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Microsymposium, 21. - 23. April 2021

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.

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Confirmed Speakers

Victor Ambros, UMass Worcester

Julie Aspden, University of Leeds

Simon Bullock, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Xuemei Chen, UC Riverside

Johann Danzl, Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Thomas Duchaine, McGill University 

Matthias Hentze, EMBL Heidelberg

Hiten Madhani, UCSF

Pablo Manavella, Instituto de Agrobiotecnología del Litoral (IAL)

Gunter Meister, University of Regensburg

Michal Rabani, The Hebrew University Jerusalem

Olivia Rissland, University of Colorado Denver

Claire Rougeulle, Université Paris Diderot

Ignacio Rubio-Somoza, Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG)

Noam Stern-Ginossar, Weizmann Institute of Science

Marvin Tanenbaum, Hubrecht Institute

Jernej Ule, Francis Crick Institute

Phillip Zamore, UMass Worcester


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

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact: lea.klement(at)