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The Society for Low Temperature Biology (SLTB) was founded in 1964, it became a Registered Charity in 2003 (Charity Commission for England & Wales No. 1099747) with the purpose of promoting research into the effects of low temperatures on all types of organisms and their constituent cells, tissues and organs. Such studies have applications in diverse scientific fields, from biology and medicine to engineering , conservation and environmental science.


Our Mission

The interests of its members are diverse, however, all share a common interest in understanding relationships between low temperatures and biological systems. The objectives of the SLTB are outlined in the Strategic Plan as follows: 

  1. To advance the education of the public in the science of low temperature biology.

  2. To advance the science of low temperature biology.

  3. To promote research into the science of low temperature biology and;

  4. disseminate the useful results to the public.

Interests range from natural mechanisms of cold tolerance, the cryopreservation of cells and tissues for medical, agricultural and conservation purposes, low temperature microscopy, through to the physics and physical chemistry of water and ice; and heat and mass transfer in all types of biological systems.

Who we are

The SLTB has a membership of around 100 cryobiologists, researchers and scientists from plant, animal, algae, lichen, human and environmental fields.

We have a committee made up of 7 members and a 3 person advisory board. The charity has 3 trustees.

the committee

  • President/Chair of the Society:

Professor Dr. Glyn N Stacey

Director, International Stem Cell Banking Initiative and SSCBio Ltd





United Kingdom


  • Membership/Communications Secretaries:

Professor Christiani A. Amorim

Professor, chercheuse qualifiée FNRS

Université catholique de Louvain

Pôle de Recherche en Gynécologie

Avenue Mounier, 52 Bte. B1.52.02

1200 Brussels



Dr. Ariadna Corral

Research fellow

Centro Nacional de Aceleradores (CNA)

Universidad de Sevilla-Junta de Andalucía-CSIC

C/ Thomas Alva Edison 7

41092 Sevilla



  • General Secretary:

Dr. Isobel Massie

Post-doctoral Training Fellow

The Francis Crick Institute, 

Stem Cell and Cancer Biology Laboratory, 

1A Midland Road, London


United Kingdom


  • Meetings Secretary:

Professor Dr.-Ing. Birgit Glasmacher


Institute for Multiphase Processes

Leibniz Universität Hannover

Callinstrasse 36

D-30165 Hannover



  • Treasurer:

Dr. Alasdair Kay

Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of York

Department of Biology


York YO10 5DD

United Kingdom


  • Committee Member:

Professor Tiantian Zhang

Deputy Dean Research

Poole House

Bournemouth University

Poole, Dorset

BH12 5BB

United Kingdom

  • Advisory committee:

Dr. Milos Faltus

Plant Physiology and Cryobiology

Crop Research Institute

Praha - Ruzyne, Czech Republic

161 06 Prague 6

Dr. Lothar Lauterboeck

Post-doctoral fellow

Cardiovascular Center of Excellence

LSU Health New Orleans

533 Bolivar Street

4th Floor Rm 406A

New Orleans, LA 70112


Dr. Denys Pogozhykh

Research fellow

Institute for Transfusion Medicine

Hannover Medical School

Carl-Neuberg-Straße 1

30625 Hannover




Our Trustees are Hugh Pritchard, Prof. David Rawson and Lyndsey Withers.