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Ribosome synthesis

19 – 23 August 2015 | Brussels, Belgium


About the conference

This is the 10th anniversary of the tri-annual ribosome synthesis conference. Ribosome synthesis is a complex process that requires the coordinated activities of many basic cellular functions. This complexity is reflected in the number of topics covered by this conference including RNA polymerase I transcription, rDNA chromatin structure, rRNA modification and maturation, ribosome assembly and mature structure formation, quality control, nuclear export, integration with cell division and metabolism, connection with diseases, and extra-ribosomal nucleolar functions. With such exciting breadth, this EMBO Conference provides a unique platform for interaction of scientists from diverse fields to discuss recent developments.

Planned session topics include:

  • Ribosome biogenesis and human disease
  • Quality control of ribosome assembly
  • Growth regulation and cancer Pre-rRNA processing
  • Ribosome assembly
  • Subcellular trafficking/cytoplasmic steps
  • snoRNPs and rRNA modification
  • Nucleolar structure and dynamics
  • rDNA transcription and epigenetics
  • Structural aspects of ribosome synthesis
  • Specialized ribosomes

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Late Registration Deadline

Registration after May 1, 2015 and/or payment received after May 15, 2015 will incur a € 100 / $ 109 supplement.


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Registration Fee Includes:

  • coffee breaks
  • meals
  • banquet
  • but not accommodation, nor dinner on the free afternoon/evening (Friday).


Register your contact details using the Online Registration button above. You will receive an acknowledgement email containing an invoice to submit payment in US Dollars by credit card, cheque or wire transfer. Registration received by May 1, 2015 will qualify for the early discount if payment is received by May 15, 2015. Registration will be at risk of cancellation if payment is not received within 30 days of invoice. Presentation of an abstract is not required for attendance at the conference.

Selection criteria

All speakers will be selected by the organizers from submitted abstracts according to the following priorities:
Excellence related to subject areas; did not present at last conference; early stage faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students; minimal duplication of representatives from the same laboratory. Participants will be admitted in order of registration.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts are limited to 250 words excluding title, authors, and affiliations.
Please enter your abstract via the online registration system.


poster guidelines

Posters should be 120 cm (wide) by 98 cm (high).



Please make your reservation with the Hotel Metropole separately by filling out this form and sending it to

Reservation deadline: July 18, 2015
Single occupancy – € 105
Double occupancy – €59.50 (€ 119.00 for both)
If you would like to share a room, but do not have a roommate, e-mail the organizers at with “Roommate” in the subject heading indicating your gender and age. We will then put you in touch with another participant looking for a roommate with whom you can share the reservation.

Travel grants

A small number of travel grants are available for students and postdocs from laboratories in selected countries, including primarily Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey. For eligibility questions, contact the organizers.
To apply, submit by April 15 your abstract, CV, and a one-paragraph statement outlining your motivation to with “Travel Grant” in the subject heading.

More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page. Application deadline: April 15, 2015.




Mary McCann

Phone: +1-206-706-8118




venue map


Hotel Metropole
Place de Brouckère 31,

1000 Brussel, Belgium


The hotel is located in the heart of Brussels, 500 meters from the Grand Place and close to public transportation.


How to Get there

By car: simply follow the signs to "City centre / de Brouckère" (we have limited parking slots with the hotel, if you are interested contact us)
By train: the “Midi-Zuid” (TGV, Thalys and Eurostar), “Central” and “North” stations are all less than 1 km away from the hotel. From “Midi-Zuid” station you can reach the hotel by Subway/”metro”. You first need to go to the “Arts-Loi” station (lines 2 or 6, 6 stops), then to “de Brouckère” station (lines 1 or 5, 3 stops). The hotel is located on the right at “de Brouckère”.
By plane: Brussels International Airport is located 12 km away. There is a train station at the airport located below the terminal (basement level 1). Up to 4 trains per hour connect the airport to Brussels North, Brussels Central and Brussels Midi/Zuid stations. Approximate time to Brussels Central (City centre) is 17 minutes. From there, take Subway/“Métro” to station “de Brouckère” (lines 1 or 5, the hotel is only one stop away and is right at the “de Brouckère station”).

Public transport: "de Brouckère" Metro station in front of the hotel .


All participants will be accommodated together at the meeting venue: the Hotel Metropole in single or double rooms. Meals will be catered for on-site.


If you are interested in attending or contributing material, please contact the organizers at

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