International Turfgrass Society to meet at Rutgers this summer

The International Turfgrass Society (ITS) is a not-for-profit scientific organization established in 1969 to encourage research and education in turfgrass science, and to promote personal communication among the international community of turfgrass researchers by organizing international conferences to present turfgrass research and information on all phases of turfgrass production and use.

To this end, International Turfgrass Research Conferences (ITRC) are held at 4-year intervals. The hosts for past conferences have been England (1969), the United States (1973, 1993), Germany (1977), Canada (1981, 2001), France (1985), Japan (1989), Australia (1997), U.K. (2005), Chile (2009), and China (2013).

The next ITRC will be held in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA from July 16-21, 2017.  Click here for more information. Registration for 2017  ITRC is Now Open. As well Hotel Registration is Now Open.


Welcome to the website of the 13th International Turfgrass Research Conference (ITRC); your source for information about one of the most anticipated events in 2017!

The ITRC will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located in New Brunswick, NJ USA from 16-21 July, 2017; the first time the ITRC has been held in the US since 1993. The Hyatt is a state-of-the-art hotel and conference center that is centrally located in the heart of New Brunswick, blocks from the local theater district, and within easy walking distance to dozens of fine restaurants and shops. It is also in close proximity to three international airports and two blocks from the train station where ITRC participants and their accompanying family and friends can hop on a train and be in the heart of New York City within 45-50 minutes.

The theme for the 2017 ITRC will be “Meeting the Challenges of a Changing Environment.” This theme was chosen for the 2017 conference because it reflects the tremendous impact that the environment has had and continues to have on our personal and professional lives. From the changing climate, to the changing regulatory environment for pesticides and fertilizers, and the rapid technological changes in molecular biology and other aspects of turfgrass science, the environment continues to affect the way we live and conduct turfgrass research.

The Scientific Program Planning Committee is developing an outstanding program based on this conference theme that will include keynote presentations on cutting-edge topics (such as phytobiomes, climate change, and sustainable water management), a graduate student oral and poster competition, and breakout sessions focusing on major subject matter areas that will be selected next spring based on paper submissions to the conference. A special recognition is also being planned in honor of Dr. James Watson, one of the founders of ITS and a pioneer in the turfgrass industry for over 40 years. Details about the Scientific Program and the Preliminary Schedule of Events for the 13th ITRC are still being finalized, click here to Read More.

So, join us for one of the largest and most comprehensive gatherings of turfgrass professionals anywhere in the world. Learn about the latest discoveries in turfgrass pest science, breeding, physiology, management, and much, much more. Get inspired by the scientific sessions, field tours, and stimulating discussions. Share your research, meet friends, network, and see all that the New York City/New Jersey area has to offer.