„Looking beyond - changes and innovations in turfgrass management“


Dear Turf Friends,

with great enthusiasm, we are pleased to announce the 8th European Turf Grass Society Conference, “Looking beyond - changes and innovations in turfgrass management”, which will take place in Frankfurt City/Main from September 23rd to 25th of this year. In a new hybrid format, combining  scientific presentations, interactive  panel discussions and  field tours,  this ETS  event  represents a unique opportunity to bring together experts and enthusiasts from academia ,turfgrass industry and practitioners, allowing them to share experiences and scientific findings and discuss prospects.
There will also be a scientific poster section and a competition in different categories for presenting research results with  awards for the best posters.
Detailed information including registration, program and sponsorship packages for companies are available on:

Direct contact to the ETS office:

We are looking forward to welcome you in Frankfurt for a stimulating and fruitful experience.

Kind regards

Stefano Macolino
ETS President,  on behalf of the entire ETS board

Program 8th ETS Conference

Welcome to this Hybrid Event connecting Research & Field Day!


Individual Arrival Leonardo Royal Hotel ,Frankfurt
Hotel Check in etc.

- 15 km from Airport Frankfurt
- Near down town Frankfurt Sachsenhausen

8:30-9:00 am

Welcome / Opening
ETS President and  Frankfurt City delegate (N.N.)
Prof. Stefano Macolino, University of Padua

09:00-9:30 am

Seminar 1 Key note speaker
Looking beyond: Ecosystem and climate benefits of turf
N.N.  (delegate from a European University)

9:30-10:00 am

Seminar 2  Key note speaker
Looking beyond (under): Plant - Rhizosphere  Interactions
Dr. Stan Kostka, Dr. Mike Fidanza , Penn State University, US

10:00-10:30 am

Coffe Break - Visit Poster Show

10:30-11:30 am

Where are we going? Looking beyond!
Focus of Turf Research in Europe
Representatives of Universities, Academies, Institutes

11:30-12:30 am

Interactive Panel Discussion
How are we facing the challenges of the future?

12:30-14:00 pm

Lunch - Visit Poster Show

14:00-15:00 pm

Main Sponsors Presentations
R&D /News: Short presentations from Turf Industry
Chairman: Dr. Claudia Bertoldi, Turf Europe Institute, Italy

15:00-16:00 pm

Practitioners- Industry panel discussion
Building a Bridge -Science to Practice
Moderation: Prof. Wolfgang Prämaßing University Osnabrück, Germany and Dr. Fritz Lord, Global Turf Manager,COMPO EXPERT

16:00-16:30 am

Coffe Break - Visit Poster Show

16:30-17:30 am

Poster presentation
Short presentations of selected posters
Chairman: Prof. Carlos Guerrero, Albufeira University, Portugal

17:45-19:00 am

General Assembly
4 year period closure and new board election
Moderation: ETS President Prof.Stefano Macolino and board

20:00 am

Dinner at the Hotel and Poster Award
Short speach from ETS board to winners
Prof. Marco Schiavon, University of Florida, ETS board member

08:00 am

Departure  Bus at Hotel to Station 1
Field Day Tour with 4 excursions.
Moderation and "Tour Guide" through the day: Dr. Fritz Lord    

8:30-9:30 am

Deutsche Bank Park Arena UEFA  Football Stadium;
Experiences EM 2024;
Tour with Head Groundsman Sebastian Madl and Greenkeeping team  

09:45 am

Departure to Station 2

10:00-12:00 am

Headquarter German Football League DFB
Welcome by DFB Sports Chief; DFB Campus tour with DFB Head Groundsman Sebastian Breuing    

12:15 pm

Departure to Station 3

13:00-15:30 pm

Field Lunch &Turf Farm visit
Büchner Turf Farm; Turf production of sports turf, home lawns, landscape. Guided farm tour with Thomas Büchner;    
Looking beyond: Requirements and breeding responses - developments in turf varieties    

15:45 pm

Departure to Station 4

16:30-18:30 pm

Golf Club St. Leon Rot; Dave Thomas Course
Looking beyond: Digital Turf Stress Monitoring via satellite. Cooperative USGA project.
Guided tour Member Leading Golf Clubs of Germany and discussion with St.Leon Rot Superintendent Daniel Lüttger, Prof. Bernd Leinauer and Erik Kaiser, Karuna Technology    

19:00-21:00 pm

Dinner at the Golf Course
Social Dinner -  Networking, Exchange of the impressions of the day - Relaxe - Enjoying…    

ca. 21:30 pm

Departure to Hotel in Frankfurt
Arrival Hotel Frankfurt ca. 22:30

until 11.00 am

Individual departure
Hotel Check out till 11:00
or Participation post conference event
(Please remember to book an extra night at the hotel)


If your farm or company is a member of ETS/ETP/TPI, then all the people registered with that affiliation will pay the Member visitor's fee (including spouses and accompanying persons).

Full registration includes:

  • Access to conference
  • Access to technical tour
  • Coffee breaks
  • Buffet lunches
  • Bus transportation
  • Lunch during the technical tour
  • Conference bag (bag, notepad, pen, etc.)

For all ETS memberships, please visit:


The Hotel venues of the 2024 ETS Conference will be:

Hotel is not included in the conference fee. Please do the Hotel Leonardo Royal Frankfurt booking on your own.
To get the special price use the wording “ETS Conference 24” with your booking.

Leonardo Royal Frankfurt
Mailänder Straße 1
60598 Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Agreed room prices for the ETS Conference

  • Single Room: 125,00 €
  • Double Room: 145,00 €

Room rate is per room, per night.

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