TDWG 2012 Annual Conference

People's Palace
Beijing, China

Monday 22nd October - Friday 26th October 2012


Conference Theme

The primary theme of TDWG 2012 is

"Toward an International Infrastructure for Biodiversity Information".

Individual presentations that address regional initiatives, aggregation efforts, organization of genomic data, language issues, public participation, and developing technologies are encouraged.

We are soliciting ideas for symposia that address the globalization of information, multi-country collaborations, agricultural bioinformatics, knowledge organization systems, and innovative strategies for content delivery.

Computer demonstrations and Special Interest Groups (SIG) will be accommodated as fully as possible.

Posters are strongly encouraged as a means of presenting ongoing innovative activities in the community for which program time may not be available.


Program Booklet6.pdf

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TDWG 2012 Presentations.pdf

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Network Access Codes

There will be a dedicated wireless line.

Program Committee

  • Rusty Russell – Chair – Smithsonian Institution
  • Alex Asase – University of Ghana
  • Beth Mantle – CSIRO Canberra
  • Eduardo Dalcin – Rio Botanical Garden
  • Heimo Rainer – University of Vienna
  • Paul Flemons, TDWG Exec Liaison
  • Keping Ma, Local Organizing Committee chair (ex officio)
  • Yinan Liu, Event Manager (ex officio)

TDWG 2012 Local Organizing Committee (LOC) members

Chair of LOC Keping Ma Professor Institute of Botany, CAS
Deputy Director Biodiversity Committee, CAS
Conference Manager Yinan Liu Deputy Director the Office of the Biodiversity Committee, CAS
Programme Committee Liqiang Ji Professor Institute of Zoology, CAS
Lisong Wang Doctor Institute of Botany, CAS
Members of the LOC Xianchun Zhang Professor Institute of Botany, CAS
Haining Qin Professor Institute of Botany, CAS
Fumin Lei Professor Institute of Zoology, CAS
Yijian Yao Professor Institute of Microbiology, CAS
Jinshuang Ma Vice Director, Professor Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center, CAS


Registration is now open:

 Date-TimeMember PriceNon-Member Price
Normal registrationuntil Sep 23, 23:59 UTC+8$550$625
Late registrationSep 24 or later$600$675

Please note that date-time is given in local time for Beijing.

Note: All participants who choose to pay registration in cash at the conference will need to pay the Late Registration rate plus 5% tax in Chinese RMB yuan and only receipts in Chinese yuan will be provided.

Call for Papers - Abstract Submission

A call for abstracts and session proposals has been announced:

  • The program committee is soliciting contributions that address the conference theme or other topics in biodiversity informatics.
  • Abstracts could be presented for Contributed Papers, Symposia, Lightning talks, Posters, Computer Demos, Special Interest Groups (IGs) and Working (IG Task) Groups.
  • Abstract should be submitted at your earliest convenience, as they will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until sessions are filled.

Please register and submit your abstracts at

Point of Contact

For logistical issues please send your inquiries to:
Rusty Russell
TDWG 2011 Program Committee Chair

For questions about the hotel room reservation please contact Miss Meng Jiang.

For questions to the local organizers please contact Yinan Liu, Conference Manager.

For Tour reservations or inquiries, please contact Sarah Wu.

Travel & Accommodations

Travel Arrangements

To avoid delay, all attendees are advised to inquire the Chinese Embassy/consulate in their country as soon as possible, what kind of letter of invitation and any other documents/information are required as this may vary a lot from country to country.

To get the F visa to China in Russia, Australia, Norway, and Japan, you should take the invitation letter (download here) and passport to Chinese Embassy, fill the application forms from your embassy.  and submit 1 photo. For some countries, there are additional requirements beyond these materials: an ID card copy in Germany; a medical examination in Canada, Greece and Switzerland; round trip air tickets or reservation books in France and Korea. Specially, in Italy and Denmark, it is necessary to get a reservation on the airline first and take the reservation number with your invitation letter and passport to the Chinese Embassy. Usually, it takes 4-7 work days to get the visa. Normal procedure fee is different depending on different countries. Please read the detailed information on the website of the Chinese embassy.

If you need the an individual authorized invitation letter from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, please contact Miss Maofang Luo and provide her with the form filled in.(download here). Inform her about the information your may need to be in the invitation letter.  

Note that registration time is short and it takes about two weeks to process the authorized invitation letter from CAS. .



TDWG 2012 will be held at the comprehensive high-end China People's Palace on the West Chang’an Street in the prosperous Fuxing Business Zone in Beijing. A block of rooms has been reserved for TDWG participants at a special rate of:
  • 30 Standard Rooms - Twin Bed (Double) 550 RMB per night.
  • 120 Standard Rooms - Single Bed (Single) at 550 RMB per night.
  • 3 Business Suites at 960 RMB per night.
To request a room from the block reserved, please fill the form on the Hotel Request below.  Enter your name, your email, the number and type of rooms requested and the specific days that you plan to stay at the hotel and then press the ‘Request’ button.  The rooms will be assign on a first-come, first-served basis until available. 
  • Hotel Room Request (please log in first)- Use this link to request your room for the conference and receive the TDWG group rate.  If you make your reservations in some other way, we cannot guarantee availability and price.
  • Please be aware that the event will be carried out in Tower 2. 
  • For questions about the hotel please contact Miss Meng Jiang.

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Note: Please be aware that some online reservation systems that may offer rooms for this hotel might not be working with the hotel's approval. Therefore, their information is not accurate or may represent only a very small number of rooms which are of much lesser quality than the ones offered here but show such "better" prices to attract customers.

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  • The China People's Palace is a five-star hotel located 38 kilometers from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). About 45 minutes cab ride (with an approximate cost of 120 RMB one way). The hotel is situated near the city center with easy access to main sight-view points such as Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, and others.  Once at the hotel, many major attractions are within walking distance and all conference presentations will take place within the Hotel.

  • Download and print this document before you leave: Instructions for Beijing Taxi Driver.


  • The TDWG 2012 Banquet will be held on Thursday, October 25th at 6:30pm at a Venue that is 50 minutes away. The sessions will end at 5:00pm. Transportation from the hotel to the venue will be provided but... make sure you take the shuttle to the restaurant on time. Otherwise you may need to pay a taxi.  

Currency Exchange, Credit Cards and ATM

Participants can exchange currencies at airports, major hotels and banks in China. The exchange rate is provided daily by the Bank of China: If the currency in your country is not listed, please exchange into RMB or USD at your country first.

Voltage, Socket and Plugs

The electrical current in China is 220-volts, 50Hz A/C. Hotels generally provide wall sockets in every room, accommodating both the standard “Flat blade attachment plug (Type A)” and common “Oblique flat blades with ground (inverted V) plug (Type I)”, as well as the not-so-common “Round pin attachment plug (Type C)” as shown in following photographs.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served buffet-style, available from 7:00 to 8:00 (except Monday when it will begin at 9:00); 11:30 to 14:00; and 17:30 to 20:00, respectively. Breakfast is included in the room fee. Lunch and Coffee breaks are included in the Registration fee for Monday thru Thursday. Friday lunch too. Dinners are included in the Registration fee for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The banquet on Thursday at 18:30 is selected during Registration. Participants may buy additional tickets for lunches and dinners at discount rates (15-20% lower than normal prices) when they check in.

Recommended dinner options

Peking Roast Duck: The imperial dynasty has long gone, but the imperial cuisine heritage--Peking Roast Duck, carrying the heavy history and culture, still survive and flourish in the civilian life in the everywhere Peking Duck brand chains. Quanjude and Bian Yi Fang are two notable places to sample the Peking Duck in Beijing. The oldest branch started from 1864 is located in Qianmen Shopping Street.

Donglaishun Hot Pot: is a typical hot pot restaurant in northern China. Typical hot pot dishes include thinly sliced meat, leafy vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, egg dumplings, and seafood. Instant-boiled mutton is a famous dish in this restaurant. In many areas, hot pot meals are often eaten in the winter.

Beijing traditional snacks

There are over 300 kinds of Beijing traditional snacks, mainly the Islamic snacks. On the temple fairs, Beijing local people can find their favorite snacks: Jiaoquan (Fried Ring), Wandouhuang (Pease pudding), Aiwowo (Glutinous rice ball), Mahua (Fried Dough Twist), Doumiangao (Soybean flour cake), Zhagao (Fried cake with fillings), Niangao (Chinese New Year's cake), Doufunao (Jellied Bean Curd), and so on. There is a famous Jiumen Snack, where you can find these traditional snacks.

Things to see and do in Beijing

For several day tours outside Beijing see: Conference Tour Options

In the past 3,000 years, Beijing has served as capital of six imperial dynasties, and houses a huge amount of historical and cultural treasures. Though in the past decades since China's reform and opening up, Beijing has undergone fanatical construction and redevelopment, it remains the heart of tradition with dazzling heritages of ancient Chinese civilization still on the sight. An ancient north-south axis runs down the center of Beijing, and along it you can find the majority of the city's most famous landmarks.

  • Forbidden City now officially known as the Palace Museum is one of the largest and most famous ancient palaces in the world. Located in central Beijing, it covers a huge area of 720,000 square meters that is surrounded by an eight meter high wall and a six meter deep, 52 meter wide moat. 8,707 rooms are in the 980 buildings contained within its walls. 
  • Summer Palace was a loyal garden and enlarged and refined by the Qing dynasty Emperor Qianlong from 1750 to 1764 to celebrate his mother's 60th birthday as well as to adjust the northeast water system. But this imperial palace had been seriously tramped by Anglo-French intruder troops in 1960 and eight allied armies in 1900. Empress Dowager Cixi--the last of the Qing dynasty rulers diverted the navy funds to the long restoration haul. With 2.9 square kilometers (290 hectares), this largest Chinese imperial garden mainly consists of three functional areas: the political affair area, the living area and the sightseeing area. It is situated about ten kilometers from Beijing City. Numerous ornate temples, pavilions, and winding corridors and the vast lake rank the park as one of the top attractions in Beijing sightseeing list. 
  • The Great Wall is often regarded as an eight wonder of the world and rightly so. Famous throughout the world because of its incredible length, most people do not realize that it is not just one long wall, but different sections that have been built in different areas through the centuries and linked together at different times. Together they are all the Great Wall. Construction of the wall began during the Warring States Period (5th century BC to 221 BC) States including Qin, Yan, Zhao, Wei and Qi each built their own sections of wall out of earth to protect themselves. The Qin Dynasty was established in 221 B.C. by Emperor Qin Shi Huang and he ordered the northern sections to be linked as well as a new wall to create a unified northern defense.
  • Temple of Heaven is a huge park complex of about 2,700,000 square meters, making it over 3 times bigger than the Forbidden City. Originally called the Temple of Heaven and Earth, it was built between 1406-1420 at the same time as the Forbidden City by Emperor Yongle and was made bigger because the Emperor did not want his residence larger than that of Heavens. Emperor Jiajing 1522-1567 of the Ming Dynasty renamed it and built separate temples for the earth, sun and moon. Construction of the temple is based on ancient Chinese symbolism and numerology. The main buildings are round and built on square courts which symbolized the belief of a round sky over a square earth. Similarly the north of the complex is a semicircle and the south is square.
  • The Ming Tombs (Shisanling) is another of China's ancient treasures, one that may not be so well known as others. It lies in the Changping District about 50 kilometers north of Beijing. This Imperial necropolis holds the remains of 13 of the 16 Ming Dynasty (1368-1664) Emperors, 23 empresses, and various concubines, princes and princesses. It is one of the largest, best preserved and most impressive ancient burial grounds in the world and has been added to the world heritage list.
  • Beijing Hutongs are the alleys and laneways that run between the city's old traditional siheyuan housing. Siheyuan are residences that were constructed by building four houses around a rectangular courtyard center. As these were built beside each other they formed the hutongs which in turn created communities. These are now a place for visitors to get a glimpse of old Beijing and see how most of the the locals used to live. <//strong><//strong>

One-day Tour options

  • Route A- Full Day City Tour - Glory of Imperial Beijing
    Visit: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace.
    Tour Itinerary:
  1. Meet with your guide in hotel at departure time, and then drive to the Forbidden City, the largest ancient imperial palaces group in the world with a history of 500 years.
  2. Visit the Forbidden City along the central axis from south to north for 2 hours.
  3. Drive (30 minutes) to the Temple of Heaven &emdash; the largest ancient imperial worship architecture group in the world. Stay for 1hour.
  4. Have Chinese lunch (40 minutes) in Taiyichun Restaurant.
  5. Drive (30 minutes) to Summer Palace, the largest and most beautiful Chinese imperial garden. Stay for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  6. At last, drive back to hotel.
  • Route B- Full Day Great Wall Tour - Majestic Badaling
    Visit: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs.
    Tour Itinerary:
  1. Meet with your guide in hotel at departure time, and then drive to the Great Wall (70 kilometers away from downtown about one hour driving).
  2. Sightseeing on the most famous part of the Great Wall, Badaling section, for 2 hours. Cable car is a good choice if one wants to get to the highest point and take the whole beautiful bird view.
  3. Drive (30 minutes) to Friendship restaurant nearby the Ming Tombs and having typical Chinese lunch (50 minutes).
  4. Drive (20 minutes) to the Ming Tombs, the best preserved Chinese imperial tombs with 500 years history, and then visit Chang Tomb, the largest one, Emperor Yongle’s Tomb (1.5 hour).
  5. Outer-view Olympic Stadium - Drive the travelers back to their hotel.
  6. Drop-off service at your hotel and end today trip.
  • Route C- Beijing Top 10 Night Scenic Spots Tour
    At 6:30 PM, the tour guide will pick the tourists up at hotel, and then show the tourists the famous scenic spots along the route. The tourists will be put off to visit and take photos for 10-60 minutes at the scenic spots. After the tour, the tourists will be sent back to the hotel.
    Scenic Spots:
  1. National Stadium (Bird Nest) (20 minutes)
  2. National Aquatic Center (Water Cube)
  3. CCTV Headquarters (10 minutes)
  4. International Trade Center (Pass by)
  5. SOHO Modern City Wall Relics (Pass by)
  6. The Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics (10 minutes)
  7. Qianmen Street (1 hour)
  8. Tiananmen Square (Pass by)
  9. National Grand Theater (10 minutes)
  10. Houihai (shichahai) Lake Area (40 minutes)


Standard: Air-conditioned bus; English guide service

  1. 1 bottle of mineral water for each guest every day.
  2. Prices include the tickets, lunch, English guide service, air-conditioned shuttle bus.

For information about Tours in China, please refer to the List of Tour Options prepared specially for this TDWG2012 Conference.


  • October is generally one of the most pleasant months in Beijing.  The temperature ranges from 3-12°C  (37-54°F). The average temperature during the daytime is 10-12°C  (50-54°F). But if it is heavily windy, a jacket is necessary to prevent the gales.
  Last Modified: 10 November 2012