Famous Fungi by Webmaster Meetings 2017-05-19 14:19:08
August 28 2017 Symposium Week 2017

Venue: Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht and aula Academiegebouw Utrecht.
Registration is free but compulsory

Did you know that each year thousands of possibly world-changing new fungi are discovered?

The Famous Fungi Symposium presents to you fungi that became famous for their enormous impact on our lives, and fungi that may become famous in the future.

This symposium is part of the ‘Westerdijk’-year and will honour the work of the first Dutch female professor Johanna Westerdijk. She was director of the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, formally known as the CBS-KNAW. We will reflect on her famous scientific contributions and discuss the world changing potential of fungi.

Both events are free and open to the public. Registration is required


Presentation results Wereldfaam, een schimmel met je naam

17.00 – 19.00 hours - Invite only

Presenting the newly discovered fungi from the citizen science project Wereldfaam, een schimmel met je naam. Their discoverers may name 'their' fungi. Free entrance to the exhibition SchimmelLAB after the presentation.

Location: Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht, Lange Nieuwstraat 106, 3512 PN, Utrecht



Symposium Famous Fungi

19.00    Venue open
19.30    Lectures
21.00    Final words + Drinks

Fungi, villains or heroes?
Speaker to be announced. Masked by the shadow of their bad image, fungi disclose their enormous potential. Keynote in English.

The world-famous Dutch elm disease
Dr. Patricia Faasse, science historian and biographer of Joahnna Westerdijk. Her lecture is about Johanna Westerdijk and her discovery of the fungi Ophiostoma novo-ulmi, causer of the Dutch elm disease. Keynote in Dutch.

The exceptional role of Westerdijk in the production of penicillin during the Second World War
Dr. Joan Bennett
, member of the America National Academy of Sciences and distinguished professor in fungal genetics. Keynote in English.

Location: Aula Academiegebouw Utrecht
, Domplein 29, 3512 JE, Utrecht


Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht, Lange Nieuwstraat 106, 3512 PN, Utrecht

Aula Academiegebouw Utrecht, Domplein 29, 3512 JE, Utrecht