Welcome Reception on November 25

Welcome reception will take place in the Meeting Room 10 of the conference venue.



Pearl River Night Cruise on November 26 (Sponsored by Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.)

Pearl River (pronounced as “Zhu Jiang” in Mandarin) is the third longest river in China that breeds the historic legacy of Guangzhou. In night, bridges and buildings across the river will be dressed up in colors, illuminating the city’s now-and-then. The cruise will take you from the Old Downtown to the Zhujiang New Town where you will see the city’s modern landmark – The Canton Tower. You will then realize how the ITW 2018 logo was inspired. The night cruise lasts for two hours.


Banquet at Sky No.1 Restaurant on November 27

The banquet will take place at Guangzhou Sky No.1 Restaurant. You will not only be delighted by the authentic Cantonese cuisine, but also by the restaurant’s unique design.


Student event on November 28, 13:20 - 14:20 at Chinese restaurant
Topic: Securing and succeeding in academia in the Asia-Pacific region

This event is meant for graduate students and postdocs looking for academic positions around Asia. A number of distinguished panelists from various institutions in the Asia-Pacific region will share their experiences navigating the job market and succeeding in academia. Lunch buffet will be served.

Excursion to Baiyun Mountain on November 28 Cancelled.

Note: The initially planned, sponsored Baiyun Mountain excursion is cancelled due to current governmental regulation.

Walking tours on November 28

We will organize walking tours in the afternoon of November 28, 2018. There will be three options.

1. A walking tour to Canton Tower along the Pearl River bank (one-way distance: 2.6 km; time: approximately 35 minutes). After reaching the tower, you can buy an elevator ticket to the observation deck to have a panoramic view of the city. (Note that Canton Tower was the tallest tower in the world from from August 2009 to March 2011.)
For more information:
Canton Tower (WIKI)
Canton Tower (Offical Site)

2. A walking tour to Ersha Island also along the Pearl River bank (one-way distance: 3.3 km; time: approximately 45 minutes). On Ersha Island, you can visit the Guangdong Museum of Art and the Xinghai Concert Hall. (For both of them, entrance is free of charge.)

For more information:
Guangdong Museum of Art
Xinghai Concert Hall

3. A walking tour of the campus of Sun Yat-sen University (round trip tour length: 3 km; time: approximately 90 minutes). During the tour, famous buildings and structures will be visited.

For more information:
Sun Yat-sen University

All tours are free of charge (apart from the elevator ticket for the Canton Tower) and will be accompanied by a tour guide and volunteers. The first two tours end at the Canton Tower and Ersha Island, respectively. All participants have to be back on their own. Information about our walking tours will be provided in the conference booklet.