The Non-Coding Genome – Course and Conference Office

EMBO | EMBL Symposium

The Non-Coding Genome


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Symposium Overview

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?

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.

Session Topics

  • Functions and mechanisms of small RNAs
  • RNA granules and localization
  • Long non-coding RNAs and circular RNAs
  • Other types of small RNAs
  • RNA modification
  • Viral RNAs and immunity and RNA therapeutics


Keynote Speakers

Asifa Akhtar

Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany


Lin He

University of California, Berkeley, USA

Scientific Organisers

V. Narry Kim

Seoul National University and Institute for Basic Science, South Korea

Conference Organisers

Maryann Heck

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Tim Nürnberger

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany


The preliminary programme will be available soon.

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Date: 13 - 15 Oct 2021

Location: Virtual

Contact: Maryann Heck

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