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Synopsis

In the past, two major milestones have occurred in pharmaceutical sciences: (1) chemical drugs; (2) protein-based drugs, either composed of proteins or specifically targeting proteins. It is believed the third milestone in pharmaceutics will be RNA drugs and chemical drugs that target RNA. The field of RNA nanotechnology was first realized and demonstrated in 1998 by Chair Peixuan Guo, thus giving birth to this third milestone in pharmaceutical sciences. Since, RNA nanotechnology has grown into a mature field composed of several subfields covered by many disciplines such as chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, biophysics, engineering, and many more. There is need for an all-encompassing conference of RNA nanotechnology that brings together all scientists in the field.

The Fusion RNA Nanotechnology conference has been designed into the following session themes on two merits: (1) key scientific breakthroughs that have the potential to revolutionize the field; and (2) cross-disciplinary approach to solve challenging problems in RNA nanotechnology. 

Key Sessions

1. Biophysical Approaches in RNA Nanotechnology
2. RNA Nanoparticle Structure and Folding
3. RNA Modeling for RNA Nanotechnology
4. RNA Nanoparticles for Therapeutics
5. Image Guided Delivery of RNA Nanoparticles
6. Extracellular RNA for RNA Nanotechnology
7. Nanoimmunology and RNA Nanotechnology

Learning Objectives

The field of RNA nanotechnology is a multidisciplinary field that has scientist from varying background participating. Therefore there is often a gap between the disciplines in shared knowledge. This Fusion Conference RNA Nanotechnology conference will bring together scientist from chemistry, biochemistry, structural biology, microbiology, cancer biology, cell biology, biophysics, pharmacy, material sciences, nanotechnology, and engineering.  The goal of this conference is to share the most up to date findings of each discipline of RNA nanotechnology between subfields and session themes of the conference. This conference will provide a discussion platform for advancement of researchers and this field to (1) share existing knowledge, technology and platform development in order to set future research objectives; and (2) develop collaborations between scientists within or between disciplines of RNA nanotechnology.

Target Audience

This conference will appeal to scientist throughout the world that focus on the use of RNA in the field of nanotechnology, mainly for therapeutics using RNAi technologies. Previously, Peixuan Guo has chaired three RNA nanotechnology conferences (2015 Gordon Research Conference: RNA nanotechnology, 2013 and 2010 International Conference of RNA Nanotechnology and Therapeutics) that were each well attended with over 200 registered participants. Therefore, with the small number of participants for Fusion Conference, scientist should be well versed in the RNA field and have a strong interest in applying RNA toward nanotechnologies and the treatment of diseases. Within RNA nanotechnology field, there are individuals studying the delivery of the nanoparticles to cancers and other diseases, the structure and function of RNA motifs to be used for nanoparticles, computational modelling and predictions of RNA motifs, and the study of natural exosomal RNAs in the human body.

Educational Need

RNA nanotechnology is a rapidly emerging new field of science. According to PubMed, over 90% of publications with key words “RNA nanostructure” were published since 2006. Many high impact, well-respected journals have included articles focusing on RNA nanotechnology; including, Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Methods, Nano Today, PNAS, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, and Nature Protocols. This rapid growth has led for a large amount of new finding and breakthroughs in the field in a rather short period of time. A conference, such as through Fusion, provides a platform for scientist to share their major recent findings, thus providing the field with an in depth view of state of the art technologies. There are currently conferences that focus on nanotechnologies, and nucleic acids; however, these conferences do not focus on RNA nanotechnologies and this conference will allow for a focused intimated discussion of the field. It is a hope that the RNA Nanotechnology conference will not only provide an educational platform, but also promote collaborations between scientist in different subcategories of RNA nanotechnology to further grow and expand the field.

Confirmed Speakers

Dr. Peixuan Guo (Ohio State University)
'ASSEMBLY MECHANISM OF THERMOSTABLE pRNA 3WJ AS POLYMER TO BUILD NANOSTRUCTURES FOR BIOMEDICAL AND MATERIAL SCIENCES'

Prof. Eric Westhof (IBMC-CNRS)
'NON-WATSON-CRICK BASE PAIRS AND RNA ARCHITECTURAL MODULES : BUILDING BLOCKS FOR RNA NANOTECHNOLOGY'

Prof. Xing-Jie Liang (National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of China)
'NANOTECHNOLOGY EMPLOYED TO IMPROVE RNAI RESEARCH'

Dr. Bruce A. Shapiro (NIH/National Cancer Institute)
'RNA TOEHOLD INTERACTIONS: THEIR USE IN CONDITIONAL ACTIVATION OF RNA NANOCONSTRUCTS'

Prof. David Lilley (University of Dundee)
‘THE K-TURN : A KEY ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENT IN RNA'

Dr. Thomas Hermann (University of Cal, San Diego)
‘CRYSTAL STRUCTURE-GUIDED DESIGN OF RNA NANOARCHITECTURES’

Prof. Jong Bum Lee (University of Seoul)
‘FABRICATION OF RNA-BASED MATERIALS FOR BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS’

Dr. Hao Yan (Arizona State University)
‘SINGLE STRANDED DNA AND RNA ORIGAMI’

Dr. Kirill Afonin (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
‘SELF-RECOGNIZING NUCLEIC ACID-BASED SHAPE SWITCHING NANOPARTICLES: A NEW CONCEPT OF DYNAMIC RNA NANOTECHNOLOGY’

Prof. Dr. Yitzhak Tor (University of California, San Diego)
‘ISOMORPHIC FLUORESCENT NUCLEOSIDES AS BIOPHYSICAL TOOLS’

Dr. Rob DeLong (Kansas State University)
‘COMPARATIVE CHARACTERIZATION OF THE RNA NANOBIO INTERFACE WITH ZINC OXIDE AND OTHER BIO-ELEMENT BASED NANOPARTICLES’

Dr. Carlo Montemagno (University of Alberta)
'TEMPLATE LESS ENZYMATIC SYNTHESIS OF OLIGONUCLEOTIDES WITH SINGLE NUCLEOTIDE PRECISION'

Prof. Shi-jie Chen (University of Missouri)
‘MODELING ION EFFECTS AND COTRANSCRIPTIONAL KINETICS FOR RNA FOLDING’

Prof. Hirohide Saito (Kyoto University)
'SYNTHETIC microRNA SWITCHES & PROTEIN-DRIVEN RNA NANOSTRUCTURED DEVICES TO PROGRAM HUMAN CELL FATE'

Dr. Stuart F.J. Le Grice (National Cancer Institute)
‘SMALL MOLECULE TARGETING OF STRUCTURALLY AND FUNCTIONALLY DIVERSE RNAS’

Dr. Subba Reddy Palli (University of Kentucky)
'RNA INTERFERENCE IN AGRICULTURE: APPLICATIONS AND CHALLENGES'

Prof. Jeong-Woo Choi (Sogang University)
‘DETECTION OF MIRNA USING NANOMATERIALS BASED ON SPECTROELECTROCHEMICAL TECHNIQUE’

Dr. Francesca Storici (Georgia Institute of Technology)
‘EFFICIENT REPAIR OF A DNA DOUBLE-STRAND BREAK BY HOMOLOGOUS TEMPLATE RNA IN CIS’

Prof. Xiaoting Zhang (University of Cincinnati)
‘OVERCOMING TAMOXIFEN RESISTANCE OF HUMAN BREAST CANCER BY TARGETED GENE SILENCING USING MULTIFUNCTIONAL pRNA NANOPARTICLES’

Dr. Jiehua Zhou  (City of Hope)
‘CELL-SPECIFIC APTAMER-SIRNA NANOCONJUGATES FOR TARGETED HIV-1 THERAPY’

Dr. Subha R. Das (Carnegie Mellon University)
‘DNA- AND RNA-POLYMER HYBRIDS AS NANOTAGS AND NANODELIVERY AGENTS’

Dr. Haibo Hu (Liaoning Pharma-Union Pharmaceutical co. LTD)
'INTRODUCTION OF RNA NANOBIO LTD. AND LIAONING PHARMA-UNION PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY'

Dr. Yizhou Dong (Ohio State University)
‘DEVELOPMENT OF NANOMATERIALS FOR RNA DELIVERY’

Dr. Dan Shu (Ohio State University)
‘SYSTEMIC DELIVERY OF ANTI-miRNA FOR SUPPRESSION OF TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER UTILIZING RNA NANOTECHNOLOGY’

Dr. Farzin Haque (Ohio State University)
'CONTROLLABLE SELF-ASSEMBLY OF RNA DENDRIMERS'

Dr. Richard A. Lease (Ohio State University)
‘RNA NANOTECHNOLOGY IN VIVO: HIGH-THROUGHPUT GENETIC SCREEN FOR TARGETED RNA-RNA INTERACTIONS VIA RATIONALLY DESIGNED STEM-LOOPS’

Dr. Hui Zhang (Ohio State University)  
'SINGLE MOLECULE APPROACH TO STUDY RNA NANOPARTICLES'                     

Asssit. Prof. Michael Ryckelynck (Architecture et réactivité de l'ARN-CNRS)
‘IN VITRO EVOLUTION OF RNA BY HIGH THROUGHPUT FUNCTIONAL SCREENING USING DROPLET-BASED MICROFLUIDICS’

Dr. Shuo Gu (NIH)
'OPTIMAL DESIGN OF shRNA TO REDUCE OFF-TARGET EFFECTS'

Dr. Katja Petzold (Karolinska Institutet)
'CHARACTERIZING TRANSIENT STRUCTURES OF RNA USING NMR'

Dr. Peng Yin (Harvard University)
‘MOLECULAR PROGRAMMING WITH DNA AND RNA’

Dr. Hua Zhu (Ohio State University)
‘A POTENTIAL ROLE OF MICRORNA IN MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY’

Dr. Jianhua Yu (Ohio State University)
'EXTRINSIC AND INTRINSIC ROLES FOR MICRORNAS IN REGULATING INNATE IMMUNITY AND TUMOR DEVELOPMENT'

Dr. Xiyun Yan (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
'NANOZYMES AND THEIR APPLICATION IN MEDICINE'

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Speakers

Invited Speakers

Kirill Afonin

Assistant Professor, UNC Charlotte

Jong Bum Lee

Professor, University of Seoul

Thomas Hermann

Professor, University of California, San Diego

Shi-Jie Chen

Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia

David Lilley

Professor, University of Dundee

Hirohide Saito

Professor, Kyoto University

Subba Palli

Professor and Chair , University of Kentucky

Jeong-Woo Choi

Professor, Sogang University

Francesca Storici

Assocaite professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

Haibo Hu

V.P., Liaoning Pharma-Union Pharmaceutical co.,LTD

Jiehua Zhou

Assistant Research Professor, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope

Dan Shu

Associate Professor, The Ohio State University

Farzin Haque

Research Specialist, The Ohio State University

Richard Lease

Research Scientist, The Ohio State University

Hui Zhang

Research Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University

Michael Ryckelynck

Assistant professor, Architecture et réactivité de l'ARN-CNRS

Peng Yin

Professor, Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, Wyss Institute at Harvard University

Hua Zhu

Assistant professor, The Ohio State University

Jianhua Yu

Associate Professor, The Ohio State University

Xiyun Yan

Director, Professor, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

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Programme

Monday 01st August 2016

12:30 – 14:00

Registration & Group Welcome Lunch

14:15 – 14:35

Opening Remarks by Peixuan Guo

14:35 – 15:10

Eric Westhof (Invited Speaker)
IBMC-CNRS

Keynote Talk: Non-Watson-Crick Base Pairs And RNA Architectural Modules: Building Blocks For RNA Nanotechnology

Structure and Folding of RNA Nanoparticles: Session I
Session Chair: Yitzhak Tor

15:10 – 15:45

Craig Zirbel (Invited Speaker)
Bowling Green State University

Tools To Understand The Sequence-Structure Relationship For RNA 3D Motifs

15:45 – 16:05

Michael Ryckelynck (Invited Speaker)
University of Strasbourg

In Vitro Evolution Of RNA By High Throughput Functional Screening Using Droplet-Based Microfluidics

16:05 – 16:35

Refreshments

Structure and Folding of RNA Nanoparticles: Session II
Session Chairs: Jong Bum Lee and Xing-Jie Liang

16:35 – 17:10

Peixuan Guo (Invited Speaker)
Ohio State University

Assembly Mechanism of Thermostable pRNA 3WJ as Polymer to Build Nanostructures for Biomedical and Material Sciences

17:10 – 17:30

Steffen Sparvath
Aarhus University

A 6-Helix Bundle Folded By Co-Transcriptional RNA Origami

17:30 – 17:50

Katja Petzold (Invited Speaker)
Karolinska Institute

Characterizing Transient Structures Of RNA Using NMR

17:50 – 18:00

PM Panel Discussion

18:00

Group Dinner

Tuesday 02nd August 2016

07:00 – 08:30

Group Breakfast

RNA Computation and Modeling: Session I
Session Chairs: Peng Yin and Hirohide Saito

08:30 – 09:05

Bruce Shapiro (Invited Speaker)
NIH/National Cancer Institute

RNA Toehold Interactions: Their Use In Conditional Activation Of RNA Nanoconstructs

09:05 – 09:25

Shi-Jie Chen (Invited Speaker)
University of Missouri

Modeling Ion Effects and Co-transcriptional Kinetics For RNA Folding

09:25 – 09:45

Stuart Le Grice (Invited Speaker)
National Cancer Institute

Small Molecule Targeting Of Structurally and Functionally Diverse RNAs

09:45 – 10:05

Magdalena Gebala
Stanford University

Dissecting The Ion Atmosphere: Understanding The Electrostatics Of Nucleic Acids

10:05 – 10:35

Refreshments

RNA Computation and Modeling: Session II
Session Chair: Eric Westhof

10:35 – 10:55

Hirohide Saito (Invited Speaker)
Kyoto University

Synthetic microRNA Switches & Protein-Driven RNA Nanostructured Devices To Program Human Cell Fate

10:55 – 11:15

Richard Lease (Invited Speaker)
Ohio State University

RNA Nanotechnology In Vivo: High-Throughput Genetic Screen For Targeted RNA-RNA Interactions via Rationally Designed Stem-Loops

11:15 – 11:25

AM Panel Discussion

11:25 – 13:30

Group Lunch & Free Time

Importing From DNA Nanotechnology
Session Chairs: Kirill Afonin and Jeong-Woo Choi

13:30 – 14:05

Hao Yan (Invited Speaker)
Arizona State University

Single Stranded DNA and RNA Origami

14:05 – 14:25

Peng Yin (Invited Speaker)  
Harvard University

Molecular Programming With DNA and RNA

RNA Immunology and Therapeutics: Session I
Session Chair:  Jianhua Yu

14:25 – 15:00

Xiyun Yan (Invited Speaker)
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Nanozymes And Their Application In Medicine

15:00 – 15:20

Hua Zhu (Invited Speaker)
Ohio State University

A Potential Role Of MicroRNA In Muscular Dystrophy

15:20 – 15:40

Shuo Gu (Invited Speaker)
National Cancer Institute

Optimal Design Of shRNA To Reduce Off-target Effects

15:40 – 16:10

Refreshments

RNA Immunology and Therapeutics: Session II
Session Chair: Xiyun Yan

16:10 – 16:30

Rob Delong (Invited Speaker)
Kansas State University

Comparative Characterization Of The RNA Nanobio Interface With Zinc Oxide And Other Bio-Element Based Nanoparticles

16:30 – 16:50

Haibo Hu
Liaoning Pharma-Union Pharmaceutical co.,LTD

Introduction of RNA Nanobio Ltd. and Liaoning Pharma-Union Pharmaceutical Company

 

16:50 – 17:10

Subba Palli (Invited Speaker)
University of Kentucky

RNA Interference in Agriculture: Applications and Challenges

17:10 – 17:30

Jianhua Yu (Invited Speaker)
The Ohio State University

Extrinsic And Intrinsic Roles For microRNAs In Regulating Innate Immunity And Tumor Development

17:30 – 17:40

PM Panel Discussion

17:40 – 18:40

Poster Session & Refreshments

18:40

Group Dinner

Wednesday 03rd August 2016

07:00 – 08:30

Group Breakfast

Nanotechnologies Relevant to RNA Research: Session I
Session Chairs: Bruce Shapiro and Carlo Montemagno

08:30 – 09:05

David Lilley (Invited Speaker)
University of Dundee

The k-turn : A Key Architectural Element In RNA

09:05 – 09:40

Xing-Jie Liang (Invited Speaker)
National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of China

Nanotechnology Employed To Improve RNAi Research

09:40 – 10:10

Refreshments

Nanotechnologies Relevant to RNA Research: Session II
Session Chair: David Lilley

10:10 – 10:30

Jeong-Woo Choi (Invited Speaker)
Sogang University

Detection of miRNA Using Nanomaterials Based On Spectroelectrochemical Technique

10:30 – 10:50

Joerg Vogel
University of Wuerzburg

Dual RNA-Seq Unveils Noncoding RNA Functions In Host-Pathogen Interactions

10:50 – 11:00

AM Panel Discussion

11:00 – 13:30

Group Photo, Group Lunch & Free Time

RNA Nanoparticles in Therapeutics: Session I
Session Chair: Farzin Haque

13:30 – 14:05

Thomas Hermann (Invited Speaker)
University of California, San Diego

Crystal Structure-Guided Design Of RNA Nanoarchitectures

14:05 – 14:25

Jiehua Zhou (Invited Speaker)
City of Hope

Cell-Specific Aptamer-siRNA Nanoconjugates For Targeted HIV-1 Therapy

14:25 – 14:45

Daniel Jasinski
Ohio State University

Significance Of RNA Nanoparticle Size And Shape In Relevance To Therapy And Delivery

14:45 – 15:20

Jong Bum Lee (Invited Speaker)
University of Seoul 

Fabrication Of RNA-Based Materials For Biomedical Applications

15:20 – 15:50

Refreshments

RNA Nanoparticles in Therapeutics: Session II
Session Chair: Craig Zirbel

15:50 – 16:10

Farzin Haque (Invited Speaker)
Ohio State University

Controllable Self-Assembly Of RNA Dendrimers

16:10 – 16:30

Carlo Montemagno (Invited Speaker)
University of Alberta

Template Less Enzymatic Synthesis Of Oligonucleotides With Single Nucleotide Precision

16:30 – 16:50

Yizhou Dong (Invited Speaker)
Ohio State University

Development Of Nanomaterials For RNA Delivery

16:50 – 17:10

Dan Shu (Invited Speaker)
Ohio State University

Systemic Delivery Of Anti-miRNA For Suppression Of Triple Negative Breast Cancer Utilizing RNA Nanotechnology

17:10 – 17:30

Xiaoting Zhang (Invited Speaker)
University of Cincinnati

Overcoming Tamoxifen Resistance Of Human Breast Cancer By Targeted Gene Silencing Using Multifunctional pRNA Nanoparticles

17:30 – 17:40

PM Panel Discussion

17:40 – 18:40

Poster Session & Refreshments

19:00 – 22:00

Gala Dinner, Group Photo & Poster Awards

Thursday 04th August 2016

07:00 – 08:30

Group Breakfast

08:30 – 09:05

Kirill Afonin (Invited Speaker)
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Liaoning Pharma-Union Pharmaceutical Lecture:
Self-Recognizing Nucleic Acid-Based Shape Switching Nanoparticles: A New Concept Of Dynamic RNA Nanotechnology

Physical and Chemical Approaches in RNA Nanotechnology: Session I
Session Chair: Francesca Storici

09:05 – 09:40

Yitzhak Tor (Invited Speaker)
University of California, San Diego

Isomorphic Fluorescent Nucleosides As Biophysical Tools

09:40 – 10:00

Hui Zhang
Ohio State University

Single Molecule Approach To Study RNA Nanoparticles

10:00 – 10:30

Refreshments

Physical and Chemical Approaches in RNA Nanotechnology: Session II
Session Chairs: Thomas Hermann and Shi-Jie Chen

10:30 – 10:50

Francesca Storici (Invited Speaker)
Georgia Institute of Technology

Efficient Repair Of A DNA Double-Strand Break By Homologous Template RNA In Cis

10:50 – 11:10

Subha Das (Invited Speaker)
Carnegie Mellon University

DNA- And RNA-Polymer Hybrids As Nanotags And Nanodelivery Agents

11:10 – 11:30

Shaoying Wang
University of Kentucky

Channel Size Conversion of Phi29 DNA-Packaging Nanomotor For Sensing Of Single--Stranded RNA and DNA

11:30 – 11:40

AM Panel Discussion

11:40 – 12:00

Closing Comments by Peixuan Guo


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Prices

Early Bird Full Price Additional Adult Additional Child Extra Night Adult Extra Night Child
Academic £1144 £1144 £435 £-1 £-1 £-1
Industry £1144 £1144 £435 £-1 £-1 £-1
Student £933 £933 £435 £-1 £-1 £-1

All registration fees include 3 nights accomodation and meals during the conference period. Exact inclusions are detailed below.

You are unable to extend your stay at this venue (Wokefield Park).  Therefore, it will not be possible to add additional nights to your booking. 

This venue (Wokefield Park) is unable to accommodate children.

What's included in our registration fees?

Our registration and accompanying person fees are inclusive of the following during the conference period only:

- 3 Nights’ fixed accommodation (1st, 2nd & 3rd August)
- Full English Buffet Breakfast 
- 2 Course Buffet Lunch with free flow soft drinks
- 3 Course Buffet Dinner with one glass of house wine or bottled beer and free flow soft drinks
- Gala Night entry (includes complimentary drink tickets)
- Complimentary WIFI in both conference rooms and your guest room 

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Venue

Wokefield Park

Venue Rating
Currency
Great Britain Pound (GBP)
Address
Wokefield Park Goodboys Lane, Mortimer Reading, RG7 3AE England
Nearest Airport
London Heathrow

Wokefield Park blends the charm of a traditional mansion house hotel in Reading with the amenities of a modern executive centre to offer a fabulous choice of accommodation and superb leisure facilities, including a US PGA-standard 7,000-yard championship golf course, boasting elevated tees and nine lakes for the ultimate golfing challenge.

As you would imagine with 250 acres of landscaped grounds, outdoor activities are well catered for at Wokefield. From adrenaline-fuelled mud buggies and high ropes to the relaxation of the swimming pool, our facilities make us one of the best-equipped hotels in Reading. 

Throughout the conference period you will enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. During each meal delegates are entitled to a choice of hot beverages, soft drinks plus one glass of house wine or beer during dinner. The themed Gala Night takes place on the third evening of the conference with a mouth-watering feast exclusively designed by the head chef and a live band. Complimentary drink tickets will be handed out upon arrival. We welcome all delegates and their accompanying persons to the Gala Night – a truly fun filled night not to be missed!

Hotel Facilities:

  • Free speedy Wi-Fi
  • Steam, Bake and Grill restaurant
  • Bar
  • Private Dining
  • Verve Deli room service
  • Internet Cafe
  • Energy Stations
  • Golf Course
  • Swimming Pool
  • Mini Gym
  • High Ropes Course
  • Tennis courts
  • Free Parking
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly )
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Laundry Service
  • Self-Serve Laundry

Wokefield Park is made up of several buildings. Therefore, please ensure that any ground transportation suppliers are informed of the exact location of the meeting which is the ‘Mansion House’. It is clearly sign posted when you arrive at Wokefield Park but please mention this detail to any ground transportation suppliers to ensure a smooth arrival. Check-in is available 24hours at the Mansion House so if you arrive late evening, this will not be a problem. 

Location

Berkshire is a county of south east England, located to the west of London. It has also been known as the Royal County of Berkshire since at least the 19th century because of the presence of Windsor Castle and was recognised as such by the Queen in 1957 and letters patent issued in 1974. Berkshire is a county of historic origin and is both a ceremonial county and anon-metropolitan county without a county council. 

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Transportation

Local London Airports

The nearest international airport to Wokefield Park is London Heathrow Airport (LHR), only a 35 minute drive from the hotel. However there are many other airports serving London providing you with a variety of options to choose from should you be flying nationally or internationally.

London Heathrow (LHR) – 29.5 Miles – 35 minutes from Reading, Berkshire
London Gatwick (LGW) – 60.7 Miles –  1 hour 20 minutes from Reading, Berkshire
London Luton (LTN) – 59 Miles – 1 hour 5 minutes from Reading, Berkshire
London Stansted (STN) – 87.4 miles – 1 hour 30 minutes from Reading, Berkshire
London City (LCY) – 86.1 miles –  1 hour 40 minutes from Reading, Berkshire

Train Stations

Reading rail station is located 7 miles from the hotel.

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/RDG.aspx

Airport Transfers

Platinum Executive Cars are a reputable and trustworthy transfer company based in Reading. They will be on hand to provide our delegates with a seamless transfer to and from a number of UK airports, offering great group rates. Platinum Executive Cars will manage and confirm your booking so please contact them directly and ensure you quote the group code ‘Fusion’.

The transfer rates from the airports listed below to Wokefield Park are quoted as follows:

Airport

Standard Rate                         

Meet and Greet Service

Heathrow Airport

£55.00

£55.00 + Car parking (£6.00)**

Gatwick Airport

£85.00

£85.00 + Car parking (£6.00)**

Stansted Airport

£130.00

£130.00 + Car parking (£6.00)**

Reading Regional Airport

£18.00

£18.00 + Car parking (£6.00)**

Luton Airport

£90.00

£90.00 + Car parking (£6.00)**

 **Car parking for the Meet and Greet Service covers an hour from plane landing. There will be a small additional charge if the driver has to wait longer than this.

Standard Rate
The driver will contact the passenger giving details of his car and where they are waiting. There are designated areas at each terminal.

Meet and Greet 
Your driver will be waiting in arrivals with a name board (both your name and Fusion’s logo will be displayed).   

The transfer rates from Wokefield Park to the airports listed below are quoted as follows:

Airport

Standard Rate                         

Meet and Greet Service

Heathrow Airport

£55.00

N/A

Gatwick Airport

£85.00

N/A

Stansted Airport

£130.00

N/A

Reading Regional Airport

£18.00

N/A

Luton Airport

£90.00

N/A

To make a booking, please contact Platinum Executive Cars directly. Please make cash payment in GBP direct to the driver. 

Quote the Group Booking Code: Fusion
Email:  bookings@platinumexecutivecars.com
Telephone: +44 (0) 118 9422222

 

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Local Activities

Please find a selection of local attractions listed below.  If you are wishing to visit/book an attraction then please visit the relevant website and book directly with the preferred attraction.

To book transport to and from the attractions we recommend using Platinum Executive Cars.

To make a booking, please contact Platinum Executive Cars directly. Payment can either be made over the phone or direct to the driver.

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Telephone: +44 (0) 118 9422222

Please note Fusion Conferences accepts no responsibility for any bookings made with the local attractions and/or Platinum Executive Cars.

Madejeski Stadium

Distance – 4.04 miles

The Madejski Stadium is a football stadium located in Reading, Berkshire, England. It is the home of Reading Football Club playing in the Football League Championship and the rugby union club London Irish as tenants.

http://www.readingfc.co.uk/club/visit-us/

Lagoona Park (Water sports)

Distance – 4.04 miles

Lagoona Park is the premier Jet-Ski centre in the UK. Lagoona Park offers superb watersport facilities with a stunning new clubhouse and Go-Karting track providing fun for all the family.

Open daily 11am – 6pm

http://www.lagoonapark.com/

Silchester Roman Walls

Distance – 5.02 miles

Silchester in Hampshire has its origins as Calleva, a centre of the Iron Age Atrebates tribe from the late 1st century BC. After the Roman conquest of AD 43 it became the large and important town of Calleva Atrebatum. Unlike most Roman towns, it was never reoccupied or built over after it was abandoned in the 6th or 7th century, so archaeological investigations have given an unusually complete picture of its development.

The complete circuit of the Roman walls, some of the best-preserved Roman town defences in England, and remains of the amphitheatre still stand.

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours
Free Entry

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/silchester-roman-city-walls-and-amphitheatre 

TeamSport Go Karting, Reading

Distance – 5.08 miles

For karters in search of a little variety, the Reading circuit does everything it can to mix it up. Two twisting courses played out over three levels can be combined to create one mammoth 900m course –the Reading International – thats perfect for pros in search of a real challenge. 

Open 7 days a week

https://www.team-sport.co.uk/go-karting-reading/

Reading Abbey Ruins

Distance - 7.02 miles

Reading Abbey is a large, ruined abbey in the centre of the town of Reading, in the English county of Berkshire. 
Reading Abbey was founded in 1121 by King Henry I. The Abbey was one of northern Europe’s most prestigious religious and political centres, and one of the ten wealthiest monastic houses in England by the 14th century. It changed the shape of Reading, making it the most important town in the Thames Valley. After the Dissolution, in 1539, the buildings were used as a stone quarry and most of them rapidly disappeared.

Admission Free
Open Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 4pm

http://www.readingmuseum.org.uk/collections/archaeology/reading-abbey/

Legoland Windsor 

Distance: 25.07 miles

Legoland Windsor Resort theme park, aimed at 3-12’s, is an inspirational park where the kids are the heroes. Its a family attraction where the fun never stops and with over 55 interactive rides, live shows, building workshops, driving schools and attractions, all set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland, it’s a unique family experience. Prepare for a soaking on the wet and wild water rides, follow a pirate trail thatll leave you wetter than walking the plank or join a Viking fleet where youll battle sea monsters and rough waters. Little ones will also love making a splash in the fountains at Waterworks and many interactive rides put you, quite literally, in the driving seat.

www.legoland.co.uk

Windsor Castle 

Distance: 24.5 miles

Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world, is one of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen. The Castles dramatic site encapsulates 900 years of British history. It covers an area of 26 acres and contains, as well as a royal palace, a magnificent chapel and numerous outbuildings. The Castle is used regularly for ceremonial and State occasions. It is here that The Queen often hosts State Visits from overseas monarchs and presidents. St George’s Hall makes a spectacular setting for a State Banquet, when a single table, stretching the length of the hall and seating 160 people, is decorated with porcelain, and silver-gilt from the Royal Collection. Visitors can take in all the lavish décor as well as Queen Anne’s luxurious doll’s house. Celebrating the jubilee, there are also exclusive displays of the Queen in images from over her reign.

Open daily 09:45-17:15 (last admission 16:00)

www.royalcollection.org.uk

Thorpe Park 

Distance: 35.5 miles

Thorpe Park, the roller coaster and thrill seeking theme park home to Nemesis Inferno, Colossus, The Swarm and the first of its kind in the dark, reverse rollercoaster, is located in Chertsey, Surrey, just off junction 11 on M25. For those wanting an adrenaline fuelled day, look no further for over 25 white-knuckle rides all in one park and an experience not to be forgotten. Book in advance for some great ticket offers for groups and families and check out which ride you will head to first.

Admission- Gate price £59.99, Online price £29.99

www.thorpepark.com

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 

Distance: 37.9 miles

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was founded in 1759, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. As well as being one of London’s top visitor attractions, Kew is also a world leader in plant science and conservation. Their work helps to discover and describe the world’s plant and fungal diversity, safeguard the worlds plant life for our future, promote the sustainable use of plants and inspire an appreciation of plants and the environment.

www.kew.org

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Group Activities

Unfortunately, we have been unable to organise a group activity for this particular meeting. Should you wish to explore the local area, local activities and sights have been listed under the Activities tab.

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Oral Presenters

We have a number of oral opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a talk, please register for the conference and you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Please take note of the oral submission deadline: 31 May 2016

Please check the conference programme carefully to note your presentation time (inclusive of Q&A) should you be accepted for an oral presentation. We recommend you check our website regularly as the conference approaches. Regular programme updates will be released under the ‘Programme’ tab on the conference page.

Your Presentation on the Day

If you have prepared some slides to accompanying your talk please ensure you bring these with you on a USB or portable file saving device.

For those presenting on the first day, please email your slides to us so we can have everything prepared and ready for the first session. Please email your slides to: admin@fusion-conferences.com

On the day of your presentation please make yourself known to the AV team who will be available in the conference room. If you have any animations or videos we do advise to run through the presentation with the AV tech to make sure everything is compatible. We also advise that all speakers make themselves known to the AV tech in the conference room immediately before your session beings. The AV tech will apply your microphone and provide a laser pointer should you have an accompanying presentation. We prefer speakers to use our master laptop to run presentations from, however, if you prefer to use your own laptop, please notify us in advance.

It is important that all speakers adhere to their presentation time and respect their fellow presenters. A visual traffic light aide will be available to warn presenters and the audience as your time decreases.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to approach our AV tech or a member of the Fusion team.

Helpful Tips for Presentation Slides

Aspect Ratio: On Screen Show (16:9) and in Landscape Orientation.
Font Size: Minimum font size used should be 24pt. 
File Type: Please safe your presentation in PPT or PPTS format. 
Video Clips: Please save these separately and do not build them into the PowerPoint. Videos will be played via the AV control desk using the master laptop.

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Posters

We have a number of poster opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a poster presentation, please register for the conference and you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Please take note of the poster submission deadline: 16 June 2016

Our poster boards can accommodate a maximum poster size of A0 (1189H x 841W mm), portrait in orientation. Posters exceeding this size may not fit on the poster boards provided and therefore we may be unable to display your poster, so please kindly keep to these measurements.

Displaying & Presenting Your Poster

During conference registration if you are presenting a poster please request a poster number from the registration desk. Please do not put up your poster without notifying a member of the Fusion team. Certain adhesive agents are not permitted at some venues therefore; Fusion will be the sole provider of all poster fixings.

You can display your poster from registration. Your poster can remain on display for the entire duration of the conference and we ask that posters are taken down on the final day of the meeting. The poster session is usually scheduled on Day 3, but please check the official programme for exact timings. Refreshments will be provided and the poster prizes will be awarded during the conference Gala Night that evening. 

2016 RNA Nanotechnology Poster Prize

The conference chairs will be awarding 3 poster prizes for the best poster display and presentation. To be in with a chance of winning, submit your poster by 16 June 2016. The winners will be selected shortly after the Poster Session and the following prizes will be awarded. 1st Place £250, 2nd Place £150, 3rd Place £100. 

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