29 - 30 May 2023
Starting 09:30am (GMT+08)
Utown Auditorium 2, NUS

About the event

‘STEP Ahead Into An RNA World’, a two-day workshop (29th – 30th May 2023), will be held at the University Town, National University of Singapore (NUS) in Singapore prior to the 28th Annual Meeting of the RNA Society (RNA 2023), 30th May – 4th June at Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore.

This workshop will host 200 international researchers and scientists as well as 50 members of the scientific community from Singapore, featuring scientific talks, posters and visits to local RNA research facilities, various tourist attractions and heritage sites in the Lion City! . This workshop provides an outstanding opportunity to learn of the exciting RNA science being conducted in Singapore, network with colleagues, and establish future collaborations.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and registrants will be provided 2 nights complimentary hostel accommodations and up to SGD$1,120 in travel allowance to participate in this event. Awards will be also given out to Best oral presentation, best photographs & short clips featuring yourselves in the various attractions and heritage sites of the Lion City!

Step Ahead into An RNA World organizers invite all junior RNA researchers to participate in this fun & exciting workshop!

Our Organizers

Programme schedule

Organising Committee
Organising Committee

Registration & Morning Reception

  8:45am - 9:30am
Our organising team will look forward in welcoming attendees via a QR quote registration booth.
Gene Yeo
Gene Yeo
University of California San Diego / Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS Representative

Welcome Address – Gene Yeo

  9:30AM - 9:45AM
Welcome Address
Local Speakers
Local Speakers
Various Institutions

Local Speakers from Various Institutions

  10:15AM - 11:15AM
Local Speakers from Various Institutions including
- National University of Singapore
- Nanyang Technological University
- Duke-NUS Medical School
- A*Star
Selected Poster Talks
Selected Poster Talks
Four Shortlisted Poster Oral Presentation

Selected Poster Talks

  11:15AM - 12:00PM
Four Shortlisted Attendees will be invited to do a Poster Oral Presentation


  12:00PM - 2:00PM
Lunch will be catered for by organisers.
Exploring Singapore
Exploring Singapore

Attractions & Heritage Visits of the Lion City

  2:00PM - 5:30PM
Missions by Individual / Groups :
- Visit various Attractions & Heritage sites of Singapore by Overseas Participants. Photographs & Short clips to be taken by visitors
*Awards for Best Photographs/Short clips and to be featured during the RNA Society Conference 2023


  11:30AM - 11:50AM
Awards:  Poster Oral Presentation Awards  Best Photography & Short Clips awards
Polly Chen & Yue Wan
Polly Chen & Yue Wan

Closing Address

  11:50AM - 12:00PM
Polly Chen & Yue Wan will be delivering a closing address.


Lunch will be served.

Register Here

Complimentary Hostel Accommodation

NUS UTown Hostel

Located in a modern setting in the convenience of a small town, University Town offers unique rooms with impressive views.

Standard Hostel Room
for 2 nights (28th and 29th May 2023)

Air Conditioned room includes the following:

  • Bed sheet, pillow and blanket
  • Toiletries and towel
  • Weekly housekeeping service with linen change
  • Wifi

The standard check-in time is after 2pm and check-out before 12 noon. Early check-in or late check-out is subjected to an additional one night charge and availability. Kindly note there will not have access to the sport facilities and lounge at UTown, e.g. swimming pool and gym, as these are strictly for the residents.

Participants may arrive one day earlier and check-out beyond 30th May 2023 at own cost.

Should participants require additional stay at UTown Hostel, please contact us. We will provide additional information on your extended stay.

We will send the pricing and online payment link info to you via email.

Step Ahead into An RNA World organisers invite all junior RNA researchers to participate in this fun & exciting workshop!

For more information, you may visit website at https://uci.nus.edu.sg/cue/accommodation/

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