Conference

This conference will take place in Brno, Czech Republic.

Conference Overview

The conference is a tribute to the life and work of Gregor Johann Mendel, the father of genetics, whose bicentenary is on the opening day of the conference. The organizers are universities and institutions that have long nurtured Mendel’s legacy and promoted it in the scientific community and among the public. Conference participants will have the opportunity to meet over a common theme, genetics, in authentic locations and visit other places associated with Mendel as part of the accompanying program.

Conference Topics

  • Human genetics (inherited diseases, cancer genetics, gene therapies)
  • Plant genetics, animal genetics, the genetics of microorganisms
  • Emerging technologies in genetic research
  • Ethical questions in genetics
  • Genetics and society
  • The history of genetics: research of the life and legacy of G. J. Mendel

 

Confirmed Keynote Speakers - 21 July

cech
Thomas R. Cech
University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Noncoding RNAs in Catalysis and as Regulators of Epigenetic Gene Silencing

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nurse
Sir Paul Nurse
The Francis Crick Institute, GBR

What is Life

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ada
Ada E. Yonath
Weizmann Institute of Science, ISR

Origin of life-linking RNA domination to nucleic acids/proteins world

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nasmyth
Kim Nasmyth
University of Oxford, GBR

Cohesin and its roles in organising the topology of chromosomal DNAs

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bianchi
Diana W. Bianchi
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, USA

From peapods to pregnancy: Mendel’s influence on prenatal genomic medicine

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stratton
Sir Mike Stratton
Wellcome Sanger Institute, GBR

Mutations in normal human cells

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korbel
Jan Korbel
EMBL Heidelberg, DEU

Structural Variation in the Human Genome

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tolar
Jakub Tolar
University of Minnesota, USA

Reaping Mendel's Harvest: Genome editing & Precision medicine

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lane
Sir David Lane
Karolinska Institutet, SWE

Tumor Suppressor Genes and Genetic Stability

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Human Genetics - Inherited Diseases Session 22 July

Johannes Zschocke
Medical University Innsbruck, AUT

Dominance and Recessiveness in Medical Genetics

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Olaf Riess
University of Tübingen, DEU

Genetics of neurodegenerative diseases; from the clinical and the basic research perspective

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Martin Bareš
Masaryk University, CZE

The cerebellum in movement disorders in the era of neurogenetics

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Milan Macek
Charles University, CZE

Session chair

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Maurizio Genuardi
Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, ITA

Session chair

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Human Cancer Genetics Session 22 July

Michael Doubek
Masaryk University, CZE

Genetic causes of leukemia and one example from medical practice

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Waseem Qasim
UCL GOS Institute of Child Health, GBR

Genome edited cancer therapies

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Šárka Pospíšilová
Masaryk University, CZE

Session chair

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Genetics of Microorganisms Session 22 July

Ece Kartal
Heidelberg University, DEU

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Pavel Plevka
CEITEC, CZE

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Animal Genetics Session 22 July

Michael Lampson
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Violation of Mendel’s First Law: centromere competition in meiosis

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Cesare Galli
AVANTEA, ITA

Gametes and embryo research: assisted reproduction and beyond

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Jiří Forejt
Institute of Molecular Genetics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, CZE

Darwin, Mendel and the origin of species

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Petr Hořín
Masaryk University, CZE

Session chair

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Plant Genetics Session 22 July

Liam Dolan
Austrian Academy Of Sciences, Gregor Mendel Institute Of Molecular Plant Biology, AUT

How Gregor Mendel helped us understand plant development and evolution

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Crisanto Gutiérrez
The Academy of Europe, ESP

Stem cell regulators and cell proliferation control during organogenesis

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Brande Wulff
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, SAU

Harnessing the power of disease resistance in wild grasses – the case for GM wheat

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Jaroslav Doležel
Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences, CZE

Session chair

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Dirk Inzé
Ghent University, BEL

Session chair

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Novel Emerging Technologies in Genetic Research Session 22 July

Ivo G. Gut
Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG-CRG), Barcelona

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Eva Hasel de Carvalho
EMBL Heidelberg

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Žaneta Andrusivová
Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm

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Fredrik Edfors
Karolinska Institutet

Next generation plasma proteome profiling of a pan-cancer cohort

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Vladimir Benes
EMBL Heidelberg, Head of Genomics Core Facility

Session chair

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Karla Plevová
CEITEC

Session chair

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Genetics and Society Session 22 July

John J. Mulvihill, MD
The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Every Citizen a Researcher

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Alberto G. Bochatey, O.S.A.
Universidad Católica De La Plata

Human Person and Genetics Studies

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Ada Hamosh
The Johns Hopkins University

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM), a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders and traits

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Guido de Wert
Maastricht University

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Nils Chr. Stenseth
University of Oslo

Session chair

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Roundtable on Genetics and Environment Session 22 July

Dirk Inzé
Ghent University, BEL

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Petr Blížkovský
The Secreta​ry-General of the European Committee of the Regions

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Milada Šťastná
Mendel University in Brno, CZE

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Richard Sťahel
Slovak Academy of Sciences, SVK

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History of Genetics Session 22 July

Dr. Daniel Fairbanks
Session chair & Speaker

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apl. Prof. Dr. Uwe Hoßfeld
Session chair

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Roundtable - Ethical questions in genetics 23 July 2022

Marek Vácha
Charles University

Session chair

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Milan Macek
Charles University

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Věra Franková
Charles University

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Dominik Opatrný
Palacký University Olomouc

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Preliminary Program

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Today’s genetics is like a pea seed that has grown into a large plant with many pods. So taste from each pod and attend lectures from different fields of genetics!

Speakers for each session will be announced in April 2022.

 

Day 1 – Wednesday 20 July 2022, Augustinian Abbey
TIME TOPIC
16:00 – 16:20 Conference Introduction
16:20 – 18:00 Opening Speeches 
18:00 – 19:00 Concert in Basilica
19.00 – 22.00 Welcome reception in the Augustinian Abbey
Day 2 – Thursday 21 July 2022, Hotel Passage
TIME KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
09:00 – 09:50 Thomas R. Cech, University of Colorado Boulder, USA Noncoding RNAs in Catalysis and as Regulators of Epigenetic Gene Silencing
09:50 – 10:40 Ada E. Yonath, Weizmann Institute of Science, ISR Origin of life-linking RNA domination to nucleic acids/proteins world
10:40 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:50 Sir Paul Nurse, The Francis Crick Institute, UK Origin of life-linking RNA domination to nucleic acids/proteins world
11:50 – 12:40 Kim Nasmyth, University of Oxford, UK Cohesin and its roles in organising the topology of chromosomal DNAs
12:40 – 13:40 Lunch Break
13:40 – 14:30 Jan Korbel, EMBL Heidelberg, DE Structural Variation in the Human Genome
14:30 – 15:20 Diana W. Bianchi, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, USA From peapods to pregnancy: Mendel’s influence on prenatal genomic medicine
15:20 – 15:40 Coffee Break
15:40 – 16:30 Sir Mike Stratton, Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK Mutations in normal human cells
16:30 – 17:20 Jakub Tolar, University of Minnesota, USA Reaping Mendel’s Harvest: Genome editing & Precision medicine
17:20-18.00 Sir David Lane, Karolinska Institutet, SE Tumor Suppressor Genes and Genetic Stability
Day 3 – Friday 22 July 2022, Hotel Passage
TIME                             SECTIONS
Section A Section B Section C
09:00 – 10:30 Human Genetics – Inherited Diseases Plant Genetics History of Genetics
10:30 – 10:50 Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break
10:50 – 12:20 Human Cancer Genetics Animal Genetics History of Genetics
12:20 – 13:20 Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
13:20 – 14:50 Novel Emerging Technologies in Genetic Research Genetics of Microorganisms History of Genetics
14:50 – 15:10 Coffee Break Coffee Break Coffee Break
15:10 – 17:30 Genetics and Society, Ethical questions, GMO  History of Genetics
Day 4 – Saturday 23 July 2022, Augustinian Abbey
TIME TOPIC
10:00 – 12:00 Roundtable – Ethical questions in genetics
Registration & Registration Fees

Important Dates to Remember

January 31th, 2022 Registration Opens

May 31th, 2022 Regular Registration Fee Payment Deadline

June 30th, 2022 Registration Deadline and Late Registration Fee Payment Deadline

To register, please go here.

Registration fees include:

  • admission
  • conference materials
  • COVID-19 safety measures
  • meals and coffee breaks
  • accompanying cultural and social program

The registration fee includes 21% VAT.

Participants are expected to book and pay their own accommodation and travel expenses.

 

CATEGORY Regular fee

(deadline 31.5.2022)

Late registration fee

(from 1.6. 2022 till 30.6.2022)

Participants  300 € 350 €
Students (until completion of doctoral studies) 190 € 240 €
Accompanying person (cultural and social program of the conference) 50 € 50 €

NO visa support letters will be issued until payment of the registration fee is confirmed.

Click here to download the Conference Terms and Conditions.

 

Call for Abstracts

Abstract registration is not a prerequisite for attending the conference. Only registered participants attending the conference are eligible to submit an abstract. Payment of the registration fee is  a prerequisite for including the abstract in the online book of abstracts

The conference will be held in English. Presentations can therefore be given in English.

Important Dates to Remember

January 31th, 2022 Registration and abstract submission opens

May 8th, 2022 Abstract submission deadline

April – May, 2022 Abstract acceptance notification is sent with information about poster requirements

May 31st, 2022 Deadline for payment of the registration fee (prerequisite for including the abstract in the online book of abstracts)

June 30th, 2022 Poster submission deadline

 

Abstracts will be evaluated by the members of the Scientific Committee of the conference.

The abstract lenght must be minimum 500 and maximum 2000 characters including spaces in English.

All accepted abstracts will be available in a special online abstract book on the conference website. Authors of excellent abstracts may be invited to present at the conference. Posters will be presented electronically at the conference site.

Authors have the option to publish an email address with the abstract to enable interested parties to contact them directly. The email address will be the one given when submitting the abstract.

Criteria for abstract submission

Abstracts should meet the following criteria:

1. Title of abstract text: The title should clearly and succinctly identify the contents of the abstract. Be sure to use title casing. Capitalize the first letter of each word except prepositions, articles, and names of species.

2. Authors and Affiliations: Enter each author separately and identify whether the individual is the primary author or a coauthor. Enter each name by providing the author’s name and organization.

3. Category

The following category selections will be available:

  • Human Genetics – Inherited Diseases
  • Human Cancer Genetics
  • Plant Genetics
  • Animal Genetics
  • Genetics of Microorganisms
  • Novel Emerging Technologies in Genetic Research
  • Genetics and Society
  • History of genetics

4. Abstract Text

The abstract text cannot exceed 2000 characters (incl. spaces, excl. title and authors).
Abstracts must be written in English, explained abbreviations may be used.
References are not required. If supplied, they must be included in the character count.
Only one table may be included per abstract.

Abstracts must use the following outline (with the exception of case reports):

Introduction and aims
Methods
Results
Discussion and conclusion

For case reports ONLY use the following section headings:

Introduction
Case Summary
Conclusion

The review will be carried out according to the following criteria:

Aims-Background-Context: Relevance of hypothesis, clearly state aims.
Quality of Method: Sampling, data collection, analytical strategy; stringency of theoretical position, reference to relevant knowledge base etc.

 

 

 

Accompanying Program

We want to introduce the conference participants to the places in Brno where Mendel lived, worked, and did the scientific research and other beauties of Brno and the South Moravian region.

The accompanying program of the conference includes a free entrance to places such as:

Participants will also have the opportunity to visit Villa Tugendhat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On-site assistance in booking entrances to the various tourist destinations, whether in Brno or the South Moravian Region, will be available.

After the conference program on Saturday, 23 July, we will also offer a trip to Mendel’s birthplace, Vražné (Hynčice), which is 1.5 hours away from Brno.

MENDEL FESTIVAL

Participants are also cordially invited to the Mendel Festival with free admission.

WHEN? From Friday 22 July evening until Sunday 24 July

WHERE? Augustinian Abbey and the Mendel Square

WHAT? Exhibitions, guided tours of the Abbey and the Mendel Museum of Masaryk University, popularization lectures, artistic performances, science shows, time travel in the monastery to 1865, classical and popular music concerts,  fireworks display from Špilberk Castle (Ignis Brunensis competition)

Tips for trips in South Moravia

You can download an information leaflet about trips to Lednice, Mikulov, or the Slav Epic in Moravský Krumlov.

Day trip – Mikulov

Day trip – Chateau Lednice

Day trip – Slav Epic in Moravský Krumlov

 

Travel & Stay Information

Brno has a strategic location! The conference will take place at the Augustinian Abbey and the Hotel Passage.

Further details, in particular measures related to COVID-19, will follow as the situation develops.

Travel connection to Brno

With the Internet spreading like wildfire and reaching every part of our daily lives, more and more traffic is directed to websites searching for information.

How to get to Brno

You can comfortably get here by air, bus, train or car.

BY AIR

Visitors of Brno can use International Airport Brno-Tuřany, which provides flights to London/Stansted. The visitors can use International Prague Airport, and Brno is also well connected to the international airport in Vienna (Austria).

Brno – Tuřany Airport

Brno 904/1, Tuřany, Czech Republic, Phone: +420 545 521 111

E-mail: sekretariat@brno-airport.cz

Website: www.brno-airport.cz/en

The airport is located 12km/20 minutes from the city center. You can easily take a taxi or the express bus, which is directly located outside the entrance to the airport terminal.

Vienna International Airport

Einfahrtsstrasse, Schwechat 1300, Republic of Austria, Phone: +43-1-7007-0

E-mail: aviationmarketing@viennaairport.com

Website: www.viennaairport.com/en/passengers

There is no direct flight from Vienna to Brno because of too short distance. Most accessible transportation from Vienna airport to Brno is with bus operator Student Agency offering eight connections daily from Vienna to Brno from 13 EUR one way. The duration of the travel is approximately 2,5 hours. Tickets are available to purchase online at the website.

Václav Havel Airport Prague

K Letišti 6/1019, 160 08, Prague 6, Phone: +420 220 111 888

Website: www.prg.aero/en

Most accessible transportation from Prague is with bus operator Student Agency offering 36 connections daily from Prague to Brno from 8 EUR one way. The duration of the travel is approximately 2,5 hours. Tickets are available on online websites with German and English versions.

BY BUS OR TRAIN

Student agency is a reliable bus and train company www.studentagency.eu/en

From Vienna and Prague, we also recommend the RailJet train category to Prague and Vienna

www.idos.cz – universal bus/train search engine and public transport planner

BY CAR

Brno is located on the main Czech highway D1 and D2. For highways and some bigger roads, it is necessary to have a highway sticker for sale at the border crossing, petrol stations, post offices, and motor clubs.

TAXI information 

Useful Links:

Czech Trainways

Brno Airport

RegioJet – bus & train

 

Currency

The currency in Czech Republic is the Czech Crown (CZK). It is called “koruna” (abbreviated Kč).

Exchange rate is approximately: 25 CZK for 1 €.

Coins appear in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50. Notes are available in denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000.

All major credit and debit cards are widely accepted at shops, hotels, banks and ATM machines. Euros are usually not accepted. Therefore, we recommend having some cash in Czech Crowns.

You can exchange cash in banks (usually some small fee is applied) or at exchange office (where exchange rates can vary) or use an ATM machine to withdraw – there are a lot of them in the city.

 

Passport and Visa

A valid passport is required for entry into Czech Republic. A visa may be required for some countries – please check with your embassy. For more information about visa, please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

Voltage

The voltage in Czech Republic, as in most of Europe, is 230V/50 Hz. Czech Republic uses type C and type E sockets.

 

Accommodation

The city of Brno has a long tradition as a convention city and offers a wide range of quality hotels.

Conference participants will book accommodation under a promo code at a discounted rate. More information will follow in the coming weeks.

Hotel Passage (conference venue)

Book Hotel Passage on this email rezervace@hotelpassage.eu under promo code MENDEL22.

Hotel Continental (next to the Hotel Passage)

Book Hotel Continental on this email viktorova@continentalbrno.cz under promo code MENDEL22. 

If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, please contact our fundraising manager Philipp Böhm at boehm@spolecne.info.

The Organizing Committee of the Mendel Genetics Conference has decided to support researchers from Ukraine by announcing the Cyril Napp Scholarship.

Cyril Napp was an Augustinian abbot who recognized Mendel’s scientific talent, supported Mendel in his university studies, and created the conditions for his experiments on pea crossing.

The scholarship will be awarded to the researcher who:
– has Ukrainian citizenship
– registers for the conference

Upon meeting and proving the above conditions, a maximum of 30 researchers from Ukraine will have 100% of their registration fee waived. The scholarship will be awarded based on the order of registration and fulfillment of the above conditions.

Dates to remember

Registration: from Jan 31 st, 2022 until Jun 30th, 2022

Abstract submission: closed

Registration

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