The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network RNAct is pleased to announce the international conference Tailoring RNA binding proteins and RNA targeting to be held in Valencia on 14th and 15th September 2022.

With this conference we intend to bring together experts in the field that cover the broad scope of RNAct, from RNA binding proteins to RNA and back, while giving the 10 RNAct early-stage researchers a chance to present their results to the scientific community, and get feedback from experts.

The conference aims to be a platform for high-level discussions involving academic experts and scientists from the biotech and pharma industries, covering the interactions between RBPs and RNA, the (re-)design of RBPs, the mechanisms of RBP-mediated post-transcriptional regulation, and the industrial application of RNA targeting/binding, including the targeting of RNA/RBPs by small molecules, in fields such as bioanalytics and synthetic biology. Discussion will be sparked off around these topics through keynotes by renowned experts, as well as through oral presentations and poster sessions of selected submitted abstracts. A special innovation workshop will highlight current developments for modulating and targeting RNA binding proteins and RNAs for therapeutic approaches.

We look forward to greeting you in Valencia!


  • Location
  • The conference will take place on 14th and 15th September 2022 at the Blue Cube located in the Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación (CPI), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV).

  • The exact location can be found here: Blue Cube Auditorium

  • How to get there
  • Info coming soon

Confirmed speakers


The conference will consist of two full days, as shown in the tentative programme below. More detailed information will be available soon.

🕒 14th September 2022 15th September 2022
Welcome Session 3 - RNA targeting and gene expression regulation
How do RBPs regulate protein (and gene) expression at the post-transcriptional level?

Chair: Dr. Guillermo Rodrigo

Confirmed keynote speakers
Prof. Alfonso Jaramillo
Prof. Roee Amit
Session 1 - RBP-RNA binding
The interaction between RBPs and RNAs is complex; which factors are involved, and how well do we understand them?

Chair: Dr. Isaure Chauvot de Beauchêne

Confirmed keynote speakers
Prof. Samuela Pasquali
Prof. Dr. Alexandre Bonvin
Lunch break
Session 2 - RBPs and protein design
Given the complex interplay between and RBPs/RNA, can we (re-)design them to target specific RNAs?

Chair: Prof. Dr. Michael Sattler

Confirmed keynote speakers
Dr. Thomas Simonson
Prof. Dr. Luis Serrano
Session 4 - Industrial applications of RNA binding/targeting
What is the potential of applying RBPs in research and commercially?

Chairs: Dr. Wolfgang Kaiser and Dr. Jos Buijs

Confirmed keynote speakers
Dr. Leonardo De Maria
Prof. Dr. Modesto Orozco
RNAct Innovation Workshop
Investigate opportunities for the application of RBPs, as well as for the targeting of RNA/RBPs by small molecules.
Poster session and reception
20:00 Gala dinner

🛈 The gala dinner will take place at Hotel Las Arenas. Hotel Las Arenas can be easily reached from the conference venue by trams 4 and 6. It takes about 10 minutes to go from stop "Beteró" to stop "Platja les Arenes".

Innovation workshop

The RNAct project will host an Innovation Workshop in Valencia (Spain) on 15th September afternoon. The event will consist of an open discussion with relevant stakeholders on challenges and industrial applications of RNA targeting/binding, including the targeting of RNA/RBPs by small molecules.

Interested stakeholders may register their interest in this form to receive further information on the event.


Registration fee for ISCB members only: 170€
Registration fee for non-ISCB members: 200€

Attendees willing to benefit from the special discount can apply for ISCB membership here. For convenience, we ask interested participants to register only once their newly requested membership is approved.

🛈 The registration fee covers the attendance to the conference, the meals offered during the event, and the attendance to the gala dinner. It does not cover travel nor accommodation expenses, which are to be covered by attendees. Unfortunately, no bursaries are available.

The deadline for registrations is 2nd September 2022.

⬩ Registration link ⬩.

Abstract submission

Participants can contribute with (i) posters or (ii) oral presentations. When preparing and submitting your abstracts, please make sure to specify the preferred type of contributions and the topic you would like to contribute to. The topics are: 1 - RBP-RNA binding; 2 - RBPs and protein design; 3 - RNA targeting and gene expression regulation; 4 - Industrial applications of RNA binding/targeting

Please note that only a limited number of oral presentations can be accommodated in the Conference agenda. Relevant contributions that cannot be showcased in full-length presentations will be offered a flash oral (5 minutes) + poster presentation.

Format: 15 minutes talk + 5 minutes questions.
Deadline for submission: 15 August 2022 EXTENDED
Decision: 31 August 2022

Selected full-length talks can also contribute to the poster session should they wish to do so. This is to be communicated to the organizers via email ( upon the acceptance of your oral presentation.

Format: A0 (84.1 x 118.8 cm) in portrait orientation.
Deadline for submission: 15 August 2022.
Decision: 31 August 2022

The template is available here.

🛈 Submissions are managed through EasyChair. Authors willing to submit an abstract must have an EasyChair account, either using pre-existing or newly created (free of charge). Authors can create a new account by following the submission link available in the Call for Papers.

⬩ Call for Papers and Submission link ⬩.


The organizing committee is pleased to announce the Best Oral Presentation and Best Poster prizes sponsored by RNAct beneficiary Dynamic Biosensors.

Best Oral Presentation Prize: 500€
Best Poster Prize: 250€

To be eligible, participants must have an oral presentation or poster, and be a graduate or undergraduate student. Eligible participants should be the first authors of the work presented at the Conference.


⚠ The conference will take place in parallel with the Davis Cup in Valencia.
Attendees are thus advised to book their accommodation as soon as possible.

The following hotels are recommended:

Further information

Useful information to plan your stay in Valencia can be found at Visit Valencia.


All relevant questions should be emailed to

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