UBV has four honorary members and a number of former honorary members. The four current honorary members are: Prof. dr. Jan van Hooff, Prof. dr. Wim van de Grind, Prof. dr. Marinus Werger and Prof. dr. Hans Clevers. These man have done a lot for biology in general and have a special connection to the UBV.
Prof. dr. Jan van Hooff used to teach behavioural biology as a professor at Utrecht University. In his years at the UU he also worked as the dean of the department of Biology and even after his retirement he taught a biology course.
Prof. dr. Wim van de Grind is one of the founders of the Utrecht Biophysica Institute, later named the Helmholtz School of Research (Onderzoeksschool). At this institute, multidisciplinary research is done on different aspects within the behaviour of organisms.
Prof. Dr. Marinus Werger is chair holder of the research group for plantecology and biodiversity and has also studied at Utrecht University. He has traveled the whole world doing research. Down the road he has worked for project Tropenbos (Rainforest) and made more than 60 promotions possible as a promotor, both in the Netherlands as abroad.
Prof. dr. Hans Clevers has recently been named president of the KNAW, or Royal Dutch Academy for Sciences. With his ground breaking research on stem cells and colon cancer he has taken the first steps towards regenerative medicine, something where knowledge is crucial in developing new treatments for cancer. Besides his research, he is also active as a professor at Utrecht University.
All in all, the UBV is very proud on the honorary members and their influence in biology research.