The 66th Annual Meeting of GA will be held in Shanghai, China, from 26th to 29th August, 2018. This year the meeting will be jointly held with 11th Shanghai International Conference on Traditional Chinese Medicine and Natural Medicine. As chair of the organizing committee, it is a great pleasure to invite you to attend this wonderful event.
The conference venue is at the Parkyard Hotel located in the Pudong New Area (http://www.parkyards.com), which can be easily reached via public transportation from Pudong Airport (international) and Hongqiao Airport (domestic). Currently, the Shanghai Metro system is the world's largest rapid transit system by route length and second largest by number of stations, serving almost all the municipal districts. In particular Zhangjiang High-Tech Park station of Metro line #2 is just only 100 meters away from the hotel. This Metro line will pass through mostly of Shanghai's famous attractions and commercial streets: Zhongshan Park, Jing'an Temple, West Nanjing Rd. -the main commercial road, People's Square, East Nanjing Rd., Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Century Park and Zhangjiang High Technology Park. Shanghai is not only the largest city of China (with population of approximately twenty-five million), but also the business and financial center, please do not miss to visit Oriental Pearl Tower, Bund of Shanghai, Cruising on the Huangpu River, Yu Garden. Furthermore, I suggest to take the high-speed railway to visit nearby cities, like Suchow (20 min) and Hangzhou (45 min), the so-called “Paradise on Earth”. Beijing can be reached within 4.5 hours from Shanghai. The congress will start on Sunday 26th August, 2018 and three pre-congress events will take place. The Young Researchers Workshop will offer a platform for young scientists to present their latest findings, and the Regulatory Affairs Workshop will serve as a forum for industry to update on the latest trends in regulation of herbal medicines and related areas. Moreover, the Shanghai Center of Biomedicine Development (SCBD), in cooperation with the GA society, will organize a pre-congress Symposium on traditional Chinese medicine. The 500th anniversary of the birth of Li Shizhen, the great herbalist in Ming Dynasty to write his masterwork of Compendium of Materia Medica will also be celebrated.
Distinguished speakers from academia and industry will deliver plenary lectures on some of the main topics of the congress. Also, we look forward to the plenary lectures delivered by the awardees of the Egon-Stahl Awards in Bronze, and the Dr. Willmar Schawbe Award.
Short lectures and Poster sessions will be held in three parallel sessions in order to accommodate for the large number of contributions, and to leave enough time for discussions. The Congress Dinner will be held in a boat cruising on the Huangpu River, and post-congress excursions will take you to scenic areas nearby Shanghai. We will update you there with more details on our congress website (www.ga2018.cn).
On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I cordially invite you again to attend the 66th GA Annual Meeting. We all look forward to welcoming you in Shanghai!
Chair of The 66th Annual Meeting of GA & The 11th S-TCM