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In the past few years it has been clear that there is much to be learned from the genetic and phenotypic diversity in different isolates/strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, its close relatives and other yeasts found in different environments and uses. This year's meeting will embrace this diversity at all levels, bringing together yeast researchers from across the UK and beyond.

This Focused Meeting will take place between 27–29 June 2018 at Stamford Court, University of Leicester, UK.

Organising committee: Ed Louis, Steven Foster, Kayoko Tanaka (all University of Leicester, UK)

Scientific advisors: Daniela Delneri (University of Manchester, UK), Mick Tuite (University of Kent, UK)

Key topics:

  • Ecology and evolution
  • Biotechnology and non-conventional yeasts
  • Yeast as human disease models
  • Complex traits
  • Fundamental processes

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The meeting programme will be available soon.

We are delighted to announce the following speakers have confirmed to speak at British Yeast Group: Embracing Variation:

  • Jürg Bähler (University College London, UK)
  • Alessia Buscaino (University of Kent, UK)
  • Daniela Delneri (University of Manchester, UK)
  • Anne Donaldson (University of Aberdeen, UK)
  • Chris Finnis (University of Leicester, UK)
  • Gilles Fischer (Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University, France)
  • Flaviano Giorgini (University of Leicester, UK)
  • Mat Goddard (University of Lincoln, UK)
  • Daniel Jeffares (University of York, UK)
  • Gianni Liti (Nice Sophia Antipolis University, France)
  • David Lydall (Newcastle University, UK)
  • Adele Marston (University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Snezhana Oliferenko (King's College London, UK)
  • Gislene Pereira (Heidelberg University, Germany)
  • Chris Powell (University of Nottingham, UK)
Abstracts & Posters

Abstract submission is now open.

Submit your abstract

Abstracts are welcome in any topic of microbiology. The poster session and short presentations will be selected from the abstracts.

The submission deadline is Sunday 29 April 2018.

Abstracts should be submitted through the Oxford Abstracts system. Both members and non-members of the Microbiology Society are welcome to submit an abstract. Once submissions are closed, these will be reviewed by session chairs and scientific committee members and you will be informed of the outcome directly. By submitting an abstract to this conference, you are indicating to the session organisers your commitment to attend the event.

Abstract guidance

Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words. The Society has produced a guide to give delegates some tips from the session organisers 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 conference – so think carefully about what needs to be included.


Registration is now open.

What's included in your residential registration fee?
  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • 4-star campus single ensuite bedroom for two nights (27 and 28 June)
  • Full English and continental breakfast (28 and 29 June)
  • Hot and cold fork buffet lunch (27, 28 and 29 June)
  • Two-course evening meal (27 and 28 June)
  • Tea and coffee breaks
  • A delegate bag
  • A programme book
  • Local beer tasting
What's included in your non-residential registration fee?
  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • Hot and cold fork buffet lunch (27, 28 and 29 June)
  • Two-course evening meal (27 and 28 June)
  • Tea and coffee breaks
  • A delegate bag
  • A programme book
  • Local beer tasting
Conference rates
  Early bird rate
Available until
Sunday 27 May
Full price rate
Full and Full Concessionary Member (residential) £260 £310
Full and Full Concessionary Member (non-residential) £160 £210
Postgraduate and Undergraduate Student Member (residential) £230 £280
Postgraduate and Undergraduate Student Member (non-residential) £130 £180
Non-member (residential) £350 £400
Non-member (non-residential) £250 £300
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 find out if you need a visa to visit the UK, please visit the UK visa and immigration website.

Please note that all conference delegates are responsible for their own travel and visa arrangements; the Microbiology Society will not take any responsibility for travel or visa problems.

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.

Substitutions of attendees can be made at any time by contacting conferences@microbiologysociety.org.
Destination Leicester & Accommodation

Destination Leicester

The British Yeast Group: Embracing Variation meeting will be held at Stamford Court at the University of Leicester:

Stamford Court
University of Leicester
Manor Road

Getting there

For advice on how to get to Stamford Court, please visit the University of Leicester's website or download the campus map below:

University of Leicester conferences map


University of Leicester conferences – how to find us



The Pavilions (John Foster Hall) accommodation is located amongst landscaped grounds and within easy walking distance of Stamford Court.

  • Bedroom check-in on the day of arrival is from 14:00.
  • Bedroom check-out on the day of departure is by 9:30.
  • Keys can be collected from the Conference Centre (Stamford Court) during the hours of the conference; any late key collections can be made from John Foster Hall reception, which is situated across the road from Stamford Court.
  • Keys can be returned to Stamford Court or directly to John Foster Hall reception on the day of departure.
  • Any out-of-hours enquiries regarding accommodation during your stay can be directed to John Foster Hall reception, which is open 24 hours.

On-campus accommodation includes:

  • Free internet access in all rooms
  • Bath and hand towels*
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities*
  • Access by stairs (the university has ground floor rooms so please ensure you notify the reservation team if such a room is required)
  • On-site, free car parking (please refrain from parking on the mai nroads that surround the house)
  • On-site laundry facilities (please bring washing powder and plenty of change)

*Generally provided as standard, but please check with the reservation team prior to arrival.

Social Programme

Local beer tasting and poster session

Wednesday 27 June, Stamford Court

Following the first session of the meeting, we would like to invite you to a local beer tasting and poster session that will allow you to discuss the research with the authors, and taste limited edition beer from Leicester's first craft brewery.

Conference dinner

Thursday 28 June, location TBC

More information to follow.

King Richard III tour

Friday 29 June, King Richard III Visitor Centre

In August 2012, King Richard III's skeleton was found underneath a car park in Leicester. Nowadays, the King Richard III Visitor Centre tells the fascinating and moving story of the life and death of the king, and reveals one of the greatest archaeological detective stories ever told. The tour will be held on Friday after the conference.

Entrance fee

  • Adult:  £8.95
  • Student: £8.00
  • Child: £4.75
  • Over 60: £8.00
Grants & Professional Development

Conference grants

Society Conference Grants will be 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. The closing date for applications is Thursday 3 May 2018. You can apply for a grant before receiving notification about the outcome of your abstract submission. A conditional grant offer can be made without evidence of abstract acceptance if unavailable at the time of application, however evidence must be provided to claim any grant offered.

Sir Howard Dalton Young Microbiologist of the Year Competition

Each year, the Young Microbiologist of the Year Competition recognises and rewards excellence in science communication by a Microbiology Society Member who is a postgraduate student or postdoctoral researcher, having gained their PhD in the last two years.

To enter this competition, applicants must tick the appropriate box during online abstract submission. Finalists will be invited to give a 10-minute oral presentation (plus 5 minutes for questions) at the final at the Society’s Annual General Meeting.

ECM Forum Co-chairing Scheme

The ECM Forum Co-chairing Scheme provides ECM Forum members with the opportunity to be involved in the chairing of scientific sessions at the conference. The Co-chairs will not receive any monetary value in co-chairing and will not take the place of a session Chair, but will receive a fantastic professional development opportunity to learn about being a session chair from more experienced colleagues.

ECM Forum members who are submitting an abstract to the meeting are asked to express interest in the Co-chairing Scheme via the abstract submission system, and are invited to provide a statement outlining the following information:

  • Why do you want to be a session Co-chair?
  • Which session(s) would you like to Co-chair?
  • Provide evidence of your expertise in this subject area.

All applications will be reviewed by the Society's Divisions and successful Co-chairs will be introduced to the relevant session Chair.

Co-chairs will receive a letter of thanks from the ECM Forum Executive Committee confirming that they participated in the Co-chairing Scheme, and will be recognised in the conference programme.

For questions about the ECM Forum Co-chairing Scheme, please contact profdev@microbiologysociety.org.

Exhibition & Sponsorship

Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are available for this meeting. For more information, please contact exhibitions@microbiologysociety.org or download the exhibition pack. 

Exhibition Pack British Yeast Group: Embracing Variation