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

Regulatory & Non-Coding RNAs – August 26 – 30, 2014

Abstract Deadline: June 13, 2014

Gregory Hannon, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Elisa Izaurralde, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
Michael Terns, University of Georgia

You are cordially invited to participate in a new conference on Regulatory & Non-Coding RNAs to be held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The opening session will begin at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, August 26 and the meeting will end after lunch on Saturday, August 30, 2014. As currently planned, the program will have eight sessions devoted to oral presentations, together with three poster sessions for presentations which cannot be accommodated in the formal sessions. Selection of talks for the oral sessions will be made by the organizers in conjunction with the session chairpersons, from the submitted abstracts.

* Biological Function of miRNAs
* Mechanisms of miRNA-mediated Gene Silencing
* siRNAs and piRNAs
* Non-coding RNAs in Prokaryotes
* Silencing Pathways in Plants
* Transcriptional Gene Silencing
* Catalytic RNAs
* Long Non-Coding RNAs

Keynote Speakers:
David Bartel, Whitehead Institute/MIT/HHMI
John Rinn, Harvard University

Discussion Leaders:
Alexei Aravin, California Institute of Technology
Marc Büehler, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
Xuemei Chen, University of California, Riverside
Jennifer Doudna, University of California, Berkeley/HHMI
Steve Jacobsen, University of California, Los Angeles
Rene Ketting
, Hubrecht Institute, Netherlands
Narry Kim, Seoul National University, South Korea
Alan Lambowitz, University of Texas
Donal O’Carroll, EMBL Monterotondo, Italy
Nicholas Proudfoot, University of Oxford, UK
Mikiko Siomi, Keio University School of Medicine, Japan
Joerg Vogel, University of Wurzburg, Germany

RNase H 2014

The 13th meeting on RNases H, RNase H 2014, will be held September 7-10, 2014 at Airlie Center ( in Virginia, near Washington D.C.. Susana Cerritelli, Bob Crouch and Andrew Jackson serve as co-chairs. We are delighted that The RNA Society will be the umbrella organization for this meeting. A Web Page is available with details of the program ( Registration will open on May 1, 2014, and RNA Society members will be afforded a $100 discount off of the cost of registration.

Significance of Knotted Structures for Function of Proteins and Nucleic Acids

We are pleased to announce the call for abstracts (talks and posters) for:
Significance of Knotted Structures for Function of Proteins and Nucleic Acids meeting that will be held September 17-21, 2014, in Warsaw, Poland.

Submit your abstract today to be included in this exciting program! The deadline to submit a late abstract is June 9.

This meeting will focus on energy landscape of proteins and nucleic acids. Special attention will be given to understand entanglement and its role for functions of biomolecules.
The conference will explore such topics as:

  • Structure of Proteins;
  • Energy Landscape of Biomolecules;
  • Evolution Approach to Proteins, RNA;
  • Mathematical Perspectives on Knotting;
  • Mechanical properties of proteins and DNA;
  • RNA Dynamics;
  • DNA-Protein Interactions;
  • DNA Topology and Topoisomerase;
  • DNA Knots and Viral Topology (capsids).

Confirmed invited speakers include: Ada Yonath (Nobel prize 2009), Jane Clarke, Alexey Murzin, Robert Jernigan, Sophie Jackson, Peter Wolynes, Shoji Takada, Alexander Grosberg, Andrzej Kolinski, Michael Woodside, Hongbin Li, Piotr Szymczak, Marek Cieplak, Dave Thirumalai, Dorothy Buck, Tony Maxwell, Stephen Levene, Marek Cieplak, Phoebe Rice, Anjum Ansari, Tamar Schlick, Giovanni Dietler, Juli Feigon, Todd Yeates, Ebbe Andersen, Remus Dame, Peter Virnau, Wladek Minor, Ken Millett, Stuart Whittington, Janusz Bujnicki, Joanna Trylska, Patricia Jennings, Andrzej Stasiak, Eric Rawdon, Mariel Vazquez, John Maddocks, Tetsuo Deguchi, De Witt Sumners

Additional short talks will be selected from abstracts submitted. Abstracts will also qualify for poster presentations. The award will be given for the best posters.

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

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

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.


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]

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)