Event Report

SLTB 2018 Meeting Report 

Guest Post by Alasdair Kay, University of York, United Kingdom 

Prague 6-7th September 2018

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Royan Institute Cryobiology and Biobanking Symposium 

The Royan Institute held their second cryobiology and biobanking symposium on Feb. 14, 2018, in Tehran, Iran.

The Royan Institute was established in 1991 as a public non-profit research institute for reproductive biomedicine and infertility treatments. Today Royan consists of three research institutes: 

  • Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology (RI-SCBT)
  • Royan Institute for Reproductive Biomedicine (RI-RB)
  • Royan Institute for Biotechnology (RI-B)   

The recent symposium covered advances in basic and applied cryobiology in reproductive biomedicine and stem cells, encompassing cryotechnology, methodology, chemistry, biophysics, cord blood stem cells, and human and animal biobanking. 

16 presentations were given during the one day symposium, including two presentations by invited speaker and Society for Cryobiology immediate Past-President, Jason Acker.  

Society for Cryobiology members Rohoullah Fathi, Mohsen Sharafi, and Maryam Hezavehei, acted as chair, scientific secretary, and executive secretary respectively. 

Download the Symposium Program 

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SLTB Meeting September 19-20

Guest Post and Photos by Estefania Paredes | Photo Gallery courtesy of Alasdair Kay

Cryobiologists and cold temperature ecologists gathered for a two day meeting, September 19-20, at the British Antarctic Survey – Aurora Centre in Cambridge, UK to exchange knowledge and ideas about life, biology, preservation and cold temperatures.

Within a wide range of topics, from thermal analysis to non-Newtonian fluids, from vitrification of stem cells to metabolic changes of snow algae in the Antarctic, from plant to marine invertebrate cryopreservation, the SLTB presented the attendants to this two day meeting with a wide variety of topics that encourage an interchange of ideas and points of view that I considered extremely useful.


Daniel Ballesteros from Kew Gardens, UK.

It was very exciting for me to have had the opportunity to attend and present to this very broad group of scientists my research and to offer another point of view of cryobiology: the cryopreservation of marine organisms with the specific problems and challenges associated, and get input and ideas from very far and different fields of research.

It was once more clear that, first cryobiology is a highly multidisciplinary field and we are addressing the latest challenges from very different points of view and second, that there is a high flux between labs with the inter-exchange of students and ideas that make the field of cryobiology thrive.


Jayanthi Nadarajan from the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Reseach.

Of course, visiting Cambridge University campus and the Aurora Centre is always a delight, many of us chose to stay at the campus colleges enjoying the history, feeling the inspiration from those beautiful buildings that have seen Nobel Laureates build up their ideas and drinking a pint of beer in the pub where Watson and Crick- after way many beers- reportedly stood over a table and screamed that they had discovered the structure of the DNA is somewhat inspirational. It was a wonderful frame for the meeting.













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CRYO2017 Special Report

A guest post by Fazil Panhwar, student member of the Society for Cryobiology and member of the local organizing committee of CRYO2017. 

Fazil is a Masters student, studying with Society for Cryobiology Governor Professor Gang Zhao, at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in Hefei. In addition to his studies, Fazil has been an integral member of the local organizing committee and also led the organization of the ICYR activities. He shares his unique perspective and insights into CRYO2017 in this special report. 

CRYO2017 “The World Cryobiology and Biobanking Conference” was successfully hosted by University of Science and Technology of China.






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