The RNA Society's Next Meeting

RNA 2014 The 19th Annual Meeting of the RNA Society

The 19th Annual Meeting of the RNA Society will be held in Quebec City, Canada from June 3-8, 2014, at the Centre des Congrès de Québec

2014 Organizers
Benoît Chabot, Université de Sherbrooke
Martin Simard, Laval University Cancer Research Center
Elena Conti, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
Fátima Gebauer, Center de Regulacio Genomica
Barbara Golden, Purdue University
Sean Ryder, U. Mass Medical School

Other Meetings and Conferences


The third European CRISPR meeting will be held in Berlin, Germany from May 14-16, 2014.

Confirmed speakers are:
R. Barrangou, E. Charpentier, J. Doudna, E. Koonin, L. Marraffini, F. Mojica, J. van der Oost, K. Severinov, M. Terns, M. White, B. Wiedenheft

For more details please visit our website:

Machines on Genes – Snowmass, CO – June 22 – 27, 2014

Registration is now open for the 2014 FASEB Summer Research Conference, Machines on Genes, which will focus on the anatomies, architectures and mechanics of protein and protein-nucleic acid machines that access, maintain, and decode the information stored within DNA and RNA. The meeting will be held at The Base Village Conference Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado on June 22-28, 2014.

The meeting will focus on the mechanisms of important nucleic acid transactions, including DNA replication, repair, and recombination, transcription, mRNA modification, translation, RNA–driven catalysis, chemical biology of nucleic acids, and epigenetic gene regulation, and aims to highlight the use of emerging biophysical methodologies. The 2014 meeting marks a consolidation of the long-running FASEB Nucleic Acids Enzymes Conference with the Biochemical Society Machines on Genes Conference, which has taken place in the UK twice since 2010, and therefore brings together a broad range of investigators from across the globe.

The program for the conference can be found at:
and through the meeting Facebook page:

In addition to an exciting list of invited speakers (listed below), oral presentations will be selected from the abstracts. The selected talks, poster presentations, and recreational activities will provide students and postdoctoral fellows opportunities to exchange ideas and formulate new collaborations. Funds have been secured to provide a healthy number of student/postdoc travel scholarships. The meeting will also feature several organized panel discussions to help junior colleagues navigate various topics related to careers in science.

Registration is available through the FASEB website:

Confirmed Speaker List:

Keynote Speaker: Carlos Bustamante

Session: Translation and the ribosome
Katrin Karbstein, Jodi Puglisi, Marina Rodnina, Scott Strobel

Session: DNA damage recognition and repair
Caroline Kisker, R. Scott Williams, John Tainer, Ben van Houten

Session: Making nucleic acids I: DNA replication
Wei Yang, Luca Pellegrini, Sylvie Doublié, Achillefs Kapanidis

Session: Making nucleic acids II: Transcription and RNA modification
Evgeny Nudler, Jens Michaelis, Thomas Preiss, David Bentley

Session: Translocation and remodeling
Mark Szczelkun, Steve West, Mark Dillingham

Session: Nucleic acids that perform catalysis
Anna Pyle, Barbara Golden, Darrin York, Andrej Luptak, Julie Soukup

Session: Gene regulation, chromatin and epigenetics I
Karolin Luger, Dale Wigley, Karl-Peter Hopfner, Stewart Shuman

Session: Gene regulation, chromatin and epigenetics II
Jennifer Doudna, Saba Valadkhan, Xiaodong Cheng, Dinshaw Patel

Session:  Chemical biology of nucleic acids
Shankar Balasubramanian, Thomas Hermann,  Antoine van Oijen

DNA habitats and its RNA Inhabitants – July 3-5, 2014 – Salzburg, Austria

The shifting perspective from a read-only-memory genome with copying errors to a read- and-write genome with competent change operators is fundamental: For decades it was assumed that driving force of evolution is mutation (error) and selection. Now it is recognized that errors cannot explain genetic novelty and complexity.

A variety of RNA based agents play essential roles in evolution and regulation in all DNA/Protein based life: basic non-coding RNA secondary structures built of (paired) stems and (not-paired) loops. RNA stem-loop swarms such as group I introns, group II introns, viroids, viral (RNA viruses, retrotransposons, LTRs, non-LTRs) and subviral networks (SINEs, LINEs, Alus) cooperate within cellular genomes as modular tools with its abundance of regulatory functions. Some noncoding RNAs built complementary consortia such as rRNAs, tRNAs, spliceosomes, editosomes, and other RNPs. Additionally counterbalancing modules such as toxin/antitoxin (TA) -, restriction/modification (RM) -, and insertion/deletion (INDEL) – modules assure identity (self/non-self) of cells, tissues, organs and even organisms.

Infectious RNAgents manipulate host genomes for (i) selfish replicative purposes or (ii) persistent co-evolutionary integration. The latter in most cases remain as defectives,
i.e. abundance of parts that now serve as co-opted modular tools for cellular needs or as full function elements that regulate complex developmental processes such as placentation in mammals. Also mixed consortia of RNA- and DNA virus-derived parts that integrate in host genomes have been found.

All fine-tuned steps and substeps of key cellular processes such as gene expression, transcription, translation, DNA recombination and repair, epigenetic imprinting (memory, learning), as well as various forms of innate and adaptive immunity are essentially constituted by such natural genetic content operators.

This symposium assembles approximately 50 experts (30 talks, 20 Posters) from different fields to discuss a fundamental new understanding of genetic novelty, code-generating, genome-formatting factors, multi-use nature for RNAgents and behavioral motifs of RNA-consortia. The small number of participants guarantees a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere for presentation and discussion. The Proceedings will be published.

Conference fee: € 300,00 USD 400,00 (Incl. full 3 day: conference, lunch, coffee breaks, gala-dinner on 4th of July with music performance)
Hotel room at conference site (incl. Breakfast): € 65,00 USD 85,00 (reduced special agreement single room)

Guenther Witzany, Telos – Philosophische Praxis, Buermoos, Austria email: [email protected]
Luis P. Villarreal, Center for Virus Research, University of California at Irvine, USA.

Head-Administrator: Hiltrud Oman, email: [email protected]

Visit our site:

9th FASEB meeting on “Post-transcriptional control of gene expression: Mechanisms of mRNA degradation”

We are happy to announce the 9th FASEB meeting on “Post-transcriptional control of gene expression: Mechanisms of mRNA degradation” to be held July 6th to 11 2014 in Big Sky, Montana. The conference venue is less than an hour from Yellowstone National Park. The meeting will encompass all aspects of mRNA degradation in all organisms and its links to other processes and is organized by Ambro van Hoof (UTHSC-Houston) and A.J. Carpousis (CNRS-Toulouse). Speakers will include invited leaders in the field, but there is also ample room in the program for talks selected from submitted abstracts as well as poster presentations. For more details see
We hope to see you under the beautiful big sky Ambro van Hoof and AJ Carpousis

Regulatory & Non-Coding RNAs – August 26 – 30, 2014

Abstract Deadline: June 13, 2014

Gregory Hannon, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Elisa Izaurralde, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
Michael Terns, University of Georgia

You are cordially invited to participate in a new conference on Regulatory & Non-Coding RNAs to be held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The opening session will begin at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, August 26 and the meeting will end after lunch on Saturday, August 30, 2014. As currently planned, the program will have eight sessions devoted to oral presentations, together with three poster sessions for presentations which cannot be accommodated in the formal sessions. Selection of talks for the oral sessions will be made by the organizers in conjunction with the session chairpersons, from the submitted abstracts.

* Biological Function of miRNAs
* Mechanisms of miRNA-mediated Gene Silencing
* siRNAs and piRNAs
* Non-coding RNAs in Prokaryotes
* Silencing Pathways in Plants
* Transcriptional Gene Silencing
* Catalytic RNAs
* Long Non-Coding RNAs

Keynote Speakers:
David Bartel, Whitehead Institute/MIT/HHMI
John Rinn, Harvard University

Discussion Leaders:
Alexei Aravin, California Institute of Technology
Marc Büehler, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
Xuemei Chen, University of California, Riverside
Jennifer Doudna, University of California, Berkeley/HHMI
Steve Jacobsen, University of California, Los Angeles
Rene Ketting
, Hubrecht Institute, Netherlands
Narry Kim, Seoul National University, South Korea
Alan Lambowitz, University of Texas
Donal O’Carroll, EMBL Monterotondo, Italy
Nicholas Proudfoot, University of Oxford, UK
Mikiko Siomi, Keio University School of Medicine, Japan
Joerg Vogel, University of Wurzburg, Germany

RNase H 2014

The 13th meeting on RNases H, RNase H 2014, will be held September 7-10, 2014 at Airlie Center ( in Virginia, near Washington D.C.. Susana Cerritelli, Bob Crouch and Andrew Jackson serve as co-chairs. We are delighted that The RNA Society will be the umbrella organization for this meeting. A Web Page is available with details of the program ( Registration will open on May 1, 2014, and RNA Society members will be afforded a $100 discount off of the cost of registration.

Cell Symposia: Regulatory RNAs

Cell Symposia: Regulatory RNAs
October 19 -21, 2014
Berkeley, CA, USA

Abstract submission deadline: June 30, 2014
Early registration deadline: August 4, 2014
Register early and save $100

This symposium will bring together leading scientists to discuss the latest and most exciting developments in the broad field of Regulatory RNAs.

Session topics include:

  • siRNAs and piRNAs
  • miRNA regulation and function
  • prokaryotic regulatory RNAs
  • mechanisms and biology of lncRNAs
  • RNA evolution
  • New technologies

For more information on registration and abstract submission, and for the current list of speakers, please visit the symposium website:


Jennifer Doudna, University of California, Berkeley
Richard Gregory, Harvard Medical School
Cyrus Martin, Scientific Editor, Current Biology
John Pham, Editor, Molecular Cell