The KNVM invites once every three to five years an internationally renowned microbiologist to present the Kluyver lecture at the KNVM/NVMM Scientific Spring Meeting. The Kluyver Lecture was initiated in 1957 and is in commemoration of Albert-Jan Kluyver. He was professor in General and Applied Microbiology at the Delft University of Technology from 1921 to 1956. He stated that taxonomy of microorganisms should be based on morphology and metabolism. Moreover, he launched the concept of unity in biochemistry. The jury consists of memebrs of the KNVM executive committee.
- 2008 Jeff Errington
"A reproducible system for generating wall-less (L-form) bacteria: implications for the evolution of cell proliferation"
Newcastle University (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK)
- 2001 Rita Colwell
"Era of revolutions"
University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland, USA)
- 1995 Rudolf Thauer
"Biodiversity and unity in biochemistry"
Max Planck Institut für Terrestrische Mikrobiologie (Marburg, Germany)
- 1991 Ad Stouthamer
"Metabolic pathways in Paracoccus denitrificans and closely related bacteria in relation to the phylogeny of prokaryotes"
Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam, NL)
- 1988 Norbert Pfennig (overleden)
"Metabolic diversity among dissimilatory sulphate reducing bacteria"
University of Konstanz (Konstanz, Germany)
- 1985 Hans Veldkamp (overleden)
"Microbial interactions in nature and in the laboratory"
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Groningen, NL)
- 1981 Patricia Clarke
"The metabolic versatility of pseudomonads"
University College London (London, UK)
- 1978 Ralph Wolfe
"Methanogens, a surprising microbial group"
University of Illinois (Urbana, Illinois, USA)
- 1975 Hans Schlegel
"The physiology of the hydrogen bacteria"
Georg-August-University (Göttingen, Germany)
- 1972 Helge Larsen
"The halobacteria's confusion to biology"
University of Trondheim (Trondheim, Norway)
- 1967 J. Oliver Lampen
"External enzymes of yeast: their nature and formation"
Rutgers University (Piscataway, New Jersey, USA)
- 1962 John Foster
"Hydrocarbons as substrates for micro-organisms"
University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia, USA)
- 1957 André Lwoff (overleden)
"The problem of bacterial growth at the molecular level"
Institut Pasteur (Paris, France)