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Recent advances in cell-based medicine, immunotherapy, drug and vaccine discovery, new foods, environmental and species conservation and safety, and outer space exploration, are calling for the development of ingenious cryobiological techniques to enable the eventual success of those cutting-edge technologies. In this regard, engineering is an integral part of the field of cryobiology. A few illustrations are the development and creation of innovative cryo-devices and materials, new approaches to control ice formation, and novel strategies for improving cryopreservation or cryosurgery. 
CRYO2024 aims to further the connection between engineering and cryobiology by providing an ideal forum for experts from academia, industry, government, and non-profit organizations, to exchange their latest findings and forward-looking perspectives that will contribute to a better life and sustainability on our planet.


The Society for Cryobiology was founded in 1964 to bring together those from the biological, medical and physical sciences who have a common interest in the effect of low temperatures on biological systems. The purpose of the Society is to promote scientific research in low temperature biology, to improve scientific understanding in this field, and to disseminate and apply this knowledge to the benefit of mankind. The Society for Cryobiology publishes its signature journal Cryobiology in conjunction with Elsevier. 

The Society for Cryobiology welcomes membership applications from students and individuals involved in cryobiology research in industry, academia, government, and non-profit organizations. Membership benefits include access to Cryobiology online, reduced annual meeting registration, opportunities for involvement in committees, governance, and more. 

Committee Co-Chairs

Nucharin Songsasen, PhD

Executive Co-Chair
Smithsonian Institution, USA

Xiaoming He, PhD

Executive Co-Chair
University of Maryland, USA

Committee Members

Jason Acker, PhD University of Alberta; Canadian Blood Services, Canada

Christiani A. Amorim, PhD Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Dani Ballesteros, PhD University of Valencia, Spain

Gloria Elliott, PhD Organ Preservation Alliance, USA

John M. Baust, PhD CPSI Biotech, USA

Nilay Chakraborty, PhD American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), USA

Pierre Comizzoli, PhD Smithsonian Institution, USA

Peter Kilbride, PhD Cytiva, UK

Michael Menze, PhD University of Louisville, USA

Estefania Paredes, PhD University of Vigo, Spain

Matt Powell-Palm, PhD Texas A&M University, USA

Sumona Sarkar, PhD National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA

Xiaoxi Wei, PhD X-Therma Inc., USA

Christina Walters, PhD USDA-ARS, USA

Willem Wolkers, PhD University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, Germany


Nicole Evans Executive Director for The Society for Cryobiology

Amelia Hanson Administrator for The Society for Cryobiology

Are you interested in sponsoring CRYO2024? We will be happy to tailor a package to suit your requirements. 

Registration is OPEN.
Early bird discount ends 22 May 2024. 
View our pricing and complete your registration.

The Bethesdan Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

8120 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3624, USA

With a convenient downtown location, The Bethesdan Hotel in Bethesda, MD is the location and accommodation for CRYO2024.

Located a stone’s throw from iconic Washington DC National Monuments and Museums, Bethesda is an ideal meeting location with the surrounding area home to the FDA, NIH, NSF, NASA, NIST, ATCC, The Smithsonian Institution, the University of Maryland, John Hopkins University, Georgetown University, George Washington University and a plethora of others governmental, non-profit, and research institutions. Hotel facilities include fitness center, rooftop pool, and a free shuttle service to and from the Metro. Enjoy meals in the hotel restaurant, Leo and Liv. Alcholic beverages are available at the bar, But First Drink.


Promotional rate available until June 30, 2024


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Free cancellation before 11:59PM local hotel time on July 19th 2024. 

The Bethesdan Hotel


In Person Oral Presentation

  • Please use 16:9 ratio for slides
  • Check your allocated presentation time in the program. All timings are listed in the session description. Please subtract 5 minutes from the total slot time to account for Q&A
  • Upload your presentation to the laptop in your room in the coffee or lunch break preceding your session

In Person Poster Presentation

  • Posters should be printed A0 size (LANDSCAPE orientation preferred 1189 x 841 mm | 46.8 x 33.1 inches)
  • Posters must be affixed to the corresponding numbered poster board in the Poster Hall by 10:30 AM on July 23, 2024 and remain there for the duration of the meeting. Posters remaining in the poster hall after 7 PM on July 25, 2024 will be discarded.
  • A high resolution pdf of your poster will also be required to be uploaded to the event app, Whova, between July 9 – 20, 2024 for virtual delegates to view and for written Q&A. 
  • In Person Poster presenters should also follow all instructions for Virtual Poster Presenters for poster viewing by virtual participants. 


Virtual Oral Presentation

  • Please use 16:9 ratio for slides. 
  • Check your allocated presentation time in the program. All timings are listed in the session description. Please subtract 5 minutes from the total slot time to account for Q&A. 
  • Virtual oral presenters can present live via Zoom webinar or pre-record their presentation for live streaming by the AV team. If you wish to pre-record your presentation, you must contact us directly. Otherwise, it is assumed you will be presenting live.
  • If you choose to pre-record your presentation you must still be available at the appointed time for live Q&A. 
  • All virtual oral presenters will receive a direct email with webinar connection instructions. 

Virtual Poster Presentation

  • Virtual Posters should be in LANDSCAPE orientation 
  • A high resolution pdf of your poster will also be required to be uploaded to the event app, Whova, between July 9 – 20, 2024 for virtual and in person delegates to view and for written Q&A. 
  •  Upload information will be added here in due course
  • Optional – since there is no live presentation opportunity for virtual posters this year, you can record a presentation and upload it to Youtube/Vimeo/etc. Your Poster Portal will have the option for you to include a URL for delegates to watch your presentation.

ICYR Welcome Reception

Monday July 22nd, 2024
4:00PM – 5:30PM

Connect with graduate students, post-docs, and early career researchers and learn more about the ICYR and their activities at this special ICYR Welcome Reception. 

President’s Welcome Reception

Monday July 22nd, 2024
5:30PM – 7:30PM

This welcome reception is included in your registration fee. Please let us know on your registration form if you intend to attend for catering purposes.

ICYR Bus Tour of Washington D.C. Sights

Wednesday July 24th, 2024
7:00PM – 10:30PM
$10 Students / $30 All Others

Join the International Cryobiology Young Researchers (ICYR) on an LED night tour of Washington, D.C. The tour bus will pick the group up from The Bethesdan Hotel on Wednesday, July 24th, at 7:00 PM and will return by approximately 10:30 PM. Stops on the tour include the U.S. Capitol, White House, World War II Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial. Commentary will be provided by a certified tour guide who will provide history, background, and other information about the monuments. Some walking may be required, so be prepared with comfortable shoes. Light refreshments and water will also be provided.

CRYO2024 Banquet

Thursday July 25th, 2024
7:30PM – Late
$60 Students / $60 children (10 and under) / $90 All Others

Indulge in an evening of camaraderie and celebration at our conference banquet dinner, hosted at The Bethesdan Hotel from 7:30 PM till late. Join fellow attendees for engaging social activities including a cryobiology quiz, enlightening lightning talks, and the anticipation of the winners of the Best Photo Competition. Reserve your spot now for an unforgettable night of connection and fun!

Visa Support Letter Request

Do you need a visa to enter the United States? 

  • You may be eligible for ESTA and do not need to submit this form. Check here at US Immigration Support
  • If you are not eligible for ESTA, you may request a letter to support of your visa application.

    Approved Visa Support Letters will be returned 1-2 weeks after submission.

    Delegates who have attended previous meetings in person or online have the best chance of receiving immediate approval.

    If this is your first time attending the Society for Cryobiology’s annual meeting, our administration team may contact you requesting more information before issuing a Visa Support Letter.

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The deadline for final drafts was FRIDAY MAY 10TH. 

If you have more than one abstract accepted to the meeting please complete a final draft for each abstract. 

If your abstract has reviewer comments be sure to take them into account and address any concerns or suggested improvements when revising your abstract.
Note not all abstracts will have reviewer comments. 

There are 2 options for uploading your final draft. 



1) Log into Open Conf 
2) Edit your abstract directly in the text fields. 
3) Save your abstract 


1) Download the Guidelines and blank template below 
2) Complete the template and save 
Upload your .doc or .docx file


Proposal Deadline: February 12th, 2024

The Society for Cryobiology welcomes global symposia proposals on any area of cryobiology. All proposals will be assessed by the program committee.

Please note no funding is available for submitted symposium proposals. 


Dayong Gao Young Investigator Award


The Dayong Gao Young Investigator Award, sponsored by Goldsim, is an early career award for cryobiologists in the first 10 years of their post-PhD career. The award carries a cash prize of $5,000. 

For more information on the Dayong Gao Young Investigator award and how to apply, please see the Society for Cryobiology website.

Awards & Travel Grants


Each year the Society for Cryobiology presents a number of awards and travel grants to students from around the globe to recognize excellence in student research and to assist in funding student participation at the meeting. 

Travel Grants – based on need. Typically from $300 – $1,000. 
Critser Award – based on need. For the top ranked student abstract. 
Crystal Award – $1,000. For the winner of the best student oral presentation. 
Poster Award – $500. For the winner of the best student poster. 

For more information on the student awards and travel grants available please see the Society for Cryobiology website. 


The deadline for applications closed on February 12th, 2024.

1. Submit your <300 word abstract for peer review and acceptance to CRYO2024 through the usual submission channel at See the submission guidelines under ‘Submit an Abstract’ above for details. 
2. Download the EXTENDED ABSTRACT FORM, complete it and save as a PDF. 
3. Complete the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM. [Applications now closed]

     To complete the form you will need:
     *Your completed extended abstract form saved as a PDF
     *Proof of student enrolment or graduation date (see the list of acceptable proof on the form)
     *Your Open Conf abstract ID number 
     *To be a current student member of the Society for Cryobiology or have submitted a pending application for membership. Student membership is free. CLICK HERE TO JOIN OR RENEW.  

Abstract submission is closed

Abstracts can be submitted as in-person or virtual for both oral and poster presentations. 

Important Dates
Abstract Submission Closes: February 12th, 2024
Review Period: February 13th – March 31st, 2024
Author Notification: April 1st, 2024

If you require a visa to enter the USA (not an ESTA) please submit your abstract as soon as possible and complete the visa letter request form immediately. 


Fundamental Cryobiology and Thermodynamics

Ice Nucleation, Growth and Inhibition
Dry State, Anhydrobiosis & Lyophilization
Simulation and Modeling
Thermodynamics and Physical Chemistry

Novel Tools & Technologies

New Devices
New Formulations
AI/Machine Learning for Cryopreservation
Measurement in Cryo-Environments
Novel Tools & Technologies – Other

Fertility Preservation

Sperm Preservation
Oocyte Preservation
Embryo Preservation
Ovarian/Testicular Tissue Preservation
Marine/Aquatic Fertility Preservation (sperm, oocyte, embryo, gonadal tissue)

Cell and Gene Therapy Preservation

Stem Cell and Derivatives Preservation
Immune Cell Preservation
Red Blood Cell and Blood Preservation
Advances in Post-Thaw Characterization
Preservation strategies to secure supply chain
Preservation of reference standards (cells, reagents, etc)
Cell Line and Primary Cell Preservation

Tissue & Organ Preservation

Organ Preservation
Tissue Preservation
Exosome and Extracellular Vesicle Preservation
Tissue Engineered Product Preservation 

Adaptations to Low Temperature

Animal Adaptations
Plant Adaptations

Thermal Medicine

Therapeutic Hypothermia,  Cryoablation/Cryosurgery, and Cryoimmunotherapy

Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Considerations in Cryobiology

Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Considerations in Cryobiology

Conservation of Threatened and Endangered Species

Conservation of Threatened and Endangered Species (Mammalian, Non-Mammalian, Aquatic)
Conservation of Threatened and Endangered Species (Plants)

Applications of Cryobiology in Other Fields

Food Preservation
Pharmaceutical Preservation
Astrobiology and Planetary Sciences

Plant Cryobiotechnology

Wild Species
Agriculture, Forestry and Horticulture

Biobanking Infrastructure and Best Practice

Best Practice, Logistics, Inventory Management, Automation, Biosecurity etc