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This year, COVID restrictions mean that BYG 2021 will be an online event organised by the University of Cambridge. The event will be an opportunity for yeast researchers in the UK and Ireland to meet virtually to present and discuss their latest research. The three-day programme will include invited lectures, offered papers, poster flashes, poster sessions and break-out discussions. It will also be an opportunity to reflect on the current state of yeast research and discuss the directions in which the field should move in the future. To that end, the programme will include a panel discussion, chaired by Nobel Laureate, Paul Nurse, focusing on the future of yeast research, in which questions and comments will be welcome from the audience.

Key topics:

  • Cell and developmental biology
  • Evolution and ecology
  • Synthetic and systems biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Yeasts and disease

Organising committee:​​​​​

  • Steve Oliver (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Juan Mata (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Phil Zegerman (University of Cambridge, UK)

Further information will be announced in the build up to the meeting on our social media channels and you can follow us on Twitter @MicrobioSoc using the hashtag #BYG21

The programme for British Yeast Group 2021 will be announced in due course.
Abstracts & Posters

Abstract submission for the British Yeast Group 2021 meeting is now open.

Submissions close on 20 September 2021.

Submit your abstract


Microbiology is pleased to provide the ‘Most Promising Science Prize’ to a scientific poster at the British Yeast Group meeting. The winner selected by members of the organising committee will win a cash prize and be featured on the Microbe Post. All posters displayed at BYG 2021 are automatically entered for the prize.

Both members and non-members of the Microbiology Society are welcome to submit an abstract for the meeting. All offered oral, posters and flash presentations will be selected from the abstracts submitted. Once submissions are closed, they will be reviewed by the organising committee, and submitters will be notified of the outcome by email on the week commencing 4 October.

By submitting an abstract to this meeting, you are indicating to the session organisers your commitment to attend the event.

Abstract guidance

Abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words. The Society has produced a guide to give delegates some tips on how to write a great abstract, which can be downloaded below:

How to write a great abstract


Please note that the abstract is the only information session organisers use when deciding whether to accept your work for presentation as an offered oral or poster. If accepted, it will also be published in the abstract book for the meeting, so think carefully about what needs to be included.

Grants and Professional Development


Society Conference Grants of up to £15 are available to support eligible members wishing to present at this Focused Meeting. Funding is also available for members requiring support for caring costs associated with conference attendance.

Applications will open for a two-week period between 7–21 October 2021 for support towards conference registration.

Members of the Society who are ineligible for a Society Conference Grant may apply to the 1 September 2021 deadline for our Travel Grants

Please contact [email protected] for further queries.


Registration is now open.

Registration fees

Members get heavily subsidised registration fees for Annual Conference, Focused Meetings and other Society events – both online and in-person. Join now to enjoy these discounts and many other opportunities that are designed for microbiologists at all stages of their career

Non-member £90
Full member £30
Concessionary member £15
Student member £15
Affiliate Member £45

To ensure the meeting remains of value for the scientific community, small charges apply to reflect some of the incurred costs associated with delivering the online meeting.

Registration confirmation

Upon registration, you should receive an automated confirmation email. Please contact [email protected] if after 24 hours this has not been received.

Payment information

All registration fees must be paid in full before the start of the event. Any outstanding registration fees must be paid before any joining instructions containing information on how to access the event are sent out.


Please inform the conferences team if you can no longer attend the event after registering by contacting [email protected]. Refunds are not provided; however, substitutions of attendees can be made at any time.


British Yeast Group 2021 will be accessible remotely and will use virtual event technology to provide a comprehensively curated scientific programme for the conference.

A link will be updated on this page closer to the event to allow you to access the virtual platform via your web browser. We advise that you use the Google Chrome browser to ensure the best optimisation.

When prompted, please enter your email address and set up a password to access the event platform. Please note, the email address you use here should be the same email address that you used to register your place. Once you have signed in, you will be asked to set up a short profile, allowing other attendees to see some basic details about you.

If you have any issues signing in to the platform, please email [email protected].



Sponsorship opportunities are available for this meeting.

Please download our sponsorship pack to view our exciting new digital options. Our options suit varying budgets and help create the opportunities you need to connect with new and existing customers. If you have any questions about the packages or the digital options available please email [email protected].

British Yeast Group 2021 Sponsorship Pack