On 10 February 2017, it will be 100 years ago that 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. In 2017, the 'Westerdijk Anniversary' (Johanna Westerdijkjaar), multiple organizations will commemorate her contributions to science and women's position in science.


Het Universiteitsmuseum heeft de schimmeljurk in haar collectie opgenomen
16 February 2017 10:00 - 30 November 2017 17:00
Het SchimmelLAB wordt georganiseerd in het kader van het Westerdijkjaar. Johanna Westerdijk deed onderzoek naar plantenziektes en schimmels.
Schimmels Awesterdijkiae (bron CBS)
28 August 2017 19:00 - 21:30
Symposium Week Westerdijk Institute 2017. Free of charge and open to the public. Registration is required.
Schimmels uit de CBS collectie.
30 August 2017 09:00 - 31 August 2017 16:30
This symposium consists of sessions covering various fungal topics. The keynote speakers are leading female scientists from around the world.




29 June 2017
Artist Judith Pfaeltzer is working on a bronze bust, which will be placed in front of the Westerdijk Institute.
13 February 2017
Utrecht University will present honorary doctorates to Professor Sangeeta Bhatia and Professor Peer Bork during the Dies Natalis 2017.
Carolin Kreisbeck and Damaris Schindler
9 November 2016
Interview with two assistant professors Carolin Kreisbeck and Damaris Schindler about gender diversity and science.
Organization Johanna Westerdijkjaar

Utrecht University organizes the Johanna Westerdijk Anniversary together with a wide range of parties. Please visit their websites to read more about their activities: