Summer School

REGISTER NOW - 5th NCCR RNA & Disease Summer School: RNA Heterogeneity in Chemistry, Space and Time

The 5th NCCR RNA & Disease Summer School will focus on "RNA Heterogeneity in Chemistry, Space and Time" and take place from August 26-30, 2024, in Saas-Fee, Switzerland

We have a diverse line-up of experts to explore a wide spectrum of RNA biology topics: 

  • RNA modifications (Ramesh Pillai, Štepánka Vanácová)
  • Translation (Isabella Moll, Norbert Polacek) 
  • Compartmentalization (Roy Parker, Maria Hondele) 
  • Development (Valérie Hilgers, Helge Grosshans)
  • RNA processing (Jernej Ule, Oliver Mühlemann) 
  • RNA localization (Franka Voigt, Andreas Moor) 

…all with a focus on exploring the heterogeneous nature of RNA in in chemistry, space and time. 

You can expect an exciting program with interactive activities, panel discussions, lectures by experts and flash talks.

The Summer School is open to all interested students and postdocs in the field of RNA biology. In case of over-subscription, priority will be given to PhD students and postdocs from NCCR RNA & Disease labs. Participation is limited to a maximum of 40 people. The participation fee costs CHF 150.-  and includes accommodation and meals during the Summer School. Travel costs are not covered. 

REGISTER HERE The registration deadline is April 26, 2024

Organisers: Maria Hondele (Biozentrum, University of Basel), Oliver Mühlemann (University of Bern), Norbert Polacek (University of Bern), Franka Voigt (University of Zurich)
Design of the poster: Nicole Kleinschmidt
Contact: If you have any questions, please contact



Past Summer Schools

4th NCCR RNA & Disease Summer School - RNA & Entrepreneurship

The 4th NCCR RNA & Disease summer school "RNA and Entrepreneurship" took place in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, from August 22-26, 2022.

Around 60 students, speakers, and organizers took part in the summer school, where they received lectures on RNA therapies and diagnostics, as well as aspects related to start-up companies. In addition, participants presented their research projects through chalk talks, and later collaborated in teams with speakers and organizers to create a business idea within the field, which was then presented. The feedback from both students and speakers has been overwhelmingly positive. We would like to express our gratitude to all organizers, speakers, and sponsors (the Swiss National Science Foundation, the University of Bern, and ETH Zurich) who contributed to the success of the summer school.

Lecturers and Organizers of the 4th Summer School

  • James Broughton - Mammoth Biosciences, California, USA
  • Sam Hall - Venture Fund, New York, USA
  • Helen Lee - University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Gene Liau - Stoke Therapeutics, Massachusetts, USA
  • Kathleen McCarthy - Skyhawk Therapeutics, Massachusetts, USA
  • Barbara McClung - Caribou Biosciences, California, USA
  • Eric Miska - University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Christian Moser - Institute of Intellectual Property, Bern, Switzerland
  • Florian Müllershausen - Novartis Bioventures, Basel, Switzerland
  • Samir Ounzain - Haya Therapeutics, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Steve Pascolo - University of Zürich, Witzerland
  • Thomas Tuschl - Rockerfeller University, New York, USA
  • Teri Willey - Indiana University, USA
  • Frédéric Allain - ETH Zürich, Switzerland (Organizer)
  • Jonathan Hall - ETH Zürich, Switzerland (Organizer)
  • Rory Johnson - University of Bern, Switzerland (Organizer)
  • Martin Jinek - University of Zürich, Switzerland (Organizer)
  • Jørgen Kjems - Aarhus University, Denmark (Organizer)
  • Adrian Krainer - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, USA (Organizer)
  • Robert Schneider - New York University, USA (Organizer)
  • Markus Stoffel - ETH Zürich, Switzerland (Organizer)

NCCR RNA & Disease / SIB Summer School - Computational RNA Biology

NCCR RNA & Disease / SIB Summer School - Computational RNA Biology

From August 23 – 28, 2020, the Computational RNA Biology Summer School organized by the NCCR RNA & Disease and the Swiss Instiute of Bioinformatics was held in Schwarzenberg, which is close to Lucerne. Over thirty participants, mostly from Switzerland, were taught by nine teachers from France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. The program consisted of lectures and hands-on group projects on the topics of long-read RNA sequencing, ribosome-profiling, single cell RNA analysis and CLIP-seq. Participants gave a very positive feedback on the summer school. We would like to thank the teachers and Grégoire Rossier, who took care of most of the organization of the summer school.

3rd NCCR RNA & Disease Summer School - RNA Regulation in Health and Disease

The 3rd NCCR RNA & Disease summer school "RNA Regulation in Health and Disease: Genome architecture and gene expression - RNA turnover - Epitranscriptomics - Phase separation" took place in Saas-Fee, Switzerland from August 26th to 30th 2019.

The Summer School provided the opportunity to share ideas and learn from leading scientists in the field. The program consisted of keynote presentations by invited speakers, workshops in small groups, group discussions lead by the invited speakers, flash talks by participating students and postdocs and plenty of opportunities for networking. 

We can once more look back on an inspiring summer school in Saas-Fee and would like to thank the organizers, all invited guests, and participants!

Lecturers of the 3rd Summer School

  • Matthias Altmeyer - University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Stefan Ameres - Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Austria
  • Claus Azzalin - Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Peter Brodersen - University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Luisa Cochella - Vienna Biocenter Campus (VBC), Austria
  • Martine Collart - University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Torben Jensen -  Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Rory Johnson - University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Sebastian Leidel - University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Peter Meister - University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Donal O'Carroll - University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Uwe Ohler - Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medeicine, Germany
  • Magdalini Polymenidou - University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Juan M. Vaquerizas - Max-Plack-Institute for Molecular Biomedicine, Germany

2nd NCCR RNA & Disease Summer School - RNA & RNP architecture: from structure to function to disease

From August 28th to September 1st, 2017, the NCCR RNA & Disease organised its second Summer School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. The five-day Summer School “RNA & RNP architecture: from structure to function to disease” allowed students and postdoctoral researchers to expand their knowledge in the field of RNA structure and its importance in function and disease. A one-day workshop dedicated to RNA techniques provided the unique opportunity for participants to gain deep insights into the state of the art methodologies in the field. The program consisted of keynote presentations from invited speakers, discussion groups and presentations from participating students and postdocs.

Lecturers of the 2nd Summer School

  • Frédéric Allain - ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Nenad Ban - ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Scott Blanchard - Weill Cornell Medical College, USA
  • Jeffrey Chao - Friedrich Miescher Institute, Switzerland
  • David Gatfield - University of Lauanne, Switzerland
  • Martin Jinek - University of Zürich, Switzerland
  • Ronald Micura - University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Gunter Meister - University of Regensburg, Germany
  • Oliver Mühlemann - University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Norbert Polacek - University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Robert Schneider - NYU School of Medicine, USA
  • Kevin Weeks - University of North Carolina, USA
  • Eric Westhof - IBMC/CNRS, France
  • Mihaela Zavolan - University of Basel, Switzerland

1st NCCR RNA & Disease Summer School - RNA as Target and Drug

The first NCCR RNA & Disease summer school on the topic "RNA as Target and Drug" took place from August 24th-28th, 2015, in beautiful Saas-Fee, Switzerland.