The RNA Society's Next Meeting

RNA 2018, The Twenty-third Annual Meeting of the RNA Society

The twenty-third annual meeting of the RNA Society will be held May 29 – June 3, 2018 in Berkeley, CA, USA


Adrian Ferré-D’Amaré — National Institutes of Health, Bethesda
Atlanta Cook — Wellcome Centre for Cell Biology, Edinburgh
Anne Ephrussi — EMBL, Heidelberg
Don Rio — University of California, Berkeley
Mihaela Zavolan — Biozentrum, University of Basel

Other Meetings and Conferences

EMBO conference: Eukaryotic RNA turnover

Recent research has shown that RNA decay makes major contributions to biological regulation and cellular surveillance in eukaryotes. Fundamental RNA turnover pathways now being studied at the atomic level are conserved among yeasts, animals and plants, while each system also exhibits diversification. Central themes include regulation of mRNA turnover by AU-rich elements, and the effects of microRNAs on RNA decay and translation. In addition, numerous mechanisms eliminate RNAs that fail quality control checkpoints. This EMBO conference will also be a major forum for discussion of the latest findings relating to altered RNA turnover in disease, and the identification of potential therapeutic targets.

Session topics:

  • The machinery of RNA turnover
  • RNA quality control
  • RNA turnover and regulation of gene expression
  • miRNA-mediated mRNA regulation
  • Trans-acting factors and mRNA turnover
  • Global regulation of RNA turnover
  • RNA turnover and disease
  • 5′-3′ RNA turnover
  • Regulation of mRNA turnover

Stefan Ameres, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Vienna, Austria.
Cecilia Arraiano, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.
Cécile Bousquet-Antonelli, University of Perpignan, France.
Mordechai Choder, Technion, Haifa, Israel.
Christine Clayton, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Elena Conti, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsreid, Germany.
Myriam Gorospe, NIH, Baltimore, USA.
Pam Green, University of Delaware, USA.
Helge Grosshans, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland.
Matthias Hentze, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany.
Torben Jensen, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
Joanna Kufel, University of Warsaw, Poland.
Elisa Izaurralde, Max Planck Institute, Tübingen, Germany.
Jack Keene, Duke University, USA.
Mike Kiledjian, Rutgers University, USA.
Domenico Libri, CNRS / Institut Jacques Monod, Paris, France.
Chris Lima, HHMI / Sloan-Kettering Institute, USA.
Lynne Maquat, University of Rochester, USA.
Sarah Newbury, University of Sussex, UK.
Lori Passmore, MRC LMB, University of Cambridge, UK.
Sébastien Pfeffer, CNRS / University of Strasbourg, France.
David Port, University of Colorado, USA.
Olivia Rissland, University of Toronto, Canada.
Bertrand Séraphin, IGBMC, Strasbourg, France.
Georg Stoecklin, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Stepanka Vanacova, CEITEC / Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.
Lidia Vasilieva, University of Oxford, UK.
Steve West, University of Sheffield, UK.
Jeff Wilusz, Colorado State University, USA.

Scientific Organizers:
Chris Norbury, University of Oxford, UK.
Sarah Newbury, University of Sussex, UK.
Cecilia Arraiano, ITQB, Portugal.


Registration deadline: 28th April 2017.
Abstract submission deadline: 28th April 2017.
Chosen participants will be notified by 5th May, 2017. Payment deadline 5th May 2017.

ISMB 2017

The RNA-SIG brings together experts in computational and experimental aspects of research in RNA Biology. The meeting focuses on the development of computational and high-throughput experimental methods, and the application of such methods to break new grounds in the study of RNA biology and disease. Aspects of RNA Biology and related computational methods include alternative splicing, alternative polyadenylation (APA), post-transcriptional regulation, RNA 2D/3D structure, and the expression and function of non-coding RNAs, such as micro-RNAs (miRNAs) and long non-coding RNAs (lncRNA).

If you would like to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation for the RNA-SIG please use this link.

Upcoming Deadlines

  • April 13: Oral abstract submission deadline.
  • May 10: Notification of accepted oral abstracts.
  • May 15: Poster abstract submission deadline.
  • May 31: Notification of accepted poster abstracts.
  • June 15: Early registration ends.
  • July 21: RNA SIG Meeting.

Organizing Committee
Klemens Hertel,
University of California Irvine, CA, USA
Yoseph Barash, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA
Eduardo Eyras, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain

EMBO Conference: RNA localisation and local translation


Registration deadline: 31 March 2017
Abstract submission deadline: 23 March 2017 Chosen participants will be notified by 27 March 2017 Payment deadline: 15 April 2017

About the Conference
RNA localization and local translation are essential for the functional polarization of cells, impacting on numerous physiological processes. They lie at the heart of cellular, developmental and neurobiology and are of principal importance in the execution of polarised cell functions, in health and disease.
This third EMBO Conference will be the latest in a series that has taken place biennially for over twenty years, initially in the US and, thanks to EMBO, in recent years alternating between the US and Europe. The meeting brings together leading scientists studying RNA transport, translation, stability and decay, and how cells harness RNA regulation to achieve tight spatial and temporal control of protein expression. The participants will include established investigators, junior faculty, postdocs and students employing diverse model systems and the entire range of modern biological approaches, including genetics, in vivo imaging, high throughput transcriptomics and proteomics, biochemistry and structural biology. This EMBO Conference is a forum where the latest technologies in RNA and protein detection and imaging, quantification, structure mapping, and computational modelling are presented and discussed. The stimulating mix of investigators has inspired novel approaches and collaborative studies leading to significant discoveries and establishing this as the leading conference in the field.

Session Topics:
• RNA processing and RNP dynamics
• RNA transport mechanisms
• Translational control mechanisms
• non-coding RNAs and RNA scaffolds
• Local translation and synaptic plasticity
• New technological frontiers in RNA biology
• RNA localization and developmental decisions

Susan Ackerman, UC San Diego Medical School Claudia Bagni, University of Lausanne Steven Block, Stanford University Fulvia Bono, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology Simon Bullock, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology Ilan Davis, University of Oxford Elizabeth Gavis, Princeton University Christine Holt, University of Cambridge V. Narry Kim, Seoul National University Ruth Lehmann, Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine Howard Lipshitz, University of Toronto Paul Macdonald, The University of Texas at Austin Ian MacRae, Scripps, La Jolla, CA Kelsey Martin, UCLA Christine Mayr, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Steven McKnight, UT Southwestern Medical Center Melissa Moore, Moderna Therapeutics Kimberly Mowry, Brown University Dierk Niessing, LMU Roy Parker, University of Colorado Boulder Lori Passmore, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology Laura Ranum, University of Florida Joel Richter, University of Massachusetts Medical School Erin Schuman, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research Geraldine Seydoux, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Robert H. Singer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine Nahum Sonnenberg, McGill University Daniel St Johnston, The Gurdon Institute William Theurkauf, University of Massachusetts Medical School Jernej Ule, The Francis Crick Institute

Scientific Organizers:
Elena Conti, Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany Anne Ephrussi, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany William Theurkauf, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA

TREnD – Toronto RNA Enthusiast Day – August 2, 2017 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto RNA Enthusiast’s Day (TREnD) 2017 is a trainee-organized and trainee-focused day-long conference to be held this August 2nd at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, ON. This year, we are excited to have recruited distinguished RNA biologist Dr. Phillip D. Zamore from the University of Massachusetts Medical School as our keynote speaker. The symposium seeks to bring together RNA researchers across a diverse range of research backgrounds, facilitating scientific interaction and the exchange of exciting ideas in the RNA field. The 2016 edition of TREnD was attended by over 170 RNA researchers, from principal investigators to undergraduate students, across Ontario, Quebec, and New York State, and featured 12 trainee oral presentations, 60 poster presentations, and a keynote address. We expect to replicate the success of the first meeting with TREnD 2017 and once again provide trainees with an opportunity to showcase their work via talks and posters to experts and peers. You can find more details at our website.

If you would like to submit an abstract for TREnD 2017 please visit our website The deadline for registration and poster submission is July 19, 2017. Hope to see you on August 2nd!

EMBL Course: Digital PCR

Bizouarn, D. Dewolf, J. Dreyer-Lamm

Real-time PCR has been adopted as the gold standard for nucleic acid target quantification in genomics research and is increasingly used for clinical analysis. However, there are some applications, such as precise measurement of copy number variation, low-abundance sequence detection, detection of rare mutations, including distinguishing rare sequences in tumours, and low-level gene expression analysis, where real-time PCR shows limitations. Digital PCR overcomes those limitations by enabling researchers to directly quantify nucleic acids, without the need for a standard curve, and provides higher precision than real-time PCR.

18th Annual RiboClub Meeting

RNA scientists in Sherbrooke have organized the 18th RiboClub Meeting to be held in Orford at Hotel Chéribourg (in the vicinity of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada) on September 19th – 21st. This year the meeting is organized in partnership with the Swiss National Center of Competence in RNA & Disease.

The program includes keynote lectures by Peter Sarnow and Jack Szostak, poster sessions and over 25 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 “RNPs: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Insights into RNA-protein complex assembly and function in health and disease”.  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.

Looking forward to welcoming you in Orford next September.

EMBL Course: Whole Transcriptome Data Analysis

Benes, R. Calogero

The course participants will use BioConductor software and Illumina BaseSpace Cloud apps. R-coding skills and deep knowledge of statistics are not necessary for attendance because most analyses will be performed with OneChannelGUI (a graphical interface to a series of BioConductor tools, which enables handling microarray data analysis as well as RNA-seq data without requiring programming skills). Computers for hands-on exercises will be provided along with demo data sets. Upon request, participants could bring along their own data to analyse.


This course was developed for biologists as the intended audience. Basic knowledge of massively parallel sequencing (MPS) is desirable.

RNA Biology Symposium

The 3rd RNA Biology Symposium is organized by the RNA Biology Center of the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore and will take place on October 5-6th, 2017 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 Andrew Fire (Stanford University) and Lynne Maquat (University of Rochester Medical Center), as well as talks from Peter Beal, Zefeng Wang, Victoria Cowling and many more. In addition there will be trainee talks and posters, and an awards ceremony for outstanding posters supported by the Singapore RNA Biology Alliance.

A satellite computational workshop in the subject of RNA-sequencing data analysis will be held on the 3rd of September 2017.

Registration is open to all.

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

We look forward to seeing you there!

2017 Symposium on RNA Biology XII: RNA Tool and Target

The RNA Society of North Carolina welcomes you to the 2017 Symposium on RNA Biology XII: 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 national and international RNA scientists as well as selected talks from submitted abstracts. Our keynote speakers are Marlene Belfort, Douglas Black and Eric Westhof, and we hope you will submit an abstract and share a session with them. The symposium spans the breadth of RNA research from fundamental structural and biological studies to the applications of RNA in treating human disease. Information regarding registration and abstract submission will soon be announced. In the meantime, mark your calendars, we look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

October 19 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. & October 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More information and registration/abstract submission links can be found at

EVOLUTION – Genetic Novelty/Genomic Variations by RNA-Networks and Viruses

Guenther Witzany (Telos-Philosophische Praxis)
In cooperation with
Corrado Spadafora, CNR National Research Council of Italy, Rome, Italy and Luis Villarreal, University of California, Irvine, USA

For more than half a century it has been accepted that new genetic information is mostly derived from random‚ error-based’ events. Now it is recognized that errors cannot explain genetic novelty and complexity.

Empirical evidence establishes the crucial role of non-random genetic content editors such as viruses and RNA-networks to create genetic novelty, complex regulatory control, inheritance vectors, genetic identity, immunity, new sequence space, evolution of complex organisms and evolutionary transitions.

This new empirically based perspective on the evolution of genetic novelty will have more explanatory power in the future than the „error-replication“ narrative of the last century.

This symposium assembles approximately 60 experts from different fields to discuss a new paradigmatic understanding of genetic novelty, code-generating, genome-formatting factors and the current knowledge of regulatory control in all steps und sub-steps of transcription, translation, repair, immunity, epigenetic marking and heredity.


List of Confirmed Speakers

Frantisek Baluska (Institute of Cellular and Molecular Botany, University of Bonn, Germany)
Gustavo Caetano Anolles (Department of Crop Sciences, Evolutionary Bioinformatics Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, USA)
Julian Chen (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA)
Jordi Gomez (Instituto de Parasitología y Biomedicina ‘López-Neyra’ (CSIC), Granada, Spain)
Matti Jalasvuori (Centre of Excellence in Biological Interactions, Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Eugene Koonin (National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, USA)
Mart Krupovic (Unit BMGE, Department of Microbiology, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)
Erez Levanon (Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel)
Karin Moelling (Max Planck Institute for molecular Genetics, Berlin, Germany)
Sabine Müller (Universität Greifswald, Institut für Biochemie , Greifswald , Germany)
Mariusz Nowacki (Institute of Cell Biology, University of Bern, Baltzerstrasse 4, 3012 Bern, Switzerland)
David Prangishvili (Department of Microbiology, BMGE, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)
Forest Rohwer (Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA)
Corrado Spadafora (Institute of Translational Pharmacology, CNR, Rome, Italy)
James Shapiro (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology , University of Chicago , IL , USA)
Ravindra Singh (Department of Biomedical Sciences, Iowa State University, Ames, USA)
Peter Unrau (Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada)
Luis P. Villarreal (Center for Virus Research, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA)
Eric Westhof (Architecture and Reactivity of RNA, Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology of the CNRS, University of Strasbourg, France)

Additional POSTER Presentations are highly welcome

For more information and to register, please visit: