Past Event: Mendel Sesquicentenary Celebrations 2016

The Genetics Society of AustralAsia hosted events in Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the Mendel Sesquicentenary (8th March 2016). We hope that Mendel Day will become a regular celebration on the 8th March each year!


NSW Mendel Day Committee and our wonderful speakers (L-R Isobel Ronai, Frank Nicholas, Emily Remnant, Ben Oldroyd, Camilla Whittington, Claire Wade, Jenny Donald)

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NSW: Frank Nicholas on Mendel's bold hypothesis


NSW: Post-seminars, Mia Zeric demonstrates fruit flies in Mendelian ratios


NSW: During the post-seminar drinks, Cecily Oakley showed Mendelian ratios in corn cobs to visitors

Canberra: Organiser Anna MacDonald with Janine Deakin and Rod Peakall

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Canberra: Linda Broadhurst explains how to measure genetic diversity in tree populations

Canberra: Shelley Kennedy explains what is involved in genetic counselling

Canberra: Dennis McNevin discusses DNA fingerprinting and forensic profiling

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Canberra: Visitors met Stumpy and Grumpy, the Institute for Applied Ecology’s bearded dragon mascots

Useful links for Mendel Day

Catalogue of Mendelian traits in humans:

Catalogue of Mendeilian traits in animals:

Mendel’s monastery:

The original 1901 English version of Mendel’s 1866 paper, with an introduction by Bateson:

Mendel’s original paper in German and an English translation, together with much background information:

Mendelianum (the main Mendel museum in Brno):

Mendel Museum in Mendel’s monastery:

Mendel lectures in the refectory of Mendel’s monastery:

Useful modern summaries of Mendel’s experiments and results:

Educational resources on genetics

Important classic publications on genetics, and a genetics timeline:

Sydney Celebrations


The Genetics Society of AustralAsia and the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney invite you to the NSW Mendel Sesquicentenary Celebration

150 years on from the publication of Mendel’s work, please join us for an evening celebrating his legacy.

Featuring talks by geneticists, including:
Prof. Frank Nicholas (The University of Sydney)
Prof. Claire Wade (The University of Sydney)
Prof. Ben Oldroyd (The University of Sydney)
A/Prof. Jenny Donald (Macquarie University)

Followed by a short panel discussion taking questions from the audience. Join us afterwards for hands-on genetics activities, drinks & nibbles.

Macleay Museum,
The University of Sydney
6-8pm, Tuesday 8th March 2016

Spaces are limited- please RSVP by 26th February to

Canberra Celebrations

We would like to invite you to a public seminar on the legacy of Mendel in modern genetics, hosted by the University of Canberra’s Institute for Applied Ecology, and the Genetics Society of AustralAsia. A panel of scientists will present short talks, explaining the importance of Mendel’s ideas to modern genetic research in evolution, ecology, health and forensics. Speakers will include:

Professor Rod Peakall (ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment) - title TBC

Dr Linda Broadhurst (CSIRO National Research Collections) – title TBC

Shelley Kennedy, MS, CGC Certified Genetic Counsellor (Capital Women's Health) – title TBC

Dr Dennis McNevin (Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Maths, University of Canberra) - Mendel’s legacy: Forensic DNA profiling

Dr Janine Deakin (Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra) - Epigenetics: Defying Mendelian genetics

Talks will start at 6pm, followed by drinks, nibbles, and a display featuring some of the University of Canberra's genetics research from 7.30pm.

This is a free public event, but seating is limited. Please book to reserve your place!


Tuesday, 8 March 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (AEDT) - Add to Calendar
Ann Harding Centre, Seminar Room 2 - University Drive South. University of Canberra. Bruce, ACT 2617 AU

To RSVP please visit