Venue: Mount Helen campus, Federation University, Ballarat, Victoria.

Date: Wed 29th November – Fri 1st December 2017

YPD 17, like previous YPD meetings, brought together a variety of scientists and technologists interested in yeast research and applied aspects of yeast technology. The aim of the meeting was to strengthen existing links and develop new links between members of the Australasian Yeast Group (

The proceedings are downloadable via the link.

Meeting Venue and Parking

All sessions will be held in Building Y, room 016 and the adjacent foyer area.

Parking close to the building is best accessed by NOT entering the campus at the main entrance on Geelong Rd, but continuing on a further 400m and turning left onto Gear Ave. Continue for 1.2 km and turn left at East Terrace. The entrance to Carpark is on the left and Building Y will be ahead of you on your right. The carpark (#2 on the campus map) is FREE except for some permit only spaces immediately adjacent to the steps/ramp leading to the south  entrance of the building.

Early Career Researcher Award (YPD 2017 ECR)

The Yeast Special Interest Group of the ASBMB is seeking applications for an ECR award that will sponsor the winner to speak at the 2018 Combio Conference. Registration costs will be covered by the Yeast SIG. This will provide a great opportunity to present an “Invited Talk” of your work at a large national meeting and to network with your peers.

To be eligible you must have completed your PhD within the last 10 years and be a registrant for the 2017 Yeast Products and Discovery (YPD) meeting. Selection will be based upon the abstract submitted for YPD2017, plus a two page CV and one page summary of career aspirations/research vision.

To be considered for the ECR Speaker Award please combine your abstract, CV and summary into a single PDF document and submit to [email protected]. The closing date is 5pm, Friday 28th October.


The Organising Committee (in Consultation with Alan Munn, Chair of the Yeast Special Interest Group of ASBMB) has determined  that:

The first twenty interstate and overseas  (i.e. non-Victorian) students to submit an abstract and register will be reimbursed for their registration (which includes the conference dinner, lunches and morning and afternoon teas). This is a saving of $200.

The monies for this will come from the ASBMB Yeast Special Interest Group account and therefore will be handled separately to registration. This means that students meeting the above criteria will be required to pay upfront and will receive a cheque for reimbursement at the conference.

Once the first twenty non-Victorian students are registered with abstracts submitted, the on-line registration site will inform subsequent registrants of this.


Please submit abstracts directly to [email protected]

Provide a brief, but informative title in BOLD UPPER CASE, followed by authors, institutions and addresses. Your abstract text should be 350 words or less and formatted as a single paragraph.


TRIVAGO will provide details on nearly all accommodation options in Ballarat.

The #21 bus runs past or close to these options situated along Main / Geelong Road that runs out to the Federation Uni campus at Mt Helen: Mercure Ballarat Hotel, Best Western Plus Ballarat, Comfort Inn Main Lead, Quality Inn and Suites Menzies, Barkly Motorlodge, Sovereign Park Motor Inn.

Big 4 Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park is the camping option nearest the conference location.

Closest to the Conference venue at Federation University. A number of accommodation options and locations may be available including self-contained apartments, studio’s and 5-12 bedroom houses and units with shared bathroom and living facilities. Nightly rate for one person is $65. Enquiries/bookings can be made by phone or email.

Phone: 03 5327 9480

Email: [email protected]



Rental Car Companies at Melbourne Airport (see

Airport Bus

Ballarat – Melbourne Tullamarine Airport Bus Shuttle (

Probably the most straightforward option if you do not wish to rent a car. Departs from the purple bus zone ‘Regional Buses’ at ground level opposite the International Terminal. On leaving the terminal cross over to the second road at the pedestrian crossing. Arrives Ballarat Railway station. The trip takes approx. 90 mins. Booking is recommended and can be made on-line. See website for departure timetable; first departure 6 am and last departure 9.15 pm. 


There is NO train from the airport to the city so first take the Skybus to Southern Cross Station ( Melbourne City Express operates 24/7, including all public holidays, from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport to Southern Cross Station with frequent departures (see website for detailed timetable). Pick-up stops outside terminals 1, 3 and 4. One way fare is usually $19 (with a small discount for a return fare). Journey time is approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

V/Line Train to Ballarat

Departs from Southern Cross Station. Journey time approx. 80 mins. Services run throughout the day. A myki card (see below) will be required. Timetable at

Public Transport in Ballarat

Bus from Ballarat Railway Station to Federation University campus at Mt Helen.

(Route 21. Ballarat Station – Buninyong via Federation University). Runs every 30 min from 5.31 am to 8.30 pm (full timetable at A myki card (see below) is valid for this bus.

Taxis. Taxi rank at Ballarat Station. Fare to Mt Helen should be between $20-30. Distance is about 10 km and trip will take about 15 mins

Myki ( Is the reusable (‘touch on/ touch off’) travel card for trains, trams and buses in Melbourne and regional Victorian centres. Visitors to Melbourne and Victoria can buy a myki Explorer. The pack comes with a ready-to-use card, handy maps and discounts to some tourist attractions. Purchase at SkyBus terminals at Melbourne Airport or Southern Cross Station. This card comes with limited funds so you will need to ‘top-up’ for a return trip to Ballarat. Full details at


In Ballarat there is wide variety of hotels, bars and restaurants covering many different cuisine options. See