We look forward to greeting you at the XIX International Botanical Congress in 2017.


Nomenclature Section

The International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (Melbourne Code) may be modified only by action of a plenary session of an International Botanical Congress on a resolution moved by the Nomenclature Section of that Congress (see Division III of the Code: http://www.iapt-taxon.org/nomen/main.php?page=div3).

Proposals to amend the Code have been published in Taxon, the journal of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT), starting with issue 63(1) in February 2014 (see http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/iapt/tax or http://www.iapt-taxon.org/pages/synopsis_of_proposals). Taxon closed for proposals to amend the Code on 30 June 2016. Proposals may no longer be submitted for publication in Taxon.

A Synopsis of Proposals to amend the Code has been published in the February 2017 issue of Taxon (see http://doi.org/10.12705/661.36 or download it here). The Synopsis has been compiled by the Rapporteur-général and the Vice-rapporteur, who have provided comments on the proposals. The Synopsis also includes opinions of the Permanent Nomenclature Committees on certain proposals.

The preliminary guiding mail vote has been organized by the Bureau of Nomenclature in conjunction with the International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT). The results of the mail vote are now published at http://doi.org/10.12705/664.25 or are available here.

At the Nomenclature Section itself, there are two kinds of votes:

1) Personal votes. Each registered member of the Nomenclature Section has one personal vote. No accumulation or transfer of personal votes is permissible.

2) Institutional votes. An institution may authorize in writing any registered member of the Nomenclature Section as a delegate to carry its 1–7 allocated votes. It is not mandatory that the delegate be a staff member of the authorizing institution.

Official delegates must present their credentials and collect their voting cards at the welcome reception or upon arrival at the Nomenclature Section.

The current list of institutional votes is available at http://doi.org/10.12705/656.33 or is available here .

In April 2017, the International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT) notified all listed institutions of their allocation of institutional votes (by e-mail or regular mail). The notification letter includes the official form by which an institution may authorize its delegate (or a vice-delegate from another institution) to carry its institutional votes at the Nomenclature Section. If your institution has received no such notification, a staff member of your institution may officially request the notification letter from IAPT at this address: [email protected]

Please note that a request from an institution must be made by a staff member of that institution. Requests made by individuals on behalf of institutions of which they are not staff members cannot be considered.

No single person at the Nomenclature Section will be allowed more than 15 votes, including personal vote and institutional votes.

Only registered members of the Nomenclature Section are entitled to vote at the Nomenclature Section.

To register for the Nomenclature Section you must register for IBC2017 paying for at least one day registration. Please register here.

Dates: July 17-21, 2017

Time: 8:00-18:00

Venue: Lecture Hall 502, 5th Floor, Peking University HSBC Business School (PHBS)(北京大学汇丰商学院). The venue of the Nomenclature Section (NS) is located in the University Town, Nanshan District, Shenzhen. The University Town hosts several renowned universities, including Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, Research Institute of Tsinghua University in Shenzhen, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, and Southern University of Science & Technology. It is located west of the city, adjacent to Shenzhen Wild Zoo.

PHBS is one of the best business schools in China. Many of the business elites of the country are trained here.

A welcome reception will be held on 16 July 2017. It was divided into two sections. The first section (16:30-18:20) will be held on the lower ground floor of the NS venue. Participants will collect their voting cards. Soft drinks and snacks provided. The second section (18:30-20:00) will be held at the Canteen (No. 1 Cafeteria of Lotus Garden). Buffet and drinks provided.

Recommended Hotels

Shenzhen Vienna Hotel (University Town)维也纳酒店(大学城店). Pingshan 1st Road, Pingshan Cun, Xili Town, Shenzhen. Tel: +86-755-26723888. About a 10 minute walk to the venue.

How to get to the hotel?

You may get to the hotel easily from different parts of Shenzhen by public transport. We suggest that you take the METRO, which is the most comfortable and reliable transport. Another way is by taking a taxi, which is faster but more expensive than the METRO.

The distance between the hotel and Shenzhen Bao'an International  Airport (深圳宝安国际机场)is 24 km, Shekou Cruise Terminal (蛇口邮轮中心)19 km, Shenzhen North Railway Station (HSR)(深圳北站) 10 km, and Shenzhen Railway Station (Luohu)(深圳站) 25 km. There are several customs ports between Shenzhen and Hong Kong, i.e., Luohu, Futian, Huanggang, and Shenzhen Bay. Most of the ports are quite close to the METRO and/or bus service. You may follow the logo to find the nearest METRO station or approach the help desk

after you enter mainland China. Please visit the webpage of Shenzhen METRO for more details. http://www.szmc.net/page/eng/index.html

The nearest METRO Station to the hotel and PHBS is University Town (大学城站)of Line 5. When you arrive the University Town Station, get out at Exit C, then go straight ahead along the Lishan Road (丽山路)for about 500 meters to the crossing, then turn right and walk straight along the Pingshan 1st Road (平山一路)for 200 metres, then you will find the Vienna Hotel is on your right.

Direction signs are set up for you to follow from the Exit C to the hotel. On July 16, there are volunteers at the Exit C and hotel for helping.

The single ticket is sold by an automatic vendor at the station. You need to insert banknotes or coins at values of RMB 10, 5, or 1 for purchasing. The vendor will automatically show how much the fare is after you indicate the departure and exit station. If you don't have above values of banknotes or coins, you can change at the customer counter. Please save the following METRO lines if it is needed.

From Shenzhen Airport(深圳机场). Take Line 11 (bound for Futian direction福田方向) and transfer to Line 5 (bound for Huangbeiling direction黄贝岭方向) at Qianhaiwan Station(前海湾站), get off at University Town Station. It takes about 50 minutes. RMB 7.

From Shekou Cruise Terminal(深圳邮轮中心).  The Shekou Port Station (蛇口码头站)is the nearest metro station, which is about 1 km away from the terminal. You need to take the bus to the Shekou Port Station first. Take Line 2 (bound for Xinxiu direction新秀方向) there, then transfer to Line 7 (bound for Xilihu direction西丽湖方向) at Antuo Hill Station(安托山站), and then transfer to Line 5 (bound for Huangbeiling direction) at Xili Station, get off at University Town Station. It takes about 60 minutes. RMB 7.

From Futian Checkpoint Station(福田口岸站).  Take Line 4 (bound for Qinghu direction清湖方向), then transfer to Line 5 (bound for Qianhaiwan direction) at Shenzhen North Station, get off at University Town Station. It takes about 40 minutes. RMB 6.

From Luohu Station(罗湖站). Take Line 1 (bound for Airport East direction机场东方向), then transfer to Line 4 (bound for Qinghu direction), then transfer to Line 5 (bound for Qianhaiwan direction) at Shenzhen North Station, get off at University Town Station. It takes about 50 minutes. RMB 7.

From Shenzhen North Station(深圳北站). Take Line 5 (bound for Qianhaiwan direction) at Shenzhen North Station, get off at University Town Station. It takes about 20 minutes. RMB 3.

If you fly to Hong Kong International Airport first, you can find useful information about how to get to Shenzhen at the webpage of Hong Kong Airport at http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/transport/transport-connection-with-mainland-china/index.html

In addition, if you arrive to Shenzhen Bay (深圳湾)or Huanggang Port(皇岗口岸) from Hong Kong, it is more convenient to take a taxi from there to the hotel.

Taxi is always a convenient choice for travel in Shenzhen. The cost for the first 2 kilometers is RMB 10. Additional cost is RMB 2.6 per km. The total cost will be shown on the right front monitor of the driver. For each travel, you need to pay the driver additional charge of RMB 1 for gas. For example, if the monitor shows that the total fare is RMB 20, you need to pay the driver RMB 21. In addition, if you travel from the airport, you need to pay the highway fee which is not shown on the monitor. The amount is shown on a receipt when the driver received from the toll gate. In this case, the highway fee is RMB 5 from the airport to the University Town. You have to pay the driver in cash. You can request the receipt from the driver as evidence for your travelling.

How to get to the PHBS from the hotel?

The distance from the hotel to the PHBS is about 950 meters, and it takes about 15 minutes to walk. You may use the following map or the direction signs along the way to get to PHBS. There are shuttle buses between the hotel and the NS venue. Please find the schedule below.

7:30-7:45. Vienna Hotel to the NS venue.

12:30-12:45. The NS venue to the Canteen.

13:10-13:20. The Canteen back to the NS venue.

18:00-18:20. The NS venue to the Canteen

19:00. The Canteen back to the Vienna Hotel.

If you are staying in hotels other than the Vienna Hotel, you have to arrange your transport to and from the NS venue by yourself.


The breakfast will be supplied at the hotel.

The Canteen (No. 1 Cafeteria of Lotus Garden荷园一食堂快乐食间) at Tsinghua University is the designated canteen for the particitants. The lunch and supper will be supplied in buffet. The menu of lunch and supper from July 17-21 is shown on pages 13-22. For each meal, the cost is RMB 50 (roughly US $ 7.50). You need to buy the meal coupons ahead at the reception. It is requested to present the coupon when you enter the canteen instead of paying at the canteen. You will get a refund if you do not use up all the coupons by the afternoon of July 21 (at the corridor of the NS venue).

The lunch time is 12:40-1:20, and the supper is 18:10-19:00.

Shuttle buses will be supplied from the NS venue to the Canteen (12:35, 18:05) and back to the NS venue (13:20) or the hotel (19:00).


Running water in hotels and public places is not for drinking directly. It is suggested to drink bottled water or boiled water.


Free wifi is available at the NS venue and the whole PHBS.


When you enter to NS venue, you must show your name badge and accept the security check.

Generally, the vicinity of the hotel and university town is safe. It is not suggested to go out at night, and you should take good care of your personal belongings.

Name badge

Name badges can be collected at the welcome reception at the lower ground floor at 16:30-18:20 on July 16. The name badge is necessary for enterring the NS venue. Please bring it with you.

Currency exchange

The currency exchange is available at Ping'an Bank, quite close to PHBS. This bank can exchange banknotes between Chinese RMB and Hong Kong dollars, US dollars and Euros. It is strongly suggested that you make exchange when you arrive at airport and customs ports when you enter mainland China. Other kinds of banknotes could be exchanged at Xili Sub-Branch, Bank of China 2.2 km away. The office hours of banks in Shenzhen are from 8:00 to 17:00 (Monday through Friday) and from 9:30 to 16:00 on weekends.


The nearest ATM is located at the Ping'an Bank.


220V is standard in China. There are at least 2 types of sockets (110 or 220V), making it convenient for guests. Adaptors can also be requested from the hotel.

Climate and clothing

July is the hottest month in a year, with plentiful sunshine and rainfall, sometimes with typhoons. It is recommended that participants bring suitable clothing (such as T-shirts and a light coat) and umbrellas.


There are several shopping places nearby the NS venue, hotel and canteen. Usually, they only accept RMB banknotes. Major credit cards (UnionPay, VISA, and Master Card) are accepted in all shopping malls and stores in downtown.

No Smoking

Smoking is prohibited in all public spaces in Shenzhen.