13th Edition of the International
«Levures, Modèles et Outils»

11-14 September, 2018

Musikinsel, Rheinau

Early registration is recommended as the number of participant is limited.

The LMO meeting series was created in the early 1990’s to foster scientific exchanges between French-speaking yeast researchers. However, due to its great success, it has now adopted an English format to accommodate yeast researchers from around the globe.

Although inconspicuous, yeast are extremely important to our daily lives. They make the bread we eat, and the beer and wine we drink. However, yeast, and other fungi, also have a dark side in that they cause opportunistic infections, or mycoses, which can range in severity from mild, e.g. skin rashes, to deadly, like fungal pneumonia. Mycoses are often very challenging to treat - the reason for this lies in the fact that fungi, like us, are eukaryote organisms; and, therefore, share with our own cells very similar biochemical processes. This means that drugs that are toxic to yeast are also often toxic to us. On the bright side, this also means that studies that shed light on the basic molecular biology of yeast have direct relevance to the understanding of how our own cells function. Said another way, yeast which are relatively simple, inexpensive to grow, unencumbered with ethical concerns, and, possess unsurpassed genetic accessibility, remain a fantastic model with which we can probe our own molecular origins. To evidence this conclusion one needs look no further than the 2016 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine , awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi who, using yeast, discovered the basic mechanisms for autophagy; or, to the 2017 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award to Mike Hall, who, again with yeast, revealed that nutrient-activated Target Of Rapamycin (TOR) proteins regulate cell growth in all eukaryotes. This latter prize is especially poignant for Swiss science as Mike Hall's TOR work was conducted at the Biozentrum in Basel. What better way to celebrate this, and other yeast-based successes, than to host the 13th edition of the Levures Modèles et Outils meeting in Switzerland?

As a backdrop to this « celebration » we have chosen the beautiful village of Rheinau, on the Swiss/German border. The conference itself will be held in a recently renovated monastery. Our logic for choosing this unique location was two-fold. Firstly, all meeting participants will be housed together, enabling us to passively implement informal discussions outside of formal presentation sessions. Secondly, this stunning setting, situated in the middle of the Rhine river, contributed to our ability to attract ten distinguished, international (USA, UK, and Europe) yeast researchers from across Europe and the United States. These speakers will share their recent discoveries concerning how yeast, and by extension all eukaryotes, regulate growth and metabolism. Specifically, presenters will narrate the state-of-the-art understanding of fundamental mechanisms governing cell polarity, DNA repair and gene expression, protein and membrane homeostasis, metabolism, and longevity.

Preliminary Programme

TuesdaySeptember 11, 2018
15:00 – 17:00Registration and Welcome
17:00 – 17:10Opening address
17:10 – 17:40Session 1
Jeremy Thorner
17:40 – 18:00Short talk
18:00 – 19:00Flash talks, "My project in 180 seconds"
19:30 – 22:00Dinner
WednesdaySeptember 12, 2018
08:30 – 09:00Session 2
Fulvio Reggiori
09:00 – 09:15Short talk
09:15 – 09:30Short talk
09:30 – 10:30Flash talks, "My project in 180 seconds"
10:30 – 11:00Coffee break
11:00 – 11:30Session 3
Benjamin Tu
11:30 – 11:45Short talk
11:45 – 12:15Session 4
Jared Rutter
12:15 – 12:30Short talk
12:30 – 12:45Short talk
13:00 – 14:00Buffet lunch
14:00 – 15:00Poster session 1
15:00 – 15:30Coffee break
15:30 – 16:00Session 5
Jim Haber
16:00 – 16:15Short talk
16:15 – 16:30Short talk
16:30 – 16:45Short talk
17:00 – 18:00From yeast to beer
19:00 – 21:00Dinner concert
ThursdaySeptember 13, 2018
08:30 – 09:00Session 6
Christian Ungermann
09:00 – 09:15Short talk
09:15 – 09:30Short talk
09:30 – 09:45Short talk
09:45 – 10:15Coffee break
10:15 – 10:45Session 7
Jürg Bähler
10:45 – 11:00Short talk
11:00 – 11:15Short talk
11:15 – 11:45Coffee break
11:45 – 12:15Session 8
Sophie Martin
12:15 – 12:30Short talk
12:30 – 12:45Short talk
12:45 – 13:45Buffet lunch
13:45 – 14:45Poster session 2
14:45 – 15:15Coffee break
15:15 – 15:45Session 9
Marco Foiani
15:15 – 16:00Short talk
16:00 – 16:30Session 10
Lidia Vasilieva
16:30 – 16:45Short talk
16:45 – 17:00Short talk
17:00 – 17:30Poster prize award
17:30 – 17:45Closing remarks
19:00 – 23:00BBQ in the barn
FridaySeptember 14, 2018

Invited Speakers


8462 Rheinau
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The registration fee varies depending on the type of room chosen. It also includes all meals, coffee breaks and a BBQ on the final evening..

Abstract submission deadline is July 1st, 2018.
Shared room typeRegistration fee
Double550 CHF
Triple520 CHF
Sextuple510 CHF
Octuple500 CHF

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Organizing Committee

  • Claudio DE VIRGILIO (UniFR)
  • Robbie LOEWITH (UniGe)
  • Matthias PETER (ETHZ)

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Scientific Committee

  • Isabelle GEORIS (IRMW, Bruxelles)
  • Dominique HELMLINGER (Montpellier)
  • Guilhem JANBON (Institut Pasteur, Paris)
  • Laurent KURAS (Gif)
  • Matthieu REDERSTORFF (Univ. Lorraine)
  • Joseph SCHACHERER (Strasbourg)
  • Sadri ZNAIDI (Institut Pasteur, Tunis)

Previous editions

LMO 12 - April 13-15, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium
LMO 11 - April 07-09, 2014 in Bordeaux, France
LMO 10 - April 02-04, 2012 in Toulouse, France
LMO 09 - August 30 - September 02, 2010 in Strasbourg, France
LMO 08 - October 26-29, 2010 in La Colle sur Loup, France
LMO 07 - 2006 in Paris, France
LMO 06 - 2003 in Genève, Switzerland
LMO 05 - 2001 in Brussels, Belgium
LMO 04 - 1998 in Arcachon, France
LMO 03 - 1996 in Strasbourg, France
LMO 02 - 1993 in Gif-sur-Yvette, France
LMO 01 - 28-29 Mars, 1991, in Paris, France