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EMBO | EMBL Symposium – The non-coding genome

October 11 to October 14



This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually.


Symposium Overview

Over the past two decades, advances in transcriptomic methods have led to the discovery of a very rich and diverse set of RNA transcripts, short and long, that serve as regulators rather than templates for protein production. Many of these transcribed elements are encoded in noncoding regions of the genome with other regulatory and structural DNA elements of known and unknown functions. While the catalogs of such elements are very rich, and an ever-increasing number are implicated in almost every known biological process, there are still many key open questions. Often these important problems are tackled and discussed within different sub-communities, including the mature fields of microRNAs (miRNAs) and piRNAs, and the emerging fields focused on longer linear noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), circular RNAs (circRNAs), and other, non-transcribed yet functional genomic elements. This symposium traditionally brings together members of these communities, enabling researchers focusing on different classes of non-coding elements to interact and learn from each other. We are pleased to return to doing this at an in-person meeting this year, following the virtual edition held in 2021.

For 2023, the main pillars of the meeting will remain, with sessions on miRNAs, piRNAs, lncRNAs and circRNAs, alongside sessions showcasing less RNA-centric fields, such as heterochromatin and telomere biology, and transcribed regulatory regions. Topics that have received relatively limited attention in previous meetings will also feature, such as ncRNAs in plants and RNA therapeutics, which has become a particularly active field due to the current pandemic.


Session Topics

  • Small RNAs
  • Non-coding genome and disease
  • Unconventional RNA structure and mechanisms
  • Transcriptional regulation by non-coding RNA and DNA
  • Genome organisation and epigenetic regulation (and development)
  • Long non-coding RNAs



JUL 19:   Abstract Submission
AUG 30:   Registration (On-site)
OCT 04:   Registration (Virtual)

On-site Registration   |   Virtual Registration



October 11
October 14
Event Category:


EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual


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