We present an opportunity for you to share about Mendel’s impact on your day-to-day life. Please read on! 

Europe is hosting a party to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Gregor Mendel. As part of a concerted effort to keep the anniversary year of Mendel top of mind for its audiences, the Gregor Mendel Institute (GMI) is sharing news of the 19th century biologist’s life, as well as sharing current research in Mendel-related fields and making it easy for people to connect with scientists.

Are you familiar with Gregor Mendel? Here’s a quick review:

  • Gregor Mendel was the first to discover that organisms have different traits. He discovered this by studying pea plants.
  • Over the course of his life as a botanist, teacher, and monk, Mendel grew and tested almost 30,000 pea plants.
  • He discovered the basic principles of heredity and laid the foundations for the science of genetics.


The Gregor Mendel Institute made this nifty animated short film to tell you more. Check it out.

We haven’t even gotten to the best part of this news. We want you to celebrate Mendel’s birthday with us 🥳. Submit anything you want – whether it be a simple written statement, a poem, a video, a song, or a drawing. Click on any of the links 👈 to see some examples. Don’t think about this as a polished contribution that takes a lot of time to complete.

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