Launched in 2016, the RNA Salon program provides financial support for recurring local/regional RNA science-based activities held at academic institutions throughout the world. With the aim of promoting engagement and interaction among RNA scientists, the RNA SOCIETY hopes to advance the training and professional development of RNA researchers, with a particular focus on junior trainees.


The RNA SOCIETY is now inviting applications for RNA Salons in 2021/2022 with the new possibility for outstanding applicants to secure two-year funding. Applications must be submitted by September 10th, 2021 using a web-based application form. To learn more about how to qualify for support from the RNA SOCIETY for your RNA-related events, please see the ‘Guidelines for RNA Salon Support 2021’.

In 2020/2021, the RNA Salon program proved again its strength as the RNA Salons around the world adapted in flexible and creative ways to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. An impressive number of 52 RNA Salons comprised of 34 newly funded RNA Salons as well as 18 continuing RNA Salons offered a broad variety of events and activities for RNA scientists – predominantly online. Notably, more than 7,000 researchers are now engaged in RNA Salon events. A complete list of all new and continuing RNA Salons and organizers can be found here.

A Summary of 2020/2021 RNA Salon activities was presented to the RNA SOCIETY Board in June 2021.

We hope that you all have an opportunity to join an RNA Salon event, and to connect with your colleagues and peers who are equally enthusiastic about RNA as you are!

Ute Kothe
RNA Salon Program Coordinator, RNA SOCIETY