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EMBO Workshop

Non-coding RNA medicine

15 – 18 May 2023 | Poznan, Poland

  • Registration Deadline
  • 31 March 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 26 March 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 April 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 March 2023

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About the Workshop

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The discovery of myriad noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) over the past decade has revealed a universe of new and exciting therapeutic opportunities. Many thousands of microRNAs, piRNAs, circular RNAs, long noncoding RNAs, and others are expressed across healthy and diseased human tissues and play key functional roles in pathogenic states and processes. Their regulatory roles, cell-type-specificity, and vast numbers confer on ncRNAs unique advantages as therapeutic targets. Rapid advances in clinical transcriptomics, oligonucleotide therapeutics, and RNA-directed small molecules, open the possibility for rapid, economical, and personalised ncRNA-directed therapies.

Reaching this goal will require overcoming key challenges, including low evolutionary conservation in model species, poorly-characterised molecular mechanisms, finding hits amongst the vast ncRNA transcriptome, and effectively drugging targets in vivo. This EMBO Workshop will bring together colleagues from both academic and commercial worlds to discuss their latest progress in these issues. Sessions will cover the full span from basic disease biology to therapeutic development. Confirmed speakers represent leaders from around the globe, and numerous slots have been set aside for oral presentations selected from submitted abstracts.

Sessions will include:

  • Disease mechanisms
  • Target discovery
  • RNA modifications
  • RNA delivery
  • Therapeutic strategies

The meeting will take place in the beautiful medieval city of Poznan in western Poland, famed for its delicious food and beautiful scenery. A number of social and recreational activities will be planned, in addition to ample time for networking and informal discussions.

We look forward to seeing you in Poznan to plan the revolution of Noncoding RNA Therapeutics!

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
  • 31 March 2023
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 26 March 2023
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 1 April 2023
  • Payment Deadline
  • 31 March 2023



We have exciting corporate sponsorship packages available! Click here for more information.

Registration includes:

  • Accommodation in one of the best hotels in Poznan (3 nights from May 15th to May 18th). Some participants may be accommodated in shared rooms.
  • Breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, and dinner (including a gala dinner)
  • Snacks and wine during poster sessions
  • Outdoor event with picnic dinner


Once the applications have been evaluated by the organisers, we will send you an email confirming your acceptance to the Workshop and the necessary details to complete payment.

Please find the payment details here

Selection criteria

Registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Your place will only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee.

Screening of abstracts for oral presentation: The selection committee including organisers of the workshop will screen the submitted abstracts in terms of originality, quality, and relevance to the workshop theme. All oral presentations will be allocated 15 minutes each during the workshop.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should be not more than 250 words excluding author name and affiliations. For applicants interested in giving an oral presentation during the workshop, the application must be accompanied by a letter of intent clearly stating why you think your abstract should be selected.

Only registered participants are eligible to submit an abstract. Abstract submission is via online only. During abstract submission, you can apply for an oral or poster presentation. Participants who are selected for oral presentation will be informed by 28 February 2023.

Poster specifications

No larger than A0 size 841 mm (W) X 1189 mm (H).

Travel grants and registration fee waivers

Travel grants and registration fee waivers are available for participants.

Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizers. EMBO travel grants and registration fee waivers are allocated on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract.

Applicants do not need to apply separately for these but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered.

Additional travel grants are available for EMBC Associate Member States Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan.

Special travel grants and registration fee waivers

A limited number of travel grants and registration fee waivers are available for scientists working in Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovenia and Turkey. Grants are allocated on the basis of the quality of the submitted abstract.

A maximum of 700 Euros per participant are available to cover registration fees, travel, and accommodation (no additional subsistence costs can be covered). To apply, please indicate the itemized amount requested in the travel grants section of the registration form.

Child care grants

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional childcare costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the childcare grant and specify the sum that you will need.

Code of conduct

Anti-harassment and non-discrimination policy

This EMBO meeting shall maintain an environment free of harassment and discriminatory behaviour for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, beliefs (religious or otherwise) or manner of articulation.

Harassment and discrimination of attendees in any form, either in person or online is not tolerated.

Attendees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and all communication and behavior should conform to a respectful environment for all.



Barbara Uszczynska-Ratajczak

Rory Johnson

Olivia M. Merkel




Collegium Iuridicum Novum
Niepodległości 53
61-714 Poznan


Novotel Poznan Centrum (Novotel)

Andersa 1

61-894 Poznan, Poland

ph: +48 61 858 70 00

About the Area

Poznan is one of the largest cities in Poland. Located halfway between Warsaw and Berlin, Poznan combines a rich cultural offer, a lively atmosphere, and the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Poznan is a city of greenery with numerous parks, like the Citadel Park, and large recreation complexes, including the Malta Lake. It will surprise you with its modern architecture (Old Brewery is a must-see) and public artwork. One of its strongest points is the local cuisine, which for sure will please the gourmands' palates. Poznan is a compact city suitable to be discovered on foot or by bicycle. For all the above and many more reasons, in 2019, it has been announced as one of the best travel destinations in Europe.

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