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.


Sierraad van Zita Jansen.
13 May 2017 11:00 - 6 June 2017 17:00
25 gold and silver smiths from Utrecht show their new work (inspired by Johanna Westerdijk's work and life) in the Oude Hortus of Utrecht University Museum.
8 June 2017 17:00 - 18:30
Join the Westerdijk pub quiz on Thursday 8 June in De Vagant.
Schimmels uit de CBS collectie.
31 August 2017 14:00 - 17:30
On 31 Augustus the new building of the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Centre (before: CBS-KNAW) in Utrecht will be officially opened.


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: