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We are excited to announce the launch of SLTB’s first steps into online networking! In preparation for the development of the new website, the Society has moved to the virtual world with new internet pages set up for online networking sites “LinkedIn” and “Facebook” and our own channel on “YouTube”. We hope you will visit and explore these pages and share your thoughts and news, making them as useful as possible to our members!

The pages can be found at:

LinkedIn

Youtube

Facebook

The YouTube channel already contains archive films of Cryobiology in action, filmed at Mill Hill and previewed at SLTB 2014. To view the full LinkedIn and Facebook pages you will need to be a member of LinkedIn or Facebook, and once you join they are just waiting for your contributions…!

It’s hoped that our members will engage in discussions, advertise new job opportunities, publications and meetings through the networks. If you have any films or lectures that might be of interest to other Low Temperature Biologists, please let the SLTB committee know and we can put them onto the channel for everyone to view. Most of all, we hope that this will present new opportunities for our members to communicate together as a community, share good news and information about Low Temperature biology and keep up to date with what everyone is getting up to!

Society members are invited to link to these pages and comment freely on anything Low Temperature Biology related. If you have news you wish to share, please email directly through one of these sites or email the SLTB committee, or to SLTBcryo@gmail.com, and we will see that your news gets onto the web as soon as possible. As with any network, we’re only as strong as our members so please come and visit the pages and take part so we can make these as relevant to our members as we possibly can!


Introduction
The Society for Low Temperature Biology (SLTB) was founded in 1964 and became a Registered Charityin 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 a diverse variety of scientific fields from biology and medicine to engineering. Research interests of members range from natural mechanisms of cold tolerance, 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 biological systems. This wide range of scientific and technical backgrounds facilitates cross-fertilization of ideas at our meetings.

The Society holds at least one main meeting each year. The programme includes both a symposium on a topical subject and a session of free communications on any aspect of low temperature biology. Recent symposia have included long-term stability, preservation of aquatic organisms, cryopreservation of embryos and gametes, preservation of plants, low temperature microscopy, vitrification, freeze drying and tissue banking.

Society costs are kept to a minimum with a membership fee of only £20 and £15 for student members per annum. In return, members receive a newsletter with news of forthcoming activities, and access to meetings of the Society. If you would like to join, please complete and return the Membership Application Form to the General Secretary together with your remittance for your first year's subscription. (NB Foreign currencies or cheques drawn on non-UK banks cannot be accepted).

Applications for membership have to be approved by the Committee of the Society, and you will be notified of the outcome immediately after the next Committee meeting. The Society reserves the right to refuse membership and to refund the joining fee.


A BROAD SPECTRUM OF DISCIPLINES AND TECHNOLOGIES

The Society has members from a wide variety of scientific backgrounds dealing with diverse organisms, materials and technologies. Areas of activity amongst the membership include:
  • Cryopreservation of cells, tissues, organs and materials for medical purposes
  • Cryopreservation of plant cells and tissues and cultures of algae, protozoa and filamentous fungi for the purposes of sustainable agriculture, biotechnology and conservation of biodiversity
  • Refrigeration of biological materials
  • Preservation of human and animal gametes and embryos
  • Tissue engineering
  • Cold tolerance of natural biological systems including plants, invertebrates, animals and microorganisms
  • Low temperature aspects of hibernation
  • Biochemistry of natural cryoprotectants and cryoprotection
  • Cryomicroscopy
  • Physics of supercooling, ice nucleation/formation and heat transfer