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2017 | 25.–27. Mai, Lund and Copenhagen

7th International Workshop on the History of Human Genetics
50 years of Human Genetics in Europe: discoveries, challenges and the foundation of the ESHG


50 years after the first European Human Genetics Conference we will meet again in Copenhagen for The European Human Genetics Conference 2017 and the 7th International Workshop on the History of Human Genetics, starting with a meeting of Mendel Society in Lund.

The workshop will begin on May 25 afternoon in Lund, Sweden, very close and connected by a bridge to Copenhagen. Lund has been an important centre of human genetic research since the middle of the 20th century up to the present and its Mendelian Society, founded in 1910, is probably the oldest Society for genetics in the world.

The 7th International Workshop will focus on the development of human genetics in Europe with the topics including

  • Development of medical genetics and the establishment of genetic counselling across Europe
  • Establishment of societies involved with heredity like f.e. The Mendelian Society of Lund (1910), The German Society of Genetics (1921) and The European Society of Human Genetics (1967).
  • Influence of human genetics on society

Contributions on other historical aspects of human and medical genetics will also be welcome.


The maximum length of abstracts is 250 words. Abstracts must be received by February 17, 2017. You can submit your abstract here.


The registration fee for the History Workshop is EUR 120. The dinner costs EUR 40 and the contribution towards costs for the trip to Lund amounts to EUR 40. You can register online under this link.

Scientific Contact

Dr. Heike Petermann M.A.
Institute for Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine
62, 48149 Muenster
Mail: heike.petermann@uni-muenster.de