Biobanking for conservation: Why cryopreservation is essential for addressing our biodiversity crisis

13 Jul 2021 18:00 - 19:30

As highlighted in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment Report, humanity is facing a biodiversity crisis with an estimated million species at risk of extinction. Cryopreservation (often called biobanking), through the cryogenic preservation of DNA, blood and or tissues and reproductive cells is an increasingly feasible conservation support option for a wide range of taxa groups. However, the number of species currently represented in biobanks remains extremely low relative to the conservation need and the availability of suitable material, especially in zoos and aquariums. To realise biobanking’s conservation potential it needs to become a normalised component of the one plan approach for species conservation. This event will provide an overview of conservation biobanking and the challenges it faces, whilst emphasising how and why biobanking should be incorporated into mainstream conservation planning to combat the biodiversity crisis. Experts will explore a variety of biobanking initiatives to show how new specimens can be incorporated, and reveal advances in coral cryopreservation and its conservation significance. 



Science and Conservation Event Details:

  • This interactive online event will be livestreamed to our YouTube channel, which can be found here: will also share a direct link to the livestream nearer the event. You can Subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don't miss it!
  • The event will run from 6:00pm until 7:30pm, and will be recorded and available to watch on our YouTube channel afterwards. 
  • Each event will comprise of 3-4 presentations from experts in the topic, similar to our previous event series. 
  • There will be opportunities for questions from the audience to be answered after each presentation. We will provide information on how to submit a question live on the night. Please be aware we may not be able to answer all questions.
  • There is no charge for this event, and no need to register in advance to watch the livestream.
  • If you would like to submit a question to the speakers before the event, please email it to with the event title in the Subject line.


ZSL Wild Science Podcast

We will be creating a fascinating podcast episode featuring some of the speakers from this event, so keep an ear out in the following months! Listen to previous episodes from our award winning ZSL Wild Science podcast episodes produced by Dr Monika Böhm, and Eleanor Darbey here


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