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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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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 submission is now open.

Submit your abstract

Abstracts are welcome in any topic of yeast research. The posters and oral presentations will be selected from the abstracts submitted.

The submission deadline is Monday 29 April 2019.

Both members and non-members of the Microbiology Society are welcome to submit an abstract. Once submissions are closed, these will be reviewed by the organising committee and submitters will be notified of the outcome by email on the week commencing 6 May. 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.

Journal Prize

A Microbiology poster prize will be awarded at the meeting. The prize will be awarded to a poster that presents particularly compelling or novel research in the journal's subject field and will be presented at the meeting. The winner will receive a cash prize and a free year’s membership of the Microbiology Society.


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 conferences@microbiologysociety.org 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 conferences@microbiologysociety.org

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 conferences@microbiologysociety.org.

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 info@countyhotel.co.uk. Please advise them that you are attending the British Yeast Group meeting to ensure you receive the discounted rate.

Social Programme

Meeting Dinner

Wednesday 26 June, County Hotel

Delegates will be provided with a three-course dinner at the County Hotel Newcastle, included in the registration fee.

Meeting Dinner

Thursday 27 June

Delegates are invited to join us for an informal evening of dinner and drinks on Thursday evening.

Exhibition & Sponsorship
Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are available for this meeting. For more information, please contact exhibitions@microbiologysociety.org or download and return the booking form to ensure your presence at the event.