The Microbial Biotechnologies for Food and Biochemicals Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Innovative Training Networks (ITNs) projects cluster comprises three projects funded by the European Union’s H2020 Research & Innovation programme. Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and PIs from YEASTDOC, PAcMEN and Aromagenesis met for the first time at the 7th conference on Physiology of Yeast & Filamentous Fungi (PYFF). The meeting was an integrated session within the PYFF programme, providing a showcase for the research being carried out within the cluster and highlighting synergies between the projects. It offered a great networking opportunity for all involved. Representatives from the Research Executive Agency (REA) gave their full support to this initiative, providing valuable expertise on doctoral training, policy, and societal goals. Click here for the full session programme.