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Calendar for Seed Vault Openings

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is normally opened for new seed deposits three times each year. The so called Seed Vault Openings, are announced well in advance, and potential seed depositors are recommended to plan their seed production, packing and shipments of seeds in accordance with these dates. Dates for Seed Vault Openings and any other important events can be found below.

Seed boxes from gene bank collections are brought into the Seed Vault at three or more occasions during the year.

There will be three regular Seed Vault openings in 2017:

1) February 2017 – material received in Oslo during week 7. Seeds were brought into the Seed Vault between Wednesday the 22nd and Sunday the 26th of February.

2) May 2017 – material to be received in Oslo during week 18, on Friday the 5th of May at the latest. Seeds will be brought in during the week after.

3) October 2017 – material to be received in Oslo during week 41, on Thursday the 12th of October at the latest. Seeds will be brought in during the week after.

When needed, seeds are transferred also at other dates.