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

25th tRNA Conference 2014

We are very pleased to invite you to participate in the 25th tRNA Conference. The meeting will be held on September 21-25, 2014 in Greece and will bring together a wide range of researchers from all over the world.

This year’s Conference will celebrate 50 years of tRNA research and 25 fruitful and stimulating meetings and we anticipate the participation of more than 250 attendees. Several prominent scientists in the field have already agreed to present their latest findings.

The abstract submission deadline and Early bird registration fees deadline is June 30, 2014.

For more information on abstract submission, registration or accommodation and for the current list of speakers, please visit the conference website or our Facebook account.

15th Annual RiboClub Meeting in Orford, Québec, Canada – September 22nd – 24th , 2014

Dear RNA Society member,

On behalf of the RNA scientists in Sherbrooke, it is my pleasure to announce that registration is now open for the 15th RiboClub Meeting to be held in Orford (in the vicinity of Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada) on September 22nd – 24th. This year the meeting is organized in partnership with Yale Center for RNA Science and Medicine at Yale University. Registration before June 26th can be completed at:

The program includes keynote lectures by Alan Lambovitz and Christina Smolke, poster sessions and 17 invited speakers on plenary sessions covering the following topics: RNA technologies, RNA splicing, RNA stability, non-coding RNA and translation. The flavor of the year is “The ever-expanding diversity of RNA function”. Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts. The program also includes an after-dinner presentation by Brian Nosek from the Department of Psychology at University of Virginia,

The RiboClub Society in collaboration with the RNA Society has set aside funds for fellowships to support the travel of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The application deadline for all travel fellowships is June 9th, 2014. Requests will be reviewed by members of the RiboClub, and decisions will be communicated no later than June 16th, 2014. Applicants can fill the pdf application form available at the registration web site and send it to [email protected]

Deadline for registration and abstracts submission: June 26th, 2014

Looking forward to welcoming you in Orford next September.

Benoit Chabot

EMBO|EMBL Symposium The Complex Life of mRNA (5-8 October 2014, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany)

It is our pleasure to announce the 2nd edition of the EMBO|EMBL Symposium The Complex Life of mRNA (5-8 October 2014).
The meeting will be held at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory Heidelberg, Germany  in the state-of-the-art Advanced Training Centre .

The 2012 first edition brought together almost 450 participants from 34 countries and had 280 abstracts presented as posters from the total of 315 submitted.
This symposium will bring leaders in the mRNA field together with post-docs and students, with the aim of disseminating and discussing the most recent results. The programme includes sessions on transcription, mRNA processing,export and localization, mRNA surveillance and decay and translation and the control of mRNA expression by microRNAs.

Join us for an exciting programme including keynote talks from V. Narry Kim (Seoul National University, South Korea),  Thomas A. Steitz (Yale University, USA) and Joseph G. Gall (Carnegie Institution for Science, USA) and numerous other invited speakers- lead researchers in the field of mRNA.
The programme will include slots for selected short talks and flash talks and gives the possibility to participants to present posters of their research in dedicated poster sessions.

Registered participants have the possibility until the 10 July 2014 to submit abstracts. Register now and confirm your place in the meeting!

Registration without abstract submission will be still possible until the 21 August 2014.

Financial support for young investigators
When submitting their abstracts graduate students and postdoctoral fellows have also the possibility to apply for limited financial support (fee waivers or travel grants) kindly offered by the EMBL Corporate Partnership Programme (CPP)

Accommodation and travel guidelines are available on the conference website  (

Scientific Organisers
Anne Ephrussi, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Nahum Sonenberg, McGill University, Canada
Joan A. Steitz, Yale University, USA
David Tollervey, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology- Edinburgh, United Kingdom

2014 IMB Conference – Nuclear RNA in Gene Regulation & Chromatin Structure

The 2014 IMB Conference aims to bring together the many different types of work performed in nuclear RNA, gene regulation, and chromatin structure, and to foster an appreciation of both common and diverse mechanisms. The objective of the conference is to forge new links between fields that are already merging, but where more intense collaboration would be fruitful, i.e. non-coding RNA and chromatin biology.

We expect the 2014 conference will build on the successful, well-attended, and highly interactive meeting format we have established in the past two years of these conferences at IMB. The conference will be of interest both to researchers performing basic research in these fields and to applied scientists interested in cellular reprogramming and translational medicine. The conference is open to anyone interested.

The conference will take place from 9-12 October 2014. Most of the meeting will be dedicated to plenary lectures from invited speakers as well as short talks. Short talks will be invited based upon submitted abstracts and speakers will be chosen to ensure the topics presented are at the cutting edge of research and are complementary to the plenary lectures. There will also be a poster session where selected participants can present their research.

The 16th Annual Rustbelt RNA Meeting (RRM)
October 17-18, 2014 — Pittsburgh, PA

The RRM is a regional scientific meeting that gathers scientists from a number of major biomedical RNA research laboratories in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic region.  Many of these labs work at the interface of chemistry and biology of RNAs.  The primary mission of the RRM organizers is to provide an opportunity for trainees to be actively involved in the meeting.  For the 2014 meeting, we will continue the long-standing tradition of selecting abstracts from students and post-doctoral researchers for oral sessions and highlighting the work of our additional attendees at poster sessions.  Registration for this meeting will begin in August 2014 and the registration fee will included shared accommodations for trainees.  There will be new travel scholarship awards available for undergraduate and minority students.

In addition, the RRM 2014 will include new features such as a career roundtable discussion moderated by leaders from academia and industry and dedicated opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in each oral session.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: We are delighted to announce that Dr. Manuel Ares Jr. from the University of California, Santa Cruz will be joining us as our Distinguished Guest and Keynote Speaker. Dr. Ares is a longstanding leader in RNA research, HHMI Professor and past President of the RNA Society.

For more details visit our website


Philip Bevilacqua, Penn State University, [email protected]
Kausik Chakrabarti, Carnegie Mellon University, [email protected]

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

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.

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)