Famous Fungi by Webmaster Meetings archive 2019-06-11 07:59:10
August282017Discover the beauty and the fascinating potential of fungi.
Venue: Aula Academiegebouw Domplein 29 Utrecht | 19.00 – 21.30 h |

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

The Famous Fungi Symposium focusses on 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, formerly known as the CBS-KNAW. We will reflect on her famous scientific contributions and discuss the world-changing potential of fungi. We will look back as well as project ahead in order to explore the exciting potential possibilities that will arise in the near future.

Talks will be in English.

19.00 Venue open
19.30 Talks
21.00 Final words + Drinks

Location: Aula Academiegebouw Utrecht, Domplein 29, 3512 JE, Utrecht (directions)
Chair: Mariëtte Oosterwegel, managing director Westerdijk Institute

The world-famous Dutch elm disease
Dr. Patricia Faasse, science historian and biographer of Johanna Westerdijk. Who is Johanna Westerdijk and how did her team of women researchers discover the fungi Ophiostoma ulmi, the cause of the Dutch elm disease?

The production of penicillin during the Second World War
Prof. dr. Joan W. Bennett, distinguished professor in fungal genetics and member of the American National Academy of Sciences. She will relate the story of "Dutch penicillin" and how scientists at Gist-Brocades (the current DSM) independently isolated penicillin under the radar of the Nazi's.  The strains they tested were provided by Johanna Westerdijk.

Fungi make the world go round
Dr. Kathrin Wittstein, scientist at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research. We’re only just starting to discover the enormous potential of fungi. What are the potential famous fungi of the future? How does our new innovative research lead to novel product discovery?

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