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 2018 the first Seed Vault opening for seed deposits took place at the celebration of the 10 year anniversary on the 26th of February. 23 gene banks took the opportunity to deposit seeds at this occasion.

Due to ongoing construction improvements, the usual spring opening in April/May was not conducted this year. Next Seed Vault opening for receiving seeds at the Vault will be Monday the 29th of October.

For 2019 it is our aim to be back to normal procedures, meaning one opening in February, one in April/May and the last one in October. Dates will be announced in detail in the autumn 2018.

In 2017, seeds were taken into the Vault at four occasions, in February, May, September and October.