Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
EMBO | EMBL Symposium
EMBO and EMBL are committed to sharing research advances and sustaining scientific interaction throughout the coronavirus pandemic. We are delighted to announce that this conference is going virtual and invite you to join us online.
This symposium will explore the diverse, dynamic and multifaceted roles of RNA across a spectrum of cellular processes. It will provide an interdisciplinary discussion of the roles of non-coding RNAs in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes, with the aim of enhancing our understanding of gene regulation and function.
In the 50 years since RNA was identified as a central component in the flow of genetic information, it has become increasingly clear that RNA performs many additional diverse and interesting functions. Regulatory RNAs are known to play central roles across numerous biological processes required for cell viability and function. Moreover, prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes are pervasively transcribed to generate many additional RNAs with unknown functions, raising the question: What else does RNA do?
“The symposium was INCREDIBLY good! It was almost perfect, well organised, and with excellent chosen speakers. It provided lot of opportunities to learn, discuss, share, and network among young and expert scientists. I would be happy to join again any time possible.” – Monah Abou Alezz (Institute of Molecular Genetics L.L. Cavalli-Sforza – National Research Council, Pavia, Italy)
Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
UT Southwestern Medical Center
University of Trento
John Innes Centre
University Hospital Freiburg
University of California, Berkeley
University of Regensburg
The University of Edinburgh
Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
University of Geneva
UCLA School of Medicine
Tel Aviv University
Weizmann Institute of Science
Sapienza University of Rome
Seoul National University and Institute for Basic Science
National Institutes of Health
All times in the programme below are shown as the time in Europe/Berlin.
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|14:10-16:40||Virtual Session 1 – Functions and mechanisms of small RNAs|
|14:10-14:30||ncRNAs: a non-canonical mode of intracellular transport through organelle hitchhiking|
Marie-Laure Baudet – University of Trento, Italy
|14:30-14:35||Break (to setup and switch to the next live talk)|
|14:35-14:55||A tRNA sensor for balancing mitochondrial translation|
Gunter Meister – University of Regensburg, Germany
|14:55-15:00||Transition to next talk (to setup and switch to the next live talk)|
|15:00-15:15||The SHAPE of human primary microRNAs|
Seungchan Baek – Seoul National University, South Korea
|15:15-15:30||A SUMO-dependent regulatory switch connects the piRNA pathway to the heterochromatin machinery in Drosophila|
Veselin Andreev – Institute of Molecular Biotechnology IMBA, Vienna
|15:30-15:35||Cellular abundance shapes function in piRNA-guided genome defense|
Astrid Haase National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/National Institutes of Health, USA
|15:35-15:55||Genome regulation by long noncoding RNAs|
Howard Y. Chang – Stanford University, USA
|15:55-16:00||Transition to next talk (to setup and switch to the next live talk)|
|16:00-16:20||From Strings of Nucleotides to Collective Behaviors: Lessons from Bacteria|
Kai Papenfort – Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany
|16:20-16:25||Transition over to Meet the speakers from Virtual Session 1|
|16:25-16:45||Meet the speakers from Session 1 in Zoom rooms|
|16:45-17:45||Virtual Poster Session 1|
|17:45-19:15||Virtual Session 2 – RNA granules and localization|
|17:45-18:20||Regulation and function of noncoding RNAs|
Joshua Mendell – UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA
|18:20-18:25||Break (to setup and switch to the next live talk)|
|18:25-18:45||Protein gradients and X-inactivation by the lncRNA Xist|
Kathrin Plath – UCLA School of Medicine, USA
|18:45-18:50||Break (to setup and switch to the next live talk)|
|18:50-19:05||In situ 3’UTR cleavage of transcripts localized in sympathetic neuron axons|
Catia Andreassi – University College London, UK
|19:05-19:20||Unraveling the interplay between Nuclear Exosome targeting and Functional 3D chromatin looping|
Olivier Cuvier- CNRS, France
|18:50-18:55||Transition over to Meet the speakers from Virtual Session 2|
|18:55-19:15||Meet the speakers from Session 2 in Zoom rooms|
|19:15-20:15||Virtual speed networking|
|14:00-16:50||Virtual Session 3 – Long non-coding RNAs and circular RNAs|
|14:00-14:35||X chromosome regulation by roX lncRNAs|
Asifa Akhtar – Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany
|14:35-14:40||Break (to setup and switch to the next live talk)|
|14:40-15:00||The complexity of COOLAIR|
Caroline Dean – John Innes Centre, UK
|15:00-15:05||Transition to next talk (to setup and switch to the next live talk)|
|15:05-15:20||MIR-NATs aid proteostasis in neurodegeneration|
Simone Roberto – University College London, UK
|15:20-15:35||Distinct structural domains of MUNC lncRNA regulate gene expression during myogenesis|
Przanowska Roza – University of Virginia, USA
|15:40-16:00||Retrotransposons, friends or foes in preimplantation embryos|
Lin He – University of California, Berkeley, USA
|16:00-16:05||Transition to next talk (to setup and switch to the next live talk)|
|16:05-16:25||Non-coding RNA & RNA-dependent Proteins in Cancer|
Sven Diederichs – University Hospital Freiburg, Germany
|16:25-16:30||Transition over to Meet the speakers from Virtual Session 3|
|16:30-16:50||Meet the speakers Session 3 in Zoom rooms|
|16:50-17:50||Virtual Poster Session 2|
|17:50-19:05||Virtual Session 4 – Other types of small RNAs|
|17:50-18:10||Damaged tRNAs as Signaling Molecules|
Sandra L. Wolin – National Institutes of Health, USA
|18:10-18:15||Break (to setup and switch to the next live talk)|
|18:15-18:35||Heritable memory in C. elegans nematodes|
Oded Rechavi – Tel Aviv University, Israel
|18:35-18:40||Break (to setup and switch to the next live talk)|
|18:40-18:55||New group of bacterial Argonaute proteins with RNA target specificity|
Esyunina Daria – Institute of Molecular Genetics, National Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute”, Russia
|18:55-19:10||Oxygen-induced small RNA FoxI provides the noncoding arm of the Sigma E response of the cancer-associated Fusobacterium nucleatum|
Ponath Falk – Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI), Germany
|18:40-18:45||Transition over to Meet the speakers from Virtual Session 4|
|18:45-19:05||Meet the speakers from Session 4 in Zoom rooms|
|19:05-20:05||Virtual bar mixer|
|13:00-14:00||Virtual Poster Session 3|
|14:00-16:35||Virtual Session 5 – RNA modification|
|14:00-14:20||The secret life of 5’ mRNA fragments|
Štěpánka Vaňáčová – Masaryk University, Czech Republic
|14:20-14:25||Break (to setup and switch to the next live talk)|
|14:25-14:45||piRNA-directed DNA methylation|
Donal O’Carroll – The University of Edinburgh, UK
|14:45-14:50||Break (to setup and switch to the next live talk)|
|14:50-15:05||Intergenerational hormesis is regulated by heritable 18S rRNA methylation|
Eric Greer – Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital, USA
|15:05-15:20||A single m6A site is an antimorph switch for a cancer-associated lncRNA|
Aaron Johnson – University of Colorado School of Medicine United States of America
|15:25-15:45||Role of RNA modifications in gene regulation|
Ramesh Pillai – University of Geneva, Switzerland
|15:45-15:50||Break (to setup and switch to the next live talk)|
|15:50-16:10||Regulatory nucleotide modifications in noncoding RNA|
Samie Jaffrey – Cornell University, USA
|16:10-16:15||Transition over to Meet the speakers from Virtual Session 5|
|16:15-16:35||Meet the speakers Session 5 in Zoom rooms|
|16:40-18:35||Virtual Session 6 – Viral RNAs and immunity and RNA therapeutics|
|16:40-17:00||Shutoff of cellular gene expression during SARS-CoV-2 infection|
Noam Stern-Ginossar – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
|17:00-17:05||Break (to setup and switch to the next live talk)|
|17:05-17:25||Fundamental approaches to targeting noncoding RNAs with small molecules|
Amanda Hargrove – Duke University, USA
|17:25-17:30||Break (to setup and switch to the next live talk)|
|17:30-17:45||Artificial circular RNA sponges as a novel RNA therapeutic for molecular biology and medicine|
Janina Breuer – Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Germany
|17:45-18:00||Prediction and pan-cancer analysis of mammalian transcripts involved in target directed miRNA degradation|
Nicassio Francesco – Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
|18:10-18:15||Transition over to Meet the speakers from Virtual Session 6|
|18:15-18:35||Meet the speakers from Session 6 in Zoom rooms|
Registration Fees (include access to all of the talks, digital poster sessions and online group discussions, and help us cover our costs to run the event. For further information please refer to the FAQ page):
|PhD Student||140 Euro|
|EMBL Staff||Intranet access|
Accredited journalists may be eligible to register for a complimentary registration. Registrants may be required to provide accreditation or equivalent proof of press membership after registration. Please contact Maryann Heck for more information.
Registration will be on a first-come first-served basis. Your place can only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee.
Types of payments accepted are international bank transfers and credit card payments.
Only registered participants are eligible to submit an abstract. We only accept online abstract submissions.
After you have logged in and successfully registered, you will receive an email asking you to submit your abstract. Click on the link provided and enter your abstract in the text box provided. Alternatively you can submit your abstract by clicking on the link on the confirmation page directly after registering.
When submitting your abstract you can also apply for an oral or poster presentation. A selection process will take place with the results announced 2-3 weeks after the abstract submission deadline.
Registration Fee Waivers
All academic and student registrants are invited to apply for a registration fee waiver, provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme and EMBO. The registration fee waiver covers the registration sum that you have paid to attend the meeting. Conference participants are not required to pre-pay the registration fee to be selected for a fee waiver for a virtual meeting. If you have already paid the registration fee and are awarded a fee waiver, it will be reimbursed after the meeting. Course participants are required to pay the course fee in advance, which will then be reimbursed after the recipient has attended the course.
For participants and speakers with childcare responsibilities there is the possibility to apply for a grant, provided by the EMBL Advanced Training Centre Corporate Partnership Programme and EMBO, to offset childcare costs incurred when participating at a virtual event. Eligible costs include fees for a babysitter or childcare facility or travel costs for a care giver. Please note that priority will be given to early stage researchers. Costs will be reimbursed after the meeting only once a reimbursement form and original receipts have been received. In order to apply for this grant, you must be registered by the abstract submission deadline.
Applies to selected courses only. Availability will be indicated during the abstract or motivation letter submission process.
This grant covers costs related to your attendance to the course (registration, travel and accommodation costs). The grant is restricted to PhD students and postdocs who conduct basic biomedical research.
Whether you are eligible to apply for a travel grant, depends on when you received your university entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur, A-Levels, High School Diploma, Final State Examination):
– for PhD and MD students, as well as graduates, the university entrance qualification must not have been obtained more than 11 years ago at the time of the envisaged course
– for postdocs, the university entrance qualification must not have been obtained more than 13 years ago at the time of the envisaged course
Applications for financial assistance can be submitted via the submission portal* (for the submission of abstracts for conferences or the submission of motivation letters for courses) by completing the Financial Assistance Application Section (underneath the section for entering abstract/motivation letter information). The link to the portal can be found in the registration confirmation email that you will receive after registering for the conference or course.
For conferences, if you are not submitting an abstract, you can still apply for financial assistance in the submission portal. Read the instructions on how to apply for financial assistance.
Note that priority will be given to those submitting an abstract to present at the conference. In your application you will be asked to answer questions regarding your motivation for applying, and, for registration fee waivers, the reasons why your lab cannot fund your attendance and how your attendance will make a difference to your career. Application for financial support will not affect the outcome of your registration application.
*For some events, applications for Childcare Grants will still be done by email. Information about the grant will be sent out shortly after the abstract/motivation letter deadline. Please contact the event Conference Officer if you have any questions.
The scientific organisers will select the recipients of registration fee waivers during the abstract selection process for conferences and the participant selection process for courses. Results will be announced approximately 3 – 4 weeks before the event start date. Selection results do not impact your admission to the meeting. Registration fee waiver selection is based on your current work or study location, your motivation for applying, the reasons for needing financial support and the impact this event will have on your career. Childcare grants are allocated based on career stage, with priority given to early stage researchers.
For further information about financial assistance please refer to the FAQ page.
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EMBO | EMBL Symposia promote scientific communication and collaboration in the European research area. They provide scientists with a platform to discuss and exchange ideas on forward-looking topics and new developments in the life sciences.
Topics emphasise upcoming developments and the interdisciplinary nature of related fields. Jointly funded and organised by EMBO and EMBL – and complementary to their respective courses, workshops, and conference programmes – the symposia promote scientific communication and collaboration.
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Date: 13 - 15 Oct 2021
Abstract submission: Closed