200 years Gregor Mendel: of peas, cows and people

Highlight the importance of Genetics and Genomics in today's life by looking at examples from plants, domestic animals, humans and how to communicate science.

200 years Gregor Mendel: of peas, cows and people

60 guests on site and even more online attended the

Half Day Symposium | target audience: SCIENCE to PUBLIC

11. March 2022, 12:30 – 18:00

Venue: BOKU Festsaal, Gregor Mendel Strasse 33, 1180 Wien


12:30 -13:00 Opening: Jagdhornbläser*innengruppe der BOKU "Gregor Mendel"

13:00 Welcome addresses by vice rector Christian Obinger, Gabor Meszaros and Hermann Buerstmayr


Scientific programme

Plant genetics

13:10 – 13:40  Brigitte Poppenberger (Technical University Munich, Germany)

          How genetics assists us in plant breeding - examples from sunflower

13:40 – 14:10  Sebastian Michel (BOKU, Vienna, Austria)

          Linking mendelian and quantitative genetics in plant breeding

Animal genetics

14:10 – 14:40   Tosso Leeb (University Bern, Switzerland)

          Following the legacy of Gregor Mendel: Studies on the inheritance of coat color in domestic animals

14:40 – 15:20  Coffee break

15:20 – 15:50  Alessandra Stella (National Research Council, Milano, Italy)

          Interpreting the sequence: challenges and opportunities of big data in genetic analysis

Human genetics

15:50 – 16:20  Johannes Zschocke (Medical University Innsbruck, Austria)

          Gregor Mendel and the concepts of dominance and recessiveness (online connected from Innsbruck)

Genetics in everyday life

16:20 – 17:00 Günther Mayr (ORF, Redaktion Wissenschaft, Austria)

          Wissenschaft versus Wut - Sind Gefühle Teil der DNA? | Emotionen aus der Spritze - Verständnis schaffen als Immunisierungskampagne gegen Halbwahrheiten (in German)

17:00 -18:00 Chill out and buffet



12:30- 18:00 AgriGenomics Poster Exhibition

The AgriGenomics PhD students display and are happy to explain posters of their PhD projects in plant breeding, animal breeding, genetics, genomics, metabolomics and phenomics.

This symposium is supported by the project nr. ATCZ278, G. J. Mendel's legacy to science, culture, and humanity, co-financed by Interreg Austria-Czech Republic. DE: ATCZ278, G. J. Mendels Vermächtnis für Wissenschaft, Kultur und Menschheit CZ: ATCZ278, Odkaz G. J. Mendela vědě, kultuře a lidstvu