On behalf of the International Commission for Yeasts and the Conference Organising Committees, we are excited to invite your organisation to partner with us in the 37th International Specialised Symposium on Yeasts (ISSY37). To be held from 27 Nov–1 Dec 2023, this occasion marks the first return of this symposium series to Australia for nearly 3 decades.

Co-chaired by Professors Vladimir Jiranek (University of Adelaide) and Sakkie Pretorius (Macquarie University), the theme for ISSY37 is Yeast Biotech 2.0: New Yeast, Knowledge and Applications. The meeting will bring together leading researchers, biotech executives, suppliers, government and early career researchers, whose activities span the spectrum of fundamental to applied investigations of yeast. Planned themes will likely include: Biodiversity and new yeast • Yeast-derived food and beverages • Yeast cell factories • Yeast in plant-based foods and meat/dairy alternatives • Synthetic genomes, organelles and communities • Designer yeast • Bioenergy • Biomedicine • Biosafety, amongst others.

Australia and New Zealand have vibrant yeast research communities, brought to together by the Australasian Yeast Group, and one which is well networked with researchers and businesses across the globe. ISSY37 provides an opportunity for the world’s yeast communities to get together in the iconic travel destination that is Australia. Adelaide, capital of South Australia, is at the heart of the majority of Australia’s wine production and supporting research activities. To punctuate that fact, ISSY37 will be held at the National Wine Centre in the downtown area. Adelaide is a vibrant, safe, attractive and affordable destination in close proximity to pristine beaches, world-renowned wine regions, natural beauty and unique flora and fauna. Adelaide’s central location places is less than 4 hrs flight from other major attractions in Australia.

We look forward to working with you and welcoming the world to ISSY37 in Adelaide.

Vladimir Jiranek    and    Sakkie Pretorius
Conference Co-convenors


Registration is now open for the 37th International Specialised Symposium on Yeasts.



Day Registration

Standard Registration




Please note special function only accompanying partner tickets are available when registering for $200.


ISSY37 is pleased to welcome our confirmed Keynote Speakers. As new speakers are confirmed they will be updated here, so check back soon.

Each speaker will bring a unique perspective, knowledge, and experience elevating them to leaders within their respective fields.

Keynote Speakers

Brenda Andrews C.C., PhD, FRSC (Canada)

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Brenda Andrews (Canada)

Prof Anton Glieder (Austria)

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Anton Glieder (Austria)

Prof Verena Siewers (Sweden)

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Verena Siewers (Sweden)

Dr Tom WIlliams (Australia)

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Tom Williams (Australia)


ISSY37 invites you to submit a Poster Abstract for consideration. Before accessing the Poster Abstract portal please consult

the Abstract Submission Guidelines 

and the Word Doc Submission Template.


ISSY37 seeks submissions that are relevant to the following suggested themes. These themes are broad and inclusive and aim to assist with directing your submission. 
New Knowledge via Yeast
New Yeast and New Properties
Application of Yeast to Agriculture 
Yeast in Food & Beverages
Yeast in Medicine
Yeast Interactions and Microbiomes
The Yeast Bioeconomy
Yeast Cell Factories
Designer Yeast – Systems/Synthetic Biology
Design – The Technology-Biology Interface


The Program is now available for viewing.


There will be a number of opportunities for organisational branding and recognition both in the lead up to and during the Conference. Please see the prospectus below for more information and contact Rebecca Gabriel (Sponsorship and Exhibition Sales Executive) via rebecca.gabriel@aomevents.com if you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at ISSY23.


The Symposium will be held at the National Wine Centre of Australia (NWC) in South Australia. Conveniently located on the edge of the Adelaide CBD, adjacent to the magnificent Botanic Gardens, the National Wine Centre of Australia’s architecture is eye-catching with its distinctive wine barrel-shaped exterior and rammed earth walls, colossal wooden beams, shaped glass and brushed aluminum interior.



NWC is accessible via public transport, located only 600m from the Botanic Gardens Tram Stop which runs along North Terrace. Public Transport within the CBD is free. For Public Transport options go to www.adelaidemetro.com.au


The 37th International Specialised Symposium on Yeasts is excited to be working with touring partner, Adelaide Sightseeing so you can take some time and explore before or after the Symposium.  Adelaide Sightseeing are South Australia’s largest and longest-serving day tour operator, having been in business for well over 30 years. As a South Australian operated company, and part of the SeaLink Travel Group, they take pride in knowing the state well. They offer half day, full day and longer stays through Adelaide and to South Australia’s most popular destinations such as the Barossa Valley, Kangaroo Island, Victor Harbor, McLaren Vale, Murray River, Adelaide City and the Hills & Hahndorf region.

If you wish to explore South Australia before or after ISSY they can help you ‘see more’ of what this amazing state has to offer.


Brenda Andrews – Canada

Diethard Mattanovich – Austria

Doris Rauhut – Germany

Duccio Cavalieri – Italy

Evelyn Sattlegger – New Zealand

Feng-Yan Bai – China

Florian Bauer – South Africa

Kyria Boundy-Mills – USA

Hiroshi Takagi – Japan

Hyun Ah Kang – Korea

Jef Boeke – USA

John Morrissey – Ireland

Kevin Verstrepen – Belgium

Maitreya Dunham – USA

Maret du Toit – South Africa

Sakkie Pretorius – Australia

Steve Oliver – UK

Terry Cooper – USA

Vivien Measday – Canada

Vladimir Jiranek – Australia

Zdena Palkova – Czech Republic



International Specialised Symposium on Yeasts

27 November - 1 December 2023

Conference Venue

National Wine Centre of Australia
Corner of Hackney Rd & Botanic St, Adelaide SA 5000



All Occasions Group

12 Stirling Street
Thebarton SA 5031, Australia

Contact Information


(08) 8125 2200