The RNA Society's Next Meeting

RNA 2017, The Twenty-second Annual Meeting of the RNA Society

The twenty-second annual meeting of the RNA Society will be held May 30 – June 2, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic

Andrea Barta, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna
Rachel Green, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore
Christopher Lima, Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York
Ron Micura, Leopold Franzens University, Innsbruck
Petr Svoboda, Institute of Molecular Genetics ASCR, Prague
Yukihide Tomari, University of Tokyo IMCB, Tokyo

Other Meetings and Conferences

EMBO| EMBL Symposium “The Complex Life of mRNA”

-abstract submission: 25 July 2016
-registration: 24 August 2016

Messenger RNAs (mRNAs) are key components in the transmission of genetic information in all life forms – from viruses to complex mammalian organisms. Exciting recent findings have revealed a remarkable degree of complexity in the lives of mRNAs and the field is rapidly developing. The EMBO | EMBL Symposium “Complex Life of mRNA” will bring leaders in the mRNA field together with post-docs and students, to disseminate and discuss the most recent results. The programme includes sessions on:
•           Transcription
•           mRNA processing
•           Export and localization
•           mRNA surveillance and decay
•           Translation and the control of mRNA expression by microRNAs

Anne Ephrussi, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Nahum Sonenberg, McGill University, Canada
Joan Steitz, Yale University, USA
David Tollervey, Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, Scotland


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!

RNA Biology

Abstract deadline: September 2, 2016

Anne Ephrussi, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany
Masatoshi Hagiwara, Kyoto University, Japan
Adrian Krainer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Yijun Qi, Tsinghua University, China

Major Topics:
1. RNA Processing
2. RNA-Protein Interactions
3. Non-coding RNA
4. RNA Structure and Function
5. RNA Localization
6. RNA and Disease
7. RNA Therapeutics
8. Posttranscriptional and Translational Control of Gene Expression

Keynote Speakers:
Emmanuelle Charpentier, Umeå University, SWEDEN
Holger Stark, University Göttingen / Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, GERMANY

Invited Speakers:
Alexei Aravin, California Institute of Technology, USA
Ling-Ling Chen, Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences, CHINA
Martin Crespi, Institute of Plant Sciences Parsi Saclay, FRANCE
Caroline Dean, John Innes Centre, UNITED KINGDOM
Anne Ephrussi, European Molecular Biology Lab., GERMANY
Xiang-Dong Fu, University of California, San Diego, USA
Toshinobu Fujiwara, Kindai University, JAPAN
Wojciech Galej, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UNITED KINGDOM
Masatoshi Hagiwara, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, JAPAN
Chuan He, The University of Chicago, USA
Tetsuro Hirose, Hokkaido University, JAPAN
Martin Jinek, University of Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Yoon Ki Kim, Korea University, SOUTH KOREA
Adrian Krainer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Kimberly Mowry, Brown University, USA
Oliver Mühlemann, University of Berne, SWITZERLAND
Karla Neugebauer, Yale University, USA
Yijun Qi, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Yunyu Shi, University of Science and Technology of China, CHINA
Shuying Sun, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Hervé Vaucheret, Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, FRANCE
Yungui Yang, Beijing Institute of Genomics, CAS, CHINA
Zhi-Ming Zheng, National Cancer Institute/NIH, USA

Tel: +86-512-62729029
Address: No. 299, Qiyue Road, Suzhou, China

This 5 days program is an effort in straddling the culture barrier between the west and the east and offering a valuable platform to bridge the dispersive academic fields in Asian-Pacific region. With the long list of the professional investigators who work on cutting-edge research programs on the RNA biology. The well-packed schedule seems intensive for the young students and it helps them to build the capability to quick adapt the pace of international academic conferences. We fully believe in by doing every step well, the enormous scientific achievements scatter in every corner in world-wide scale will be more shared and evolved.

RNA Nanotechnology – Discovering and Assembling RNA Architectures for Materials, Therapeutics and Diagnostics

Announcing the 2017 Gordon Research Conference on:
RNA Nanotechnology
Discovering and Assembling RNA Architectures for Materials, Therapeutics and  Diagnostics

January 22-27, 2017  Ventura Beach Marriott Ventura, CA
Chair: Neocles B. Leontis, Bowling Green State University
Vice Chairs: Tushar Patel, Mayo Clinic Thomas Hermann UC San Diego

The 2017 GRC in RNA Nanotechnology will draw on the success of the first conference on this topic, held in 2015, to foster collaborations between researchers working in the diverse fields of chemistry, biochemistry, structural biology, microbiology, cancer biology, cell biology, biophysics, pharmacology, materials, and nanotechnology, with the purpose of promoting transformative advances that will enable the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, and enable the monitoring and improvement of human health exploiting the unique properties of RNA nanostructures.

Session topics include: 

  • RNA Modeling, Folding and 3D Structure
  • Pharmacology and Immunology of RNA Nanotechnologies
  • Biology and Applications of Extracellular Vesicles
  • RNA Synthetic Biology 

Complete program and online application are available at:

Keystone Symposia: Noncoding RNAs –From Disease to Targeted Therapeutics

Scientific Organizers:

Kevin V. Morris, Center for Gene Therapy, City of Hope, USA Archa Fox, University of Western Australia, Australia and
Paloma Hoban Giangrande, University of Iowa, USA

joint with the meeting on

Protein-RNA Interactions: Scale, Mechanisms, Structure and Function of Coding and Noncoding RNPs

Scientific Organizers:
Gene W. Yeo, University of California, San Diego, USA
Jernej Ule, UCL & The Francis Crick Institute, UK
Karla Neugebauer, Yale University, USA and
Melissa J. Moore, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA

Submit an abstract and register for these Keystone Symposia conferences that will take place February 59, 2017 at Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Ribonucleic acid (RNA) binding proteins (RBPs) are rapidly being recognized as a major class of more than a thousand proteins that is widely conserved throughout eukaryotes and plays key roles in almost every aspect of RNA metabolism. RBPs interact with hundreds to thousands of coding and noncoding RNA substrates via cis-regulatory sequences or guided by associated small RNAs to form ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes. Increasingly, defects in the protein-RNA interactions by mutations within the regulatory proteins, RNA cis-elements or changes in protein availability or expression have led to numerous diseases. This meeting addresses critical gaps in our basic understanding of how, where and why these RNP complexes form using approaches that integrate high-throughput, massively parallel microarray, sequencing and proteomic technologies with structural biology, genomics, systems-level thinking and computational algorithms to probe RNPs at steps in the life cycle of processing both coding and noncoding RNAs. The specific aims are to: (1) Provide an opportunity and forum to gather interdisciplinary leaders in various fields to cross-fertilize a common, shared vision; (2) Introduce newcomers to the most cutting-edge methods that integrate mechanistic studies and high-throughput science; and (3) Consolidate the field moving forwards. As this unified field is relatively new, we will see shifts in current research paradigms and many opportunities should arise from interactions at this meeting.


  • Scholarship & Discounted Abstract: October 5, 2016
  • Late-Breaking Abstract: November 2, 2016
    (for plenary short talk or workshop presentation consideration)
  • Discounted Registration: December 6, 2016

(Through this date, you can still submit an abstract via our website for poster presentation and publication in our mobile app.)

For more information and to register, please visit the meeting websites: |

Registered attendees of one meeting in a joint pair may participate in sessions of the other, pending space availability.

Bermuda Principles – Impact on Splicing 2017

The 2017 Bermuda Principles Impact on Splicing Conference will take place on February 28- March 3, 2017 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 21 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.
If you travel in groups of 3 or more, we can provide a 10% group discount on each registration fee. Please email for details.

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
Benjamin Blencowe, University of Toronto, 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 transcription
  • Structures: big and small
  • Bioinformatics
  • Therapeutics

Travel fellowships: December 15, 2016 (ADT)
Abstract submission: January 5, 2017 (ADT)
Registration: January 5, 2017 (ADT)

Keystone Symposia: mRNA Processing and Human Disease

Scientific Organizers:
James L. Manley, Columbia University, USA
Siddhartha Mukherjee, Columbia University Medical Center, USA
Gideon Dreyfuss, HHMI/University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Submit an abstract and register for this Keystone Symposia conference that will take place March 58, 2017 at Sagebrush Inn & Suites, Taos, New Mexico, USA.

It has been known for decades that defects in mRNA processing can cause, or contribute to, numerous human diseases. The earliest examples of this involved simply mutations in cis-acting signal sequences (e.g., for splicing and polyadenylation) of target genes, for example the human beta globin gene in beta-thalassemia. But the number of diseases linked to defects in mRNA processing has increased dramatically in the last five to ten years, reflecting in large part insights from deep-sequencing efforts. Indeed, other more interesting mechanisms beyond cis-mutations have emerged, including changes in the concentrations of RNA-binding regulatory proteins and other processing factors in, for example cancer, and mutations that affect the function of not only regulatory proteins but also components of the core splicing machinery, which is seen in various cancers as well as several neurodegenerative diseases. The proteins involved function in a variety of aspects of gene expression, including splicing and polyadenylation/ 3’ end formation of mRNA precursors. Although previous meetings have touched on these topics, this will be the first to focus exclusively on links between mRNA processing and human disease. The meeting will bring together two groups that only infrequently overlap: scientists/physicians whose primary interests center on disease but who have become interested in RNA processing as a result, and scientists who study basic mechanisms of RNA processing and gene expression that have proven to be relevant to disease.

Session Topics:

  • mRNA Splicing and Links to Disease
  • RNPs and Disease
  • MDS, Leukemia and Splicing
  • RNA-Based Therapeutic Approaches
  • Splicing and ALS
  • Further Links between RNA Processing and Disease


  • Scholarship & Discounted Abstract: November 2, 2016
  • Late-Breaking Abstract: December 6, 2016
    (for plenary short talk or workshop presentation consideration)
  • Discounted Registration: January 10, 2017

(Through this date, you can still submit an abstract via our website for poster presentation and publication in our mobile app.)

For more information and to register, please visit the meeting website:

The 4th Annual Symposium on RNA Science and Its Applications

*The RNA Institute, University at Albany Event*,

The 4th Annual Symposium on RNA Science and Its Applications is a full day of scientific presentations with a poster session and awards on Friday, March 17, 2017.

Additionally, The RNA Institute is providing 3 concurrent hands-on workshops on March 16, 2017 where participants can analyze their own samples! (NOTE:  Epitranscriptome workshop begins at 4pm on March 15, 2017).
Keynote Speakers & Session Topics:
Session 1:
mRNA Therapeutics: Processing and Targeting
Keynote:  Melissa J. Moore
Chair:  Eric Sontheimer

Session 2:  RNA Trafficking, Signaling, and Imaging
Keynote:  Maria Barna, PhD
Chair:  Tom Gingeras

Session 3:  lncRNAs and Therapeutic Applications
Keynote:  Jeanne B. Lawrence

Session 4:  RNA Structure Informs Function
Keynote:  Tom Steitz
Chair:  Marlene Belfort

Workshop Topics:
Epitranscriptome analysis of RNA modifications at attomole level
, presented by Dr. Maria Basanta-Sanchez, instructs participants how to prepare RNA samples for identifying RNA modifications using liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry (LCMS). In addition participants will learn how to operate LCMS instrumentation for RNA modification quantification and how to process the data for analysis.  You are welcome to bring your own sample for analysis.  Contact Dr. Basanta-Sanchez for sample requirements.

microRNA detection using nanoswitch technology, presented by Dr. Kenneth Halvorsen, instructs participants how to detect microRNA using DNA nanoswitches and standard gel electrophoresis. Participants will learn how to prepare, purify, and use the nanoswitches, and how to analyze the data. Please contact Dr. Halvorsen directly if you are interested in using your own microRNA sample in the workshop.

RNA Dynamics: Structural Modeling Through Simulation Workshop, presented by Drs. Paul Whitford, Alan Chen, and Sri Ranganathan

Keystone Symposia: RNA-Based Approaches in Cardiovascular Diseases

Scientific Organizers:
Thomas Thum, Medical School Hannover, Germany and
Roger J. Hajjar, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA

joint with the meeting on

Molecular Mechanisms of Heart Development

Scientific Organizers:
Benoit G. Bruneau, Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, USA
Brian L. Black, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Margaret E. Buckingham, Institut Pasteur, France

Submit an abstract and register for these Keystone Symposia conferences that will take place March 2630, 2017 at Keystone Conference Center, Keystone, Colorado, USA.

Cardiac diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. RNA-based mechanisms and therapeutic approaches are emerging fields in cardiovascular science. This meeting will present and discuss latest developments using both coding RNA and noncoding RNA (such as microRNAs, long noncoding RNAs and circular RNAs) -based approaches to better understand and develop new therapeutic strategies for cardiac diseases. Attendees will benefit from workshops, specific sessions and industrial perspectives covering everything from basic science to clinical translation employing RNA therapeutics in cardiovascular medicine.


  • Scholarship & Discounted Abstract: November 30, 2016
  • Late-Breaking Abstract: January 11, 2017
    (for plenary short talk or workshop presentation consideration)
  • Discounted Registration: January 26, 2017

(Through this date, you can still submit an abstract via our website for poster presentation and publication in our mobile app.)

For more information and to register, please visit the meeting websites: |

Registered attendees of one meeting in a joint pair may participate in sessions of the other, pending space availability.