XVIIIth International Congress on Sexual Plant Reproduction
August 20-24, 2004
Beijing, CHINA

This is the first announcement for the XVIIIth Congress on Sexual Plant Reproduction that will be held on August 20-24, 2004 in Beijing, China. This congress will be held under the auspices of the International Association of Sexual Plant Reproduction Research (IASPRR), and sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Chinese Association of Botany, and various other agencies.

Local Organizing Committee

International Advisory Committee

Location and travel

Beijing is over a 3,000-years old and has been the capital of China for 800 years. The earliest inhabitants of Beijing can be traced back 500,000 years. Beijing is one of the ten largest modern metropolitan areas in the world. Beijing is the political center of China and ranks second amongst China's 50 largest cities in terms of economic strength. Beijing is also the centre of science and technology and there are more than 250,000 scientific and technological personnel in more than 400 research institutes in Beijing. Peking University and Tsinghua University are the best-known universities among the 69 universities in Beijing. The Chinese Academy of Sciences is the leading research centre in China with many well-known scientists. Beijing's Capital Airport is the largest and busiest airport in China, with domestic and international air routes serving 70 cities in China and 73 foreign destinations in 39 countries. The airport is located in northeast Beijing. It takes about 40 min to travel from the airport to the city center. Beijing's West Railway Station further enhances the function of Beijing as a national transport hub. The subway is often the fastest way to travel in Beijing, but taxi is the most convenient way to get around the center city area.

Scientific Program

The provisional scientific program (4 day-program) will be composed of invited lectures (30 min), oral presentations (15 min) and poster sessions. There will be no concurrent sessions. Topics dealing with all aspects of sexual plant reproduction will be covered, including

  1. Flowering
  2. Floral Organ Development
  3. Sporophyte and Meiosis
  4. Gametophyte Development
  5. Pollen Tube Growth
  6. Self-Incompatibility and Cell-Cell Communication
  7. Environmental Stress and Reproduction
  8. Fertilization and embryogenesis
  9. Comparative Embryology
  10. Male Sterility and Apomixis

Venue and Accommodation Depending on the number of participants, the congress could be held either on the campus of Tsinghua/Peking University or at a conference center in Beijing. The price of room rentals and the cost of meals are reasonable. A banquet will be held on the evening before the Congress' Closing Ceremony. One of the evenings may feature attendance at a theater/art-show-room to experience a traditional Chinese performance.


Beijing's long history means the city has a wealth of historical tourist spots. One-day tours could be organized during the congress period, depending on the number of participants and demand.
1. The Great Wall and Ming Tombs
The Great Wall is the only man-made structure visible from the space. Its construction started about 2,500 years ago. The section of the Great Wall nearest to Beijing is situated at Badaling, and is the best preserved one. The Ming Tombs are located in a northern suburban area of Beijing, with mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty.
2. Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven
The Forbidden City is the largest palace in the world. It has more than 9,000 rooms that are of wooden structure. The Temple of Heaven is the largest example of religious architecture. Emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties offered sacrifices to heaven in this temple. If you would like to travel outside of Beijing after the congress, the organizing committee can help you to organize a 3 day-tour, for example to visit Xian Archeological Museum or visit the famous Yungang Caves and the Suspending Temple near Datong.


Beijing is characterized by a continental climate with four distinct seasons. The period between the late Aug.-Oct. is the most beautiful and comfortable season in Beijing with temperatures, in normal years, ranging from 10o C to 25o C.