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Microsymposium, 06. - 08. May 2020

The „Microsymposium on Small RNA Biology“ is a three day 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. 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 IMBA, IMP, GMI 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— postdoctoral researchers as well as 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.


The Microsymposium is entirely financed by biotech companies, scientific societies, leading journals, the city of Vienna, and the research institutions IMBA, IMP, and GMI. These generous contributions make the Microsymposium a registration-free meeting, which attracts in particular students and postdocs from all over the world.


Registration deadline: April 15th 2020

To register please follow this link.

Note that you will receive a link to your registration, allowing you to upload your abstract till March 15th 2020.

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Session Speakers

Victor Ambros, UMass Worcester

Julie Aspden, University of Leeds

Michael Axtell, Penn State University

Simon Bullock, LMB Cambridge

Xuemei Chen, UC Riverside

Johann Danzl, Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Thomas Duchaine, University of Montreal

Matthias Hentze, EMBL Heidelberg

Narry Kim, Seoul National University

Gunter Meister, University of Regensburg

Michal Rabani, Hebrew University Jerusalem

Olivia Rissland, University of Colorado Denver

Claire Rougeulle, Université Paris Diderot

Noam Stern-Ginossar, Weizmann Institute

Marvin Tanenbaum, Hubrecht Institute

Jernej Ule, Francis Crick Institute

Phillip Zamore, UMass Worcester

Draft program

Wednesday 06.05.2020

Thursday 07.05.2020

Friday 08.06.2020

09:00     registration

11:00     opening

11:15     session talks

09:00     session talks

10:30     break

11:00     session talks

09:00     session talks 

10:30     break

11:00     session talks

12:30     lunch & poster set up

12:00     PhD Workshop pt.2

 13:00     lunch & poster session

12:30     lunch & poster session

14:00     session talks

15.30     break

16:00     PhD Workshop pt1

17:00     break

14:30     session talks

15:30     break

16:00     PhD Workshop pt.3

15:00     session talks

16:30     awards & closing remarks

17:30     session talks

18:30     symposium dinner

19.30     informal poster session

17:00     end of talks

17:00     light bites & socializing


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We would like to thank the following companies that have kindly sponsored this symposium.