On July 14 2020, the European Commission adopted a set of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality.
The next conference from the Green for Good series that started in 2011 goes hand in hand with the recent European Commission´s goal. Our mission is to bring together experts from fields of plant biotechnology, energy capture and storage, bioeconomy and circular economy who will share their newest scientific results and discuss possible solutions to global challenges lying ahead of our society in order to achieve more sustainable future.
At this year´s meeting we would like to commemorate the 200th birthday anniversary of Gregor Johann Mendel, the pioneer of plant genetics, who also studied in Olomouc. Mendel devoted his life to becoming a priest in Augustinian monastery, teaching, and mainly studying the laws of genetics with the aim to trace the transmission of hereditary characters in successive generations of hybrid progeny.
At this occasion we are planning an exhibition of paintings honoring Mendel´s work provided by Jitka Brůnová Lachman, who will present her artwork at the welcome reception. The painter Jitka Brůnová Lachmann is a graduate of the Faculty of Science at Palacký University Olomouc. In her artistic work she touches upon very topical problems of modern physics and in this she is quite original and revolutionary. You may see one of her paintings here.
The author of the painting, Jitka Brůnová Lachmann, expressed the OVERLAP of G. J. Mendel's genius idea by placing the pea above the scientist's head. His diligence, perseverance and considerable knowledge of physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, meteorology, paleontology and mathematics (statistics and combinatorics) resulted in three rules (Mendel's laws of heredity). The foundations of modern genetics are shown in the picture above the pea by photons (particles of light), which spread these conclusions to the whole world. And this light still carries the iconic information of the "father of genetics" and inspires the courage of scientific ideas for the future generations.