Mendel Day 2023

Gregor Mendel
8 March, 2023

Agro Business Park 90 6708 PW Wageningen Netherlands

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General Information

KeyGene is hosting International Mendel Day 2023 on Wednesday, March 8, in Wageningen, The Netherlands.

During Mendel Day 2023, the Mendel Memorial Medal will be handed out by the Moravian Museum, to an internationally prominent personality for his/her contribution to the development of the scientific and cultural heritage of Johann Gregor Mendel and genetics.

This is an on-site event. Lectures will be broadcasted via Teams.


Program of Mendel Day 2023 (13:30-18:00)


Reception, coffee & tea

14.00 h

Welcome by Dr. Arjen van Tunen, CEO of KeyGene, Wageningen

Prof. Dr. Daniel Fairbanks, Department of Biology, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, USA:, How Gärtner’s 1849 book on plant hybrids influenced Mendel throughout his scientific career

Prof. Dr. Manfred Kayser, Head, Department of Genetic Identification; Erasmus MC University Medical Centre Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Human appearance genetics: Mendelian or not?

Dr. Peter van Dijk, distinguished scientist, KeyGene, Wageningen, The Netherlands: The shifting appreciation of Mendel’s constant hybrids: from historical misunderstanding via molecular characterization toward future agricultural application

the Mendel Memorial Medal

Dr. Jiří Sekerák, Head of the Mendelianum, Brno, Czech Republic: The History of the Mendel Memorial Medal

Dr. Jiří Mitáček, Director General of the Moravian Museum, Brno, Czech Republic: Laudatio, and presenting of the Mendel Medal

17.00       Drinks