The RNA Society's Next Meeting

RNA 2015, The Twentieth Annual Meeting of the RNA Society

The twentieth annual meeting of the RNA Society will be held May 26 – 31, 2015 in Madison Wisconsin

David Brow, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison
Matthias Hentze, EMBL
Amy Pasquinelli, Univ of California – San Diego
Anna Pyle, Yale Univ

Other Meetings and Conferences

The 9th annual North East Postgraduate conference (NEPG)

The 9th annual North East Postgraduate conference (NEPG) will be held Friday, October 31st, 2014 at Newcastle Civic Centre, NE1 8QH. Register for your free delegate place today at:

The NEPG provides postgraduate students with an opportunity to present scientific research through oral and poster presentations. In addition to the student presentations there will be inspiring keynote talks, career workshops and networking opportunities with bioscience companies.

This highly successful event –organised by postgraduates for postgraduates- is the largest annual conference for bioscience and medical research students in the UK. Last year we had over 400 delegates from 9 different universities, and this year we are expecting over 500.

For further information please visit the conference website:

Computational RNA Biology 11-13 November 2014 – Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

Computational RNA Biology

11-13 November 2014

Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK

Abstract Deadline: 26 September 2014
Registration Deadline: 13 October 2014

This new Wellcome Trust conference on Computational RNA Biology will bring together experimental and computational researchers to discuss the recent advances and developments in RNA biology.

In recent years there have been important advances in identifying and understanding non-coding RNAs. They are involved in many biological processes and are increasingly seen as important in disease. Computational approaches greatly assist our understanding of how to characterise and understand the biological functions of these molecules.

This meeting will cover all aspects of RNA biology with a focus on computational methods to elucidate structure, function and interactions of non-coding RNAs across species.  We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to non-coding RNA research. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted

Topics will include:
RNA biology and disease
Long non-coding RNAs
Small RNA regulation
RNA structure from computation and experiment Interactions and systems

Scientific programme committee:
Alex Bateman EMBL-EBI, UK.
Sean Eddy HHMI, Janelia Farm, USA.
Anton Enright EMBL-EBI, UK.
Mihaela Zavolan University of Basel, Switzerland.


2nd International mRNA Health Conference

In recent years, messenger RNA (mRNA) has made substantial progress as a new, important class of drugs with the potential to transform treatment for a wide range of diseases, including those previously untreatable. Those interested in learning more about this exciting field should consider attending the 2nd International mRNA HealthConference, where you will have unfettered access to prominent industry executives advancing the science of mRNA.

Join biopharmaceutical industry executives from companies such as Moderna Therapeutics, Novartis, BioNTech, and CureVac, as well as Nobel Laureates Jack Szostak and Phil Sharp, and other scientific leaders from both private and public sectors to learn about the origins of mRNA and how to unlock its potential. Engage in two days of scientific lectures, panel discussions, and networking with internationally recognized biotechnology experts.

The 2nd International mRNA Health Conference takes place November 11-12, in Cambridge, Mass. To register please click here. To learn more about the conference, please visit the website.

Gordon Research Conference: RNA Nanotechnology

Principles for Inter-RNA Interactions
Chair: Peixuan Guo, University of Kentucky, USA
Co-Chair:  Neocles Leontis, Bowling Green State University, USA
Ventura, CA, USA; Feb. 1-6, 2015

To promote the new field of RNA Nanotechnology,
this conference is open to public! Please join us at this exciting conference to discuss the frontiers of this emerging field!

Online application is currently open at the meeting website ( Several oral presentation slots have been reserved for outstanding abstracts. Similar to all other GRC conferences, due to the limitation of meeting size, prior approval for application by the meeting chair is required before formal registration. Please apply first by filling the forms following the instruction at the website.  For more information, please contact Hui Li at [email protected].

Preliminary program:

1. RNA Computation and Modeling
Bruce Shapiro (National Cancer Institute, USA)
Janusz Bujnicki (International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)

2. RNA Nanoparticles in Therapeutics
Stephanie Morris (National Cancer Institute, USA)
Carlo Croce (Ohio State University, USA)
Mark Evers (University of Kentucky, USA)
Judy Lieberman (Harvard University, USA)
Daxiang Cui (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
Zicai Liang (Peking University, China)

3. Importing from DNA Nanotechnology
Jorgan Kjems (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Paul Rothemund (California Institute of Technology, USA)
Hao Yan (Arizona State University, USA)

4. Structure and Folding of RNA Nanoparticles
Eric Westhof (CNRS Strasbourg, France)
Robert Batey (University of Colorado, USA)
Thomas Hermann (University of California, San Diego, USA)
Hirohide Saito (Kyoto University, Japan)

5. Physical and Chemical Approaches in RNA Nanotechnology
Carlo Montemagno (University of Alberta, USA)
Paula Hammond (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Farzin Haque (University of Kentucky, USA)
Kirill Afonin (University of North Carolina, USA)

6. Extracellular RNA for Biomarker Development
Jan Lotvall (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Xandra Breakefield (Harvard University, USA)

7. Extracellular RNA for Therapeutic Development
Gabriel Lopez-Berestein (University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, USA)
Anil Sood (University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, USA)

8. Nanotechnologies Relevant to RNA Research
Xing-Jie Liang (National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China)
Dai-Wen Pang (Wuhan University, China)
Dennis Bong (Ohio State University, USA)
Jong Bum Lee (University of Seoul, Korea)

9. Nanoimmuology and RNA Nanotechnology
Xiyun Yan (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
David Gamm (University of Wisconsin, USA)
Yuliang Zhao (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

Long Noncoding RNAs: From Evolution to Function

Submit an abstract and register for this Keystone Symposia conference that will take place March 15–20, 2015 at
Keystone Resort, Keystone, Colorado, USA.

Scientific Organizers:
Leonard Lipovich, Wayne State University
Jeannie T. Lee, Massachusetts General Hospital
John L. Rinn, Harvard University
James (Ben) Brown, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Recent progress has enabled genome-wide mapping of long non-coding RNA (lncRNAs) and has unraveled unifying themes; lncRNAs function as epigenetic regulators, scaffolds, decoys, and enhancers. The goal of this meeting is to integrate novel findings, enhance previously proposed models of lncRNA function, and generate new testable hypotheses. Our synthesis of RNA structure, function, evolution, and informatics will foster progress in this rapidly growing field.

Scholarship & Discounted Abstract Deadline: November 18, 2014

Abstract Deadline: December 16, 2014
(for plenary short talk or workshop presentation consideration)

Discounted Registration Deadline: January 15, 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:

The RNA Institute, University at Albany Event

The 2nd Annual Symposium on RNA Science and its Applications entails a full day of scientific presentations, poster session and awards on Friday, March 20th, 2015.

Additionally, Sigma-Aldrich will be providing a hands-on CRISPR systems workshop which is tentatively scheduled to begin on March 18th and concludes the evening of March 19th. The workshop is free for those registered for the Symposium, and demonstrating importance of the workshop to their research through submission of an abstract for presentation at the Symposium. Workshop space is limited, but workshop lectures can be attended by more than those accepted for the hands-on experimentation.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Christine Guthrie, University of California – San Francisco
  • Peter Sarnow, Stanford University
  • Robert Singer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Erik Sontheimer, Present: Northwestern University
    Future: RNA Therapeutics Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School

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

Topics: RNA Tools and Applications to RNA Biology

            Molecular Biology; Biochemistry; Cell Biology

Contact: Lori Chertof, [email protected]

MicroRNAs and Noncoding RNAs in Cancer

Submit an abstract and register for this Keystone Symposia conference that will take place June 7–12, 2015 at
Keystone Resort, Keystone, Colorado, USA.

Scientific Organizers:
Frank J. Slack, Yale University
Manel Esteller, Belvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL)
Lin He, University of California, Berkeley

This meeting focuses on the exciting biology of microRNAs and noncoding RNAs in controlling developmental and cancer processes like cell proliferation, differentiation, cell cycle, apoptosis and metastasis, as well as the latest efforts to harness the power of these RNAs as agents in the fight against cancer. In addition, this meeting attracts the best researchers working in small RNAs and cancer to one place for critical discussions that will advance the field and accelerate the bench-side to bedside use of this technology and provides a stimulating environment where students, postdocs and junior investigators can present and discuss their research with the best minds in the field.

Scholarship & Discounted Abstract Deadline: February 5, 2015

Abstract Deadline: March 5, 2015
(for plenary short talk or workshop presentation consideration)

Discounted Registration Deadline: April 7, 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:

10th EMBO Conference on Ribosome Synthesis

10th EMBO Conference on Ribosome Synthesis – Brussels, Belgium – August 19-23, 2015

Keynote Speakers:
Nenad Ban (ETH Zurich)
David Tollervey (Wellcome Trust Edinburgh)

The 2015 EMBO Conference on Ribosome Assembly will be held at the Hotel Metropole in downtown Brussels from August 19-23, 2015.

The meeting will focus on the mechanisms of ribosome assembly in eukaryotes and prokaryotes, the molecular basis for ribosomopathies, the role of specialized ribosomes.  Two exciting Keynote presentations from Nenad Ban and David Tollervey will focus on the structural and molecular cell biology of ribosome assembly. Oral presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Planned sessions include:

  • Ribosome assembly (Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes)
  • Structural aspects of ribosome biogenesis
  • rRNA transcription, epigenetics and growth regulation
  • Animal models to study ribosome biogenesis and ribosomopathies
  • Quality control of ribosome assembly
  • Subcellular trafficking of assembly intermediates
  • Nucleolar structure and dynamics
  • Specialized ribosomes in development and cell differentiation

Registration for this meeting will open in March 2015. Further details can be found at:

Funds have been secured to provide a number of student/postdoc travel scholarships, especially for participants from the following countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey.

The organizing committee

Sander Granneman (U Edinburgh)
Katrin Karbstein (The Scripps Research Institute)
Denis Lafontaine (U Brussels)
Tom Meier (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
Joost Zomerdijk (U Dundee)