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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—selected postdoctoral researchers as well as ten 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.

Confirmed 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

 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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If you have any questions please contact the event coordinator: lea.klement(at)


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

Silver sponsors

World Courier

Bronze Sponsors