Contributing to virology research through the Rob Goldbach Fund

The goal of the Rob Goldbach Fund is to support and promote Wageningen virology and to contribute to the prevention or control virus diseases in plants and animals.

The impact of your gift

Wageningen University & Research is the birthplace of Virology having offered this discipline over the past 125 years. Many students, PhD students, (guest) staff and national and international visitors have contributed to the fame of the ‘Wageningen Virology’.

Your donation makes it possible for the fund to support researchers, students and (guest) staff financially when undertaking a field trip, visiting an exhibition or conference or in conducting specific scientific research- and education activities for the Virology Chair Group of Wageningen University.

Furthermore, your donation to the fund allows the chair group to organise seminars about this topic. The biennial Rob Goldbach Memorial Lecture is an example of this. 


Picture; Resource 15 juni 2014

Savanne Holster, MSc Biotechnology, did a six months internship at the Chinese University of Hong Kong thanks to the support of The Rob Goldbach fund. You can read about her experiences in the article: ‘The world doesn’t need to be any bigger than Hong Kong’

Why the Rob Goldbach Fund?


Prof. Rob Goldbach was a figure head of Dutch virology and also meant a lot to Wageningen virology. He was professor Virology at Wageningen University & Research from 1986 until his death in 2009. He was very involved with the students and PhD students and always stimulated them to make a fundamental contribution in solving virology problems in an international setting.

The fund was established by his wife Evelien Goldbach in 2010: “Rob was in the middle of his career when he died. Honouring his enthusiasm led me to establish this fund in his memory.”


The Rob Goldbach Fund Board of Trustees is comprised of:

  • Prof. Dr. Just M. Vlak
    Laboratory of Virology, Wageningen University & Research
  • Drs. Onno Goldbach
  • Jan W.M. van Lent
    Laboratory of Virology, Wageningen University & Research

Rob Goldbach Virology Lecture 2018

The fourth Rob Goldbach Virology Lecture is held on Thursday 8 November 2018 in Wageningen by Professor Dr Michael R. Strand of the University of Georgia, Athens, USA.

Title of the lecture: Evolution, function and endogenization: Lessons learned from virus associations with parasitic insects

Rob Goldbach Virology Lecture 2016

Rob Goldbach Virology Lecture 2014

The Rob Goldbach Virology Lecture took place on 5 November 2014. It is one of the activities of the Rob Goldbach Fund. The reading was entitled: 'Plant virus Ecology and Evolution: Pathogens and mutualists'.The reading was held by Prof. Marilyn Roossinck, Professor of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology and Biology at Penn State.

You will find more information on the lecurte on this webpage soon.

You can download the presentation.