Grand opening of new wing @ Westerdijk Institute by Webmaster News 2017-09-12 08:37:41

Last week has been a phenomenal week for us and our institute. We hosted a symposium week, which meant a lot of symposia with many interesting topics, such as Famous Fungi, Plant Biomass Conversion of Fungi, Leading Women in Fungal Biology and more. It all culminated into the grand opening of our new wing on August 31st.
After the opening speech of our Director Pedro Crous, the Mayor of Utrecht Jan van Zanen and the President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences José van Dijck unveiled the bronze statue of Johanna Westerdijk. The board members of our academic partners, Louise Fresco of Wageningen University and Research, Karin Maex of University of Amsterdam and Bert van der Zwaan of Utrecht University planted the first three resistant Elm trees around the statue of Johanna Westerdijk. Louise Fresco had a surprise in store for us, as she donated two more elms to our institute.
Then it was time for the official opening of the new wing. This was performed by Mieke Zaanen, director of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Managing Director of our institute Mariëtte Oosterwegel. They unveiled a banner that read Fungi are the Future. We then raised a toast to the new building with a special Westerdijk-beer, titled: Schoone Geest, brewed by our own Teun Boekhout. And with that beer came a lovely Dutch song, performed by De Meisjes Met De Wijsjes with customized Westerdijk lyrics.
With this new wing we are ready for the future. Because we firmly believe that Fungi are the Future!