Computational Approaches to RNA Structure and Function


E. Rivas (Harvard University), E. Westhof (University of Strasbourg)

The workshop will be held in the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual (CCBPP) located in the center of Benasque. The workshop intends to bring together researchers in RNA computational biology to develop the next generation of methods to improve RNA structure prediction, to identify functional RNA elements in genomes, and to synthesize new classes of functional RNAs.

Areas of interest include:

- From RNA transcripts to function,
- RNA two- and three-dimensional structures,
- RNA homology and structural alignments,
- RNA synthetic biology.

Our main goal is to give participants ample time to interact, transfer ideas, and do actual research. The schedule will leave plenty of free time for discussions in small groups, 1-on- 1, or individual work. Talks will be informal yet technical, and they are intended to facilitate the collaborative exchange of ideas. There is not a pre-organized program for the workshop.

The CCBPP is in the center of town and has the perfect environment to facilitate work (including offices, printers, internet access, and meeting places, not forgetting ping-pong and good coffee), and to make your stay comfortable, enjoyable, and profitable. This workshop constitutes a unique opportunity for deepening and spreading knowledge on RNA bioinformatics.

For those of you coming with kiddos, please contact us to discuss options (either Elena or our local organizers We can also find space for partners coming with their own work schedules.

Priority will be given to participants who can commit to stay for the whole two weeks.

Benasque is a beautiful fully walkable small village located in the heart of the Spanish Pyrenees, close to the border with France. Benasque is about a 5-hour drive from the Barcelona Airport. Transportation by bus between Barcelona (city and airport) and Benasque (Sunday July 21st and Saturday Aug 3th) is provided by the center (details provided in registration link).


Registration fee information

The registration fee for this conference is 300 eur.

Pay by bank transfer

The registration fee must be paid to the account of the Centro de Ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual after your application has been accepted.

Ibercaja (account number): 2085 2310 3803 3004 4193
IBAN: ES44 2085 2310 3803 3004 4193

Remember that your registration is complete only after the payment is made.

* Please, pay after your application has been accepted.
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* Include as a subject in the transfer '2024rna Your_Surname'
* In the comments section include:
      Full name of the conference and your name.

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*Cancellation Policy*
A 30 euro charge will be applied for cancellations made up to 10 days before the conference start date.
A no refund policy will be applied to cancellations made after this date.

Bus transportation

The center provides free buses:
From Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona, Diagonal 686, Metro: L3 Palau Reial at 15:00h (Note that the bus stops opposite University of Barcelona, Facultat de Física i Química)

From Barcelona airport ('El Prat', Terminal T2A: on leaving exit, turn left and you will find a police building called 'Mossos d'Esquadra'.
Cross the road using the zebra crossing and turn left. The bus will stop there) at 15:30h.

Return buses:
From Benasque to Barcelona airport and then university, departure at 9:00h.
The trip by bus to Barcelona takes 4-5h. approximately. The trip by car only takes 3h 30m.

Bus trajectories and dates:
- Barcelona-Benasque, Jul 21.
- Benasque-Barcelona, Aug 03.

Registration & accommodation

Application deadline is May 20

Further Information.

  • List of participants.
  • Scientific program.
  • Pictures