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EMBO workshop and Marcus Wallenberg Symposium – RNA: Structure meets function

Recent developments in sequencing technology have revealed widespread transcription of the eukaryotic genome and uncovered an overwhelming amount of novel functional RNAs. The list of these RNAs is constantly increasing and includes lncRNAs, circular RNAs and enhancer RNAs among others with crucial roles in genome organization, transcriptional and posttranscriptional gene regulation. The basic mechanisms of action of these RNAs are only beginning to emerge and are most likely exhibited due to specific RNA secondary and tertiary structure, as previously found for other RNAs, e.g. ribosomal RNAs and tRNAs. Nevertheless, the connection between RNA structural biology and RNA function is still in its infancy. To deeply understand how molecules work, detailed knowledge of their structures is necessary.

The overall aim is to promote scientific exchange and synergies across the fields of RNA structure and RNA function by gathering leading established and upcoming scientists to discuss and exchange the most recent advances in these areas and the latest cutting-edge technologies to tackle them.


Structural RNA biology

Function of non-coding RNAs

Large RNA complexes

RNA and chromatin

RNA dynamics

Translational regulation by RNA

RNA modifications

More Information and Registration

Registration deadline:  01 March 2018
Abstract submission deadline:  01 March 2018
Chosen participants selection notification:  16 March 2018
Payment of registration fee:  01 April 2018

Registration fee (SEK)

Students / postdoc:  7 500
Academic:  9 000
Industry:  13 000
Registration includes:
  • Access to all scientific and poster sessions (conference registration)
  • Accommodation (4 nights) and all meals
  • Social events
  • Shuttle from/to the Airport at designated times
  • All fees include VAT.

Registration fees might be reduced upon receipt of additional sponsorship.


Skåvsjöholmsvägen 80,184 94 Åkersberga

Invited speakers

Alexey Amunts – Stockholm University, Sweden

Frédéric Allain – ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Nynke Dekker Delft – University of Technology, The Netherlands

David Rueda – Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Elena Conti – Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry

Stefanie Dimmeler – Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany

Claire Rougeulle – University Paris Diderot, France

Michaela Frye – University of Cambridge, UK

Stepanka Vanacova – Central European Institute of Technology, Czech Republic

Irene Bozzoni – University of Rome, Italy

Tony Kouzarides – Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, UK

John Rinn – Biofrontiers Institute, University of Colorado, US

Jeannie T. Lee – Harvard Medical School, US

Asifa Akhtar – Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology & Epigenetics, Germany

Andrea Hinas – Uppsala University, Sweden

Michael Sattler – Helmholtz Zentrum München, Universität München, Germany

Lois Pollack – School of Applied & Engineering Physics, Cornell University, US

Anna Pyle – Yale, HHMI, US

Karisssa Sanbonmatsu – Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, US

Phillip Bevilaqua – Pennsylvania State University, Department of Chemistry, US

Alan Chen – University of Albany, RNA institute, US

Thomas Cech – University of Colorado, Boulder, HHMI, US

Rob Martiensson – Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, HHMI, US


Claudia Kutter, Gonçalo Castelo-Branco, Katja Petzold and Alessandra Villa




Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

Wenner Gren Foundation

Ming Wai Lau Centre for Reparative Medicine


RNA society