Conferences, press & popularisation



History of Science and Humanities PhD Conference 2019, 14 and 15 February, 2019. Rolduc Abbey, Kerkrade. Presentation title: The animals of the field versus the creatures of the sea. Species organisation in in ichthyology and other zoological fields in the sixteenth century.

Lucas conference

LUCAS 2019 Graduate Conference – Animals: Theory, Practice, RepresentationLeiden (the Netherlands) 4-5 April 2019 (organising committee).


Animaux aquatiques et monstres des mers septentrionales Imaginer, connaître, exploiter, de l’Antiquité à 1600,  Cerisy-la-Salle (France), 31 May-3 June 2017. Presentation title: Lungs, kidneys and testicles. Conrad Gessner’s (1516-1565) discussion of fabulous sea-creatures as a distinct taxonomical group.


International Congress Conrad Gessner (1516-1565), University of Zurich, Switzerland, 6 to 9 June 2016. Presentation title: Crossroads in taxonomy. Gessner’s discussion of “Felchen” International Congress Conrad Gessner (1516–1565)

emblems and the natural world

Emblems and the Natural World conference, Münster (Germany), December 17 – 18, 2015. Presentation title: Ichthyology and emblematics in Gessner’s Historia Piscium and Camerarius’ Symbolorum et emblematum. Emblems and the Natural World

art and science

Art and Science Conference, Amsterdam, 17-18 September 2015. Poster presentation: Tradition and innovation: Conrad Gessner and 16th-Century ichthyology.



Press & Popularisation:

July 02 2019: “Monstrosities from the sea. Whales, sea-monsters, taxonomy and the role of morphology in Conrad Gessner’s (1516-1565) ichthyological work” Lecture at: Forschungskolloquium des Seminars für lateinische Philologie des Mittelalters und der Neuzeit, WWU Münster.

September 2018: Reproduction of a “jenny haniver” described by Conrad Gessner (1558), donated to the collection of the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre.

September 21 2018: Interview in Leidsch Dagblad, 400 jaar fascinatie voor vis. 

September 20 2018: Talk (in Dutch) at the opening the the exhibition Fish & Fiction, Een Draak van een Vis. 

August 2018: “Een draak van een vis’, short movie in which my colleague Robbert Stiekwold and myself follow instructions from Conrad Gessner’s 1558 Historia Piscium to make a dragon out of a stingray.  

September 20 2018 -January 13 2019: Fish & Fiction exhibition, Leiden University.

December 2016: Interview in Mare,  Eeuwenoude boeken in de collegezaal

November 2015: Talk (in Dutch) for the Week van het Oude Boek (week of the antiquarian book). Leiden University Library, Fantastische roggen, smakelijke haring en vreemde beesten (fantastic rays, tasty herring and strange creatures)

November 11 2015: Interview in Leidsch Dagblad (in Dutch):De oorsprong van het onderzoek naar vissen