The 5th International Medicinal Mushroom Conference
The 5th International Medicinal Mushroom Conference 5-8 September 2009 Nantong, China
The international movement for the medicinal mushroom industry marked an important milestone when Begell House Publisher (USA) launched the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms (IJMM) in 1999. Solomon P. Wasser is the current Editor-in-Chief of the IJMM. The inaugural International Medicinal Mushroom Conference (IMMC) was held in Kiev, Ukraine, in 2001. Afterwards, it was agreed to hold an international conference of medicinal mushrooms every two years. The IMMC2 was held in Pattaya, Thailand, in 2003; IMMC3 was held in Port Townsend, USA, in 2005, and the IMMC4 was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2007. We look forward to the next IMMC5 in Nantong, China, in 2009.
The city of Nantong, situated in the central section of China¡¯s Coastline and on the northern flank of the developed Yangze River Delta, is the only city of Jiangsu province facing the Yangze River and the Yellow Sea.
Nantong has a prosperous economy, outstanding regional conditions, profound culture, and prospective future development. Nantong is known as the Home of Longevity and is one of the three places where Chinese people enjoy the longest lifespan. Known for its healthy, scenic, comfortable, and harmonious environment, this beautiful spot along the river has won a provincial award for high-quality living.
Organized by Mycological Society of China
China Chamber of Commerce of Import and Export of Foodstuffs Native Produce and Animal By-Products(CFNA)
Nantong Municipal People's Government
Co-organized by Nantong Economic & Technological Development Area Administration Committee
Jiangsu Alphay Bio-Technology Co., Ltd.
Jiangsu Institute of Microbiology Co., Ltd.
Associated Co-Organizer Mushroom Branch of The Chinese Agricultural Society (Mbcas)
Engineering Research Center of Edible and Medicinal Mushroom,Ministry of Education
Engeneering Research Center For Mushroom Industry,CAAS
Edible Fungi Association of Jiangsu Province
Jiangsu Jiangnan Mushroom Co., Ltd.
Sponosor Jiangsu Alphay Bio-Technology Co., Ltd.
Dr Myko San¨CHealth From Mushrooms Limited
The International Society for Mushroom Science (ISMS)
Local Organising Committee Honorary Chairman: Prof. S.T. Chang
Chairman: Prof. Yu Li
Vice Chairman: Dr. Jianguo Huo, Mr. Yimin Luo
Members: Mr. Dawei Ding, Mr. Shengjun Yang, Prof. Jiangchun Wei, Prof. Gengtao Liu, Mr. Hui Chen, Prof. Xingzhong Liu
Treasurer: Mr. Hui Chen
Secretary: Mr. Ziqiang Liu
Vice-Secretary: Prof. Ping Zhu, Prof. Huaan Wen
Scientific Committee Prof. S.T. Chang (Australia/China) Prof. S.P. Wasser (Israel/Ukraine)
Prof. Yu Li (China)
Prof. Naohito Ohno (Japan)
Prof. Shiuan Chen (USA)
Prof. Dr. Marin Berovic (Slovenia) Prof. Dr. Franc Pohleven (Slovenia)
Prof. Ha Won KIM (Korea)
Dr. Omon S. Isikhuemhen (USA) Paul Stamets (USA) Prof. Burtan Yang (Canada)
Prof. Keto E. Mshigeni (Tanzania)
Prof. Dr. H. Peter Molitoris (Germany)
Prof. H. Kawagishi (Japan)
Dr. Gaston Guzman (Mexico)
Dr. Angela Amazonas (Brazil)
Dr. Nestor R. Curvetto (Argentina)
Ms. Carmenza Jaramillo (Colombia)
Dr. Dhar Behari Lal (India)
Prof. Dr. Ajit Varma (India)
Dr. Ayman Samy Daba (Egypt)
Dr. Ivan V. Zmitrovich (Russia)
Dr. Valentina Babitskaya (Belarus)
Prof. Chii-Hyun Song (Korea)
Prof. Peter Cheung (Hong Kong, China)
Prof. Rueyshyang Hseu (Taiwan, China)
Prof. Chinghua Su (Taiwan, China)
Prof. Gengtao Liu (China)
Prof. Zhibing Lin (China)
Prof. Yijian Yao (China)
Prof. Dr. Hua Fan (Germany)
Prof. Hexiang Wang (China)
Prof. Zhuliang Yang (China)
Prof. Dr. Xiaotong Yang (China)
Dr. Jinsong Zhang (China)
Prof. S.P. Wasser (Israel/Ukraine)
Prof. Yu Li(China)
Dr. J.A. Buswell(China)
Dr. Mingjie Chen(China)
Prof. Dr. Xiaotong Yang(China)
Prof. Junfang Lin (China)
Letters of Invitation The Conference Secretariat will, on request, provide participants with a formal Letter of Invitation. However, such letters are issued only to assist participants to obtain funding and/or a visa to attend the meeting and are not a commitment on the part of the Organizers to provide financial support.
20:30-21:30 Theatrical Performance 20:00-21:30 River Hao He Cruise
Part I 20:00-22:00 River Hao He Cruise
Conference Venue The 5th International Medicinal mushroom Conference will take place at Alphay International Mushroom Training School and Alphay International Conference Center Tower A, a multi--functional conference center offering a selection of fascinating modern business facilities within the Chinese traditional culture. It is located in Nantong Economic & Technological Development Zone with good connections to the airport, local transportation, downtown entertainment and shopping centers.
Being the centre for academic exchanges in medicinal and edible industry around the world, we provide superb listened conference space, meeting, seminars, training, coffee lounge, restaurant and receptions for effective events. Our range of facilities include a large conference hall which admits 1, 000 persons, a brand new 250 -seat conference space, 5 brand new boardrooms for reception and a large function/dining room.
Scientific Programme The scientific programme will include all aspects of medicinal mushroom biology and mushroom products and will consist of six symposia and three satellite symposia. Symposia sessions will include Plenary Lectures of 30 minutes duration, followed by selected Oral Presentations related to the symposium topic. A poster session will also include presentations related to the different symposia.
Keynote Speech 1 Chairman: Prof. Yu Li(China), Prof. Keto E. Mshigeni (Tanzania)
2.Prof. S.P. Wasser(Israel/Ukraine): Medicinal Mushroom Science: History, Current Status, Future Trends, and Unsolved Problems.
Keynote Speech 2 Chairman: Prof. S.P. Wasser (Israel/Ukraine), Prof. Zhibing Lin (China)
3. Prof. Yongsheng Che (China): Hypothesis-Driven Discovery of Bioactive Metabolites Based on the Living Strategy of Fungi - a Case Study on Cordyceps-Colonizing Fungi.
4. Prof. Ping Zhu(China): The Present Status and Prospect of The Medicinal Fungal Research and Development in China.
Symposia Sessions-Plenary Lectures Taxonomy, ecology, and germplasm depositories Co-convener: Dr. Gaston Guzman (Mexico), Prof. Zhuliang Yang(China)
Prof.P.S.Negi (India): Biodiversity of cordyceps in the himalayan hills of Uttarakhand, India
Prof.S.H.Wu (Taiwan, China): Taxonomic studies of two important medicinal polypore fungi (Ganoderma multipileum and Taiwanofungus camphoratus) from Taiwan.
Prof. Zhu L. Yang (China): Diversity of species with robust fruitbodies of the family Physalacriaceae (Agaricales) in China
Dr. Gaston Guzman (Mexico) (To be confirmed)
Nutritional attributes and medicinal effects Co-convener: Prof. Vikineswary Saboratnam (Malaysia), Dr. Jinsong Zhang (China)
Prof.Jamal Mahajna (Israel): Modulation of inos expression by medicinal mushrooms: anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer potentials.
Prof. H. Kawagishia (Japan): Anti-dementia effects of a low polarity fraction extracted from Hericium erinaceum.
Prof. Changtian Li (China): Effect of high intensity pulsed electric fields on anticoagulant activity of Auricularia auricula.
Physiology, biochemistry, and genetics. Co-convener: Prof.Peter Cheung (Hong Kong,China), Prof. Junfang Lin (China)
Prof.Peter C.K. Cheung (Hong Kong, China): Immunomodulation of human innate immune cells by mushroom sclerotial polysaccharides is mediated by cell surface ¦Â-glucan receptors.
Prof. Hexiang Wang (China): Mushroom Lectins and their Biological Activities.
Cultivation techniques and fermentation processes used in medicinal mushroom production Co-convener: Prof. Qi Tan (China), Prof. Yinfang Zhang (China)
Dr. Dhar Behari Lal (India): Medicinal mushroom products in India, present status and future trading.
Jingsong Zhang (China): Establishment and application of triterpene fingerprinting of Ganoderma cultured in China.
Dr. R.D. Rai (India): Mushrooms as folklore medicine and food supplement in India
Medicinal mushrooms in folklore, and their coincidental use and differing roles in modern-day Chinese and Western medicine Co-convener: Prof. S.T. Chang (Australia/China), Prof.Dr.Xiaotong Yang (China)
Prof. Keto E. Mshigeni (Tanzania): Medicinal Mushrooms in Folklore in Africa, and Their Coincidental Roles in Modern Medicine.
Dr. R.D. Rai (India): Status and prospects of medicinal mushrooms in India
Prof. Leo van Griensven (Netherlands): Mushrooms, must action be taken ?
A. N. Other (To be confirmed)
6. Satellite symposia:
A. Ganoderma spp.: perspectives and challenges
Co-convener: Prof. Hua an Wen (China), Prof. Rueyshyang Hseu (Taiwan, China), Prof. Peter Cheung (Hong Kong, China), Prof. Hexiang Wang (China)
Prof.Zhibing Lin (China): Clinical research of Lingzhi (Ganoderm lucidum) in China
Prof.Dr. Hua Fan (Germany):Increase in both humoral and cellular immune activity of tumour-bearing mice and inhibition of tumour growth by GLIS, a bioactive proteoglycan from Ganoderma lucidum.
Prof.Dr.Marin Berovic (Slovenia):Submerged and solid state cultivation of antitumor extra and intracellular fungal polysaccharides of Ganoderma lucidum and Grifola frondosa.
Prof. Rueyshyang Hseu (Taiwan, China) (To be confirmed)
B.Cordyceps spp.: perspectives and challenges
Co-convener: Dr. John Holliday (USA), Prof. Yijian Yao (China)
Prof. Yijian Yao (China) : Current research on Ophiocordyceps sinensis
Dr. John Holliday (USA): Isolation of anamorph cultures from Ophiocordyceps spp. and other entamopathic fungi
Prof.Dr.Xiaotong Yang(China) (To be confirmed).
C. Medicinal mushrooms: HIV/AIDS AND CANCERS.
Co-convener: Prof. Keto E. Mshigeni (Tanzania), Prof. Shiuan Chen (USA)
Prof. Keto E. Mshigeni (Tanzania): Mushrooms and human health: the potential and the promise of medicinal mushrooms in Africa
Prof. Shiuan Chen (USA): Anti-cancer activities of Agaricus Bisporus.
Mtango D (Tanzania): Randomized controlled clinical trial treatment of HIV/AIDS with Ganoderma lucidum mushrooms.
Prof.Sylvester Kajuna (Tanzania):The General Importance of the Beta-Glucan Receptor as the Basis for Immunologic Bioactivity of Ganoderma lucidum Polysaccharides.
Dr. Daniel Mtango (Tanzania):Randomized controlled clinical trial treatment of HIV/AIDS with Ganoderma lucidum mushrooms.
Dr. Waza Kaunda (Zambia) (To be confirmed).
Call for papers Abstract
We would be pleased to receive contributions from interested authors that follow the conference topics. Abstracts should focus on current issues relevant to scientific progress and/or to industry, and should have scientific and/or technical content.
Abstracts should clearly define the objectives of the presentation, topics covered, key conclusions reached, and potential benefits for scientific developments and for industry. At least 500 words are required for Abstracts.
The abstracts will be accumulated into a Book of Abstracts, which will be printed and distributed to the participants at the meeting. Additionally, an electronic version of the Abstract Book will be available at the symposium web page.
The electronic version must be prepared in Microsoft Word for Windows Format and in the required IMMC5 2009 Abstract Form (download from www.immc5.com). It should be sent as an attached file by E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org before 30 June 2009.
Some excellent papers of IMMC5 will be published in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushsooms(IJMM). Please send the full paper according to paper format of IJMM before 31 July if the IMMC5 Secretariat informs you of your abstract acceptance.
If you wish to give an oral or poster, please complete PRESENTATION FORM (download from the www.immc5.com) and also send it by E-mail to Immc5@hotmail.com
Oral: Each oral presentation will be allocated 15 minutes including 5 minutes of questions and answers
Poster: Posters should include title, authors and relevant institutions, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion, and main references. The poster size should not exceed 80¡Á110 cm (width¡Áheight).
Abstracts and Proceedings Abstracts
Abstracts are required for all oral and poster presentations and must be written using Microsoft Word or other translatable format and submitted electronically via e-mail to email@example.com. Abstracts will be entered into the database (prior to publication in the Conference Abstracts) only after the presenting author has paid the registration fee. Each participant can give one oral and one poster presentation only, but may be co-authors of other presentations.
Since no editing will be undertaken, author(s) are requested to prepare the abstract carefully. Abstracts and abstract titles should not exceed 1500 and 150 characters, respectively (including spaces). The title should be typed in capital letters and bold type-face. Leave one blank line and follow with the authors' names (initials first) and the full address of the institution(s) where the work was done, underlining the presenting author in cases of co-authored papers. Leave one blank line and follow with the abstract text using fully justified margins and no paragraph breaks. Use single-space typing in 11-point "Times" or "Times New Roman" font throughout. Do not include references and use only common abbreviations. Please indicate your preference for an oral or poster presentation at the top of the abstract page.
DEADLINE: The deadline for the submission of abstracts for Oral and Poster Sessions is 31 July, 2009.
Proceedings containing keynote, plenary and other selected papers presented at the conference will be published. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the format which can be downloaded from the website: http://www.immc5.com. Since only limited editing will be undertaken, authors are requested to prepare their paper carefully. Manuscripts are limited to a maximum of 10 pages (including diagrams and references) in the published form (approximately 20 pages of typescript).
DEADLINE: The deadline for the submission of full papers for the Conference Proceedings is 31 July, 2009. Please note that the cost of the Proceedings is included in the Registration Fee.
Poster Session Posters will be exhibited during two sessions in a large hall near the lecture auditorium (each poster will be on display for two days).
Coffee will be available at the beginning of the poster sessions.
Session I will take place from15:15-17:20 on SATURDAY,September 5
Session II will take place from 16:30-20:30 on MONDAY, September 7
Each presenter of a poster will be informed by e-mail, well in advance, to which Poster Session (I or II) the submitted poster has been assigned.
Scientific Excursion Route 1: Visit the edible and medicinal mushroom deep-processing plant (Jiangsu Alphay Bio-Technology Co., Ltd.)
Jiangsu Alphay Bio-Technology Co., Ltd is a professional company dedicated to scientific research, functional healthy food development by using edible &medicinal mushrooms and natural plants. It is located in the High-Tech Garden of the National Nantong Economic & Technological Development Zone. Alphay has been certified the ISO900, ISO14001, and GMP.
You can get a view of the growth process of edible and medicinal mushrooms including Ganoderma, the modern deep-processing extraction workshop and China Cultural Museum Of Lingzhi with extensive Lingzhi knowledge and profound Lingzhi culture. Meanwhile you can absolutely get a panoramic view of Chinese traditional edible and medicinal mushroom culture and the extraction process of active ingredients from edible and medicinal mushrooms by applying high-tech and biotechnology.
Route 2: Visit the cultivation base of edible and medicinal mushroom with its distinguishing feature as National Industrial Tourist (Jiangsu Jiangnan Mushroom Co., Ltd.)
The company is one of China's biggest planting and production bases of Voluariella voluacea and Cordyceps militaris and the biggest Flammulina velutipes production base in Jiangsu Province. You can get a view of Chinese unique cultivation ways of edible and medicinal mushroom varieties including Flammulina velutipes, Voluariella voluacea,
and Cordyceps militaris.
International Industrial Exhibition of Medicinal Mushrooms and Mushroom Products An exhibition of equipment, research material, products,supplies and co-operation, as well as books and journals service, will be mounted in close proximity to the Poster displays and conference. The exhibition area is about 1000 square meters, and 28 international standard exhibition units (3m x 3m) and 4 decorated exhibition units(6m x 6m) will be available. Each unit includes one table, two chairs, two lamps and one 220V electrical outlet. The rental charge sheet is as below. Prospective exhibitors could kindly contact Mr.Noif, Coordinator of IMMC5 LOC
Tel:+86 513 85966997 or +86 13962940764.
Fax: +86 513 85960080.
(1) Standard Booth(RMB6,000 or USD888): 3M*3M (2) Extended Booth(RMB10,000 or USD1,478): 3M*6M (3) Specially decorated Booth(RMB18,000 or USD2,650): 6M*6M,and the decoration cost is excluded and negotiated between exhibitor and exhibition project company!
Remark fo benefit: (1) For Standard Booth,one visitor¡¯s registry fee could be released (2) For Extended Booth:one and a half visitor¡¯s registry fee could be released! (3) For Specially decorated Booth:three visitors¡¯ registry fee could be released!
Sponosorship The IMMC5 Local Organizing Committee(IMMC5 LOC) sincerely invites financial sponsorship from corporate bodies and personal sponsors interested in promoting the conference and the international medicinal mushroom movement. Six levels of sponsorship will be identified: Platinum sponsorship (USD25,000), Gold sponsorship (USD18,000), Silver sponsorship (USD12,000), Bronze sponsorship (USD6,000), Patron sponsorship (more than USD3,000 less than USD6,000) and Friends(USD1,500). Sponsors will be provided prominent coverage and highly acknowledged in the Conference Programme and Proceedings. Interested parties could kindly contact Mr.Noif, Coordinator of IMMC5 LOC
Tel:+86 513 85966997 or +86 13962940764.
Fax: +86 513 85960080.
Companion Program Please mark on the IMMC5 registration form if you want to attend the escorting activity Routing scheduling (maybe adjusted according to actual situation)
5th September: after breakfast, start at 8:30am from hotel to climb Wolf Mountain one of the eight most famous small Buddhism Mountains. After lunch, travel to Horticultural Exposition Park (including Maan Mountain and Dragon Paw Rock).Then visit Abacus Museum, Miniascape Garden and Town God's Temple. Come back before 5:20pm to enjoy dinner as well as evening party.
6th September: after breakfast, start at 8:30am from hotel to travel to Nantong Museum Yard which is the First Chinese Museum. Later visit the old home of Mr. Zhangjian¡ª Haonan Villa. Mr.Zhangjian is the builder and pioneer of the First Chinese City in modern time. Then visit Nantong Kite Museum, Shentao Embroider Art Museum and Zhangjian Memorial Hall. After lunch climb Army Mountain. And then play on Nantong Sea Floor World¡ª the biggest sea creatures kingdom in the north of Jiangsu. Come back before 5:30pm to enjoy dinner. After supper cruise Hao river and visit Nantong. Then have a rest.
7th September: after breakfast, start at 8:30am from hotel to visit Rugao which is famous for history. After lunch look around Rugao Eastern Longevity Garden (50/20) ¡ª the first Chinese longevity city. Then enjoy scenery along the moat. Later visit National Scenic Spot¡ª Water Painting Park which is the most romantic castle. Come back before 5:30pm to enjoy dinner. Have a rest after supper
8th September: after breakfast, start at 8:30am from hotel to visit national central fishing spot ¡ª Yangkou FishingSpot and play on Sea Seeing Corridor by car. Later visit Haiyin temple, the Asian biggest windpower plant, Hotspring Vacation Village in Jinge Island which is the unique hotspring on the sea in China and then taste delicious sea food in Liubu sea food restaurant. Then go to Rudong Disco on the sea and Yangkou Port. Come back before 5:30pm to attend closing ceremony
Conference Social Programme A Welcome Reception will be held for all registered participants at the Alphay International Conference Center Tower A (Alphay Hotel )on Friday, 4th September, 2009, commencing at 6:00pm.
A Welcome Dinner will be held for all registered participants at Alphay International Conference Center Tower A (Alphay Hotel) on Saturday, 5th September, 2009, commencing at 17:30.
The Theatrical Performance will commence at 20:30 on Saturday, 5th September, 2009. Bus transport will be provided to take delegates from the Alphay International Mushroom Training School (Alphay Convention Centre) to the theater, and back to the hotel after completion of the performance.
The River Hao He Cruise will commence at 20:00 on Sunday, 6th September, 2009. Bus transport will be provided to take delegates from the Alphay International Mushroom Training School (Alphay Convention Centre) to the ferry, and back to the hotel after completion of the cruise.
The Conference Banquet will be held for all registered participants at the Alphay International Conference Center Tower A (Alphay Hotel) on Tuesday, 8th September, 2009. The Banquet will include a 15-course Chinese dinner and a Chinese cultural performance.
Accompanying persons may also attend any or all of the above functions as well as join a visit to a mushroom cultivation facility.
Accommodation Hotels and Rates: A number of hotel rooms have been reserved at a special discount rate for Symposium participants. Only bookings made through the Symposium Secretariat can take advantage of these rates. All rates are inclusive of taxes and services.
Hotel Name Room Rate(per room per night) Single Room(USD) Standard Room (USD) Deluxe Single Room(USD) Standard Suite(USD) Executive Suite(USD) Youfei Hotel (5*) 110 100 128 180 280 Nantong Hotel (4*) 75 70 88 120 250 Huatong Hotel (4*) 60 60 100 San Teh Hotel (4*) 75 70 Alphay International Conference Center Tower A(4*) 52 52 96 Alphay International Conference Center Tower B(only for students) 25 Jinling huaqiao Hotel(3*) 50 50 Jinqiao Hotel(3*) 50 50 Hanting Inn& Hotel 40 40 Jihua Garden Hotel 30
Hotel Reservation: Please complete the registration form and send it to the conference Secretariat. The Symposium Secretariat will handle your reservation before 25 Augest 2009.
1. The room rate includes service charge (tax) and breakfast.
2. For those who intend to share rooms, please write down your roommate's name in the hotel reservation form online.
3. Check-in time is at 1:00 pm and check-out time is at 12:00 am.
4. Alphay International Conference Center Tower A only for Local Organising Committee, Scientific Committee and Publications Committee.
Registration Information The completed registration form should be sent together with proof of registration fee and meal fee payment to the Symposium Secretariat. One form per registrant is required.
Conference fee includes: admission to all scientific sessions, free entrance to the conference exhibition, conference bag and registration documents (including printed program and book of abstracts), book of proceedings, scientific excursion, and coffee breaks.
Category Early Registration (USD) until 1 Augest 2009 Late Registration (USD) after 1 Augest 2009
Bank Name: Agricultural Bank of China, Jiangsu Branch
SWIFT BIC: ABOCCNBJ100
Account Number: 727014040003363
Intermediary Bank: Agricultural Bank of China, Hongkong Branch
Cancellation of registration should be sent in writing to the Secretariat by E-mail.
An administrative charge will be deducted from the amount, according to the date the cancellation letter is received. All refunds will be processed after the Conference. Registration fees are not transferable.
Cancellation on or before July 1, 2009: 80% refund.
Cancellation on or before Augest 10, 2009: 50% refund.
Cancellation after Augest 26, 2009: no refund.
Transportation The city of Nantong is 200 kilometers from Shanghai Pudong International Airport,130 kilometers from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, 130 kilometers from Shanghai Airport. Su-Tong Yangtze River Bridge, the long span cable stayed bridge, has now been open to traffic, stretching cross Suzhou and Nantong. Thus, it's only about one and half an hour driving from Nantong to Shanghai. In order to provide better airport pick up service for you, the committee arrange pick up points at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, Shanghai Railway Station. If you need pick up service, please contact the IMMC5 secretariat in advance.
Nantong Airport has flights to Beijing, Guangzhou everyday. On Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, the flights are to Qingdao, Shenyang, Xiamen. On Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, the flights are to Chengdu and Wuhan. On Monday, Thursday and Saturday, the flights are to Shenzhen, Tianjin.
At Nantong Railway Station, everyday a train leaves to Beijing, Taiyuan and Chongqing and two trains leave to Nanjing.
Deadlines 30 Junel 2009 Submission of abstracts and send full paper
25 Augest 2009 Hotel reservation
For more information visit http://www.immc5.com
Post Symposium Tour Programme 1. A tour of Northeast Changbai Mountain, Jilin Province (Tradition of Chinese culture and wild mushrooms): Nantong¡ªShanghai¡ªChangchun¡ª Changbai Mountain¡ªYanji¡ªBeijing
2. A tour of Shangri-La, Yunnan Province (Wild mushrooms and beautiful scenery): Nantong¡ªShanghai¡ªKunming¡ªDali¡ªLijiang ¡ªShangri-La¡ªXizang Linzhi¡ªChengdu
3. A tour of Wuyi Mountains, Fujian Province (Edible mushrooms): Nantong¡ªShanghai¡ªWuyi Mountains¡ªXiamen¡ªZhangzhou¡ªGutian¡ªFuzhou
General Information Language
The Symposium language is English.
The range of temperatures in June is between 25-30 ¡ãC
The registration fee does not include insurance for the participants regarding accidents, sickness, or loss of personal property. It is advisable that participants make their own arrangements in respect to health and travel insurance before leaving their countries.
The electrical voltage in China is 220V 50Hz. Power sockets available in China are Type A, Type I, and Type C plugs. Adapters are available at some hotels and convenience stores, but it is still strongly suggested to bring your own adapters here.
Passport and Visa
Passportsand entry visas are required when visiting China. Participants are advised to consult the nearest Chinese diplomatic mission for details.
To apply for visas, participants should first fill out the On-line Registration and pay the appropriate registration fee. The Secretariat will then send a formal invitation form via airmail or fax with which the participants can apply for a visa at the Chinese diplomatic mission indicated in the invitation.
This application should be made preferably at least two months before departure for China.
Alternatively, participants may ask their travel agents to arrange their travel to China and obtain a tourist visa regardless of whether or not they have registered with the Session Secretariat.
If participants have any difficulties in obtaining their visa, they should contact the Secretariat. Please visit the website: http://www.immc5.com to learn more about visa requirements.
Letter of invitation
Requests for formal letters of invitation to attend the IMMC5 should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. This invitation is only intended to facilitate participants travel and visa arrangments. It implies no provision of any support, financial or otherwise.
In China, only RMB is used. However, exchange centers can be found at airports, most hotels, and large shopping centers. When exchanging money, please keep your receipt so that you can change any remaining RMB back to foreign currency upon leaving China. Visa, Master, and American Express are accepted in many department stores and hotels. ATM could help you to get RMB cash from your credit card.
Mail and Messages
Personal computer terminals will be available to the IMMC5 participants in /or near the Registration Desk.