Festival Launch!


14 sep, 2017 – 6:00 P.M.

3900 Spring of Freedom Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20008 Mapa

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Break out your best green for the launch of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2017 – Gregor Mendel, celebrating the founder of modern day genetics. The evening will include insights into Mendel and his peas by Director of the Mendel Museum Ondřej Dostál and lecture by Villanova University Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics Edward Guinan on Beyond Peas and Genetics - Gregor Mendel’s “Other” Sciences: Bees, Sunspots, Meteorology and Tornados on September 14, 2017, at 6 pm. The launch will also feature the opening of the exhibition Gregor Johann Mendel – Science, Beliefs, Politics.    Explore the multitude of pioneering scientific discoveries and political and civil contributions Mendel achieved as a teacher, monk, beekeeper, biologist, meteorologist, and ultimately Abbot, the ecclesiastical leader for sixteen years. In the end, was he a man of God or a man of science?       Share in a toast to a new season of the festival in Washington, DC – MORE PEAS PLEASE!             The event is part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2017-Gregor Mendel. For more information, please visit     Event details: Date: September 14, 2017, 6 pm Attire: Dress in your best “pea green” | Light refreshments inspired by Mendel RSVP required by September 13 Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic 3900 Spring of Freedom St, NW, Washington, DC 20008 Embassy policy: No bags or suitcases allowed. Only small purses permitted but will be checked at the door. No coat check available. You must pass through security for entrance. RSVP confirmation and photo ID required. Doors close at 6:15 pm. Parking: Non-metered parking is available on Spring of Freedom Street and Tilden Street. Closest Metro: The Embassy is about a 15-20 minute walk from the Van Ness Metro Station. BIOGRAPHIES: Mgr. Ondřej Dostál, Ph.D., Director of the Mendel Museum             Ondřej Dostál, through his work as a museum director in the Czech Republic, has shared the story and work of Gregor Mendel, the posthumously recognized father of modern-day genetics, around the world. As the Director of the Mendel Museum of the Masaryk University since 2007, Dostál is the author of the museum’s permanent exhibition, G.J. Mendel—The Story of a Humble Genius. He has created and collaborated on exhibitions and delivered lectures about Mendel around the world. In 2015, he was the author of the 150th anniversary celebration of Mendel’s presentations regarding the laws of inheritance, held under the auspices of the Czech Prime Minister and President of The Royal Society, the world’s oldest scientific academy. Dostál is the Chairman of the Czech Association of Museums and Galleries and a member of the Czech Geological Society and European Society for History of Science.   Edward Guinan, Ph.D., Professor of Astrophysics & Planetary Science, Villanova University Edward Guinan is a pioneer in astronomy and space science research that studies our sun, stars, and planets inside and outside our solar system, as well as the search for potential life on these planets. His recent research efforts are primarily aimed at studying the effects that X-ray and UV radiation from host stars have on their planets and to determine if these exoplanets are potentially habitable. Guinan also carries out research in astrobiology on Earth to study extremophiles (life in extreme conditions) as proxies for potential life on Venus, Mars, and Titan. Recently, he worked with a European group to study the potential habitability of the nearest Earth-size exoplanet, Proxima b and found that this temperate planet has a chance to support life. His research has been supported primarily by grants from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation. Guinan has published over 600 papers and edited four books.                Exhibition courtesy of Mendel Museum at Masaryk University in Brno

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