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.

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Confirmed speakers

Yiliang DING, John Innes Centre

Olivier DUSS, EMBL

Niels GEHRING, University of Cologne 

Torben HEICK JENSEN, Aarhus University

Florian HEYD, Freie Universität Berlin

Valérie HILGERS, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics

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

Stefanie JONAS, ETH Zurich

Joshua MENDELL, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Ramesh PILLAI, University of Geneva

Geraldine SEYDOUX, Johns Hopkins University

Irina SOLOVEI, LMU Munich

Felipe Karam TEIXEIRA, University of Cambridge

Nadine VASTENHOUW, University of Lausanne

Karsten WEIS, ETH Zurich


Stefan Ameres  (Max Perutz Labs)

Julius Brennecke  (IMBA)

Sebastian Falk  (Max Perutz Labs)

Arturo Marí-Ordóñez  (GMI)

Javier Martínez (Max Perutz Labs)

Andrea Pauli  (IMP)

Clemens Plaschka  (IMP)