Event Details

Illustration "Mendel's World, or Gardens in the air" by Anna Zeligowski
Cooperative Event
Gregor Mendel's Legacy in Science and Society
KLI Mendel Symposium
2022-10-13 9:30 - 2022-10-14 17:00
Organized by Barbara Fischer, Lynn Chiu, Philipp Mittroecker (University of Vienna)

Mendel's Legacy in Science and Society:
history, biology, science education, medicine, and society


For Gregor Johann Mendel's 200th anniversary, a public symposium will be hosted at the KLI to reflect on his work and legacy. The long-reaching impact of Mendel's scientific work and different interpretations of "Mendelism" go beyond the academic discipline of genetics. Our invited speakers will share their reflections on Mendel in the history of science, in the biological sciences, in the education and communication of science, as well as in medicine and society. The symposium is organized by the University of Vienna and will take place in person with a live-stream.

You can now register to attend the symposium online (for free) here.

Dates: October 13-14th, 2022
Time: 9:30-17:00 (CEST)
Location: The KLI, Martinstrasse 12, 3400 Klosterneuburg
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Day 1, October 13th, Thursday

9:00 Sign-in

9:30 Gerd Müller (President of the KLI)
Presidential welcoming remarks

9:40 Greg Radick (University of Leeds)
The Gregor Johann of history and the Mendel of faith: Reflections for a bicentennial

10:20 Blanka Křížová (Mendel Museum)
G. J. Mendel – the Story of a Humble Genius

11:00-11:20 Coffee break

11:20 Barbara Fischer (University of Vienna)
How Mendel became a scientist

12:00 Amir Teicher (Tel Aviv University)
Social Mendelism

12:40 - 14:00 lunch break

14:00 Maria Kronfeldner (Central European University)
Genes and us

14:40 Eva Jablonka (Tel Aviv University)
What is inherited and how?

15:20-15:40 coffee break

15:40 Isabella Sarto-Jackson (KLI)
Patchwork Minds: How Mendelian, Non-Mendelian, as well as Non-Genetic Inheritance Shape the Human Brain

16:20 Lynn Chiu (University of Vienna)
Engaging with the science of inheritance in informal science spaces

Day 2, October 14th, Friday

9:00 Sign-in

9:30 Barbara Fischer & Lynn Chiu
Welcome back!

9:40 Christian Bertsch (ISTA)
Teaching science as process and method of thinking – learnings from G. Mendel

10:20 Brian Donovan (BSCS)
Genetics education needs to move beyond Mendel to combat white supremacy

11:00-11:20 Coffee break

11:20 Kostas Kampourakis (University of Geneva)
Getting Mendel right: How the stereotypical teaching of Mendelian genetics in schools distorts both science and history

12:00 Markus Hengstschläger (Medical University of Vienna)
Medical genetics - quo vadis?

12:40 - 14:00 lunch break

14:00 - 15:00 Round-table discussion (only in person)

This symposium is funded by the INTERREG AT-CZ GJM200 project:
G. J. Mendel’s Legacy to Science, Culture, and Humanity