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President’s Address

The 12th International Turfgrass Research Conference will be held from July 14th to July 19th, 2013 in Beijing. The quadrennial conference has been expected by all the turfgrass professionals and it offers a best platform to demonstrate and exchange latest research achievements as well as strengthens communication and cooperation. ITRC has won great recognition and welcome by all colleagues which has promoted the development of international turfgrass science and made contribution to the improvement of turfgrass scientific research and popularization of relevant knowledge.

Many potential attendees are concerned about the visa application. As far as we know,  attendees who are outside of Europe and the United States must have a created by Chinese Government when they apply for visa. In this case, we need the attendees’ detailed information and helped them get the visa. The information we need included Name, Gender, Date of Birth, Nationality, Passport Number, Telephone number, Fax number, Email, Affiliation, Mailing Address and CV (Resume). Therefore, the potential attendees from countries or regions out of USA and Europe, please check the visa application information from the China embassy of your own countries or regions. For attendees from USA and European countries, based on our experience, an invitation letter created by us (not by Chinese government) is enough to apply for visa. In this case, we just need the attendees’ Name, Gender, Date of Birth, Mailing address and Affiliation to create the invitation letter.

I am aware that many potential attendees are interested in the scientific program of the conference. Except the keynote presentation and oral session and poster session, we’ll also arrange a one-day professional tour for all the delegations to have a better understanding of turf science research and the development of turfgrass industry in China. So the delegations will have opportunity to visit Chinese largest turfgrass scientific research base—Beijing Clover Turfgrass Scientific Research Base, 2008 Summer Olympics main stadium—National Stadium (Bird's Nest) and Qinghe Bay Golf Club with unique style. If time permits we are going to visit one of the seven wonders in the world—The Great Wall.

For the sake of the delegations to have deeper understanding of Chinese spectacular natural scenery and unique local customs and practices, the conference committee authorized China Peace International Tourism Co., Ltd to take charge of pre and post conference tours. Tourist route and specific tour arrangement has been published on the website of ITRC2013--, welcomed to inquiry. Moreover, we will also organize some Accompany Person Programs during the conference. Some highlights include tour to Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and do some shopping. There will be some volunteers to help the accompany persons during the conference. We will try our best to make your trip successful and fruitful!

Up to date there have been three companies sponsoring our conference. We appreciate them very much. By far the organizing committee is still looking for more potential sponsors, and if funds available we are trying to offer free lunch and dinner for all the delegations.

In addition, the conference website has published specific registration information, it would be better to register before May 31st for the potential delegations. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

May the 12th International Turfgrass Research Conference a complete success and hope you all a pleasant stay in China!


Dr.  Liebao Han
ITS President