Dear Colleagues, Dear Yeast Researchers,

It is my great pleasure to invite you to participate in the International Symposium “Non-Conventional Yeasts in the Postgenomic Era” that will be held in Lviv, Ukraine, on September 11-14, 2011.

Since 1996, when genome of the first eukaryote, baker's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been released, genomes of near 30 yeast species have been sequenced, and many others are under way. It means that each year the list of sequenced yeast genomes rapidly increases. It includes important industrial organisms recently discovered or used for many centuries, important pathogens and popular laboratory organisms that serve as experimental models to understand the eukaryotic cell. Together with tools for molecular research, knowledge of genome sequences creates a huge potential for further research of the many species, known as “non-conventional yeasts”. So, it is time to meet, announce the newest data of research in the field and discuss opportunities opened in current postgenomic era. Such discussions will contribute to more complete realization of the scientific and biotechnological potential of non-conventional yeasts.

In fact, this will be the fourth Symposium on non-conventional yeasts. The first Symposium was organized in Weimar (Germany) in 1986, the second one was held near Basel (Switzerland) in 1992, and the third Symposium on non-conventional yeasts was organized in Lviv (Ukraine) in 2001.

The main goal of our Symposium is to underline recent progress in the fields of yeast cell biology and biotechnology. The International Scientific Committee consists of leading scientists in these fields from many countries from most continents. We expect participation in the meeting of many other established and young promising researchers. To help young scientists to attend the meeting, we offer special grants supported by FEMS. The scientific program involves plenary lectures, 8 sessions with regular and short lectures, as well as poster presentations. In addition to scientific program, we offer interesting social program which includes a concert with participation of leading Lviv Opera singers, guided Lviv city tour, banquet in one of the best restaurants in Lviv, as well as optional tour to Olesko and Zolochiv castles and a visiting performance at the wonderful Lviv Opera House.

The Symposium will be held in the largest economic, cultural and scientific center of Western Ukraine, the city of Lviv, with a population of near 850 000. We are proud that Lviv has been selected as one of the venues of the forthcoming European football championship in 2012. The Ensemble of the Lviv Historic Centre is preserved as a cultural heritage by UNESCO since 1998.

We encourage you to attend the meeting and enjoy the excellent science and spirit of the beautiful ancient city of Lviv.

Sincerely yours,

Andriy A. Sibirny,
Chair of the International Commission on Yeasts
Director, Institute of Cell Biology NAS of Ukraine
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