Mendel: The Legacy

20 July, 2015, 19:00 CET

Brno, The Czech Republic

On July 20, 2015, major scientific institutions across five continents united in a global celebration of the vision of one man, a man whose discoveries helped shape the world we live in today. Join us for a state-of-the-art visual and orchestral spectacular celebrating 150 years since Gregor Johann Mendel first discovered the principles of genetics. Mendel: The Legacy broadcasted live from Brno, the Czech Republic, the place where the father of genetics first formulated his ideas.


20 July, 2015

Mendel Museum of Masaryk University, in association with TIC Brno, is proud to present, on July 20, 2015, Mendel: the Legacy. A video-mapping multimedia EXTRAVAGANZA projected on the Augustinian Abbey, where Mendel conducted his research, with simultaneous projections on scientific institutions worldwide. Featuring specially created animation by Emmy and BAFTA winning animator Drew Berry accompanied by a live full-orchestral score by composer Duncan Hendy.

Mendel: The Legacy is part of the global celebration, Mendel: The Legacy - 150 Years of the Genius of Genetics, which is held under the auspices of Bohuslav Sobotka - Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Mikuláš Bek - Rector of Masaryk University and the Czech Commission of UNESCO. The Event is held under the auspices of Michal Hašek - Governor of the Southern Moravia Region.

The event will also be projected for free on a giant HD screen on the walls outside the abbey.


Join the specially invited guests, for free, inside the abbey's courtyard, including the Czech Prime Minister, the President of the Royal Society, Sir Paul Nurse, the British and American ambassadors, and many others. DON'T WORRY IF YOU STILL WANT TO BE PART OF THE CELEBRATIONS. THE EVENT WILL BE PROJECTED FOR FREE ON A GIANT HD SCREEN OUTSIDE OF THE ABBEY. WE HAVE LOADS OF ROOM FOR EVERYONE! However, due to the extreme interest and capacity reasons, the registration TO THE MAIN SECTION is now closed. In the event of people failing to collect their tickets on the day of the event, returned tickets will be offered based on availability. 


Programme - (Times are ALL CET):
19:00 Music by Progres 2
20:00 Music by Stromboli
21:10 PRESENTATION OF THE Kentico Time Capsule
21:30 Ceremonial speeches by Sir Paul Nurse, Masaryk university Rector - Mikulas Bek, Vicki Chandler, Drew Berry, the Director of Mendel Museum and Duncan Hendy
22:00 Mendel: The Legacy - "The Well-Tempered Genotype"
22:30 End of the event
  The event is financially supported by the city of Brno.

Old Brno Abbey

Gregor Johann Mendel

When Gregor Johann Mendel first publicly presented his groundbreaking and painstaking research in the field of plant breeding, the audience failed to understand the lecture. Most of the audience failed to understand what he was talking about. Today, geneticists and biologists consider Mendel to have been one of the world's greatest scientists and his work central to the modern world of genetics.
Mendel Mendel Mendel Mendel Mendel

My time will come!

Gregor Johann Mendel maintained, right up to his death, that his findings were correct. Today, no one doubts that his knowledge in the field of plant breeding, published 149 years ago, laid the foundation of genetics and influenced scientific research in many areas.
  • 1822 Born Johann Mendel on July 20 in Heinzendorf (present-day Hynčice, Czech Republic) into a family of farmers
  • 1843 Becomes an Augustinian friar, adopts the name Gregor
  • 1847 Ordained priest at the Brno Abbey
  • 1851–53 Studies at University of Vienna under Professor Christian Doppler and Dr Franz Unger
  • 1854–63 Experiments with peas in Brno
  • 1865 Lectures on „Experiments in Plant Hybrids”
  • 1868 Becomes abbot
  • 1863–84 Meteorologist and beekeeper
  • 1884 Dies on January 6 in Brno
  • 1900 Mendel rediscovered by the world scientific community
  • 1906 William Bateson uses term „genetics“ for the first time
  • 1953 James Watson and Francis Crick discover the structure of DNA
  • 2001 Scientists map the human genome
  • 2015 Mendel: The Legacy celebrations held on July 20

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Join us, from wherever you are in the world, for this truly unique audiovisual experience, on the birthday of the Father of Genetics. See below for all of our partner institutions.
  • Bangalore Biotech Park Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology, Biotech Park, Electronics City Phase I, Benga Go to web
  • Berlin Natural History Museum Invalidenstraße 43 10115 Berlin, Germany Go to web
  • Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology University of California, Berkeley Go to web
  • Bangalore Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium Bangalore Association for Science Education, Sri T. Choudaiah Road, High Grounds, Bangalore - 560001 Go to web
  • Bethesda Genetics Society of America 9650 Rockville Pike Bethesda, MD 20814-3998 Go to web
  • Leeds University of Leeds University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK Go to web
  • Palo Alto Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation 1661 Page Mill Road Palo Alto, CA 94304 Go to web
  • Kyiv České centrum Kiev ul. I. Franko 24a, kancelář číslo 1, Kyiv 01030 Go to web
  • Helsinki University of Helsinki Fabianinkatu 33, Helsinki Go to web
  • Brno Hvězdárna a planetárium Brno Kraví hora 2, 616 00 Brno Go to web
  • Tainan NCKU Museum No. 1, Daxue Rd, East District, Tainan City, Thaiwan 701 Go to web
  • Melbourne The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Victoria 3010, Australia Go to web
  • Moscow State Darwin Museum 117292, Russia, Moscow, 57/1 Vavilova st. Go to web
  • Prague Národní technické muzeum Kostelní 1320/42, 170 78 Praha 7 Go to web
  • Vrážné Rodný dům G. Mendela Hynčice 69, 742 35 Vražné Go to web
  • Rio de Janeiro Casa de Oswaldo Cruz Av. Brasil, 4365 - Manguinhos, Rio de Janeiro Go to web
  • St. Louis McDonnell Genome Institute Washington University School of Medicine, Campus Box 8501, 4444 Forest Park Ave St. Louis, MO 63108 Go to web


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