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10 February 2017 we celebrated the fact that one hundred years ago the first female professor in the Netherlands was appointed: Johanna Westerdijk. She was professor in Phytopathology and also the director of the Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures (CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre), the current Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute.

The University of Utrecht, the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, and the University of Amsterdam will celebrate this event in 2017. The series of festivities started on 10 February 2017. That day Minister Jet Bussemaker of the ministry of Education, Culture and Science opened the Westerdijk-year in the Academy building in Utrecht.

Amongst the speakers were Minister Jet Bussemaker, Prof. Dr. Pedro Crous of the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Prof. Dr. Francine Govers of Wageningen University, Prof. Dr. Sandra Ponzanesi of the Dutch Network of Female Professors and Dr. ir. Melanie Peters of the Rathenau Institute.

The talks were followed by a lively discussion involving all speakers and the audience.

Programme UU website