The „Microsymposium on RNA Biology“ is an international conference that brings together young scientists, junior and senior group leaders, and company representatives from all over the world to present and discuss their latest findings in the exciting field of small RNAs and beyond. The Microsymposium was founded in 2005 and has established itself as the major small RNA meeting in Europe. It is organized by the four research institutions IMBAIMPGMI and the Max Perutz Labs as well as by the RNA community of the Vienna BioCenter. 

In all three eukaryotic kingdoms, small regulatory RNAs play a key role in the silencing of gene expression at the post-transcriptional and the transcriptional level. They have central functions in the repression of viruses and transposons and they play essential roles in coordinating organismal development, physiological processes and human diseases, such as cancer.

To strengthen the focus on the new generation of scientists, the Microsymposium invites—besides established leaders in the field— postdocs and PhD students (selected from submitted poster abstracts) as speakers. This allows the up-and-coming scientists to present their projects and results to a highly qualified, engaged and dynamic audience and is a major distinguishing factor from other conferences.


Abstract submission to be considered for a talk from abstract: February 28th
Registration deadline & deadline for poster presenters: March 25th

To get updates about the Microsymposium, please provide us with your email address here and follow the official event # on twitter: #microsymposium2022 

We will regularly update this website with new details on speakers, registration (opening in January 2022), poster sessions, sponsors and networking opportunities.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


Julie Aspden, University of Leeds

Michael Axtell, Pennsylvania State University

Xuemei Chen, University of California, Riverside

Elena Conti, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB)

Johann Danzl, Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Sebastian Falk, Max Perutz Labs

Julien Gagneur, Technical University of Munich

Rachel Green, Johns Hopkins University

Axel Innis, Institut Européen de Chimie et Biologie (IECB)

Mounia Lagha, CNRS-UMR

Christopher Lima, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Yorgo Modis, University of Cambridge

Zissimos Mourelatos, University of Pennsylvania

Karla Neugebauer, Yale School of Medicine

Clemens Plaschka, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP)

Jean-Yves Roignant, University of Lausanne

Omri Wurtzel, Tel Aviv University

Daniel Zenklusen, University of Montreal


Stefan Ameres  (Max Perutz Labs)

Julius Brennecke  (IMBA)

Sebastian Falk  (Max Perutz Labs)

Arturo Marí-Ordóñez  (GMI)

Andrea Pauli  (IMP)

Clemens Plaschka  (IMP)



We would like to thank all companies that have kindly sponsored this symposium. 
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact: