Mendel Days 2020

The greatest discovery of the century!

The programme will take place in a digital environment. 
You can watch the Mendel Days in a live-broadcast programme from 5 p.m. on 4 Nov. and from 4 p.m. on 5 Nov. by following this link.

Wednesday 4 November 2020


Opening speech | interview | lectures

5.00 p.m. – launch of the first year of the Mendel Days – Rector of Masaryk University
prof. MUDr. Martin Bareš, Ph.D.

5.15 p.m. – interview Blanka Křížová with Gregor Johann Mendel

5.45 p.m. – lecture Gregor Johann Mendel in the Context of The Greatest Discovery of the Century
Mgr. et Mgr. Marek Vácha, Ph.D., Charles University

6.30 p.m. – lecture Our Origin Written into the Human Genome, subtitled Who Are Czechs (and Moravians)? prof. MUDr. Michael Doubek, Ph.D., Masaryk University


The planned side events in the form of the concert of the Brno Contemporary Orchestra titled Peas in the PodHommage a Gregor Mendel and the concert of the choral association Láska opravdivá will unfortunately not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday 5 November 2020


Interview | lecture | museum tour | debate

4.00 p.m. – interview Blanka Křížová will discuss The Tornado of 13 October 1870 (Die Windhose vom 13. October 1870) with the author of the treatise himself

4.15 p.m. – lecture on the 150th anniversary of Mendel’s scientific description of a tornado – Gregor Mendel – More than Genetics: Pioneering Work on Tornados – Edward Guinan, Ph.D., University of Villanova, USA

5.30 p.m. – the newly published English translation of Mendel’s seminal work, Experiments on Plant Hybrids, will be discussed by Mgr. Ondřej Dostál, Ph.D.

5.40 p.m. – guided tour of the Mendel Museum

6.00 p.m. – debate The Light and Dark of Genetics
The benefits and potential dangers of genetics will be considered by
prof. Ing. Jaroslav Doležel, DrSc., Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences
prof. MUDr. Milan Macek, DrSc. jr., Society for Medical Genetics and Genomics of the Czech Medical Association of J. E. Purkyně
prof. RNDr. Šárka Pospíšilová, Ph.D., Masaryk Unviersity
Mgr. et Mgr. Marek Vácha, Ph.D., Charles University
Moderated by prof. PhDr. Jiří Hanuš, Ph.D., Masaryk University

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