Computational RNA Biology

17–19 October 2016

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK


The second Computational RNA Biology conference will bring together
computational researchers with experimentalists interested in non-coding
RNA biology to discuss the latest developments in this fast moving field.

In recent years, there have been important advances in identifying and
understanding non-coding RNAs. They are involved in many biological
processes and are increasingly seen as important in disease.
Computational approaches greatly assist our understanding of how to
characterise and understand the biological functions of these molecules.

This meeting will cover all aspects of RNA biology with a focus on
computational methods to elucidate structure, function and interactions
of non-coding RNAs across different species. We expect to see many new
exciting results unveiled through the application of high-throughput
sequencing as well as single sequence approaches. This meeting follows on
from the successful first conference held in 2014, which was
characterised by excellent presentations and vibrant discussions.


The conference will start at approximately 12.30 on Monday, 17 October
and close at approximately 13.30 on Wednesday, 19 October 2016.

Topics will include:

  • RNA biology and disease
  • Algorithms and software
  • Gene expression dynamics
  • Regulatory RNAs
  • RNA structure
  • Translational control
  • RNA complexes
  • Long non-coding RNAs
  • Interactions and systems

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee
Alex Bateman EMBL-EBI, UK
Ivo Hofacker University of Vienna, Austria
Karissa Sanbonmatsu Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
Mihaela Zavolan University of Basel, Switzerland

Keynote speakers
Ben Blencowe University of Toronto, Canada
Christine Mayr Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, USA

Confirmed speakers
Rolf Backofen University of Freiburg, Germany
Rhiju Das Stanford University, USA
Eduardo Eyras Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Andre Gerber University of Surrey, UK
Martin Jansson University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Alain Laederach University of North Carolina, USA
Christina Leslie Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, USA
Debbie Marks Harvard Medical School, USA
Nacho Molina University of Edinburgh, UK
Albin Sandelin University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Guido Sanguinetti University of Edinburgh, UK
Igor Ulitsky Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Zasha Weinberg Yale and Leipzig Universities, USA
Craig Zirbel Bowling Green State University, USA

Conference organiser
Jemma Beard Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

How to apply

Registration Fees:

Student No accommodation £287
Student On site twin accommodation £370
Student On site single accommodation £422
Academic No accommodation £387
Academic On site twin accommodation £470
Academic On site single accommodation £522
Commercial No accommodation £487
Commercial On site twin accommodation £570
Commercial On site single accommodation £622


The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster
sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments
during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have
booked accommodation.

Registration deadline: Closed.

Accommodation is provided for the nights of 17 and 18 October 2016.
Please note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be
allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early
registration is recommended.

Onsite accommodation is no longer available, please contact the organiser
for details on alternative accommodation in the local area

If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference
dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

Travel visas
Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a
travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to
confirmed registrants.

Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
visa to enter the UK.
Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
or longer.

Please visit the following websites for further information:
UK Border Agency website:

Information for general visitors and business visitors:


A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students
to attend this conference (up to 50% of the registration fee) from
Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

The following documents will need to be provided:

  • Abstract
  • CV
  • Covering letter
  • Letter from supervisor

To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

Bursary deadline: Closed


We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the
meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral
presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the
deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been
selected for an oral or poster presentation.

Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0-
portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the
conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the

Abstract deadline: Closed

Abstracts received after the deadline will not be reviewed, included in
the abstract book or conference.

Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.

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