Augustinian Abbey in Brno

The Old Brno Abbey was the home of Gregor Johann Mendel. Here he was allowed to devote himself to science and his experiments for many years. The Abbey has long cared for Mendel’s legacy. Thanks to its activities, science and faith meet under one roof.


Masaryk University

Masaryk University is the second largest university in the Czech Republic, a member of the Compostela Group and the Utrecht Network. Founded in 1919 in Brno as the second Czech university, it now consists of ten faculties and 30,500 students. Masaryk University is one of several institutions of higher education that operate CEITEC – a research centre for both basic and applied research in the field of life sciences. CEITEC (the Central European Institute of Technology) is a European Research Center for Life Science, Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. CEITEC was founded by a group of Brno universities (Masaryk University, Brno University of Technology, Mendel University and University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno) and research institutes (Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and Research Institute of Veterinary Medicine) and supported by both the South Moravian Region and the city of Brno. CEITEC consists of a number of laboratories with instrumentation and facilities.


Mendel University

Mendel University in Brno (abbreviated to MENDELU) is a public institution with a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research that has driven new ways of thinking since 1919 and proudly bears the name of G. J. Mendel, the founder of modern genetics. There are over 8,300 students at the university, including 5,500 undergraduates and 2,800 postgraduates. Nearly 1,600 international students make up almost 20% of the total student body. Mendel University offers more than 100 different graduate degree programmes in Czech and English. The University comprises one University Institute and five faculties: AgriSciences, Business and Economics, Forestry and Wood Technology, Regional Development and International Studies and Horticulture. Its modern university campus is based in Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic – the heart of Europe. Brno is considered one of the best student cities as it is listed in the 2018 Top 10 QS Best Student Cities as rated by students.


Moravian Museum

Besides its other activities, the Moravian Museum operates the Mendelianum. The Mendelianum is an interactive museum and centre of G. J. Mendel founded on a strong historical basis and equipped with many modern components. The Mendelianum has been developing its activities in science, research, education and popularization since 1962 (Nobel Prize awarded for DNA structure – rehabilitation of Mendelian genetics behind the Iron Curtain). At the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Mendelianum moved into the historical heart of the city of Brno, exactly into the authentic premises where Mendel’s scientific society (the Agriculture Society – Ackerbaugesellschaft) was located. This was the society where Mendel worked actively for 30 years, where he maintained discussions with his colleagues and where he was inspired for his later groundbreaking research. In the historical room with the original painted wooden ceiling, where Mendel used to work, visitors are welcomed by a wax statue of the man.


Společně, o.p.s.

Společně, o.p.s. is a non profit organisation that operates in many spheres, such as helping seniors, grant advising and many others. One of its most important objectives is to promote G. J. Mendel. Each year it organizes the Mendel Festival, besides cooperating closely with the Augustinian Abbey and other Mendel-related institutions.

Organizing Committee

Prof. RNDr. Šárka Pospíšilová, Ph.D.

Vice-Rector for Research and Doctoral Studies at Masaryk University

ThLic. Ing. Jozef Ržonca, Ph.D. et Ph.D.

Augustinian Abbey

RNDr. Barbora Onderková

Lead of the Communication and Marketing Department of the Moravian Museum

Ing. Jakub Carda

Director of Společně, o.p.s.

doc. Ing. Svatopluk Kapounek, Ph.D.

Mendel University in Brno


Scientific Committee

Dr. Vladimir Benes

Head of Genomics core facility, EMBL Heidelberg

Liam Dolan

Group leader (Development and Evolution of Land Plants) at Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology of Austrian Academy of Sciences

dr. Daniel Fairbanks

Professor of Biology and University Research Officer at Utah Valley University

prof. Maurizio Genuardi

Professor at Faculty of medicine and surgery, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

President of the Executive Board of The European Society of Human Genetics

John J. Mulvihill, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, CHF Kimberly V. Talley Chair in Genetics at the University of Oklahoma

Paul Nurse

Director of The Francis Crick Institute, Nobel Prize winner for Physiology or Medicine in 2001

Prof. Olaf Riess, MD

head of the Institute of Medical Genetics and Applied Genomics, University of Tübingen

Ortrun Mittelsten Scheid

Group leader (Epigenetic Changes in Plants) at Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology of Austrian Academy of Sciences

Nils Christian Stenseth

Professor at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Johannes Zschocke Ph.D.

Managing Director of Department of Genetics and Pharmacology at Innsbruck Medical University


Prof. Ing. Jaroslav Doležel, DrSc.

Head of the laboratory at the Centre of Plant Structural and Functional Genomics, Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences

prof. RNDr. Jiří Fajkus, CSc.

Research Group Leader Senior at Mendel Centre for Plant Genomics and Proteomics, Central European Institute of Technology

doc. MUDr. Lenka Foretová, Ph.D.

Head of the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, Masaryk Cancer Institute in Brno

prof. RNDr. Ladislav Havel, CSc.

Institute of Plant Biology, Mendel University in Brno

prof. MVDr. RNDr. Petr Hořín, CSc.

Research Programme Coordinator (Animal Immunogenomics) at Central European Institute of Technology, Institute of Medical Genetics and Genomics, Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University

prof. MUDr. Milan Macek jr., DrSc., MHA

Head of the Department of Biology and Medical Genetics 2nd Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University in Prague and Motol University Hospital, President of the Society of Medical Genetics and Genomics, Czech Medical Society of Jan Evangelista Purkyně, z. s.

Mgr. Jiří Mitáček, Ph.D.

Director General of the Moravian Museum

Prof. RNDr. Šárka Pospíšilová, Ph.D.

Vice-Rector for Research and Doctoral Studies at Masaryk University

Mgr. Karel Říha, Ph.D.

Research Group Leader Senior at Central European Institute of Technology

PhDr. Jiří Sekerák, Ph.D.

Head of the Department of the History of Biological Sciences of the Moravian Museum

Mgr. et Mgr. Marek Vácha, Ph.D.

Head of the Department of Medical Ethics and Humanities of the 3rd Faculty of Medicine of the Charles University in Prague, Catholic priest

Prof. Ing. Luděk Žůrek, Ph.D.

Senior researcher at Central European Institute of Technology