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RNA and genome maintenance: Cooperation and conflict management

10 – 13 October 2018 | Mainz, Germany

  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 July 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 July 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 August 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 August 2018

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About the Workshop

Genomes of living organisms are exposed to damage arising from different sources. To maintain genome integrity, cells and organisms have evolved elaborate mechanisms and signaling pathways that regulate different processes including DNA repair and cell cycle. Recent findings highlighted the intricate interplay between genome stability maintenance and RNA metabolism: Transcription can interfere with DNA replication and thus pose a serious threat to genome stability. Conversely, DNA damage activates signaling pathways that globally affect transcription, splicing and RNA stability. Moreover, non-coding RNA and RNA-binding proteins play an integral part in DNA repair and DNA damage response. This EMBO Workshop will gather established scientists and junior researchers that study the mutual interactions between the DNA damage response and RNA metabolism. The workshop will provide a forum for open and inspiring discussions between the scientists that shaped and the ones that recently joined this exciting and rapidly progressing field on the following topics:

  • Replication-transcription conflicts and transcription-associated DNA damage
  • RNA-binding proteins in genome stability maintenance
  • Non-coding RNA in the DNA damage response
  • Interplay between the DNA damage response and RNA metabolism






  • Registration Deadline
  • 1 July 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 July 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 August 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 15 August 2018



Registration includes:

  • Access to all sessions
  • All conference material
  • Welcome reception
  • Coffee breaks, lunches and buffet dinner during poster session
  • Excursion, including conference dinner
  • Organized transport to and from the airport (if registered on time)
  • Organized local transport from and to venue/hotel
  • Wi-Fi

Accommodation is not included in the registration fee


Details will be provided upon acceptance of participation. Payment will be possible via wire transfer or PayPal account.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected based on the scientific quality of the submitted abstract. All participants are expected to present their work in the form of a poster. The presented work should be related to the topic of the Workshop. PhD students/postdocs who will not present their work in the form of a poster should submit a short CV and motivation letter.

A number of submitted abstracts will be selected for a short talk. Participants will be notified by 01 August 2018 whether their abstract was selected for a short talk.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts must be a maximum of 2,000 characrters including spaces (approx. 300 words). This should be a concise summary of the work you intend to present at the workshop. Abstract should contain author and affiliation information. Abstracts should not include any citations, references, figures or tables.

Poster specifications

Dimensions of the poster boards are 1.20 m (width) by 1.50 m (height).

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.



IMB Events Office

Phone: +49 6131 21451


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Institute of Molecular Biology gGmbH (IMB)

Ackermannweg 4, 55128 Mainz, Germany


Accommodation is not included in the registration fee and has to be organized by the participants.

Participants are offered special rates for rooms at the InterCity Hotel in Mainz.

More info regarding accommodation will follow soon.


The Institute of Molecular Biology can be reached easily by car, train and bus or plane. It is located on the campus of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

About the Area

The city of Mainz is a charming, open-minded city. It dates back two thousand years to Roman times and still has a historic center with a magnificent medieval cathedral. It was also here, in 1450, that Johannes Gutenberg invented modern book printing. The city is located at the confluence of two of the most important rivers in Germany, the Rhine and the Main, and has spectacular esplanades.

Mainz is within easy reach of both cosmopolitan Frankfurt, with its famous opera house, avant-garde museums and glass-and-steel banking district, and the Rhine valley region with its castles, vineyards and nature reserves that offer great outdoor activities. With Frankfurt airport – the largest airport in mainland Europe – only 20 minutes away, countless European and overseas destinations are within easy reach.


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