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

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.

Small RNA Silencing: Little Guides, Big Biology

Submit an abstract and register for this Keystone Symposia conference that will take place January 24–28, 2016 at Keystone Resort, Keystone, Colorado, USA.

Scientific Organizers:
Phillip D. Zamore, University of Massachusetts Medical School; Yukihide Tomari, University of Tokyo and Mihaela Zavolan, Biozentrum, University of Basel

Small RNAs have emerged as remarkably pervasive and versatile regulators of gene expression in species ranging from viruses to animals. Although diverse in biogenesis and mode of action, these small, ~21 nucleotide riboregulators, including microRNAs, small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) and PIWI-interacting RNAs, act as guides for Argonaute proteins. As part of these ribonucleoprotein complexes, small RNAs regulate virtually every step of gene expression, playing key roles in nearly every biological process. Nucleic acid-guided Argonautes can be found in eubacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes, suggesting ancient origins of the RNA interference (RNAi) mechanisms. Furthermore, prokaryotes have an RNA-guided immune system — the CRISPR system — that shares functional similarities with RNAi. Although our understanding of these small RNA pathways has progressed rapidly in the past decade, new questions continue to emerge, reflecting our ever more precise and comprehensive methods to quantify the abundance of molecular species and, consequently, the regulatory impact of small RNAs. This meeting seeks to catalyze the open exchange of ideas about the molecular mechanisms by which small RNAs are made and function, the quantitative interplay among small RNAs, between small RNAs and targets, and, ultimately, the consequences of these interactions for cellular function, in normal and pathological states. Special emphasis is placed on showcasing the work of young investigators, and on complementary approaches for studying gene regulation by small RNAs. Finally, the meeting seeks to continue the intellectually rigorous but congenial atmosphere that is the tradition of this exciting field.

Session Topics:

  • Small RNAs in Genome Regulation
  • Small RNAs in Disease and Therapy
  • Workshop 1: microRNAs
  • MicroRNAs in the Regulation of Cell Fate
  • Diverse Functions of Small RNAs
  • Biological Functions of Small RNAs I & II
  • Small RNAs in Plants
  • Workshop 3: Emerging Technologies and Computational Modeling
  • Workshop 2: piRNAs
  • Mechanisms of Small RNAs

Abstract: October 28, 2015
(for plenary short talk or workshop presentation consideration)

Discounted Registration: November 23, 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:

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: and

Noncoding RNAs in Health and Disease

joint with the meeting on Enhancer Malfunction in Cancer

Submit an abstract and register for this

Keystone Symposia conference that will take place

February 21–24, 2016 at Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

Scientific Organizers:
Ramin Shiekhattar, University of Miami and Roberto Bonasio, University of Pennsylvania

Over the past decade, there has been a greater understanding of genomic complexity in eukaryotes ushered in by the immense technological advances in high-throughput sequencing of DNA and its corresponding RNA transcripts. This has resulted in the realization that beyond protein-coding genes, there are a large number of transcripts that do not encode for proteins and, therefore, may perform their function through RNA sequences and/or through secondary and tertiary structural determinants. This Keystone Symposia meeting is focused on the latest findings concerning different classes of noncoding RNAs that use different strategies to regulate transcription. These are exciting times for discovering the biological scope and the mechanism of action for these RNA molecules, which have roles in dosage compensation, imprinting, enhancer function and transcriptional regulation, with a consequently great impact in development and disease.

Session Topics:
• Noncoding RNAs in Dosage Compensation and Germline Function
• Small Noncoding RNA in Transcriptional Silencing
• Enhancer RNA in Development and Disease (Joint)
• Enhancer Chromatin and Noncoding RNA (Joint)
• Noncoding RNAs and Polycomb/Trithorax Complexes
• Noncoding RNAs and Nuclear Architecture

Scholarship & Discounted
Abstract: October 20, 2015
Late-Breaking Abstract: November 18, 2015
(for plenary short talk or workshop presentation consideration)
Discounted Registration: December 18, 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:

#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)

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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

Positive-Strand RNA Viruses

Submit an abstract and register for this Keystone Symposia conference that will take place May 1–5, 2016 at Hyatt Regency Austin, Austin, Texas, USA.

Scientific Organizers:
Raul Andino, University of California, San Francisco and Peter D. Nagy, University of Kentucky.

Positive-stranded RNA viruses are important and emerging human pathogens worldwide. Virus-host interactions and innate responses by the host are intensively studied areas, which promise novel broad-range and durable antiviral approaches against dangerous viruses. Topics covered by the meeting include basic advances in research on viral replication structures, virus entry and virus evolution; virus-host interactions, discussed from the virus view on changing the host (including systems biology) and host responses and defense mechanisms; and emerging therapeutics. It is anticipated that rapidly emerging new concepts on virus-host interactions will help the participants to test various host factors for a large number of positive-strand RNA viruses to expand the arsenal of antiviral approaches. This meeting will bring together experts on positive-stranded RNA viruses that will facilitate the rapid progress and dissemination of new concepts in the complex field of virus-host interactions. Also, speakers who are expert with other groups of viruses will be invited to facilitate cross-talk with other areas in virology. Among the speakers will be interdisciplinary scientists who would not normally meet with this group of researches. Virology, cell biology, genetics, evolution, macromolecular structures/assembly, systems biology and imaging will all be brought together.

Session Topics:
• Systems Biology: From “Omics” to Function
• Entry, Trafficking and Exiting
• Replication Organelles, Membranes, Proteins, Lipids and Stuff…
• Replication Enzymes and Other Factors
• Virus Modulations of Host Pathways
• Evolution, Adaptation and Virus Fitness
• Immunity and Stress Responses
• Therapeutic Interventions

Scholarship & Discounted
Abstract: January 6, 2016
Late-Breaking Abstract: February 3, 2016
(for plenary short talk or workshop presentation consideration)

Discounted Registration: March 2, 2016
(Through this date, you can submit an abstract via our website for presentation in a poster session and publication online.)

For more information and to register, please visit our website: