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Villars Symposium 2016 - «NON-coding RNAs: function and evolution» [CLOSE]


12-14 September 2016


Prof. Yves Poirier, Department of Plant Molecular Biology, UNIL; Prof. Ana Marques, Department of Physiology, UNIL; Prof. Tanja Schwander, Department of Ecology and Evolution, UNIL.


Ana Eulalio, Univerity of Wurzburg - webpage
Caroline Dean, John Innes Center, Norwich - webpage
Brian Gregory, University of Pennsylvania - webpage
David Baulcombe, University of Cambridge - webpage
Ramesh S. Pillai
, EMBL Grenoble - webpage
Chung-I Wu, University of Chicago - webpage
Lingling Chen, Shanghai Intsitutes for Biological Sciences - webpage
John Rinn, Harvard, USA - webpage
Torben Jensen, Aarhus University - webpage
Igor Ulitsky, Weissmann Institute - webpage


In the last decade, the diversity and role of non-coding RNAs (e.g. RNAs that are that are not coding for proteins) has considerably expanded. Multitude of non-coding RNAs are now known to play key roles in a number of biological processes required for cell viability and function, in both prokaryotes and eukaryote. Analysis of the cell transcriptome reveals that genomes are pervasively transcribed to generate many additional RNAs, raising questions as to their function and contribution to evolutionary processes. The aim of the 2016 Villars Symposium on "Non-coding RNAs: function and evolution" is to provide an interdisciplinary look at the roles and evolution of non-coding RNAs in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes. An outstanding list of speakers will be discussing the latest advancement in the evolution and roles of various non-coding RNAs, including microRNAs, piRNAs, long-non-coding RNAs and circular RNAs, in both prokaryotes, animal and plants. The symposium is targeted to participants of all four CUSO programs in biology, namely Staromics, Plant Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Ecology and Evolution. The symposium will include both lectures by invited experts in the fields and discussions in smaller groups (journal club format) in order to promote dynamic exchanges between students and experts of different disciplines and close contacts with the invited speakers.




Monday September 12, 2016

13:45-14:00 - Welcome14:00-15:00 - Ana Eulalio, MicroRNAs as novel players in bacterial pathogen-host interaction
15:00-16:00 - David Baulcombe, Paramutation and mobile silencing RNA in plants
16:00-16:30 - Coffee break16:30-18:30 - Journal Club sessions 1-219:00-20:30 - Dinner
20:30-21:30 - Student's quick talks

Tuesday September 13, 2016

08:00-09:00 - Brian Gregory, Global analysis of RNA-protein interactions and RNA secondary structure in plants09:00-10:00 - Chung-I Wu, Tigers eat rabbits - How microRNAs stabilize gene regulatory networks
10:00-10:30 - Coffee break
10:30-11:30 - Lingling Chen, Circular RNAs11:30-12:30 - Torben Jensen, Sorting RNA for function decay
12:30-13:30 - Lunch
13:30-17:00 - Free time for hiking and other activities
17:00-19:00 - Journal Club sessions 3-6
19:00- Dinner 

Wednesday September 14, 2016

08:00-09:00 - Caroline Dean, Sensing and remembering winter
09:00-10:00 - John Rinn, Three and four dimensional dynamics of lncRNA localization
10:00-10:30 - Coffee break
10:30-12:30 - Journal Club sessions 7-10
12:30-14:00 - Lunch
14:00-15:00 - Ramesh Pillai, Genome defense by germline small RNAs
15:00-16:00 - Igor Ulitsky, Evolution and modes of action of long noncoding RNAs END OF MEETING


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Journal Club Session for CUSO Students

The CUSO Villars Symposium series aims to foster close interactions and discussions between the PhD students and the speakers. With this in mind, during the Symposium there will be a total of 10 Journal Clubs associated with each speaker and their topic of expertise organized in three concurrent sessions (see schedule). Each CUSO PhD student will choose and present ONE paper to be discussed in smaller groups that may include any of the symposium participants, with the discussion coordinated by the seminar speakers.

Here you find the list of papers associated with every speaker and the PDF version of each paper.

Please go and sign up for the paper - one per student only - of your choice on the following doodle link: These journal clubs are an important component of the Villars Symposium success and we are counting on your active participation. For additional questions please contact the Coordinator Debora Zoia at plants[@]


Reimbursement for CUSOBiology-members: Accomodation and meal expenses are covered by the CUSO. You will be reimbursed for your travel expenses (train 2°class, half fare, from your Institution to the Place of the activity).


Priority will be given to CUSO students of the 4 organizing Programs : CUSO Molecular Plant Science, CUSO StarOmics, CUSO Ecology & Evolution, CUSO microbiology.

Registration fees:
none.External participants: ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RESERVATION OF THEIR OWN ACCOMODATION. 350 CHF registration fees cover coffee breaks, meals with drinks and access to the conference for the three days of symposium. For more information please contact the coordinator Debora Zoia at plants[at]



Deadline for registration 30.08.2016
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