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.

For 2019 Seed Vault openings for receiving seed deposits will be organized during;

  1. Week 13 (26.-29. of March)
  2. Week 23 (3.-6. of June)
  3. Week 43 (21.-25. of October)

The first Seed Vault opening in 2020 is scheduled for week 9 (24.-28. of February). This opening will take place on the 12 year anniversary of the Seed Vault and it will be combined with an event focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2020 on biodiversity and on the completion of the Seed Vault construction upgrade. Gene banks will in particular be invited to deposit seeds at this occasion and to be represented in the events.

In 2018, seeds were taken into the Seed Vault at three occasions; in February, in August and in October. At the Seed Vault 10 year anniversary in February, 23 gene banks took the opportunity to deposit seeds.  Four gene banks deposited seeds in August and six in October.