Mendel and Others
Each year, Masaryk University commemorates the genius of Gregor Johann Mendel, a native of Hynčice who joined the Augustinian Order at their abbey in Old Brno (hence his monastic name, Gregor) in 1843. The monastery was a centre of Moravian erudition, and Mendel gained knowledge in the natural sciences, learning the methods of scientific work, and drawing on the results of his experiments and research to formulate scholarly theses that are now known as Mendel’s Laws of Inheritance. Mendel thus became the “founding father” of one of the most momentous fields of our time – genetics.
For the 2021 Mendel Days this autumn, Masaryk University has invited prominent foreign experts, N. Ch. Stenseth, G. Radick, and B. Fischer, alongside our own scholars from the university departments and institutes. The event will include an extraordinary press conference titled G. J. Mendel – a complex study of his personality from the perspective of various scientific fields, co-organised by Masaryk University and the Augustinian Order, with speeches by Prof. Šárka Pospíšilová of MU and other researchers and experts.