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ISSY31: 31st International Specialised Symposium on Yeast


Yeast Fermentations: from Genes to Application Aspects

ISSY31 was organized under the auspices of the International Commission on Yeast (ICY).

The Conference took place October 9 - 12, 2014 in Vipava and Nova Gorica, Slovenia.


We congratulate the winners of the Best Student Presentations:

Elena Kuzmin (Toronta, Canada)

Peter Gajdoš (Bratislava, Slovak Republic)

Lina Lindahl (Göteborg, Sweden)


Some pictures from the ISSY31 can be found here.


Here you can find a short film on Vipava and the Lanthieri Palace that will be the arena for a part o the conference. The Lanthieri Palace has been recently renovated and beautifully restored to its former glory. It is located in the town center of Vipava and now houses the Wine Research Center, School for Viticulture and Enology, and Center for Biomedical Sciences and Engineering of the University of Nova Gorica. However, note that your accommodation will be at Hotel Perla in Nova Gorica where also the first and the last day of the conference programme will take place.


Map, showing the location of the Vipava valley (you can read here what the New York Times has to say about the valley) and its proximity to Nova Gorica, Gorizia, Ljubljana, Venice and Trieste.


The focus of ISSY 31 is on Yeast fermentations; diversity, genes, enzymes, regulatory networks, evolution and applied aspects.


Executive committee

Jure Piškur (1960 - 2014) Honorary Chairman and Inspirer 

Uroš Petrovič This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; Executive Chairman

Birgitte Munch-Petersen ‎ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marko Dolinar ‎ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lorena Butinar

Sofia Dashko

Melita Sternad Lemut


Scientific Committee:

J. Thevelein, T. Boekhout, C. Compagno, K. Natter, D. Delneri, J. Hansen, G. Liti, L. Butinar, U. Petrovič


Main Organizers:

Lund University (LU)

Jozef Stefan Institute 

EU ITN project Cornucopia 

University of Nova Gorica (UNG) 

Jubi kinase (JUBI)


Other Organizers:

National Institute of Chemistry, University of Ljubljana, Slovenian Microbiological Society


Programme Organizers:

Executive committee 

J. Piškur and his LU and UNG groups

EU ITN Consortium Cornucopia

UNG Wine Research Centre

Regional yeast community

Young investigators: N. Zhou, S. Dashko, O. Ishchuk, A. Schifferdecker, T. Konte, M. Brložnik, K. Koruza, K. Uršič, T. Ambrožič


Secretaries: Dr. Birgitte Munch-Petersen and Dr. Lorena Butinar



Golden Sponsors:

Carlsberg Research Laboratory

Novo Nordisk


Silver Sponsors




Pivovarna Laško


Bronze Sponsors


Kmetijski inštitut Slovenije


Roche Slovenia


Škrlj kovinska oprema

Springer Verlag

Vipava 1894 wines

Vinska klet Goriška Brda

Tilia Estate

Burja Estate