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

RNA UK 2018

We are delighted to invite you to RNA UK 2018, a biennial meeting that aims to promote the cooperation and exchange of ideas within the UK RNA community, with particular focus on the development of junior researchers. The meeting covers all aspects of 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, and the role of RNA in disease.

With the support of the RNA SOCIETY, we are able to waive the registration fee for several junior researchers (PhD students or postdocs) who would not be able to attend the meeting otherwise. Please send an email to before the registration deadline if you would like to apply for such support. Registration closes on November 15, 2017, and selected participants will be notified of their acceptance shortly thereafter.

For additional details and to register, please see our website:

Javier Caceres, Grzegorz Kudla, and Sara Macias

Bermuda Principles – Impact on Splicing 2nd Annual Conference

The 2nd annual Bermuda Principles – Impact on Splicing meeting will be held the Fairmont Southampton Hotel on the exotic island of Bermuda on February 21 – 25th, 2018.

Conference organizers
Carika Weldon (De Montfort University, Leicester)
Cyril Dominguez (Uni. of Leicester)
Isabelle Behm-Ansmant (CNRS-Lorraine)
Eduardo Eyras (PFU, Barcelona)

Adrain Krainer (CSHL)
Robin Reed (Harvard Medical School)
Franco Pagani (ICGEB, Italy)
Gil Ast (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Tom Misteli (CCR, NIH)
Jean Beggs (Uni. of Edinburgh, Scotland)

Stephen Rader (UBC, Canada)
Jonathan Hall (ETH, Zurich)
Steve Wilton (Murdoch University, Australia)
Zodwa Dlamini (MUT, South Africa)

The session topics include: Splicing mechanisms; RNA structures; RNA – protein structures; Bioinformatics; Splicing and disease; Links to transcription; Therapeutics and Commercialization.

The remaining program is selected from the submitted abstracts and we strongly encourage graduate students and postdoctoral scientists to submit these for the opportunity to present.

All conference attendees will have the option to participate in public engagement mini-lectures about general science topics, delivered to local students, science teachers and healthcare practitioners. If you are interested in taking part in these public engagement mini-lectures, and/or have ideas about topics, please email or

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. The deadline for applications is October 20th, 2017.

Registration is now OPEN and the deadline is January 15th, 2018. Register early (by November 10th, 2017) for 10% off the fee. To be considered for a talk or poster, abstracts must be submitted by November 10th, 2017. One must be registered before sending an abstract.

More information can be found at the Bermuda Principles Conference website or by contacting the chief organizer (;

Regulatory with RNA in Bacteria & Archaea

It is our great pleasure to announce and invite you to the 5th Meeting on Regulating with RNA in Bacteria & Archaea scheduled from March 19th – 22nd, 2018 in Seville (Spain).

Information regarding the meeting can be found on our conference website

Meeting registration will be open soon, and the deadline for the abstract submission is November 15th, 2017.

Abstracts can be submitted at

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2018 meeting in Spain!

Conference Chairs – Ruth Schmitz-Streit, Cari Vanderpool, Gerhart Wagner & Wade C. Winkler.

EMBO Workshop on Noncoding RNAs in Embryonic Development and Cell Differentiation

This workshop will bring together scientists with common interests in noncoding RNA biology with topics spanning from ncRNA functional discoveries to the novel techniques used to uncover ncRNA function in cell fate transition in vitro and in vivo, in model organisms and in human, in health and disease. We will discuss methods for analysis of transcriptomic data, experimental schemes for linking ncRNAs sequences and structures to binding partners, and the pros and cons of various approaches for targeting noncoding RNAs in vivo. We will also discuss how insights from studying relatively well characterized ncRNAs, such as microRNAs and piRNAs can be translated into understanding of the more poorly understood ncRNA families.

Confirmed speakers:

Andrew Baker   (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Irene Bozzoni   (Universita di Roma, Rome, Italy)
Marc Bühler   (Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland)
Marina Chekulaeva   (Max Delbrück Center, Berlin, Germany)
Luisa Cochella   (IMP, Vienna, Austria)
Stefanie Dimmeler   (University of Frankfurt, Germany)
Jorge Ferrer   (Imperial College London, UK)
Phillip Grote   (University of Frankfurt, Germany)
Eran Hornstein   (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)
Kenneth Kosik   (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
Claudia Kutter   (Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden)
Eleonora Leucci   (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Louise Laurent   (University of California, San Diego, USA)
Daniel Lim   (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
Anders Lund   (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Ana Claudia Marques   (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
Gunter Meister   (Universität Regensburg, Germany)
Eric Miska   (University of Cambridge, UK)
Shinichi Nakagawa   (Hokkaido University, Japan)
Donal O’Carroll   (MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Edinburgh, UK)
Amy Pasquinelli   (University of California, San Diego, USA)
Ramesh Pillai   (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Oded Rechavi   (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Claire Rougeulle   (Université Paris Diderot, France)
Hermona Soreq   (Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel)
Stepanka Vanacova   (Ceitek, Brno, Czech Republic)

Travel fellowships for students and postdocs are available!

Abstract deadline: February 3, 2018
Registration deadline: March 7, 2018

All details at the website:

FASEB Conference on Post-transcriptional Control of Gene Expression: Mechanisms of RNA Decay

The organizers are delighted to announce the 2018 FASEB-sponsored Summer Research Conference on Post-transcriptional Control of Gene Expression: Mechanisms of RNA Decay will be held June 24th – 29th, 2018 in lovely Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

This 5 day meeting will highlight current advances in our understanding of the mechanisms and enzymatic activities mediating RNA turnover in eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells and by viruses. Topics will cover 5’ and 3’ events in mRNA degradation, the coupling of mRNA translation and decay, RNA quality control mechanisms, and regulation of RNA turnover in development and disease.

Keynote presentations will be given by Lynne Maquat (University of Rochester) and Joel Belasco (New York University), and scientific sessions chaired by experts in the field. Oral presentations will include talks from internationally renown, invited speakers alongside junior researchers selected from submitted abstracts.

Notably, this year’s meeting will also include Career and Professional Development events on topics ranging from academic, industry and biotech research positions, science writing, and mentorship.

Sponsorship from the RNA Society has allowed for both travel fellowships and poster awards to be available to junior researchers (students and post-doctoral fellows) to attend and present their work at the meeting.

For more information, please visit the meeting website at or contact the organizers: Aaron Goldstrohm (, Kenneth McDowall ( or Kristian Baker ( for more information.

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: