Sunday 1st July

6.00-8.00 pm

Registration and Poster Placement

Monday 2nd July

8.30-9.15 am

Registration and Poster Placement

9.15-9.30 am

Convener and ETS Board Welcome

9.30 am - 1.00 pm

Session 1: Sustainable Turfgrass Management
Keynote Speaker: Steve Isaac – Director Sustainability – The R&A

11.00-11.30 am


1.00-2.00 pm


2.00-6.00 pm

Session 2: Turfgrass Nutrition and Irrigation
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Micah Woods – Asian Turfgrass Center

4.00-4.30 pm


7.00-8.30 pm

Welcome Cocktail

Tuesday 3rd July

9.00 am - 1.00 pm

Session 3: Turfgrass Pests, Diseases & Weeds
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Ruth Mann – Head of Research – STRI

11.00-11.30 am


11.30 am - 1.00 pm

Session 4: Turfgrass Breeding

1.00-2.00 pm


2.00-4.00 pm

Session 5: Turfgrass Technology
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Mike Richardson – University of Arkansas

4.00-4.30 pm


4.30-6.00 pm

Session 6: Amenity & Landscape
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Tom Young – Research Manager STRI

6.30-7.30 pm

ETS General Assembly

8.30 pm

Conference Dinner

Wednesday 4th July


Technical Tour

The Technical Tour will be:

AM.  Visit to the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI).

An opportunity to see the latest research trails at STRI and meet with STRI staff

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Light Lunch at STRI


PM. Visit to Manchester City Football Club. City Football Academy.

An opportunity the see the state of the art training facilities and sports surfaces at one of the worlds biggest football clubs.(website link –



Late afternoon/evening. Visit to Campey Turfcare Systems.

An opportunity to see the wide range of specialist sportsturf equipment. (website link – Followed by a evening BBQ.

Keynote Speaker Biographies

Dr. Mike Richardson

Dr. Mike Richardson

Dr. Mike Richardson is a professor in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Arkansas, where his research has focused on cultural practices that impact cool- and warm-season turfgrass production in the transition zone. In addition, he has been actively involved with research to screen and develop new turfgrass for a wide range of turfgrass environments. Dr. Richardson has received numerous awards for his research, including being named a Fellow in both the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America.

Dr. Micah Woods

Dr. Micah Woods

Micah Woods is the chief scientist of the Asian Turfgrass Center which he established in Thailand in 2006. Prior to that, he obtained his B.Sc. in horticulture from Oregon State University, was a golf course superintendent in China and Japan, and then got a Ph.D. in horticulture at Cornell University. He is the co-developer of the MLSN soil nutrient guidelines for turfgrass. Micah is also the author of two books: A Short Grammar of Greenkeeping and of Turfgrass Science and Greenkeeping. He writes about turfgrass issues at

Steve Isaac - Director - Sustainability - The R&A

Steve Isaac - Director - Sustainability - The R&A

With an Honours Degree in Applied Biology, Steve joined STRI (Europe’s leading turfgrass research and agronomic consultancy) in 1985, before moving to The R&A in 2003. The R&A is the organiser of The Open, golf’s oldest and most international major championship.  Steve is responsible for The R&A’s advocacy of sustainability and for the formation of GreenLinks, The Open’s sustainability programme. Steve’s work has taken him to most European countries and to Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South America and the USA.

Dr. Tom Young - Research Manager - STRI

Dr. Tom Young - Research Manager - STRI

Tom arrived at STRI in 2014 with a PhD in Biological Sciences, specialising in the optimisation of green roof substrate for sustainable plant growth and specific service provision. His current role at STRI involves supervising research projects, overseeing drone flight operations, and managing STRI’s green roof substrate consultancy and substrate testing service.

DR. Ruth Mann - Head of Research - STRI

DR. Ruth Mann - Head of Research - STRI

Ruth’s science career began by studying BSc (Hons) Applied Biological Sciences at the University of Ulster before progressing to a MSc. in Crop Protection at Scottish Agricultural College. After completion of a Plant Pathology PhD at Harper Adams University College, Ruth joined the forage grass testing section of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland. Ruth's career at STRI started in 2001 when she became a turfgrass pathologist. She progressed to Head of Turfgrass Protection in 2008 and became Head of Research in 2013.


I am/we are:

  Registration deadline: 1st of May Registration after 1st of May Partecipants
ETS/ETP Members 580,00€ 680,00€
Non-ETS/ETP Members 680,00€ 780,00€
Students 190,00€ 190,00€

You are not ETS Member? Become a member now!

Full registration includes:
Access to Conference, access to technical tour, coffee breaks, buffet lunches, bus transportation and lunch during the technical tour, Conference bag (bag, notepad, pen, etc.).

For any info concerning fees and registration contact the ETS Conference 2018 Secretariat:

Travel and accomodation info

Renaissance Manchester City Hotel (book now)
Blackfriars Street
Manchester, England M3 2EQ United Kingdom
Venue of the Conference

Agreed room prices for the 6th ETS Conference:

Double single occupancy Bed & Breakfast
Sunday to Wednesday night: £119

  • Area Airports
  • Other Transportation

Manchester Airport – MAN
Airport Phone: +44 871 2710711
Hotel direction: 9.1 miles NE
Bus service, fee: 8 GBP  (one way)
Estimated taxi fare: 25 GBP  (one way)

Liverpool John Lennon Airport – LPL
Airport Phone: +44 871 5218484
Hotel direction: 32.8 miles NW
Estimated taxi fare: 60 GBP  (one way)

Leeds Bradford Airport – LBA
Airport Phone: +44 871 2882288
Hotel direction: 45.5 miles NE
Bus service, fee: 25 GBP  (one way)
Estimated taxi fare: 80 GBP  (one way)

Other Hotel Nearby:

  • The Mitre Hotel in Manchester.1-3 Cathedral Gates. Manchester. M31SW. (
  • Travel Lodge. Blackfriars Street. Manchester. M35AL. (
  • Premier Inn. North Tower Victoria Bridge Street. Manchester. M35AS (

Travel info:
Thanks to an integrated transport network Manchester is one of the most accessible cities in the UK for both national and international visitors.

There are three main stations in the city centre: Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. With direct rail services from across the country, getting here is easy. Operators include: Transpennine Express, CrossCountry Trains, Great Western Railway, Northern Rail and Virgin Trains. Train journey times from:

  • London – 2hrs 7mins
  • Edinburgh – 3hrs 15mins
  • Birmingham – 1hr 28mins

National Express and Megabus provide services from all over the country into Chorlton Street Coach Station in the heart of the city centre.

Manchester is well connected to the rest of the UK via excellent motorway links. The M60 ring road connects the city to motorways north, south east and west.

Manchester Airport
With three terminals handling over 22m passengers each year, Manchester Airport is the global gateway to the North of England, and the third largest airport in the UK. More than 60 airlines ensure Manchester is directly connected to over 200 destinations around the world including the new direct routes for 2017, San Francisco and Boston. Manchester Airport offers a whole host of facilities and services to help ensure hassle-free travel. These include tax and duty free savings, free WiFi for up to 60 minutes and Escape Lounges in all three terminals. Manchester Airport offers excellent connections to the city centre and beyond with both a regional railway station and Metrolink station onsite.


Dr Claudia de Bertoldi
ETS Secretary
European Turfgrass Society
Via Quintarello 12/A
36050 Quinto Vicentino (VI) – Italy
Tel: +39 (0) 586 169 00 97 – email:

Dr Stewart Brown
Senior Lecturer – Sportsturf Agronomy
Myerscough College
Preston, Lancashire, PR3 0RY
Tel: +44 (0) 1995 642305 – email:

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