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.
For 2019 it has been decided to organize Seed Vault openings for receiving seed deposits during;
Dates are coordinated with ongoing construction work at the Seed Vault.
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.