Welcome to RNA 2016 in Kyoto !
For the second time the RNA society will be holding a joint conference with the RNA Society of Japan, and we invite everyone who is interested in RNA science to come to the wonderful Japanese city of Kyoto, 28 June - 2 July, 2016.
Kyoto is the ancient imperial capital of Japan, known as the City of Ten Thousand Shrines. It is home to thousands of classical temples and shrines, gardens and imperial palaces, and traditional wooden houses. It’s also famous for formal traditions including as kaiseki dining. It is in the Kansai region within the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area, with excellent air and train connections.
The 21st meeting of the RNA Society will be held in the excellent Kyoto International Conference Center, where the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was signed in 1997. Some will remember this as the venue for the 2011 RNA Society meeting. The conference center is on the north edge of Kyoto, but connected by the subway, with a station adjacent to the center. Many of the hotels in downtown will be accessible by this line and/or public buses run by the city.
We are planning an exciting scientific program. We shall have four key-note speakers, who include :
The remaining program will be selected from the submitted abstracts as usual, and in the spirit of RNA society conferences we strongly encourage graduate students and postdoctoral scientists to submit abstracts for oral presentation. At present the planned sessions and chairs are :
RNA splicing : Jon Staley
Translation : Toshifumi Inada
Post-transcriptional regulation : Beth Tran
RNA transport and localization : Ulrike Kutay
Non-coding RNAs : Tetsuro Hirose
Ribonucleoproteins : Ke Qiong Ye
Ribozymes, riboswitches & RNA structure : Ai Long Ke
RNA modification and editing : Kazuko Nishikura
RNA chemistry & therapeutics : Anastasia Khvorova
RNA in disease : Adrian Krainer
Although the sessions may change a little in the light of the abstracts received. In addition we shall have a number of workshops, and we welcome suggestions of rapidly developing areas that would be suitable for this format. Last but certainly not least, there will be exciting poster sessions, and there will be many opportunities to win prizes for the best posters in different categories.
Further details of the program, accommodation and transport links and travel fellowships will be given on the conference web site in due course.
We look forward to welcoming all our RNA colleagues to Kyoto !
Mikiko Siomi (University of Tokyo)
Utz Fischer (University of Würzburg)
Wendy Gilbert (MIT)
David Lilley (University of Dundee)
Erik Sontheimer (University of Massachusetts)
Tsutomu Suzuki (University of Tokyo)