Networking across borders

This year's annual retreat of the NCCR RNA & Disease took place in form of a special edition as a joint meeting with the Vienna RNA Biology Network.

Over 200 scientists from more than 60 Swiss and Austrian laboratories met in the beautiful area of Fuschlsee near Salzburg, Austria, from January 30 - February 3, 2019. 5 days of intensive scientific interactions including excellent oral and poster presentations by the participants stimulated scientific exchange and aimed at initiating and fostering collaborations between established and junior scientists from the Vienna and Swiss RNA communities.

“Everyone I talked to said it was their favorite retreat they had ever been to, myself included. “

The meeting covered a broad spectrum of topics related to bacterial RNA networks, non-coding RNAs, RNAs in gene regulation, RNA processing, RNA modification and translational regulation. The researchers benefited from the opportunity to present their work to an audience of peers and established principal investigators in their field. The format of the meeting provided plenty of opportunities for networking and discussions.

“Really nice atmosphere, notably during poster sessions, which allowed open and interesting discussions.”

We would like to thank the Austrian and Swiss organizers and all participants for contributing to such a successful and inspiring event! A special thank goes to the Scientific Advisory Board Members Sarah Woodson, Witold Filipowicz, Jørgen Kjems and Robert J. Schneider for their continuous support and joining us at Fuschlsee.

“I think mixing with another network was a great idea that could be repeated in the future. It was a very successful experience.”

This meeting was kindly supported by Lexogen, VectorBuilder, The RNA Society, New England Biolabs and Microsynth.

“A joint meeting with another RNA network was really interesting and stimulating.”

Enriched with impressions and ideas collected during the Austrian Swiss RNA Meeting, we are already looking forward to to the next annual retreat to be held in Kandersteg, Switzerland, from January 27.- 29. 2020.