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EMBO Workshop

Noncoding RNAs in embryonic development and cell differentiation

08 – 11 April 2018 | Rehovot, Israel

  • Registration Deadline
  • 07 March 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 03 February 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 17 February 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 21 March 2018

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About the Workshop

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Advances in high-throughput sequencing have led to the discovery of tens of thousands of novel noncoding RNA genes, including both short and long forms. The diversity of noncoding RNAs and their functional impact appear to be particularly high in early stages of embryonic development and in various stem cells, with several principal modes of action emerging.

This EMBO workshop will bring together scientists with common interests in noncoding RNA biology with topics spanning from ncRNA functional discoveries to the novel techniques used to uncover ncRNA function in cell fate transition in vitro and in vivo, in model organisms and in human, in health and disease. We will discuss methods for analysis of transcriptomic data, experimental schemes for linking ncRNAs sequences and structures to binding partners, and the pros and cons of various approaches for targeting noncoding RNAs in vivo. We will also discuss how insights from studying relatively well characterized ncRNAs, such as microRNAs and piRNAs can be translated into understanding of the more poorly understood ncRNA families.

Photos from the workshop can be accessed here.

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.







  • Registration Deadline
  • 07 March 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 03 February 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 17 February 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 21 March 2018



Registration includes:

All meals and excursion


By credit card or bank transfer to the conference budget at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts contain full information on the authors and be limited to up to 2,000 characters. Please indicate if you would like for the abstract to be considered for an oral presentation or only for a poster presentation.

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.



Irit Veksler





The David Lopatie Conference Centre
Weizmann Institute of Science,
234 Herzl St. Rehovot, 76100,

The EMBO Workshop will be held at the Weizmann Institute of Science located in the city of Rehovot. Rehovot is located in the center of Israel, approximately 30 minutes’ drive south from Tel-Aviv. The Weizmann Institute of Science is at the start of the Herzl Street in Rehovot. On this street you can find restaurants, bars and a variety of shops.


Leonardo Hotel
The Leonardo hotel is located near to the Rehovot train station which is a short walk from the Weizmann Institute of Science main gate. Leonardo Hotel reception is available 24/7.
Prices: Single or Double room EUR 145

Reisfeld Residence, Hebrew University campus
The Reisfeld Residence is located across the street from the Weizmann Institute of Science campus, a short 5 minute walk from the main gate.
Please note that breakfast is not available at the Reisfeld Residence guesthouse.
Prices: Double room EUR 95. Double room in shared apartment EUR 55.


The Ben-Gurion Airport is located approximately 35 minutes by car or taxi from the city of Rehovot.

Taxi services
Private taxis are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As you exit the airport building from the main reception lobby, you should see signs for taxis directing you to the left. The fare to Rehovot should be approximately 150 NIS (~43$).

Public buses
Bus stops and free internal shuttle pick-up points are located in Terminal 3, second level of the multilevel road, across from Gates 21 and 23.
Egged bus (the main bus company in Israel) stop at EL AL Junction on Highway 40 (approximately 5 km from Terminal 3 and 2.5 km from Terminal 1). Important: the buses do not go through Ben Gurion Airport.
Egged Line 249 will take you from El-Al Junction to Rehovot. For an up-to-date and detailed information about departure times and frequency of the lines, please contact the Egged's Customer Service Centre: Tel: +972 (0)3-6948888 or go to Egged's website.
The cost of a one way ticket from El-Al Junction to Rehovot is approximately 13 NIS (~4$).
**Egged service does not operate during the Jewish Sabbath (Friday afternoon - Saturday evening).

Train services
The train station at Ben-Gurion airport is located on Level S of the Landside Building, adjacent to the Greeters' Hall. There is no direct train from Ben-Gurion airport to Rehovot. To get to Rehovot you need to go from the Ben-Gurion airport train station to Tel-Aviv HAGANA train station (approximately 17 minutes). From there, take a train to Rehovot train station (approximately 30 minutes). The cost for one way ticket from Ben-Gurion airport to Rehovot is approximately 18 NIS (~5$).
Train tickets can be purchased through automated ticket dispensers on Level G of the terminal. For information on schedules and fares call Israel Railways Information Service: +972 (0)77-2324000 or go to the Israel railways website.
**Israel railway service do not operate during the Jewish Sabbath (Friday afternoon - Saturday evening).

About the Area

The New Israeli Shekel (NIS) is the official national currency. All the major credit cards are accepted in Israel in places displaying the emblem at the entrance.

The weather in Rehovot in April is generally warm, with an average temperature of 24°C (75° F).

Restaurants in Rehovot and WIS campus
Café Mada – Fish and pasta (Dairy – kosher)
Address: Situated on WIS Campus
Phone: +972-(0)8 -6723994
Open Sunday-Thursday 08:00-22:00, Friday 08:00-13:00, Saturday- closed

San Martin Cafeteria (kosher)
Address: Situated on WIS Campus at the guesthouse reception floor.
Phone: +972-(0)8 -9343381
Open Sunday-Thursday 08:00-15:00, Friday and Saturday- closed

Moo V Moo Restaurant – meat and grill restaurant (not kosher)
Address: 177 Herzl Street.
Phone: +972-(0)8-9462690
Closed on Saturday and Sunday

César Bistro – (not kosher)
Address: 3 Pekeris Street
Phone: +972-(0)8 -9465444

Important phone numbers
San Martin Guesthouse reception: +972-(0)8 -9343385 (open only between 08:00-16:00)
WIS Campus security: +972-(0)8 -9343515
Taxi service (Rehovot taxi’s): +972-(0)8 -9363333

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