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Light show will commemorate Mendel’s Legacy

The event will take place on Monday, July 20, at 7 pm. Entry is free of charge if you register in advance.

Sample of a screening.

An audio-visual show at the courtyard of the Old Brno Abbey will be the climax of this year's celebrations of the 150th anniversary since Gregor Johann Mendel published his discoveries in the area of plant crossbreeding that became the cornerstone of modern genetics.

The event called Mendel: the Legacy is organized by the Mendel Museum of Masaryk University. It will take place on Monday, July 20, at 7 pm. Among other things, you can see a performance of the legendary group Stromboli there. If you register in time by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the entrance to this event will be free for you. For more information visit the website

The peak of the celebrations, falling to Mendel's birthday, will be an audio-visual show screened at the wall of the Old Brno Abbey. Its author is Drew Berry, an American biomedical animator who gained his fame working for BBC or for the singer Björk.

“Drew Berry chose the topic of Mendel's legacy himself because he believes that Mendel's thoughts changed our understanding of life and the world around us. Mendel's laws are as valid today as they were 150 years ago. They have remained admirably changeless," says Ondřej Dostál, the director of Mendel Museum of MU. The animation will be accompanied by Duncan Hendy's music played directly on spot by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra.

The event Mendel: the Legacy is of international significance. The patronage of it was assumed by Sir Paul Nurse, the president of the Royal Society, who will attend the event as well. Among the guests will be also the President Emeritus of the Genetics Society of America, Vicki Chandler.

Thanks to on-line broadcasting, employees and guests of many international institution all over the world will have the chance to watch the whole show as well, for example at the Royal Society in London, Natural History Museum in Berlin or The University of Melbourne in Australia.