My Role:

program manager


diversity, intersectorial cooperation, science education, science communication


Through various publications, events, with different partners and by unexpected alliances between various institutions and universities a coherent storyline unfolded promoting the three pillars of this wondrous year: gender diversity in science, historical perspectives on women in science and plant pathology. The closing event celebrated the many highlights and was attended by then Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science Jet Bussemaker and prof. dr. José van Dijck, first female president of the Royal Academy of the Arts and Sciences.


Celebrating 100 years of female professors in The Netherlands. Johanna Westerdijk was the first female professor in The Netherlands. The commemoration of her inaugural speech on 10 February 1917 inspired the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in close cooperation with the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, Utrecht University and another 20 partners to push the cause of (gender)diversity in the scientific community, to invite historical perspectives on women in science and to re-ignite interest for Westerdijks area of research: plant pathology.