Yeasts are potent model eukaryotes that have been used for over a century to explore fundamental and applied aspects of cell function. Annual gatherings of the British yeast community have taken place since the 1980s, with the only exception being the pandemic-related interruption in 2020. The Microbiology Society has adopted the last meetings in its Focused Meeting programme.

The next British Yeast Group meeting will take place from 1-3 September 2021. BYG 2021 highlights the theme ‘From Genomes to Cells’, covering diverse topics from DNA metabolism to organelle and cell function. The programme will feature attractive, assorted talks from invited speakers and will provide plenty of opportunities for early career researchers to present their research through posters and offered oral presentations. The meeting will include a varied social agenda to make new connections and strengthen the yeast community in Britain and beyond.

Key topics

  • DNA replication and repair
  • Chromosome organisation
  • Gene and RNA regulation
  • Organelle function

Organising committee:

  • Jurg Bahler (University College London, UK)
  • Jacqueline Hayles (The Francis Crick Institute, 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 and posters

Abstract submission for the British Yeast Group 2021 meeting will open in Winter 2020.

Grants and Professional Development


Society Conference Grants are available to support eligible members wishing to present at the Annual Conference. Support is also available for members requiring support for caring costs associated with conference attendance. Full information is available on the Society Conference Grant page.

Applications will open for a two-week period shortly.

If you are a member who is not eligible for a Society Conference Grant, please apply via the Travel Grant scheme (deadline: 1 June 2021).

Please contact [email protected] for further queries.