Meet the Professor 2017

On the morning of Wednesday 29 March 2017, 145 professors from Utrecht University cycled to primary schools in Utrecht and the surrounding area.

More than 3500 pupils from all corners of society got to discover the world of science while being introduced to the university at the same time.

Meet the Professor op OBS Overvecht loc. de Gagel. Video: Kitty Beem/Weike van Koolwijk

Johanna Westerdijk

Drawing of the professor

In 2017, it was exactly one hundred years ago that Johanna Westerdijk became the first female professor in the Netherlands. Meet the Professor 2017 was therefore dominated by female professors and Johanna's research: fungi!

Years 7 and 8 of Utrecht Cathedral Choir School sang a beautiful serenade for the female professors at the opening of Meet the Professor.

Video: Niels van der Grift

Golden envelopes

Before the visit, the professor sent a clue about his or her identity to the school each month in a large gold envelope. As a result of this exciting quest, the class learned all kinds of things about science, research and the university.

Below, you can see the quest undertaken by the Parkschool.

Video: Parkschool Persbureau.