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EMBO Workshop

RNA: Structure meets function

01 – 04 July 2018 | Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

  • Registration Deadline
  • 02 March 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 02 March 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 16 March 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 01 April 2018

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About the Workshop

Recent developments in sequencing technology have revealed widespread transcription of the eukaryotic genome and uncovered an overwhelming amount of novel functional RNAs. The list of these RNAs is constantly increasing and includes lncRNAs, circular RNAs and enhancer RNAs among others with crucial roles in genome organization, transcriptional and posttranscriptional gene regulation. The basic mechanisms of action of these RNAs are only beginning to emerge and are most likely exhibited due to specific RNA secondary and tertiary structure, as previously found for other RNAs, e.g. ribosomal RNAs and tRNAs. Nevertheless, the connection between RNA structural biology and RNA function is still in its infancy. To deeply understand how molecules work, detailed knowledge of their structures is necessary.

The overall aim of the EMBO Workshop on RNA Structure meets Function is to promote scientific exchange and synergies across the fields of RNA structure and RNA function by gathering leading established and upcoming scientists to discuss and exchange the most recent advances in these areas and the latest cutting-edge technologies to tackle them. Among the topics to be covered in this EMBO Workshop are:

  • Structural RNA biology
  • Function of non-coding RNAs

  • Large RNA complexes
  • RNA and chromatin
  • RNA dynamics
  • Translational regulation by RNA
  • RNA modifications

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
  • 02 March 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 02 March 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 16 March 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 01 April 2018


  • STUDENT/POSTDOCS SEK 6750 ( ~ 681 EUR)
  • ACADEMIC SEK 8250 ( ~ 833 EUR)
  • INDUSTRY SEK 12500 ( ~ 1261 EUR)

Registration includes:

  • Access to all scientific and poster sessions (conference registration)
  • Accommodation (4 nights) and all meals
  • Social events
  • Shuttle from/to the Airport at designated times

All fees include VAT.

Registration fees might be reduced upon receipt of additional sponsorship.


TBA (will be announced in January)

Selection criteria

Abstract's scientific relevance in respect to the meeting and broad geographic distribution will be used as selection criteria. Additional talks will be selected based on the quality of their submitted abstracts. Preference will be given to young scientists at the beginning of their research career and a fair representation of gender will be aimed at.

Abstract guidelines

2000 characters maximum, including references.

The abstract should display all authors and their full affiliation.

Poster specifications

A0 Portrait, maximum width 90 cm, height 130 cm.

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.

Few travel grants will be exclusively allocated for participants of any nationality working in laboratories in Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan.

Additional Information

Some PhD students and post-docs will share rooms

Please note that no letter for VISA purposes will be provided until payment of registration fee.



Goncalo Castelo-Branco





Skåvsjöholmsvägen 80,184 94




Double and Single rooms


Bus: There will be buses on the days of arrival and departure from Arlanda Airport and central Stockholm with the following schedule:

1st July

15.30 from Stockholm Arlanda Terminal 5 to Skåvsjöholm (ETA 16.15)

15.30 from Stockholm City Terminal (bus station) (ETA 16.15)

5th July

7.00 from Skåvsjöholm to Arlanda Airport (ETA 8.00)

10.00 from Skåvsjöholm via Arlanda Airport (ETA 11.00) to Stockholm City Terminal (ETA 11.30)

For GPS:
 Enter our street address, “Skåvsjöholmsvägen 80, Åkersberga”

By public transport: For your best route to us, please consult here and enter Skåvsjöholmsvägen as your final destination.

Take bus 683 from Danderyds sjukhus (Danderyd Hospital). After about 40 minutes, you arrive at the stop Rydbo Saltsjöbad. From the bus stop, it is a 15 minute walk. Follow the road in the direction you were travelling on the bus, and turn off to the right at the sign Skåvsjöholm.

By plane

Stockholm Arlanda airport is the closest airport. The price of a taxi from the airport to Skåvsjöholm is about 700 SEK (Taxi Stockholm and Taxi Sverige). Please confirm the price. You can also pre-order a shuttle bus here.

About the Area

The conference centre, Skåvsjöholm, is located close to Stockholm in the famous Roslagen-Stockholm Archipelago, about 31 km north of Stockholm. The conference centre is located directly at the coast, offering beautiful views over the archipelago. All participants will be housed within the conference centre. All catering (during breaks, breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided in the centre (except excursions).

The conference centre has a restaurant, bar, sauna, fitness room, private strand, large garden area, sunny terraces, and other spaces for socializing, discussions and watching the football world cup games, if your team is playing.

The Stockholm archipelago is a cluster of some 30,000 islands and rocks spreading 80 km east from Stockholm into the Baltic Sea. It is world-famous for its beautiful nature, allowing all kind of outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, sea kayaking, biking, and swimming. The following websites provide more information about the area and nearby attractions:

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