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Multiple functions of piRNAs and PIWI proteins

6 – 9 April 2016 | Montpellier, France

Registration deadline

10 January 2016

Abstract submission deadline

10 January 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

1 February 2016

Payment deadline

10 February 2016

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About the workshop

The piRNA pathway, an RNA-silencing pathway involving small non-coding RNAs and the PIWI proteins -specific Argonaute proteins- has been discovered a few years ago as a defense mechanism against transposable elements. The field is progressing rapidly and a growing number of studies have implicated piRNAs and PIWI proteins in a broad range of functions, including gene and epigenetic regulation, genome rearrangements and stem cell biology. The questions linked to piRNA functions are thus widely expanding. This EMBO Workshop aims to provide a forum to discuss and connect the most recent advances in the different functions of piRNAs and PIWI proteins.
We will address piRNA biogenesis and the role of piRNAs/PIWI proteins in genome defense; epigenetic regulation; stem cell biology; post-transcriptional gene regulation; somatic tissues and cancer; and genome rearrangements.






The EMBO Workshop will begin Wednesday afternoon , April 6 (arrival and registration between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m.), and end in the afternoon (4:00 p.m.) on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

A detailed programme of the workshop will be distributed at registration on site.

The EMBO Workshop will cover Biogenesis of piRNAs; piRNAs in genome defense; piRNAs in epigenetic regulation; PIWI proteins and piRNAs in stem cell biology; piRNAs in gene regulation; piRNAs in neurons and other somatic tissues; piRNAs in cancer and other diseases; and piRNAs in genome rearrangements.

Each session will include invited talks as well as talks selected from submitted abstracts.


Download the programme (pdf).



Registration deadline

10 January 2016

Abstract submission deadline

10 January 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

1 February 2016

Payment deadline

10 February 2016










Registration includes:

  • Access to all scientific and poster sessions
  • Accommodation (3 nights)
  • All meals and coffee breaks
  • Gala Dinner and social event


Payment details will be provided by e-mail once acceptance has been confirmed. Your place will only be confirmed after payment of the registration fee.
A refund will not be possible. However, transfer of registration will be accepted.



A limited number of travel grants are available for eligible participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants. Selection will be handled by the organizers who will directly notify the awardees.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected on the basis of their abstract submission. Selected participants will give their presentation in the form of posters or short talks. A number of abstracts will be selected for short oral presentation.
Participants planning to present a poster or short talk will be given priority. The relevance of the presentation to the conference theme will be taken into consideration.


Review and Selection Process

All abstracts submitted to the workshop will go through a peer-review process carried out by the Workshop Scientific Committee.

The Workshop Scientific Committee reserves the right to reject low quality abstracts, as well as those not pertinent to the themes of the workshop.
 All presenting authors will be notified via email by February 1, 2016 at the latest.


Abstract guidelines

350 words maximum, including references. Please indicate if you wish to present a short talk or a poster. The abstract should display all authors and their full affiliation, a title and a short text describing your research.


Poster specifications

A0 Portrait, maximum width 90 cm, height 130 cm.




Catherine Larose

Phone: +33 434359962





venue map


Faculté de Médecine de Montpellier

2 rue Ecole de Médecine, 34090 Montpellier, FR



The venue is the old Medical School of Montpellier, an elegant building from the XIV century. The Medical School was funded in the XII century; it is the oldest operating Medical School in the occidental world. The building contains one of the oldest libraries in France and two museums: the Atger Museum that collects drawings from Renaissance to XIX century, and the Museum of Anatomy. Montpellier is itself a beautiful city with an old centre from the Middle Ages. More information.



Mercure Montpellier Centre Comédie

6 rue de la Spirale, 34000 Montpellier, FR.


Accommodation for all participants will be at the Mercure Hotel, Mercure Montpellier Centre Comédie, located 15 min on foot or 10 min by tram from the workshop venue. (Tramway line 1. Mercure Hotel Stop: Antigone, Medical School Stop: Place Albert 1er)

Most participants will be asked to share a room, only a small number of single rooms will be available.



By plane:

Montpellier Méditerranée airport is the closest airport and located 15 min from downtown by car/taxi. There is a public bus line between Montpellier airport and Montpellier city centre: Navette aéroport line #120


By train:

Montpellier train station is called Montpellier Saint Roch. It is located 15 min on foot or 10 min by tram either from the Mercure Hotel or from the workshop venue. Tramway line 1. Station Stop: Gare Saint Roch, Mercure Hotel Stop: Antigone, Medical School Stop: Place Albert 1er.