Mendel’s 200th Birthday Garden Party

A garden party of science 20 July, 2022

RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey, GU23 6QB

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Deadline: 30/06/2022
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General Information

Image credit: Joana Carvalho

To mark the 200th birthday of Gregor Mendel and the 2022 Genetics Society joint Mendel Medal awards, the Society invites you to a garden party of science on Wednesday 20th July at RHS Wisley, Surrey.  The event will also be available online, details to follow later.

The event, including lunch and drinks reception is free to attend, while dinner is available at £45/head, payable in advance.  Assistance to attend is available in the form of junior scientist conference grants scheme A for early career researchers (no abstracts required!), and a carer’s award (available to all members).


10:00    Arrival, registration, and coffee for a prompt 11am start.

10:50    Welcome, Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith
11:00    Professor Alison Woollard – “Mendel to Modern Day Genetics”
11:40    Dr Rosa Cheesman – Sir Kenneth Mather Prize 2019/20
12:20    Dr Sam Behjati –”Reconstructing Human Development from Somatic Mutations”  – Balfour lecture 2022

13:00    Picnic Lunch

14:00    Professor Irene Miguel-Aliaga –”Gut Feelings” – Mary Lyon Medal 2022
14:40    Professor Davor Solter – “Embryos, RNAs, Retrotransposons etc.” – joint Mendel Medal 2022
15:25    Professor Azim Surani – “Genomic Imprinting: why bother?”– joint Mendel Medal 2022
16:10    Award presentations and questions

16:30    Birthday cake and drinks reception

19:00    Celebration dinner

23:00    Coaches

Special rate accommodation

Limited accommodation is available at a special rate on the 19th and 20th July at the Hilton Cobham Hotel, Cobham, Kent.

Return transport between Hotel and Wisley

Should you wish it, leaving the Hilton Cobham Hotel at 09:00 on 20th July, returning at 23:00.

Please register online at mySociety using your Society membership number to log in, where you can let us know of any dietary and dinner/accomodation requirements.

We do hope that you will join us for this very special event.

Meeting organisers:

Kay Boulton
Cristina Fonseca
Contact us with any questions.


Professor Alison Woollard – JBS Haldane Award 2015, Ri Christmas Lectures 2013
Dr Rosa Cheesman –Sir Kenneth Mather Prize 2019/20
Dr Sam Behjati – Balfour lecture 2022
Professor Irene Miguel-Aliaga – Mary Lyon Medal 2022
Professor Davor Solter – joint Mendel Medal 2022
Professor Azim Surani – joint Mendel Medal 2022