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On May 16-19th Joanna-Bucka Kolendo, Ph.D. from the Department of Microbiology and Ms. Agata Wierzbińska, Coordinator for international cooperation, IBPRS-PIB participated in the 47th Annual Conference on Yeasts. The conference was organized by the Institute of Chemistry,

Slovak Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with the Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology, Slovak University of Technology. The event was held at the Smolenice Castle and gathered about 60 participants, mainly from Central and Eastern Europe, but also Germany, France, Belgium and Denmark. Four days of presentations and lectures were co-joined with networking sessions and a poster session. The employees of the Institute had the opportunity to establish valuable professional contacts and, most importantly to promote the activities of the Institute and the IS_MIRRI21 H2020 project, which is also carried out by the researchers of the Institute of Agricultural and Food Biotechnology. Slovakia is one of the countries which MIRRI-ERIC would like to have as its Member and the discussions with the representatives of the Slovak Academy of Sciences were focused on the membership possibility.