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Microsymposium, 22. - 23. April 2021 - virtual meeting

Dear Microsymposium aficionados,

We were hoping to be able to welcome everybody in Vienna for the 2021 meeting and celebrate with you the 15th anniversary of this event in person. However, the current coronavirus situation still does not allow us to physically meet. Therefore, we decided to continue the conversation in the virtual space and invite you to meet us on April 22nd till 23rd 2021.

This year’s Microsymposium will differ in more ways than one. We shortened the meeting to two days, decided to skip the poster sessions and focus on short live talks.

All talks will be live followed by a live Q&A session. Please note that talks will not be recorded so make sure to join the talk on time! In addition, each speaker will be available during the networking break (on the day of her or his talk) for further discussion. You will be able to talk to them in small groups and face to face via video chat in the networking space.

Further details will follow closer to the symposium.

As in previous years we highly encourage PhD students and Postdocs to submit their abstract to apply for the PhD workshop or a Postdoc talk. Note that the submission deadline is March 11th.


To stay updated, leave your Email address hereand make sure to follow the official event hashtag #microsymposium2021

If you have any questions please contact the event coordinatorlea.klement(at)


Victor Ambros, UMass Worcester

Simon Bullock, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Luisa Cochella, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology 

Thomas Duchaine, McGill University 

Matthias Hentze, EMBL Heidelberg

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


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.


Abstract deadline: March 11th 2021

Registration deadline: April 12th 2021

To register please follow this link.


Abstract submission
To apply for the PhD workshop or a Postdoc talk, please send your abstract (ideally a WORD document) to: lea.klement(at)
The abstract should include:
Author(s) & Affiliation:
Abstract: (max. 300 words)

By submitting an abstract, you agree to have it published in the abstract booklet, which will be provided to all symposium participants.

Talk Sessions

The Microsymposium will take place on April 22nd and 23rd between 1pm to 8pm Central European Time (CET).

All talks will take place in ZOOM and will be followed by a live Q&A session.


The „Microsymposium on Small 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. 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.


Stefan Ameres (IMBA & Max Perutz Labs)
Julius Brennecke (IMBA)
Luisa Cochella (IMP) 
Sebastian Falk (Max Perutz Labs)
Javier Martinez (Max Perutz Labs)
Michael Nodine (GMI)
Andrea Pauli (IMP)
Clemens Plaschka (IMP)

Supported by


We would like to thank the following companies who have kindly sponsored our symposium over many years.