The workshop on RNA design organized by the RiboNets consortium will be held from

June 14 - 15  2017 in Duesseldorf (Germany).


RiboNets investigates RNA designs on all three levels, in silico, in vitro, and in vivo, aiming at programming cellular networks and community behavior of bacteria.

Recent excellent achievements in the field of RNA biology will be presented, and, we are looking forward to lively discussions with leading experts and stakeholders on RNA tools and their potential for future applications.

Attending Guests:


The workshop takes place in Schloss Mickeln (highlighted in orange on the map below). The Mickeln House is a manor house in Duesseldorf's Himmelgeist neighborhood. It was built in 1843 on the site of Haus Mickeln, which went back to 1210. As the old Haus Mickeln was destroyed in a fire in 1836, Herzog Ludwig von Arenberg used an insurance payment to have the renowned architect, Josef Niehaus, rebuild the manor as a summer residence.

 mickeln map

Schloss Mickeln, Alt Himmelsgeist 25, 40589 Duesseldorf (please click the map for browsable version)

How to get there:

Public transport from Airport Duesseldorf / Duesseldorf Main Station to Schloss Mickeln:

From the airport, urban railway S1, S11 or S7 takes you to Duesseldorf Main Station. From there, the underground U77 goes in 15 min to Duesseldorf Holthausen. Here, change to Bus 835 (6 min) to Alt-Himmelgeist. Now, a 3-minute walk will bring you to Schloss Mickeln.


 During the workshop, all participants reside in Schloss Mickeln. Rooms are booked.



For a detailed program including abstracts of all contributions in PDF will be published [here].

Wednesday 14.6.2015





12:00 – 12:15




12:15 – 13:15


Beatrix Suess

TU Darmstadt (Germany)

13:15 – 14:15

Lunch Break



14:00 – 15:00


short talks: Tino Polen, Angela Kranz

Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany)

15:00 – 15:45


Sven Findeiss

RiboNets - University Leipzig (Germany)

15:45 – 16:15

Coffee Break



16:15 – 17:15


Paul Hudson

KTH-Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

17:15 – 18:00


Andre Estevez-Torres

RiboNets - CNRS UPMC Paris (France)

19:00 – open end

Conference Dinner



Thursday 15.6.2017





9:00 – 10:00


Kai Papenfort

Ludwig Maximilian University (Germany)

10:00 – 10:30

Get Coffee and Tea



10:30 – 11:30


Sebastian Will

University of Vienna (Austria)

11:30 – 12:15


Lasse Holm Lauridsen

Biosyntia (Denmark)

12:15 – 13:15

Lunch Break



13:15 – 13:45


short talk: Conny Unger

Qiagen (Germany)

13:45 – 14:30


Ilka Maria Axmann

RiboNets - Heinrich Heine University  (Germany)

14:30 – 14:45

Concluding Remarks



14:45 – 15:00

Get Coffee and Tea


RiboNets final review meeting - restricted to RiboNets members, reviewers and EU officer





15:00 – 16:00

Project Managment, Progress and Dissemination

Ilka Maria Axmann

RiboNets Heinrich Heine University  (Germany)

16:00 – 16:30

Privat Discussion

Reviewers and EU Officer


16:30 – 17:00

Review Conclusion




Apr 2017: RNAblueprint accepted

Our in silico RNA sequence design framework, comprised of a powerful sequence sampler (RNAblueprint) and a Python wrapper (RNAsketch), got accepted for publication in Bioinformatics and is available on GitHub.

Dec 2016: Riboswitch publication

We successfuly published our work on Riboswitch design together with Mario Moerl and Peter F. Stadler from University Leipzig in Nucleic Acids Research.

Oct 2016: RNAblueprint online

RNAblueprint, a software to fairly sample nucleic acid sequences compatible with multiple structural and sequence constraints, is now online. The corresponding publication has been submitted to Bioinformatics.

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