Those who wish to submit an abstract must first register to attend the conference. The deadline for submission of oral abstracts is 6 March, 2018. The deadline for poster-only abstracts is 20 March, 2018.  Shortly after completing your registration, you will receive a confirming email containing a link to the abstract submission site.

Plan ahead!
Consider the length of time your institution takes to pay invoices. A purchase order number is not considered payment. The actual funds by check, wire transfer or credit card must be RECEIVED by 15 April, 2018 for the early discount to apply and to keep your abstract in the program. If funds are received after 15 April you will owe the late registration fee, even if you completed online registration prior to 1 April.

Registration Fees – payable only in U.S. Dollars Before April 1 Starting April 1
RNA Society Member (includes Post Docs) $800 $900
Student Member (current student, current member of RNA Society) $700 $800
Non-member $999 $1099


Include your RNA Society membership number on the registration form to receive the member rate.

Conference registration fees include:

  • access to all sessions, workshops, poster sessions and coffee breaks
  • conference materials including program/abstract book (print and electronic versions)
  • opening reception on Tuesday evening
  • closing banquet/dance on Saturday night
  • 4 lunches (Wednesday through Saturday) and 3 dinners (Wednesday through Friday)

Your membership must be current for 2018 to receive the lower registration fee. To join or renew now click HERE.

Group Registration Incentive
Labs from outside North America with 3 or more paid attendees including the lab head may be entitled to a refund of one registration. More details can be found HERE .

The conference must receive notification of cancellation in writing by email at

Cancellations may be partially refunded subject to the following cancellation fees:

  • Cancellation received by 31 March, 2018 – forfeit $100
  • Cancellation received between 1 April and 30 April, 2018 – forfeit $250
  • Cancellation received after 30 April, 2018 – not refundable

Payment must be made in full at the time of registration in one of the following ways. Your registration will be acknowledged by email immediately, but is not confirmed until full payment is received.

Credit Card: We will accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners Club or Discover. Please note that the merchant identified on your credit card billing statement will be “Simple Meetings”.

Checks: Checks must be received by 15 April, 2018 or your abstract may be removed from the program. Please make checks payable in US Dollars to “Simple Meetings” and mail to:

RNA 2018
c/o Simple Meetings
PO Box 31623
Seattle, WA 98103 USA

Wire Transfer: Instructions for wire transfer will be sent by email upon request. The net amount transferred after all bank fees are deducted must equal the total registration fees. Funds must be received by 15 April, 2018 or your abstract may be removed from the program.

On-site Registration
Registration and check-in will open on campus at UC Berkeley beginning at 14:00 Tuesday, 29 May, 2018 and will continue every day during conference sessions.

Click HERE to register.