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80th Harden Conference: Machines on Genes IV – Mechanisms of Actions of Large Macromolecular Machines on Genes Across Biological Scales

This meeting brings together a highly interdisciplinary group of scientists with the common goal of dissecting the operating principles of large macromolecular machines acting on nucleic acids, using structural and functional approaches across all biological length and time scales. The 2016 Harden conference follows from previous very successful MoG meetings, held already twice in the UK and once in the USA. The biannual MoG meetings consolidate the long-running FASEB Nucleic-Acid Enzymes conferences and will alternate between Europe and the USA. With recent technological advances in imaging including single molecule imaging (visible light) and cryo-electron microscopy, a series of large and sometimes rare/transient macromolecular machines/assemblies have been characterised, providing unprecedented mechanistic insights into these important machines. The meeting showcases recent advance in the field, with an emphasis on mechanistic insights using a diverse range of approaches. The interdisciplinary nature of work showcased at the meeting brings together scientists from different disciplines, and we expect a strong synergy between the participants from different continents. A large number of oral presentations will be selected from the abstracts, and  the selected talks, poster presentations, and social activities will provide students and postdoctoral fellows opportunities to exchange ideas and formulate new collaborations. Bursaries are available for students. The meeting will also feature several organized panel discussions to help junior colleagues with various topics related to careers in science. The 2016 MoG meeting will facilitate interactions to inspire new science and innovations in the area of nucleic-acid structural and mechanistic biology.

Xiaodong Zhang
 (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
Antoine van Oijen (University of Wollongong, Australia)
Andrej Luptak (University of California, U.S.A.)

Early application and abstract deadline: 20 May 2016

Registration now open.

Abstract submission deadline: 20 May 2016

Abstract submission is now open

Oral communication slots are available at this meeting. All attendees, particularly researchers in the early stages of their career, are invited to submit a poster abstract for consideration as an oral communication.


TREnD – Toronto RNA Enthusiast Day – August 2nd, 2016 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The inaugural Toronto RNA Enthusiasts Day (TREnD) will take place on August 2nd, 2016 at the SickKids Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning (686 Bay St, Toronto, Ontario). TREnD 2016 is a student-led and trainee-focused event that will bring together RNA researchers at every level to share their work and scientific approaches.

We strive to facilitate an inspiring and lively day of RNA-related discussion across multiple model genetic systems, as well as provide an outstanding networking and scientific opportunity for our community. In particular, we aim to bring together a diverse group of scientists from southern Ontario and surrounding areas focused on classical genetics and novel high-throughput genomic approaches to RNA biology, and spark exciting new collaborations for all attendees.

The day will comprise of trainee talks and posters, a keynote address by Professor Erik Sontheimer (University of Massachusetts Medical School), and an awards ceremony for outstanding presentations.

Registration is open to all interested parties and commences May 1st. Abstract submission deadline is June 1st.

Please visit our website ( or email us at for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

81st Harden Conference: RNA and Disease

The past few years have seen an unprecedented expansion of our understanding of RNA function and metabolism. The identification of novel RNAs by high-throughput sequencing, the possibility to explore RNA regulatory pathways in specific tissues and cell types and the investigation of RNAs regulating stress responses in bacteria have been key to this expansion and have connected RNA regulation to a broad range of phenotypes and diseases. The aim of this meeting is to discuss recent discoveries in RNA biology and to explore their potential impact on human health.

Topics include:

– mRNA metabolism in cancer and infection
– ncRNAs function and turnover
– RNA-RNA and RNA-protein interactions
– RNA in neuronal development and neuropathologies
– RNA in host-pathogen interactions
– RNA as a drug target

2016 Novartis Medal and Price Lecture presented by 2016 price winner David Tollervey

Harden Conferences are residential research conferences. All attendees, particularly researchers in the early stages of career, are invited to submit a poster abstract for consideration for oral communication.

Early application and abstract deadline: 3rd of June 2016.

Registration is now open:

14th International RNase H Meeting – RNase H 2016


The purpose of this International Meeting is to discuss recent progress in RNase H and its relating enzymes as well as practical application of the research results in the fields of biology, biochemistry, and medical chemistry.

Mitsuhiro Itaya (Chairman; Professor, Keio University, Japan)
Shigenori Kanaya (Professor Emeritus, Osaka University, Japan)
Kiyoshi Yasukawa (Secretariat; Professor, Kyoto University, Japan)
Robert Crouch(Senior Investigator, US National Institutes of Health)

Registration and abstract submission are now open.
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Please email us at for more information.

Abstract submission: August 19th, 2016
Registration: August 31st, 2016

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:

RNA Biology Symposium

The 2nd RNA Biology Symposium is organized by the RNA Biology Center of the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore and will take place on September 8-9th, 2016 at the Centre of translational medicine (LT-35, 14 Medical Drive, National University of Singapore, Singapore).

The RNA symposium brings together internationally renowned experts in the field of RNA biology, with the focus on: Non-classical RNAs, RNA editing/modification, RNA splicing, RNA in disease and cross talk between RNA classes and processes.

The 2 day conference will comprise of 2 keynote talks by Joan Steitz (Yale University) and Frank Slack (Harvard University), as well as talks from Brenda Bass, Marcel Dinger, Jin Billy Li, Gene Yeo and many more. In addition there will be trainee talks and posters, and an awards ceremony for outstanding posters.

A satellite computational workshop in the subject of RNA-sequencing data analysis will be held on the 7th of September 2016.

Registration is open to all.

Please visit our website or email us at for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Splicing 2016

Organizers: Jose Luis Capelo (Nova University of Lisbon) and Carlos Lodeiro (Nova University of Lisbon). The I-International Caparica Conference on Splicing –Splicing 2016- will meet in a friendly academic environment for all of us working or interested in moving to this area of research. The conference will take place in one of the nicest sea villages in Portugal, Caparica (South Lisbon area).  We aim to present some of the latest results in splicing (DNA, RNA, Protein) and in related areas, joining the best researchers in the arena. Please do not hesitate to contact  me ( for any suggestion to help make this event a remarkable one. We are offering a nice package with breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee breaks for just 80 €/night in double shared room (twin), with indoor and outdoor pools, gym, spa and an optional golf course. Registration fees are as low as 250 euros. (Plenaries:  Benoit Chabot, Francisco E. Barelle, Hermona Soreq, Thomas Cooper)

Please visit and for more information.

Villars Symposium 2016 – Non-coding RNAs: Function and Evolution


In the last decade, the diversity and role of non-coding RNAs has considerably expanded. Multitude of non-coding RNAs are now known to play key roles in a number of biological processes required for cell viability and function, in both prokaryotes and eukaryote. The aim of the 2016 Villars Symposium on “Non-coding RNAs: function and evolution” is to provide an interdisciplinary look at the roles and evolution of non-coding RNAs in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. An outstanding list of speakers will be discussing the latest advancement in the evolution and roles of various non-coding RNAs, including microRNAs, piRNAs, long-non-coding RNAs and circular RNAs, in both prokaryotes, animal and plants. The symposium will include both lectures by invited experts in the fields and discussions in smaller groups (journal club format) in order to promote dynamic exchanges between participants and experts of different disciplines and close contacts with the speakers.

Ana Eulalio, Univerity of Wurzburg
Caroline Dean
, John Innes Center, Norwich
Brian Gregory
, University of Pennsylvania
David Baulcombe, University of Cambridge
Ramesh S. Pillai
, EMBL Grenoble
Chung-I Wu, University of Chicago
Lingling Chen, Shanghai Intsitutes for Biological Sciences
John Rinn, Harvard, USA
Torben Jensen, Aarhus University
Igor Ulitsky, Weissmann Institute

Registration deadline: June 15, 2016



17th Annual RiboClub Meeting

RNA scientists in Sherbrooke have organized the 17th RiboClub Meeting to be held in Orford at Hotel Chéribourg (in the vicinity of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada) on September 19th – 21st. For more information.

The program includes keynote lectures by Adrian R. Ferré-D’Amaré and Dan Larson, poster sessions and over 20 invited speakers on plenary sessions that will include ribosome biogenesis and diversity, co-transcriptional RNA processing, RNP structure and function, RNA regulation in prokaryotes, detection and function of RNA structural motifs, splicing biodiversity and detection and function of small nucleolar RNA. The flavor of the year is “RNA Biodiversity”.  Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Registration and abstract deadline are until June 30, but late registration is accepted until September 2nd.

The RiboClub Society, in collaboration with the RNA Society, has set aside a limited amount of funds to provide travel fellowships for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who otherwise would not be able to attend the meeting for financial reasons. If you wish to apply for a fellowship, please fill the pdf form at our web site and send it as file attachment by email to . The application needs to be submitted before June 1st and the results will be sent to applicants by mid-June.

Berlin Summer Meeting – Brave New RNA – Circular RNAs and RNA Modifications

In 2016, we are hosting a ‘late’ Summer Meeting in October and highlight newest developments of ‘Brave New RNA’, with leading experts on circular RNAs and RNA modifications.

The series of the Berlin Summer Meeting aims to bridge the gap between experimental and computational approaches by bringing together leading scientists from both areas. It is designed to create an intense and open atmosphere, aiming at stimulating productive interactions between various branches of biology and bringing together leading scientists and young researchers.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you in October!

Nikolaus Rajewsky & Markus Landthaler
(Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine Berlin)

Invited speakers
Albrecht Bindereif (Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany)
Irene Bozzoni (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
Eran Hornstein (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)
Manuel Irimia (Centre for Genome Regulation, Barcelona, Spain)
Sebastian Kadener (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Jørgen Kjems (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Markus Landthaler (BIMSB, MDC, Berlin, Germany)
Jeroen Pasterkamp (Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht, The Netherlands)
Nikolaus Rajewsky (BIMSB, MDC, Berlin, Germany)
Gidi Rechavi (Sheba Cancer Research Center, Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Schraga Schwartz (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)

Abstract submission: August 31st, 2016

Kaiserin Friedrich-Haus
Robert-Koch-Platz 7
10115 Berlin, Germany

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

Cell Symposia: Functional RNAs

Keynotes: Craig Mello, USA & Yigong Shi, China
Abstract submission deadline: Aug 5, 2016
View program and speakers here

This symposium will bring together researchers with broad interests in RNA biology and its impact on gene expression to share their current research efforts, foster collaborations, and stimulate ideas for future avenues of research.

Topics include:

  • emerging technologies
  • new insights into small RNA formation and function
  • regulation of gene expression by long noncoding RNAs
  • genome regulation
  • genome editing

Early registration deadline Sept 12, 2016 – register early and save!

Bermuda Principles – Impact on Splicing 2016

The 2016 Bermuda Principles Impact on Splicing Conference will take place on November 8-10th, 2016 at the Fairmont Southampton Princess Hotel in the exotic holiday island of Bermuda. We are offering an exciting conference where the venue serves as the meeting space and accommodation ( This conference is acknowledging the 20th anniversary of the Bermuda Principles, a document created in Bermuda exactly 20 years ago that stated that all gene sequences would be made public in order to further scientific progress in all fields. Such data sharing has indeed advanced scientific research, including the field of splicing.

We hope to evoke a similar atmosphere by sharing our latest splicing research in this conference for the advancement of the field. We encourage young, middle and late career researchers to attend and participate, intending that this gathering will foster fruitful collaborations, inspire novel approaches to tackle existing problems and promote the great work that is going on in the field. Come and enjoy sunshine and seven exciting sessions of splicing.

We are glad to announce that with the support of the RNA Society we are able to offer travel fellowships for early-career researchers (PhD and post-docs) for those who otherwise would not be able to attend the meeting for financial reasons.

Carika Weldon
(De Montfort University)
Ian Eperon (University of Leicester)
Cyril Dominguez (University of Leicester)
Isabelle Behm-Ansmant (CNRS-University of Lorraine)

Invited speakers
Benoit Chabot, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
Stéphane Richard, McGill University, Canada
Melissa Moore, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
Edauardo Eyras, Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, Spain
Jamal Tazi, Institut de Génétique Moléculaire de Montpellier, France
Jon Staley, University of Chicago, USA
Andrew Newman, MRC-LMB, University of Cambridge, UK

Sessions topics

  • RNA structure
  • Mechanisms of splicing
  • Splicing and disease
  • Link to translation
  • Structures: big and small
  • Bioinformatics
  • Therapeutics

Travel fellowships: August 10, 2016 (ADT)
Abstract submission: September 1, 2016 (ADT)
Registration: September 1, 2016 (ADT)