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Yeasts are very versatile, model unicellular eukaryotes that have been extensively used for over a century to explore fundamental aspects of living systems. Annual gatherings of the British yeast community have taken place since the 1980s and the Microbiology Society have been pleased to incorporate the last two meetings in its annual Focused Meeting programme.

The 2019 British Yeast Group meeting will take place from 26-28 June 2019 at the County Hotel, Newcastle, UK. BYG 2019 will explore the theme of Discovery to Impact in which fundamental research themes are integrated with applied themes, including biotechnological applications of yeasts, yeasts as disease models, and pathogenic yeasts. The programme features an exciting range of keynote talks from acclaimed invited speakers and will also give early career stage yeast researchers the opportunity to present their recent research results through a series of posters and offered oral presentations. The meeting will also feature a varied social programme offering delegates plenty of opportunities to make new connections, discuss research projects and to strengthen relationships in the British yeast community.

Key topics
  • Fundamental cellular processes, including metabolic cycles, chromatin biology, regulation of gene expression and control of quiescence.
  • Yeasts as disease models
  • Pathogenic yeasts
  • Biotechnological applications of yeasts
Organising committee:
  • Janet Quinn (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Julian Rutherford (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Simon Whitehall (Newcastle University, UK)

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Image: Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library.




Lecture View

Thursday 27 June

Friday 28 June


Here is the line-up of invited speakers who will present their work and research:

  • Benjamin Tu, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
  • Elizabeth Ballou, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Ursula Bond, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Jane Mellor, University of Oxford, UK
  • Juan Mata, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Isabelle Sagot, French National Centre for Scientific Research, France
  • Manolis Papamichos Chronakis, Newcastle University, UK
  • Mick Tuite, University of Kent, UK
  • Oliver Severn, Singer, UK
Abstracts and Posters

Abstract submissions are now closed.

Oral presentations

In order to ensure your presentation runs smoothly, you are asked to comply with the following:

  • PowerPoint presentations - PC version – are brought to the conference on a USB memory stick.
  • PowerPoint presentations - Mac version – can only be accepted if you bring your own laptop and connecting cables.
  • Please allow for 5 minutes Q&A following your presentation

Those who are presenting a poster should follow these guidelines:

  • Poster Size: A0 size 841mm(w) x 1189mm(h) – your poster must not exceed these measurements.
  • Poster layout MUST BE portrait orientation.
  • Posters will be displayed on poster boards measuring 1m(w) x 2m(h), one to a side.
  • Posters can ONLY be fixed by Velcro (provided at conference).
  • You will be informed of your poster number by email prior to the event

You can download the poster abstract book below.

BYG Abstract Poster Book



Please note that the registration rates do not include accommodation. Discounted rates have been arranged at the County Hotel, where the meeting takes place. Please see the ‘Accommodation & Travel’ tab for details on how to book your accommodation.

What's included in your registration fee?
  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • Tea and coffee breaks
  • Lunch on Thursday and Friday
  • Delegate bag
  • Programme book
  • Conference dinner on Wednesday night
  • Conference social BBQ event on Thursday night
  • Certificate of participation (upon request)


Early bird rate

Available until Friday 7 June

Full price rate

Full and Full Concessionary Member



Postgraduate and Undergraduate Student Member






Registration confirmation

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

Visa applications

If you need a letter of invitation for a visa application, we will be happy to supply this after we have received full payment. To request a letter, please email your request to [email protected]

Please note that all meeting delegates are responsible for their own travel and visa arrangements.

Payment information

All registration fees must be paid in full BEFORE arrival at the meeting. Any outstanding registration fees must be paid before admittance will be granted to the meeting.


Refunds will not be provided but substitutions of attendees can be made at any time by contacting [email protected].

Destination and Accomodation

This meeting will take place at the County Hotel, Newcastle, UK.

Please visit  venue website for further information.

Car parking

A very limited number of parking spaces are available at the County Hotel and are charged at £10 per 24hrs. Vehicles are left at the owners’ risk.

Venue Accessibility

There is level access from the entrance to reception and lift access to the meeting rooms and bedrooms on levels 2-5.

About Newcastle

United by seven bridges across a spectacular riverscape, Newcastle (a city on the north bank of the River Tyne) and Gateshead (a town on the south bank) form a single, diverse and extremely vibrant visitor destination.

With so many different areas each offering new sights, sounds and experiences, you’ll be amazed at how much is on offer. World-class culture, vibrant nightlife, award-winning dining, inspiring heritage, fantastic shopping and acclaimed architecture are linked here, as nowhere else, by the famous Geordie spirit.


We have arranged accommodation at a discounted rate of £75 (including breakfast) at the County Hotel, Newcastle.

To book your accommodation, please call the reservations team on 0191 731 6670 or email [email protected]. Please advise them that you are attending the British Yeast Group meeting to ensure you receive the discounted rate.

Social Programme

Drinks reception and poster session

18:0019:30, Wednesday 26 June
Location: County Hotel

The drinks reception offers a chance to discuss the posters in an informal setting, network and socialise with colleagues.

Meeting dinner

19:30–22:00, Wednesday 26 June
Location: County Hotel
Folllowing the drinks reception, enjoy a three-course meal at the County Hotel. 


19:30–21:00, Thursday 27 June
Location: County Hotel

Enjoy sizzling BBQ food and refreshing drinks with spectacular views of the city on a an exclusive outdoor balcony.

Exhibition & Sponsorship
Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are available for this meeting. For more information, please contact [email protected] or download and return the booking form to ensure your presence at the event.




Exhibitor New England BioLabs















Sponsor Singer Instruments