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EMBO Workshop

RNA and genome maintenance: Cooperation and conflict management

10 – 13 October 2018 | Mainz, Germany

  • Registration Deadline
  • 10 August 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 10 August 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 August 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 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

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
  • 10 August 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 10 August 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 15 August 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 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 characters 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




Institute of Molecular Biology gGmbH (IMB)

Ackermannweg 4, 55128 Mainz, Germany


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

Participants are offered special rates for rooms at the InterCityHotel Mainz as well at the Advena Hotel Mainz and the B&B Hotel Mainz for the duration of the meeting. Please make your reservation directly with the hotel using the keyword “IMB - EMBO Workshop 2018”. You can choose to share a room with another conference participant you indicate or who will be assigned. Each reservation must be guaranteed by credit card.

Room are limited and provided on a first-come-first-serve basis.

A wide choice of other accommodations reachable by foot from the conference venue can be found, e.g., on if “Mainz” is searched. Please note that the hotels named are just a selection of many which can be found in the Mainz region and the organisers cannot be held responsible for availability and/or the level of service. If you are planning to stay in Mainz directly, it is recommended to reserve accommodation as soon as possible.

InterCityHotel Mainz

Binger Straße 21, 55131 Mainz

Single rooms EUR 149 incl. breakfast

Double room EUR 173 incl. breakfast (EUR 86,50 per person)

Room can be booked until 29 Aug 2018

Tel: +49 6131 58851-0,


Advena Hotel Mainz

Kaiserstraße 7, 55116 Mainz

Single rooms EUR 75 incl. breakfast

Double room EUR 95 incl. Breakfast (EUR 47,50 per person)

Rooms can be booked until 10 September 2018

Tel: +49 6131 971070


B&B Hotel Mainz

Mombacher Straße 2b, 55122 Mainz

Singlerooms EUR 66.50 incl. breakfast

Double room EUR 85 incl. Breakfast (EUR 42,50 per person)

Rooms can be booked until 10 September 2018

Tel: +49 6131 570788-0



A highlight of the EMBO Workshop is the excursion. This year, we will visit the beautiful and historic Eberbach Monastery, located amongst the vineyards of Eltville am Rhein.

Founded in 1136 by St. Bernard of Clairvaux (Burgundy) the monastery was one of the most active in Germany, and also boasted the largest vineyards in medieval Germany.

Today the monastery continues to make exquisite wines and offers guided tours, enabling everyone to enjoy its history and architectural splendour. It also serves as a set for film and TV: the Season 5 trailers of Game of Thrones were filmed here, as well as the film The Name of the Rose.

Our excursion this year will include a strolling wine tasting tour, which will take in the different wine cellars, halls and refectories of the monastery. You will learn about the art of wine making as well as life in the monastery through the centuries.

Delegates will have free time to roam around the monastery, discover its secrets, buy wine or relax with a coffee. This will be followed by dinner in the Lay Brothers Dormitory, which is located in the largest building within the Eberbach Monastery complex, the massive Lay Brothers Building from the early 13th century.

We look forward to welcoming you along with us!

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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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