VIII Congress of the Vavilov Society of Genetics and Breeders Dedicated to the 300th anniversary of Russian Science and Higher Education

June 14 - 19, 2024

In 2024, The VIII Congress of Vavilov Society of Geneticists and Breeders gathers its participants in one of the oldest centers of Russian genetics and breeding, with which the life and scientific path of Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov is linked, in Saratov


The VIII Congress of Vavilov Society of Geneticists and Breeders will take place in the Saratov State University

Address: 410012, Saratov, Astrakhan str., 83

The campus of the University is located in the very center of Saratov. Along with modern buildings, it includes historical buildings — monuments of federal significance, erected in the early 20th century according to the project of one of the best architects of his time, Karl Mufke. When creating the university complex, he was inspired by the best traditions of Russian neoclassicism. In 2000, the tenth administrative building was added to the campus, which successfully fit into the architectural ensemble of the university campus. It houses an assembly hall with 600 seats equipped with modern audio and video equipment, a hall of the Academic Council and an auditorium with 100 seats, where the main events of the congress are planned to be held. Breakout sessions will also be held in lecture halls of other buildings, including the Large Physical Auditorium of the III building, where in 1920 N.I.Vavilov first presented to the scientific community the «Law of Homological series in hereditary variability».

There are several hotels with different price offers, theaters, museums, restaurants and cafes within walking distance from the university campus.

The distance from the central square of the city — Theater Square is 3 km. The distance from the railway station is 1.2 km, from Saratov Gagarin International Airport is 22 km.

The cheapest way to get from Gagarin Airport to building No. 10 of the SSU is the city bus No. 101E at the price of RUB 80. The journey will take 1 hour and 20 minutes. The bus stop is located opposite the main entrance to the airport building. The bus departs every hour from 8.30 am to 22.30 pm. From the final stop «Bus Station. Saratov» you should walk to the Railway Station via an underground passage. From the Station square to the SSU, you can take trolleybus No. 1, 9, bus No. 247 to the stop «Astrakhan Street».

The fastest and cheapest way to get to the SSU is to travel by commuter train at the price of RUB 95. The journey will take 48 minutes. The train stop is located opposite the main entrance to the airport building. The train departs every three times a day. The schedule can be viewed on the website Get off at the terminal station «Railway station. Saratov-1» and transfer to trolleybus No. 9, 15 and minibus No. 79 to get off at the stop «Astrakhan Street».

The most comfortable way to get from Gagarin Airport to SSU is by taxi at a price of 1100-1400 rubles, the trip will take 55 minutes.

Trolleybus No. 9, 15 and minibus No. 79 to the stop «Astrakhan Street».
By taxi at a price of 100-150 rubles, the journey will take 10 minutes.

One of the oldest centers of Russian genetics and breeding

Saratov is one of the oldest centers of Russian genetics and breeding, with which the life and scientific path of Nikolai Ivanovich Vavilov is inextricably linked. Here, in 1920, a young professor of the Agricultural Faculty of Saratov State University formulated, justified and for the first time presented to the world the law of homological series of hereditary variability, and here, by a tragic coincidence, his bright but short life ended in 1943. Outstanding domestic breeders A.I. Stebut, G.K. Meister, N.V. Tsitsin, A.P. Shekhurdin, E.N. Plachek, V.N. Mamontova  worked in Saratov and created unique varieties and hybrids of wheat, rye, millet, sunflower, including the spring soft wheat variety Saratovskaya 29, is an absolute world record holder, whose cultivation area exceeds 22 million hectares. Saratov province is the birthplace of S.G. Navashin, an outstanding biologist who discovered double fertilization in angiosperms and laid the foundations of karyosystematics.

Currently, several large research centers working in the field of genetics and breeding are actively operating in Saratov: Federal Agrarian Scientific Center of the South-East, Institute of Biochemistry and Physiology of Plants and Microorganisms, Russian Anti-plague Institute «Microbe» of Rospotrebnadzor, Russian Research and Design Technology Institute of Sorghum and Corn «Rossorgo», Saratov State University, Saratov State Vavilov Agrarian University.

Saratov is a historical, cultural and industrial center of the Lower Volga region with a rich 400–year history. It stands at the crossroads of times and cultures, at the place where at the end of the XIV century. Tamerlane destroyed Ukek, one of the largest cities of the Golden Horde. From the end of the XVIII century to the middle of the XX century. Saratov was the capital of the German colonists of the Volga region and still retains in its architecture a combination of Russian old merchant and German styles. Saratov was the first in Russia to open a publicly accessible art gallery (now the A.N. Art Museum Radishchev, 1885), a stationary circus (Saratov State Circus named after the Nikitin Brothers, 1873) and a children’s theater (TYUZ named after Yu.P. Kiselyov, 1918). Currently, 11 theaters, 20 museums, a conservatory and a philharmonic hall operate in Saratov. There are many memorable places in the city associated with the first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin. Here, as a student at an Industrial College, he first sat at the controls of an airplane, and his first space flight ended here on Saratov land.

One of the attractions of Saratov, located on the right bank of the Volga, are the bridges with a length of 3 and 12.7 km, which are among the longest bridges in Europe.

Today Saratov is a modern student city with about two dozen institutes and universities, where more than one hundred thousand students study.

We are waiting for you at the International Congress «VIII Congress of the Vavilov Society of Geneticists and Breeders and associated symposiums» in one of the beautifulest regions of Russia!

You would enjoy not only communication with colleagues, but also staying in Saratov, enjoying the beauty of the Russian Volga region in the summer!