Turf Grass Congress 2023

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INTERNATIONAL TURFGRASS CONGRESS

The idea of ​​creating a congress on natural turfgrass, aimed at professionals, technicians and public and private entities which make possible the development of sports as important as football or golf, as well as a good management of green areas for leisure (parks and gardens), arises from the need of INTERACTION between the (not so different) areas that make up the green sector, due to we all face the same challenges: The management of sustainable green meadows, maintenance based on a decarbonized economy, innovation in robotics, saving water and substitutes for phytosanitary products, are issues that affect us all.

We are talking about the need for more than 500 urban and sports green infrastructure managers, 380 Greenkeepers and hundreds of Grounds Managers (only in Spain) who see how the fusion of sports and landscaping is becoming more frequent in their own facilities: Soccer Training facilities with large garden areas, resorts with soccer fields, golf clubs with urban ornamentation, cities that combine leisure and sports spaces…

PROGRAM

Provisional

  • Day 1

    Golf Tournament at Los Layos Golf, 9:30 h.
    Lunch for players

    • 14.30h Registration
    • 15.30h Welcome
    • 16.00h Seminars 1-2
    • 17.00h Seminars 3-4
    • 18.00h Coffee-Break
    • 18.30h Seminars 5-6
    • 19.30h Finger-Food
  • Day 2

    • 8.30h Shuttle to the farm
    • 9.30h Farm Day
      Turf-show
      Seminars 7-8-9-10-11
      Machinery exhibition
      Lunch
    • 14.30h Shuttle to the Palace Congress
    • 15.30h Coffee Break
    • 16.00h Seminar 12-13
    • 17.00h Seminars 14-15
    • 18.00h Coffee-Break
    • 18.30h ETP general Assambley
    • 18.30h Seminars 16-17
    • 20.30h Gala Dinner + Show
  • Day 3

    • 9.30h Coffee
    • 10.00h 18. Roundtable associations
    • 11.30h Coffee-break
    • 12.00h Seminars 19-20
    • 13.00h Lunch-Cocktail

More than 20 top international speakers

Andy Cole

Position: Director – Chief Technical Officer. iTurf Management Ltd
Categories: Speakers

Andy has been involved in the sports turf industry for over thirty years, since graduating from the University of Leeds. His career has taken him to six continents, providing consultancy and project management for sports governing bodies, municipalities, the private sector, schools and local authorities.

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA); The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA); The Confederation of African Football (CAF); The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have all utilised Andy’s skills for pitch improvements and tournament delivery at the highest level. He has also provided technical support for the Royal & Ancient Golf Club (R&A) as well as the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Andy Cole

Director – Chief Technical Officer. iTurf Management Ltd

Conference “Technology and sustainability in the stadiums of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022”

Antonio Miranda

Position: President of the Portuguese Association of Greenkeepers
Categories: Speakers

Headgreenkeeper at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort since 2011

Assistant Headgreenkeeper at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort from 2005 to 2011.

Degree in Agricultural Engineering and Post-Graduation in Management and Maintenance of Golf Courses

Antonio Miranda

President of the Portuguese Association of Greenkeepers

Associations Round-Table

Carlos Arroyal

Position: Agronomy Consultant for T.A.S (Turfgrass Agronomy Services) 
Categories: Speakers

Agronomist and Forestry Engineer, specialized in Sports Surfaces with a Master in Sport Surfaces Technology at the Cranfield University

In his professional experience, he would highlight the supervision and management of the construction, grow-in and maintenance of Education City Golf Club in Qatar and his job as superintendent in the most exclusive golf course of Morocco, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, which is made up of 3 golf courses and Academia.

During three years in Royal Golf Dar Es Salam he has been involved in the complete renovation of 9-holes and 18 holes Tee and Green complex and the hosting of high-level events such as European Tour, Ladies European Tour and Challenger Tour. Currently he is working as Agronomy Consultant for T.A.S (Turfgrass Agronomy Services) that allows me to continue to gain high level expertise on the management and preparation of top-quality golf courses all around the world.

Carlos Arroyal

Agronomy Consultant for T.A.S (Turfgrass Agronomy Services) 

Roundtable moderator

Casey Reynolds

Position: PhD. Executive Director, Turfgrass Producers International
Categories: Speakers

Dr. Casey Reynolds has been the Executive Director of TPI since May 2017. Prior to that he was an assistant professor at Texas A&M University and a research specialist at NC State University.

He is a passionate advocate for natural grass and has authored over 300 written publications and been an invited speaker at over 75 events in 5 countries.

Casey Reynolds

PhD. Executive Director, Turfgrass Producers International

Conference “Impacts of Sustainability on Consumers’ Purchasing Decisions and ITGAP certifications of sustainable varieties”

David Bataller

Position: Turf Consultant, Top Golf Services
Categories: Speakers

US-trained turf technician since 1990. GCSAA, Class A.

Golf Course Architect-Designer.

Director of Golf and Pitch & Putt.

Agronomist Director at PGA Catalunya Resort since 2003.

Consultant for many golf and football courses in Spain, France and Portugal.

CEO Top Golf Services

Specialist in problem solving through sustainable practices.

David Bataller

Turf Consultant, Top Golf Services

Presentation of paspalum at the Turf-show

David Doguet

Position: Developer of zoysias. Bladerunner Farms US
Categories: Speakers

David is the owner of Bladerunner Farms in Texas.

Bladerunner Farms is the largest private developer of zoysia grasses in the world.

Bladerunner provides their zoysia grasses to licensed growers around the globe and through these growers many of the best golf courses and sports fields are grassed with David’s (Bladerunner’s) zoysia grass products.

David Doguet

Developer of zoysias. Bladerunner Farms US

Presentation on Zoysias at Turf-show

David Serra

Position: Green Areas Manager. Servicentre
Categories: Speakers

With more than 6 years of experience as a Landscape Architect in Jávea, Golf Course Superintendent by the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State, USA) and after more than 8 years in Germany as Head Greenkeeper, David wors for the turf industry as Green Areas Manager for Servicentre in most of the Mediterranean Coast, and even reaching new projects in Portugal, France and Italy, among others.

David Serra

Green Areas Manager. Servicentre

Roundtable moderator

Donald W. Roberts

Position: Agronomic Consultant
Categories: Speakers

Managing Director, International Turfgrass Genetic Assurance Program (ITGAP)

Managing Director, Consulting Agronomist – International Division Manderley Turfgrass Products, Canada

Research and Development Director, Agronomist – Manderley Turfgrass Products, Canada

Agronomic Consultant serving professional and municipal golf courses, sport fields, commercial, industrial and government turfgrass entities in 67 countries for 30+ years.

Developed and managed 23 commercial turfgrass production farms in 16 countries within the guidelines of the International Turfgrass Genetic Assurance Program (ITGAP) and licensing of proprietary warm-season turfgrass varieties.

Developed and managed 61 golf course site nursery programs in 17 countries within the guidelines of the Golf Course Site Nursery Program for proprietary warm-season turfgrass varieties.

Research and Development Manager for Manderley Turfgrass Products, Canada.

Construction contractor for select ’94 World Cup Soccer, ’96 Olympics, MLB, and NFL sports fields.

Donald W. Roberts

Agronomic Consultant

Presentation on warm season varieties at Turf show

Dr. Deborah Cox

Position: Managing Director in Lagan Valley Scientific’s
Categories: Speakers

Deborah Cox began her career in molecular biology almost 20 years ago in Dundee, Scotland, graduating in forensic science. She completed a PhD at Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 2015 where she studied the genetics behind osmotic stress response in plants.

Following on from this, she has worked at the John Innes Centre & Queens University Belfast to focus on interactions between plants, the environment, & plant parasitic nematodes. During her time at The Agri Food & Biosciences Institute, she managed the government funded Pest & Pathogen Molecular Biology diagnostics lab for official plant health testing in Northern Ireland which used molecular biology techniques to confirm specific organisms. She is now the principal investigator & Managing Director in Lagan Valley Scientific’s Turf Clinic which aims to support the amenity industry in managing turf pests & diseases specialising in plant parasitic nematode management.

Dr. Deborah Cox

Managing Director in Lagan Valley Scientific’s

Conference “The impact of fungi and plant parasitic nematodes on amenity turf surfaces”

Dr. Kate Entwistle

Position: Founder of The Turf Disease Centre
Categories: Speakers

Kate has been working with amenity turf disease problems since 1990 and gained her PhD in 1995. In 2000, Kate established The Turf Disease Centre to provide a professional and independent disease analysis service to turf managers and others associated with managed amenity turf.  Located in the UK, The Turf Disease Centre serves an international customer base from over 30 countries.

Kate’s early qualifications were in plant pathology & microbiology, but having realised the importance of plant parasitic nematodes in amenity situations, she has also been studying them for the past 20 years.

Kate is especially interested in the combined impact of fungi and plant parasitic nematodes on turf disease development and values her collaborative relationships with research workers who share a similar turf interest.

Away from work, Kate enjoys long distance walking and has completed several challenging trails, including the 170km high route around Mt Blanc and the 435km Pennine Way route in the UK. She also helps out at her local dog training club and enjoys training with her 6 year old Rottweiler, Martha.

Dr. Kate Entwistle

Founder of The Turf Disease Centre

Conference “The impact of fungi and plant parasitic nematodes on amenity turf surfaces”

Gabino Carballo

Position: Landscape  Architect
Categories: Speakers

Gabino Carballo is a Landscape Architect, a Project Manager and an Artist working in he field of biodiversity and nature based solutions. He is a member of the AEPJP board, where he is responsible for Communication and International relations.

He is also been recently appointed to the WUP board. He is the author of several articles and publications and teaches regularly and various academics institutions. He has worked for 17 years at Barcelona’s Parks and Gardens Department where he has specialized in the naturalization of public spaces, and the design and management of sustainable drainage systems and green roofs, amongst other nature based solutions.

He is currently enrolled in an Environmental Agrobiology Master at the Universitat de Barcelona where he is researching invasive plants potential for bioenergy production.

Gabino Carballo

Landscape  Architect

Conference pending title

Javier Gutiérrez

Position: Acttua Golf Services (Partner) / Director of Agronomy
Categories: Speakers

Majored in Agronomy Engineer (Spain), Golf & Landscape Design and Management (Texas, USA) and Turfgrass Pest Management (Perdue, Indiana). In 2.001, he worked as a Golf Course Superintendent at Sotogrande until 2.006 when he started to provide agronomy consultancy services to external project with Sotogrande Golf Services in countries such as Spain, Venezuela and Italy.

Joined Francisco Arce as one of the founder of acttua Golf Services in 2,012 taking over agronomist consultancy task along with the irrigation system design. He has been involved in the development of the main project of acttua Golf Services and is currently the agronomic consultant of more than 10 golf courses.

Javier Gutiérrez

Acttua Golf Services (Partner) / Director of Agronomy

Presentation about zoysias at the turf-show

Jimena Blanco Jaschek

Position: Agronomist engineer. Head Greenkeeper of La Sella Golf
Categories: Speakers

Jimena is currently head greenkeeper at La Sella Golf. Agronomist engineer by the University of Salamanca and graduated in the program “Two years turfgrass management for golf courses” in the USA, she has an extensive experience in the maintenance of C4 turf irrigated with low quality reclaimed water and in the construction of sports surfaces.

Jimena Blanco Jaschek

Agronomist engineer. Head Greenkeeper of La Sella Golf

Presentation on Agrostis at turf-show

Kristell Santander

Position: Head of Nematology Department, Study Director at NEVAL
Categories: Speakers

Santander, K. is a reference on Nematology in Spain. 20 years experience in Research and development of pesticides and biostimulants. In 2015 NEVAL was created; NEVAL is a contract research organization (CRO) working to get results with the different testing products (Insecticides, Nematicides, Fungicides, herbicides, Fertilizers, Biostimulants) in laboratory, field and semifield conditions.

She is also Professor of trials design and nematology.

Kristell Santander

Head of Nematology Department, Study Director at NEVAL

Conference “Strategies for nematode control”

Kurtis Bowman

Position: Golf Designer
Categories: Speakers

Devotion to his craft has been Bowman’s way since he was a teenager. In college, he transferred from a liberal arts university to The Ohio State University, one of America’s outstanding turf programs. Internship at Augusta National Golf Club (ANGC), assistant superintendent at Atlanta Country Club, Bowman spent three years as a Nicklaus site coordinator, training under architects Phil Smith and Jim Lipe – who he describes as his mentor. He was involved with the Superstition Mountain project in Arizona, the King & Bear course at the World Golf Village in Florida, May River in South Carolina and at Sebonack.

Bowman left Nicklaus in 2008 and subsequently worked as a consultant for several years before founding his own company in 2016.  Now based in Texas, he has done a number of jobs close to home, including some working with PGA Tour legend Lanny Wadkins. The Hacienda Alcaidesa Links in southern Spain, opening in July 2022, is one of his most notable jobs.

Kurtis Bowman

Golf Designer

Conference “Agronomy in golf design”

Pablo Muñoz

Position: Agronomy & Consulting Director SURTEC
Categories: Speakers

Pablo Muñoz has an academic background of Agricultural Engineer and Master of Science from Cranfield University. After working some years as a golf course superintendent, he co-founded Surtec Golf Agronomy with the turfgrass agronomist Luis Cornejo. Pablo manages the area of Agronomy consultancy where he and his team provide agronomy services to more than 12 golf courses in Spain.

Pablo is also a leading authority in golf course irrigation. As a Certified Golf Course Irrigation Auditor and Designer, Pablo has led more than 30 irrigation design projects and audited more than 50 golf courses across Europe.

Surtec Golf Agronomy works also as a technical partner for golf course architects and golf clubs, providing engineering & project management services, as well as construction monitoring services.

Pablo Muñoz

Agronomy & Consulting Director SURTEC

Presentation about Agrostis at the Turf-show

Sylvain Duval

Position: Director of Agronomy at Turfgrass Agronomy & Services
Categories: Speakers

Sylvain Duval is a former Golf Course Superintendent that has worked in France, England, Italy and Spain. Extensive experience in Turfgrass Agronomy, project development and management at the highest level of quality.

Co-founder of Turfgrass Agronomy & Services with Alejandro Reyes, we also provide irrigation design & audit services and we are surrounded by a team of 10 experts and specialist to cover all aspects of the business and provide a full range of services. We currently have 80 clients in 25 different countries.

Sylvain Duval

Director of Agronomy at Turfgrass Agronomy & Services

Conference “USGA Greens method of construction. Full review and explanation including historical information”

Vicente Alpuente

Position: Director of Facilities and Maintenance, Grounds Manager Villarreal C.F. S.A.D.
Categories: Speakers

Groundsman 2022 Spain Award (AEdG), Grounds Manager Villarreal CF (2006-2023), Sports Facilities and Maintenance Manager, Head Groundsman, El Puig Valencia (1992-2006).

Expert in Natural and Artificial Sports Turf Management (2008). University of Castilla La Mancha, Toledo.

Soccer Sports Technician – National Soccer Coach Level 3 (2005). Ministry of Education and Science, Madrid.

Technical Specialist General Administration. El Grao Educational Center, Valencia (1986).

Vicente Alpuente

Director of Facilities and Maintenance, Grounds Manager Villarreal C.F. S.A.D.

Conference “Sustainability in the construction and maintenance of sports Grass. Villarreal C.F.”

VENUE: TOLEDO

Discover one of the most beautiful cities in Spain.

Capital of Spain for centuries, the history of Toledo is one of the most extensive and interesting in the country, the city offers a wide cultural and gastronomic offer.

Location for seminars:

EL GRECO PALACE CONGRESS. TOLEDO

Address: P.º Miradero, s/n, 45003 Toledo

Location for Turf & Machinery Expo:

Finca El Bercial de San Rafael. Alcolea de Tajo-Toledo

Address: Ctra/CM 4101, Km 25.9, 45571 Alcolea de Tajo

Sponsors

GALA DINNER at Puy du Fou: 3.500€
(max. 2 companies)

Gala dinner includes one of the most amazing historical shows “El ultimo Cantar” AWAR BEST SHOW IN THE WORLD at Puy du Fou.

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Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhH5GBu-WD0

It includes:

Short presentation
Menu customized
Promotional material provided by the sponsor
Logo at SPONSOR at Congress Material online and offline

GOLF TOURNAMENT in Los Layos Golf  + lunch for players: 3.500€
(max. 2 companies)

It includes:

Short presentation
Menu customized
Promotional material provided by the sponsor
Logo at SPONSOR at Congress Material online and offline

CONTACT US FOR SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS

ACCOMODATION

Please remember that April is high season for hotels in Toledo.
We recommend that you book your hotel before January 30, 2023.

Hotel AC Ciudad de Toledo 4*

Single room including breakfast: 99€ (VAT Incl.)
Double room including breakfast: 110€ (VAT Incl.)
Special price for congress attendees with promotional code “TURFGRASS CONGRESS”
Reservations here: reception.ciudaddetoledo@acmarriott.com
This hotel is 3km from the Palace Congress. Please remember to indicate in your reservation if you will need shuttle service.

Hotel Pintor el Greco 4*

Special price for congress attendees with promotional code “CESPEDNAT2023”
Reservations here: www.hotelpintorelgreco.com 

Hotel Cigarral El Bosque 5*

Single room including breakfast: 93.50€ (VAT Incl.)
Double room including breakfast: 100€ (VAT Incl.)
Special price until 19/02/23 for congress attendees with promotional code “CESPEDNATURAL”
Reservations here:
reservas@hotelcigarralelbosque.com
This hotel is 1.5km from the Palace Congress. Please remember to indicate in your reservation if you will need shuttle service.

Posada La Sillería 4*

Single room including breakfast: 112€ (VAT Incl.)
Double room including breakfast: 134€ (VAT Incl.)
Special price until 07/02/2023 for congress attendees with promotional code “TURFGRASS CONGRESS”
Reservations here: reservas@hotelposadasilleria.es

Hotel Beatriz 4*

Single room including breakfast: 98€ (VAT Incl.)
Double room including breakfast: 108€ (VAT Incl.)
Special price for congress attendees with promotional code “TURFGRASS CONGRESS”
Reservations here: beatriztoledo@beatrizhoteles.com
This hotel is 3.9km from the Palace Congress. Please remember to indicate in your reservation if you will need shuttle service.

Eurostar Toledo 4*

Single room including breakfast: 120€ (VAT Incl.)
Double room including breakfast: 130€ (VAT Incl.)
Special price for congress attendees with promotional code “TURFGRASS CONGRESS”
Reservations here: reservas@eurostarstoledo.com
This hotel is 1.8km from the Palace Congress. Please remember to indicate in your reservation if you will need shuttle service.

Hotel Abad Toledo 3*

Single room including breakfast: 79.11€ (VAT Incl.)
Double room including breakfast: 87.12€ (VAT Incl.)
Special price until 18/02/2023 for congress attendees with promotional code “TURFGRASS CONGRESS”
Reservations here: reservas@hotelabad.com

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