The RNA Society's Next Meeting

RNA 2016

The 2016 joint annual meeting of the RNA Society and the RNA Society of Japan will be held June 28 – July 2, 2016 at the International Conference Center in Kyoto, one of the most charming, historic cities in Japan.

Mikiko Siomi (University of Tokyo)
Utz Fischer (University of Würzburg)
Wendy Gilbert (MIT)
David Lilley (University of Dundee)
Erik Sontheimer (University of Massachusetts)
Tsutomu Suzuki (University of Tokyo)

Conference Web Site

Other Meetings and Conferences

Noncoding RNAs in Health and Disease

joint with the meeting on Enhancer Malfunction in Cancer

Submit an abstract and register for this

Keystone Symposia conference that will take place

February 21–24, 2016 at Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

Scientific Organizers:
Ramin Shiekhattar, University of Miami and Roberto Bonasio, University of Pennsylvania

Over the past decade, there has been a greater understanding of genomic complexity in eukaryotes ushered in by the immense technological advances in high-throughput sequencing of DNA and its corresponding RNA transcripts. This has resulted in the realization that beyond protein-coding genes, there are a large number of transcripts that do not encode for proteins and, therefore, may perform their function through RNA sequences and/or through secondary and tertiary structural determinants. This Keystone Symposia meeting is focused on the latest findings concerning different classes of noncoding RNAs that use different strategies to regulate transcription. These are exciting times for discovering the biological scope and the mechanism of action for these RNA molecules, which have roles in dosage compensation, imprinting, enhancer function and transcriptional regulation, with a consequently great impact in development and disease.

Session Topics:
• Noncoding RNAs in Dosage Compensation and Germline Function
• Small Noncoding RNA in Transcriptional Silencing
• Enhancer RNA in Development and Disease (Joint)
• Enhancer Chromatin and Noncoding RNA (Joint)
• Noncoding RNAs and Polycomb/Trithorax Complexes
• Noncoding RNAs and Nuclear Architecture

Scholarship & Discounted
Abstract: October 20, 2015
Late-Breaking Abstract: November 18, 2015
(for plenary short talk or workshop presentation consideration)
Discounted Registration: December 18, 2015
(Through this date, you can also submit an abstract on our website for publication in the printed abstract book and presentation in a poster session.)

For more information and to register, please visit our website:

#2 Dynamic DNA and RNA Structures in Damage Responses & Cancer Conference

22 Feb 16 – 25 Feb 16
Cancun, Mexico

Chaired by Professor John Tainer (Director, SIBYLS, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) & Professor Tom Blundell (Director of Research, University of Cambridge)

Talk Submission Deadline: 14th September 2015
Poster Submission Deadline: 30th November 2015
Registration Deadline: 04th December 2015

Key Sessions
DNA and RNA complexes
Chromatin Remodeling
Post-translational modifications
Interface of repair with Replication, Transcription and Recombination
RNA responses to damage
Pathway selection & cross-talk
Damage signaling and processing
DNA repair and disease

Confirmed Speakers
Alan Ashworth (UCSF)
Walter Chazin (Vanderbilt)
Wei Yang (NIH)
Lorena S. Beese (Duke University Medical Center)
Susan Lees-miller (University of Calgary)
Scott Williams (NIH/NIEHS)
Eva Nogales (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Magnar Bjorås (Oslo University Hospital)
Tom Ellenberger (Washington University in St. Louis)
Sheila David (UC Davis)
Bennett Van Houten (University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University)
Stephen Kowalczykowski (UC Davis)
Stephen West (The Francis Crick Institute)
Dorothy Erie (University of North Carolina)
Geir Slupphaug (Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU)
Chuan He (University of Chicago)
Titia de Lange (The Rockefeller University)
Karl-Peter Hopfner (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich)
Jessica Downs (University of Sussex)
Jean-Baptiste Charbonnier (Institute of Integrated Biology of the Cell)
Dale Wigley (Imperial College London)
Ronald Hay (University of Dundee)
Titia Sixma (Netherlands Cancer Institute)
Samir Hamdan (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)
Takashi Ochi (University of Cambridge)
Steve Smerdon (Medical Research Council)
Terence Strick (University of Paris – Diderot)
Mark Glover (University of Alberta)
Jim Haber (Brandeis University)

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3rd Annual Symposium on RNA Science: Epitranscriptomics

*The RNA Institute, University at Albany Event*

3rd Annual Symposium on RNA Science and its Applications: Epitranscriptomics

Entails a full day of scientific presentations, poster session and awards on Friday, March 18th, 2016.

Supplemental workshops will be announced soon!

Committed Keynote Speakers to date:

Glenn Björk, PhD ,Professor emeritus at Department of Molecular Biology, Umeå University
Carlos J. Bustamante, PhD, HHMI Investigator, Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology, Physics, and Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley
Anna Moore, PhD, Professor in Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Assistant in Cell Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Venue: University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave. Albany, NY USA

Topics: tRNA modification, mRNA modification, RNA visualization and delivery, single molecule analysis

Contact: Lori Chertoff

Post-transcriptional gene expression – an International Course March 2016 – Paris and Barcelona

This course is a joint initiative between the Institut Curie (Paris) and the CRG (Barcelona).
It is divided in two parts: Theoretical and Practicals (participants can apply to one or both options).

The theoretical part will take place in Orsay (near Paris), from March 7th – March 11th, 2016. This course will provide an overview of post-transcriptional gene regulations (splicing, polyadenylation, methylation, stability and translation of (pre-) messenger RNAs). It will cover molecular mechanisms, genome-wide analyses and implications in cancer (session “RNA towards the clinic”).

Giuseppe Biamonti – Pavia, IT; Maria Carmo-Fonseca – Lisboa, PT; Eduardo Eyras – Barcelona, SP; Utz Fischer – Wuerzburg, DE; Torben Heik Jensen – Aarhus, DK; Jørgen Kjems – Aarhus, DK; David Lilley – Dundee, UK; Raul Mendez – Barcelona, SP; Oliver Mühlemann – Bern, CH; Théophile Ohlmann – Lyon, FR; Gideon Rechavi – Tel Aviv, IL; Georg Stoecklin – Heidelberg, DE; Štěpánka Vaňáčová– Brno, CZ; Sven Danckwardt – Mainz, DE; Nicole Meisner-Kober – Basel, CH; Adrian Schwarzer – Hannover, DE

Marie-Claire Daugeron – GIF, FR
Martin Dutertre – Orsay, FR
Stéphan Vagner – Orsay, FR

For more information about the course please visit the following webpage:

The practical part will take place in Barcelona, from March 13th – March 19th, 2016. Participants will be taught and able to perform two of the most technically challenging experiments: iCLIP and Ribosome Profiling. The iCLIP technique is generally used to define, at nucleotide resolution, the Protein/RNA binding sites in vivo, whereas, the Ribosome profiling method provides a detailed approach to studying the mechanics of translation and co-translational processes in vivo. Both techniques have been used to understand the molecular roles of RNA Binding Proteins in development, cancer and several other diseases. Participants will receive personalized instruction that will enable them to master those techniques. The course is targeted to junior researchers who will be selected worldwide on the basis of their CV and motivation letter.

Speakers & Instructors
Elias Bechara – Barcelona, SP; Fatima Gebauer – Barcelona, SP; Michaela Müller-McNicoll – Frankfurt, DE; Maria Paola Paronetto – Rome, IT; Chris Sibley – London, UK; Laurence Wurth – Barcelona, SP

Elias Bechara – Barcelona, SP
Juan Valcárcel – Barcelona, SP

Registration open until JANUARY 31st at:

Positive-Strand RNA Viruses

Submit an abstract and register for this Keystone Symposia conference that will take place May 1–5, 2016 at Hyatt Regency Austin, Austin, Texas, USA.

Scientific Organizers:
Raul Andino, University of California, San Francisco and Peter D. Nagy, University of Kentucky.

Positive-stranded RNA viruses are important and emerging human pathogens worldwide. Virus-host interactions and innate responses by the host are intensively studied areas, which promise novel broad-range and durable antiviral approaches against dangerous viruses. Topics covered by the meeting include basic advances in research on viral replication structures, virus entry and virus evolution; virus-host interactions, discussed from the virus view on changing the host (including systems biology) and host responses and defense mechanisms; and emerging therapeutics. It is anticipated that rapidly emerging new concepts on virus-host interactions will help the participants to test various host factors for a large number of positive-strand RNA viruses to expand the arsenal of antiviral approaches. This meeting will bring together experts on positive-stranded RNA viruses that will facilitate the rapid progress and dissemination of new concepts in the complex field of virus-host interactions. Also, speakers who are expert with other groups of viruses will be invited to facilitate cross-talk with other areas in virology. Among the speakers will be interdisciplinary scientists who would not normally meet with this group of researches. Virology, cell biology, genetics, evolution, macromolecular structures/assembly, systems biology and imaging will all be brought together.

Session Topics:
• Systems Biology: From “Omics” to Function
• Entry, Trafficking and Exiting
• Replication Organelles, Membranes, Proteins, Lipids and Stuff…
• Replication Enzymes and Other Factors
• Virus Modulations of Host Pathways
• Evolution, Adaptation and Virus Fitness
• Immunity and Stress Responses
• Therapeutic Interventions

Scholarship & Discounted
Abstract: January 6, 2016
Late-Breaking Abstract: February 3, 2016
(for plenary short talk or workshop presentation consideration)

Discounted Registration: March 2, 2016
(Through this date, you can submit an abstract via our website for presentation in a poster session and publication online.)

For more information and to register, please visit our website:

EMBO Workshop: RNA Structure Meets Function

Recent developments in sequencing technology have revealed widespread transcription of the eukaryotic genome, uncovering an overwhelming quantity of novel functional RNAs. The list of these RNAs is constantly increasing and already includes lncRNAs, circular RNAs and enhancer RNAs. The basic mechanisms of action of these RNAs remain to be elucidated and are most likely highly correlated with RNA secondary and tertiary structure, as previously found in examples of other RNAs, e.g. ribosomal RNAs and tRNAs. Nevertheless, the connection between RNA structural biology and RNA function is still in its infancy. Therefore, the overall aim of this EMBO Workshop is to promote scientific exchange and synergies across the fields of RNA structure and RNA function, by gathering leading established and upcoming scientists to discuss and exchange the most recent advances in these areas and cutting-edge technologies to tackle them.

–  structural RNA biology
–  large RNA complexes
–  regulatory RNAs and chromatin
–  RNA dynamics
–  regulatory & non-coding RNAs

Registration deadline: 01 March 2016
Abstract submission deadline: 01 March 2016

EMBO workshop: RNA structure meets function
12-15 June 2016 | Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden
For more information

Organizers: Gonçalo Castelo-Branco (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden),
Katja Petzold (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden), Alessandra Villa
(Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)

Nucleic Acids and Immunity

Submit an abstract and register for this Conference “Nucleic Acids and Immunity” that will take place
7-9 September, 2016, Brno Czech Republic
Scientific Organizers:
Mary O´Connell and Liam Keegan (CEITEC, Masaryk Universtity, Brno)

About the conference:
This conference on Nucleic Acids and Immunity is the first of a series of three, funded by the EU under Framework 7, which will focus on build a synergistic relationship between researchers in these two areas. The epitranscriptome is a new emerging field of research. The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers in the fields of immunology, innate immune nucleic acid sensing and enzymatic modification of nucleic acids. There will also be a medical perspective, discussing how the lack of certain modifications leading to aberrant innate immune recognition of nucleic acids results in disease.

Session Topics:
Nucleic Acid Sensors
RNA Modification
Infectious Diseases
DNA modification and Cancer
Inflammation and neurodegeneration
Disease vectors

Discounted Registration: April 30, 2016
Late-Breaking Registration: 30 June, 2016
Registration link:

2016 IMB Conference “Epigenetics in Development”

Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB), Mainz, Germany

Scientific Organizers:
Bradley Cairns
(Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, USA)
René Ketting, Jean-Yves Roignant and Natalia Soshnikova (all IMB, Mainz, Germany)

The conference will cover the role of epigenetics in developmental processes from the level of individual cells to whole organisms. A central theme of the conference will be to explore how the epigenomic landscape changes between fertilisation and differentiation, what regulates these changes and what is their developmental significance. Included in this is how epigenetics contributes to developmental patterning. For example, what epigenetic regulators are important in lineage specification, how do they exert their function and how do cell-cell interactions transmit signals to the epigenome. The contribution of, for example, DNA modifications, chromatin structure as well as small and long non-coding RNAs to developmental processes will be addressed.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Reproduction
  • Embryogenesis
  • Plasticity and Differentiation

Keynote Speakers:
Elaine Fuchs, Rockefeller University, New York, USA
Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, Gurdon Institute, Cambridge, UK

Early-bird registration: 15 July 2016
Abstract deadline for short talks and posters: 2 September 2016
Registration deadline: 23 September 2016