held in the new building of the Convention Center of the University of Rzeszow, Poland which will provide all necessary facilities for the success of the meeting.

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