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

North Carolina Symposium on RNA Biology XI 2015

October 16th-17th, 2015
Durham, NC, USA

The RNA Society of North Carolina welcomes you to the 2015 Symposium on RNA Biology XI: RNA Tool and Target. This symposium will bring together a prominent set of RNA scientists to discuss the latest achievements in RNA research. The conference will feature talks from both national and Triangle area scientists, as well as short talks selected from submitted abstracts and a poster session.

Keynote speakers:
Dr. Feng Zhang – MIT
Dr. Dan Herschlag – Stanford University
Dr. Juli Feigon – UCLA

Planned sessions include:
• RNA and Viruses
• RNA Splicing
• RNA: Genome Wide
• Ribonucleoproteins
• RNA Folding and Recognition

Thanks to the support of the RNA society we will fund a number of travel awards for students and post docs to attend the meeting.

Registration and abstract submission for the meeting is currently open until September 1, 2015.

Further details, including complete agenda, and registration can be found here:

10th International Symposium on Aminoacyl-tRNA Synthetases

10th International Symposium on Aminoacyl-tRNA Synthetases
Barcelona, Spain
October 18-22, 2015

The Aminoacyl-tRNA Synthetase (ARS) Symposium takes place approximately every two years with the goal of promoting the interactions within ARS research laboratories and with the rest of the RNA research community, both in academic research labs and in industry. The focus of the meeting is on the evolution, structure, function and biotechnology of ARSs, and their canonical and non-canonical roles in health and disease. For more information, please see the conference web site at

Abstract Submission deadline: July 31, 2015
Early Bird Registration deadline: July 31, 2015
Regular Registration deadline: Sept 15, 2015

Keynote Speakers are:
Prof. Susan L. Ackerman – Jackson laboratory and HHMI
Prof. Nenad Ban – ETH Zürich
Prof. Matthias Hentze – Director, European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Prof. Paul Schimmel – E.&J. Hahn Professor, The Scripps Research Institute
Prof. Dieter Söll – Sterling professor, Yale University

Gairdner Symposium: RNA and the New Genetics

Focused on the research of Dr. Lynne Maquat, 2015 Canada Gairdner International Award winner, the Gairdner Foundation is hosting a one-day symposium devoted to recent groundbreaking studies and seminal discoveries in the field of non-coding RNA (ncRNA). This class of RNA performs many biological functions in the cell including protein synthesis and DNA replication. It has recently been realized that these mechanisms may be helpful in the treatment of many diseases such as aging, cancer, autism, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative pathologies.

Speakers include:

Dr. Lynne Maquat
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Dr. Phillip Sharp
Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT
Dr. Howard Chang
Stanford University School of Medicine
Dr. Jeannie Lee
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Benjamin Blencowe
University of Toronto
Dr. Joshua Mendell
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier
Hannover Medical School Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research
Dr. Feng Zhang
McGovern Institute for Brain Research
Dr. Erik Sontheimer
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Zing Conference on “Regulating with RNA in Bacteria and Archaea”

December 5-8, 2015   Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas, Cancun, Mexico

Conference Chairs: Cari Vanderpool (University of Illinois), John van der Oost (Wageningen University), Gisela Storz (National Institutes of Health), Gerhart Wagner (Upsala University)
Conference Website:

This is the fourth conference on Regulating with RNA in Bacteria and Archaea. The last three conferences were great successes with presentations of cutting-edge advances and the latest perspectives in the areas of discovery, mechanisms, structure and evolution of bacterial and archaeal riboregulators. This fourth conference will continue the tradition of excellent invited talks as well as the tradition of having speakers selected on the basis of submitted abstracts. It is anticipated that the conference again will bring together researchers of all stages using diverse approaches to study many aspects of RNA regulation in a variety of systems, thus facilitating cross-fertilization of ideas among investigators, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.

RNA UK 2016

RNA UK 2016
29-31 January 2016
Low Wood Hotel,
Lake District, UK

Natalia Gromak,
Nick Proudfoot
Lidia Vasiljeva

We are pleased to invite you to attend the RNA UK 2016 meeting, which will take place in Low Wood Hotel, beautiful Windermere, Lake District from 29th to 31st of January, 2016.
The meeting covers all aspects of the RNA biology, including but not limited to: co-transcriptional and post-transcriptional processing, splicing, editing, export, translation, localization, stability/turnover, short and long non-coding RNAs, RNA in disease.
We particularly encourage young scientists to attend and present at this meeting. The talks will be selected from the abstracts. Registration for this meeting will be open in the fall 2015. For more information please contact: [email protected] and [email protected].

#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)

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 [email protected]