On 10 February 1917, Johanna Westerdijk held her inaugural address at Utrecht University as the first female professor in the Netherlands. She was a Professor of Phytopathology (Plant Pathology) as well as the Director of the CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre (currently known as the Westerdijk Institute). Her research is still topical after over 100 years.
Profile Johanna Westerdijk
Johanna Westerdijk -Hans to her contemporaries- lives on in memory as an extraordinary woman. Not only because she became a Professor by Special Appointment of Plant Pathology twice.
Johanna Westerdijk was the founder of research into plant diseases and fungi at Utrecht University. This research is still topical after over 100 years.
Johanna Westerdijk's research is continued in the Future Food Hub, in which academics collaborate with external partners on the transition of the food chain for a sustainable world.