ESF Research Conferences

ESF-EMBO Symposium

Antiviral Applications of RNA Interference

30 May - 4 June 2010

Hotel Eden Roc, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain

Chaired by: Prof. Ben BerkhoutUniversity of Amsterdam, NL
- Prof. Jens KurreckUniversity of Technology Berlin, DE
- Prof. Juan Antonio Garcia AlvarezCentro Nacional de Biotecnologia, ES

ESF Rapporteur: Martin Röllinghoff, Erlangen-Nuremberg Universität, DE 


The second ESF-EMBO symposium on "Applications of antiviral RNA interference (RNAi)" will be held in the early summer of 2010 (May 30 – June 4, 2010) in Sant Feliu de Guixols at the Costa Brava in Spain. Some 100 participants are expected to come together from the fields of RNAi research and virology to present their latest findings on RNAi-virus interactions, as well as the progress in the development of RNAi-based antiviral therapeutics. One of the big questions that will be addressed concerns the role of RNAi in natural antiviral defence mechanisms in mammals. In addition, new solutions to improve the efficacy and safety of RNAi-based antiviral drugs will be presented. The combined expertise of researchers studying RNAi in plants, insects and mammalian systems is supposed to greatly stimulate the overall discussion.


Registration Form

For accepted participants and invited speakers only

All participants - including speakers, chairs & session chairs - are kindly expected to confirm their attendance (and, when applicable, to pay the conference fee) by filling in a Registration Form.

Closing date for Early Bird Registration & fee payment: 28 April 2010

FINAL closing date for ALL registration & fee payment: 12 May 2010

Abstracts, Posters & Short Oral Contributions

There will be no short talks other than those listed on the final programme.

All other abstracts are accepted to be presented as a poster.
Recommended poster size is A0 (Vertical). Use letters and drawings that can be read from approximately 100 cm distance. Posters can be affixed with cellotape and Blu-Tack.


List of Accepted Posters: PDF (223 KB) Last updated 25-May-2010

Group Transportation & Practical Information Guide

Detailed information on all practical aspects of the conference (access to site, registration & fee payments, accommodation, travel reimbursements...) is available from the Practical Information Guide . Please read it fully and carefully.


Three buses will be arranged on arrival and departure day between Barcelona airport and Hotel Eden Roc. The journey takes approximately 2 hours.  

Bus departure times on Sunday, 30 May
16.30 and 17.30 and 18.30 


Bus departure times on Friday, 04 June
8.00 and 9.00


Please note that SINGLE accommodation can only be guaranteed to invited speakers. All other participants will have to share a TWIN room. In case single rooms would become available at the time of the conference, rooms will be attributed on a “first come, first served” basis. Only the TWIN conference fee should be paid to the ESF when registering. The supplement for single should be paid to the venue directly. Should you wish to be put on waiting list for single accommodation, please contact Ms. Jean Kelly.

Fees & Grants

Conference fees cover an all inclusive package which includes all basic expenses that occur during the event. For more details, click here.

To Pay
Conference fee will be covered by ESF and its partners0 €
AssistedConference Fee will be partially covered by ESF and its partners380 €
Early Bird
Registration and payment NO LATER THAN 28 April 2010730 €
Registration and payment from 29 April 2010 to 12 May 2010800 €
Conference participation without accommodation550 €

Grants are still available for students and early stage researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grants are distributed based on financial need and scientific merit. Grantees must attend the entire conference in order to benefit from the grant.

If you wish to make a grant request, please contact Ms. Jean Kelly

Practical Information

Hotel Eden Roc, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain
The conference will take place in Sant Feliu de Guixols, on the Spanish Costa Brava, 120 km north of Barcelona and 30 km south of Girona. Group transportation will be arranged from/to Barcelona airport, on arrival and departure days. For further information, click here.

ESF Contact

If you have any questions please consult our FAQ page or contact:
Ms. Jean Kelly Email
Conference Officer
Phone +32 (0)2 533 2025
Fax +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 10-322 in any correspondence.