• ETS people
  • Pre-tour & Accompanying people

Monday 27th May - University of Padova




Agripolis Authorities – University of Padova Welcome


Dr. Marco Volterrani – Researcher at Certes, University of Pisa
Autonomous Mower Saves Energy and Improves Quality of Lawns


Dr. Gerald Henry – Associate Professor – Environmental Turfgrass Science, University of Georgia –

Site-specific Management for the Reduction of Turfgrass Inputs


Prof. Diego Gomez de Barreda Ferraz – Professor at Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
Challenges and opportunities for growing grass in the transition zone


Coffee break


Dr. Lucia Bortolini – Researcher TESAF, University of Padova
High distribution uniformity of irrigation systems to ensure turf quality and efficient use of water


Dr. Cristina Pornaro – Researcher DAFNAE, University of Padova
A new hyperspectral based system for the estimation of weeds and botanical composition of turfgrasses


Geunhwa Jung – Professor of Turfgrass Pathology and Plant Breeding & Genetics University of Massachusetts

Dollar spot management: rolling, really?


Sponsor presentations


Transfer to Agricultural Experimental Farm of the University of Padova & light lunch


Visit at the experimental plots of the University of Padova


Trasfer and visit at LandLab Company (Vicenza)


Dinner at LandLab and close of the day

Tuesday 28th May - Golf della Montecchia
English - Italian translation available
Traduzione inglese - italiano disponibile


Bus depart from the Hotel


Golf della Montecchia President Dr. Paolo Casati welcome


Dr. Michael P. Kenna – Director of Green Section  Research USGA
An outline of the US experiences on sustainable turfgrass management


Dr. Alessandro De Luca – Responsible of the Turfgrass section for the Italian Golf Federation
The experience of “Biogolf Case Study” at the Golf della Montecchia


Dr. Stefano Macolino – Professor DAFNAE, University of Padova
Study on the naturalization process of roughs


Coffee break


Dr. Simone Magni – Researcher at Certes, University of Pisa
Conversion methods from coolseasons to warmseasons grasses


Dr. Brian Og O’Flaherty – Superintendent of Golf della Montecchia
Bermudagrass Maintenance above the 45° parallel


Dr. Massimo Mocioni – Agro Innova, University of Torino
Management of the main issues observed without the use of chemicals


Light lunch


Visit at the Golf Course


Visit at the University Botanical Garden in Padova


Visit at the Pratoverde Company, close of the Field Days and final BBQ

PRE Field Days Tour: Venice - Sunday, 26th May

For those who will like to enjoy a pre Field Days tour to Venice, we would be pleased to organize it on Sunday 26th, and all attendees and accompanying persons are very welcome. Minimum number of participants required is 10 and maximum is 30 for each group.

Venice - Bacari Tour

Visit to one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world, discovering the Venetian culinary traditions.


Funny tour of Venice with a private guide, to discover the curiosities of the most beautiful and romantic city in the world. With tastings of good local wine and fish "cicchetti" in typical Venetian taverns called "bacari".

  • N. Participants: from 10 to 30
  • Starting place: Hotel Majestic, with the guide (Radisson Blu Resort Terme di Galzignano)
  • Time: 9,00-17,30
  • Ticket Train: 12,00 euro
  • Total Cost Guide for 8 hours: 900,00 €
  • Included: guide, guided tour of the most famous attractions of Venice, glass of wine
  • Not included: transfer, tastings, ferry tours on request

For info and reservations: the ETS Office will collect the requests for the tour, after April 30th you will be put in contact with the Tour Operator for payments and further details.
For any info please contact:

ACCOMPANYING persons Tour: Padova Monday, 27th May

As part of the program, we are offering an accompanying person package for partners or spouses of delegates attending the Field Days on Monday 27th. Minimum number of participants required is 10 and maximum is 28 for each group.

Classic tour in Padua with Spritz Padovano


Accompaniment of the Local Tour Leader, accompanied walk in the city, coffee in the traditional Caffè Pedrocchi or Spritz Padovano. Padua, the "città dotta" or "city of learning" of the Veneto Region, is a place famous for its hospitality, culture and entertainment. This reputation is due to the presence of one of the oldest Universities in Italy, where such illustrious persons as Galileo Galilei once taught, and home of the perfectly preserved ancient Operating Theatre. A city's point of reference is the Basilica di Sant'Antonio, which holds the remains of Saint Anthony and which is the object of pilgrimage by thousands of persons from all over the world. The Scrovegni Chapel, a true masterpiece, with its frescos by Giotto is not to be missed. Starting from the squares in the historic centre, one finds the City Hall and Palazzo della Ragione (court of law in the XIII century). A short distance away one can stop at Caffè Pedrocchi, once a meeting place for artists and authors. But it is also wonderful to "lose oneself" in the streets of the city, following an itinerary through the characteristic squares and reaching Prato della Valle one of the largest squares in all of Europe. And for those who wish to learn all the secrets of the most disparate plant species, nothing is better than a visit to the oldest University Botanical Garden in the world.


  • 10 pax: 55,00 euro a pax
  • 20 pax: 40,00 euro a pax
  • 28 pax: 35,00 euro a pax
  • Included: tourist guide, Paduan spritz or coffee, transfer
  • Start and Return: 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
  • Starting place: Hotel Majestic, with the guide (Radisson Blu Resort Terme di Galzignano)

For info and reservations: the ETS Office will collect the requests for the tour, after April 30th you will be put in contact with the Tour Operator for payments and further details.
For any info please contact: :

In fair Verona
where we lay our scene...
- William Shakespeare
I come to wive it
wealthily in Padua...
- William Shakespeare
What news
on the Rialto?...
- William Shakespeare


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  Registration deadline: 1st of April Registration after 1st of April Partecipants
European Turfgrass Society (ETS) Members 130,00€ 180,00€
Non-ETS Members 180,00€ 230,00€
Students & Greenkeepers (proof of studentship needed) 50,00€ 60,00€
Students from University of Padova 25,00€ 25,00€

You are not ETS Member? Become a member now!

Full registration includes:
Access to Field Days, access to technical tour, coffee breaks, buffet lunches, bus trasportation from and to the Radisson hotel, bus transportation and lunch during the technical tour, Field Days bag (bag, notepad, pen, etc.).

For any info concerning fees and registration contact the ETS Field Days 2019 Secretariat:

Registration are now closed, please contact or +39 339 3119637

Travel and accomodation info

Radisson Blu Resort Terme di Galzignano
Hotel Sporting

Viale delle Terme, 82
35030 Galzignano Terme (PD) - Italy
T. +39 049 9195555 -

  • Area Airports
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Area Airports

5 international airports: Venice airport is about 45 minutes away by car; Treviso airport about 45 minutes; Verona airport about 50 minutes, Bologna airport about 50 minutes.

The Resort is located in the stunning area of the Colli Euganei (Euganean Hills), at one of Europe’s most important spa sites, and is just a short distance away from Padova and Venice. It is surrounded by the luxuriant flora of a 350,000 m2 natural park.

Click HERE for the Hotel website.

Agreed room prices for the 6th ETS Field Days:

Visitors must make their own hotel reservations at: and refer to “ETS – European Turfgrass Society”

Double room, single occupancy: € 95
Double occupancy Bed & Breakfast: € 125

Rates are per room, per night and include:

  • buffet breakfast;
  • free WI-FI;
  • access to indoor and outdoor thermal pools;
  • access to the Relax zona at the Physiosal Centre with sauna, cave, whirlpool, emotional showers, fitness center with Technogym equipment;
  • car park.

The city of Padova

Padova claims to be the oldest city in northern Italy. According to a tradition which goes back at least to Virgil’s Aeneid, it was founded in 1183 BC by the Trojan prince Antenor, who is believed to have led the people of Eneti, or Veneti, from Paphlagonia (in the north of what is now Turkey) to Italy.

Padua is one of the most charming and dynamic towns in Italy. The historical centre boasts a wealth of medieval, renaissance and modern architecture; here a fascinating mix of historic and new, of centuries-old traditions and metropolitan rhythms creates a unique atmosphere.

Padova is only one of the Veneto’s seven provinces, each of which is home to beautiful natural scenery and internationally renowned works of art. Venice is 30-40 minutes away by train and so is within easy reach, making it the perfect destination for a day trip or even a special night out. Also the beautiful and charming town of Verona is very near, only 45 minutes by train.

Padova hosts over 58,000 students within a population of little more than 210,000 inhabitants: these are the numbers depicting one of the oldest university towns, where student and city life coexist in close proximity on a daily basis.

The ancient piazzas, the open air of the river banks enjoyed by joggers, an aperitif on the Piovego waterfront, not to mention an abundance of cultural, musical and sporting events… all features of a vibrant and welcoming city where visitors can spend time in places full of history, art and beauty, like the Botanical Garden where they can go free of charge. Many different languages can be heard when walking around the city streets, not least as a result of the continuous flow of international tourists.

Padova is also well-endowed with parks, green spaces and bicycle lanes (currently 162 km), allowing people to get from A to B quickly and easily, every day.

For info:


Dr Claudia de Bertoldi
ETS Secretary
European Turfgrass Society
Via dell’Ambrogiana, 5
57127 Livorno (Italy)
Tel: +39 (0) 586 801179 – email:

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