150 Years of Gregor Mendel's
Laws of Inheritance

International MENDEL DAY – March 8, 2016

Brno (Czech Republic) - Vienna (Austria) - Tuscon (USA) - Sydney (Australia) - Tokyo (Japan)
Main information page: http://www.mendelianum.cz/en/domu/main-page/international-mendel-day-march-8-2016
E-Letter in Science, Feb. 25, 2016: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/350/6257/159.e-letters

Gregor Mendel in Vienna
by Gregor Mendel Society of Vienna and BOKU-Universität für Bodenkultur Wien

Meeting time:
13.45-14.00 (Tue, March 8, 2016)

Entrance area of Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research ("Botanisches Institut", Universität Wien), Rennweg 14, 1030 Wien. The meeting place is in walking distance of S-Bahn station "Rennweg" or tram no. 71 station "Rennweg".

14.00 // Dr. Eva-Maria Mikschi-Marischler and Mag. Matthias Svojtka:
Original reprint of Gregor Mendel's 1866 paper "Versuche über Pflanzen-Hybriden", Vol. 4 of Verhandlungen des naturforschenden Vereines, Brünn.

This unique original reprint is preserved at the library of Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research. It is one of very few reprints with hand-written corrections of printing errors by Mendel's own hand. On January 1, 1867 Mendel had sent the reprint to Anton Kerner von Marilau who was a professor of botany that time at University of Innsbruck. During Mendels study period in Vienna (1851-1853), both Mendel and Kerner were students of Eduard Fenzl and Franz Unger, so they knew each other since student times. Mendel probably hoped that Kerner might understand his research in the context of evolution.

E-Book des Monats

Bibliotheks-Objekt des Monats

15.00 to 15.20 // Ride on Tram line 71 from Rennweg to Schottentor

15.25 to 16.30 // University of Vienna Inner Yard (Arkadenhof), Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien

Mendel's teachers and contemporaries at University of Vienna.
In Vienna, Mendel was exposed to leading natural sciences professors and a vibrant scientific community: Christian Doppler, professor of physics, Franz Unger, professor of botany and others very probably have inspired Gregor Mendel to start his own series of experiments on hybrids.

After 16.30: Optional programme

  • City walk to Old University of Vienna (Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Landstrasse (Mendels living place in Vienna)
  • Coffee and newspapers: Austrian newspapers between 1850 and 1884 mentioning Gregor Mendel. A list of 67 so far unpublished newspaper appearances of high biographical value will be presented.
Registration: Johann Vollmann, BOKU Wien (email: johann.vollmann@boku.ac.at)
Participation in the event is free of charge, but an informal email registration is appreciated for organizational purposes.
Language: The MENDEL DAY event will be held in English and/or German depending on participants' needs.