2017 Westerdijk Year

Help fund a commemorative sculpture of Johanna Westerdijk in bronze

18 May 2017

Johanna Westerdijk became the first female professor of the Netherlands in 1917. She spent fifty years as the director of the Fungal Biodiversity Centre. Under her leadership, the Centre assembled the largest fungal culture collection in the world. In honour of its first director, the Centre has changed its name to the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute.

Sculptor Judith Pfaeltzer is working on a bronze portrait bust of Johanna Westerdijk. On 31 August 2017, the sculpture will be installed in the open area in front of the Westerdijk Institute in Utrecht Science Park. Several large donations will cover two thirds of the necessary sum. We are turning to you to help us raise the rest.