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.
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:
- To advance the education of the public in the science of low temperature biology.
- To advance the science of low temperature biology.
- To promote research into the science of low temperature biology and;
- 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.