to Kraków
for RNA 2019!

The RNA Society is pleased to invite you to its 24th Annual International Conference that will encompass the most exciting areas in RNA research. The RNA 2019 Meeting will take place in the beautiful and historical city of Kraków (also Cracow), from June 11 to June 16, 2019.

Kraków, the former capital of Poland, is one of the most important political, cultural, and economic centers of Central Europe. It is a charming city with many beautiful medieval, renaissance, baroque, and art nouveau buildings and city districts. It is also home to many impressive museums and galleries, as well as of the oldest Polish University, the Jagiellonian University (founded in 1364). Kraków is a very popular tourist destination and is easy to reach by direct air connections from major European cities. More information on the city of Kraków can be found at

The RNA2019 Meeting will be held in a modern ICE Congress Centre, http://www.icekrakow.com, located on the banks of the Vistula River, across of the Royal Castle, one of the landmarks of Kraków. The Center offers spacious lecture theatres to accommodate scientific sessions and workshops, and also spaces for poster sessions and social mixers. Many hotels are available, most within walking distance from the Congress Centre, at a range of affordable prices to enable everybody to participate. For details, see the accommodation section. We encourage you to book hotel accommodations early since Kraków is full of tourists that embrace different events in spring and summer.

The organizers are preparing our program that will hopefully appeal to everyone, regardless of career stage or specific field of study.

The program includes three confirmed Keynote lectures to be given by:

Maria Carmo-Fonseca (Institute of Molecular Medicine, Lisbon, Portugal)

Tom Cech (University of Colorado, Boulder, USA)

Phil Sharp (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA)

As in previous years, the remainder of the RNA 2019 program will be developed from submitted abstracts. In the spirit of RNA society conferences, we strongly encourage graduate students and postdoctoral scientists to submit abstracts for oral presentation. The oral abstract submission deadline will be March 10, 2019.

Current sessions topics and corresponding chairs are:
Splicing: Magda Konarska & Woan-Yuh Tarn
Translation: Andrea Berman & Nahum Sonenberg
RNA Modification & Editing: Chuan He
Regulatory RNAs (coding & non-coding) and RNPs: Julia Salzman & Yuki Tomari
Synthesis and Processing of RNA: Karla Neugebauer
Interconnected RNA Processes: Andrzej Dziembowski
RNA localization & transport: Jeff Chao
RNA turnover: Oliver Muehlemann
RNA in disease & therapy: Matt Disney
RNA catalysis, folding & structure: Rick Russell
New research trends and technologies: Jernej Ule

Session topics may be modified depending on the abstracts received. The Mid- and Early-Career Award and the Scaringe Award talks will be incorporated into appropriate sessions.

Poster Sessions: Presenters will have the opportunity to display their posters during the entire meeting to provide ample opportunities to engage scientific colleagues and to win prizes for best posters in different categories.

Workshops: We are planning several workshops to expand the breadth of the scientific program. For example, workshops on RNA granules and liquid-liquid phase separation; on computational analyses of RNA and RNPs (computational structural biology as well as analyses of high-throughput sequencing data). In this regard, we welcome suggestions of rapidly developing areas that would be suitable for this format. Final topics will depend on the abstracts received.

Podium Panel Discussion “RNA research and RNA therapeutics: past insights and future prospects”: Moderated by Tom Cech. Already confirmed participants include Joan Steitz, Anastasia Khvorova, Anna Marie Pyle, Matt Disney, and Gideon Dreyfuss.

Cultural events: We want to make this meeting very memorable, combining it also with different cultural events (recital of Chopin music by one of the best Polish pianists, performance by high-landers group from Tatra mountains at the Gala Dinner, and more).

The meeting will start with a Keynote Lecture by Phil Sharp at 18:00, followed by  Opening Reception and Concert on Tuesday, June 11, and will end with the Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner/Dance in the evening of Saturday June 15.

Further details of the program, including links to accommodation, transportation, and travel fellowships, and also sight-seeing opportunities will be provided on the conference web site in due course.

We look forward to welcoming you to RNA 2019 to present your research and to experience the unique and exciting city of Kraków.

On behalf of the organizers,

Brenda Bass, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA
Elena Conti, Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany
Witold Filipowicz, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland (lead organizer)
Tetsuro Hirose, University of Hokkaido, Sapporo, Japan
Artur Jarmolowski, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland (local organizer)
Gene Yeo, University of California, San Diego, USA