International Longevity and Cryopreservation Summit in Spain, May 2017

Members of the Spanish longevity science and cryonics communities have organized a conference to be held later this year in Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville. Good for them; it is always pleasant to see the various regional groups of our broader community growing in sophistication and reach. Advocacy and publicity for the cause of radical life extension moves forward one modest step at a time. The more that we talk to the public and the more that we work to build larger networks of supporters, the closer we move towards the realization of technologies that can extend healthy life spans. Further, the cryonics industry remains small enough at this time to benefit considerably from greater efforts to draw together the groups of supporters that exist in numerous countries around the world. We can hope that such an initiative will lead in time to the successful foundation of new cryonics service and support companies outside the US, an evolution of the industry that is long overdue.

Spain will host the first International Longevity and Cryopreservation Summit during May 26-28, 2017. Fundacion VidaPlus will be the main organizer of this world congress, with the help of other leading associations and organizations working on longevity, indefinite lifespans, cryopreservation, and other biomedical areas. Longevity extension has been one of the dreams of humanity since the beginning of recorded history. Even starting the 20th Century average lifespans were just about 40 years in the first industrial nations, and starting the 21st Century average lifespans have doubled again to around 80 years in the most advanced countries. The possibility of doubling again lifespans is increasing rapidly again thanks to exponential technologies and new medical research and development. On a parallel front, cryonics has also advanced considerably since the first spermatozoids were frozen and successfully reanimated about half a century ago. Then followed eggs, embryos, many tissues and complete organs, in different kinds of animals, including some small mammals. What will the future bring? Science and technology should lead the way!

Several institutions have been advancing research on longevity extension, from governments to private companies. Institutions like the Life Extension Foundation and the SENS Research Foundation, to name just two, have been pioneers in promoting investigations and applications on human longevity extension. Additionally, the two major US cryonics institutions, Alcor Life Extension Foundation and Cryonics Institute, have been holding successful regular meetings for their members and other insterested audiences during the last four decades. In Europe, there was an initial regional meeting in Goslar (Germany) in 2010, followed by Dresden (Germany) in 2014, Utrecht (Netherlands) in 2015, and then Basel (Switzerland) in 2016. KrioRus has also been promoting cryonics in Russia and other countries.

Now we are planning to host in Spain the first International Longevity and Cryonics Summit open to people from all continents, with participants coming from the United States to the United Kingdom, from Argentina to Australia, from Africa to China, from Russia to Venezuela. The topics considered will be very broad, ranging from recent medical advances to human cryopreservation. Spain will become the meeting point for this first summit, where there are plans to create an International Cryonics Society to gather and accredit the different groups working around the world. The first part of the May events will be the international congress in English during the weekend of May 27-28 in Madrid, followed by national events in Spanish on May 29 in Madrid, May 30 in Barcelona, and May 31 in Seville. The objective is to combine the international reunions with local audiences and to help promote longevity and cryonics research and development in Spain.



Can somebody tell me how does cryonics relate to life extension through rejuvenation? Is it because of limited time that some want to be frozen away before rejuvenation becomes mature? Or do we need it in order to freeze single parts of tissues or organs for transplantation? Can somebody tell me how cryonics and rejuvenation are related to each other?

Posted by: K. at January 30th, 2017 5:49 AM

It's seen as a complementary, back-up solution. Rejuvenation is the preferred method, but if this can't be achieved during one's lifetime, then being frozen with a slight hope of revival is still better than no chance at all through simply dying.

IIRC even Aubrey is signed up with cryogenisation.

Posted by: Spede at January 30th, 2017 5:58 AM

K: Those two matters are part of the relation between cryonics and rejuvenation. Also, since the vast majority of the people currently in cryonics suspension are old, they will need rejuvenation before thawing.

Posted by: Antonio at January 30th, 2017 6:20 AM

Is cryo more popular in Europe than the US?

Posted by: JohnD at January 30th, 2017 4:23 PM

@JohnD: I'd say not, but the European supporters have the immediate and pressing goal of sorting out easier access to cryonics provider companies, preferably by setting up one or more of them, since the only existing providers are in the US and Russia. So the European cryonics community have more of a reason to get to work and make progress than, say, the US groups.

Posted by: Reason at January 30th, 2017 4:54 PM

This is awesome as I live in Spain now :-)

Posted by: Michael at January 31st, 2017 2:59 PM

" Can somebody tell me how cryonics and rejuvenation are related to each other?"

Very simple - barring a major world war and economic depression (always a possibility) progress in biotech, nanotechnology, and related fields will be exponential over the coming decades. If you're 50 years or older you may actually be one of the very last generations alive which may have to make due with a regular lifespan as enforced by the Hayflick limit (~120 years plus minus).

So cryonics aims at bridging the gap so to say. If you are condoned to die in the next decade or two then having your body/head frozen for a few decades may just propel you into a new age in which you can be successfully reanimated and perhaps even rejuvenated. It may all sound like sci-fi right now but so would have currently available tech like homology-independent targeted integration (HITI) or CRISPR/Cas9 just a generation or two ago ;-)

Posted by: Michael at January 31st, 2017 3:06 PM

^^ correction - meant to say 'condemned to die' in the post above.

Posted by: Michael at January 31st, 2017 3:07 PM

I just did the pre-registration today. I will surely go to Seville and maybe to Madrid. Michael: if you can go, see you there!

Posted by: Antonio at February 1st, 2017 5:24 AM

I would be very grateful for any responses to a question about cryogenisation of pets being practised in parts of Europe? I ask, , you, please write the names of providers. Furthermore, if it's believed cryo-preservation however contributes something vital for the m├ędical researcher,shouldn't authority be given for life extension centres to exist for animals at least in countries other than the Soviet Union,and the USA? I Wonder if many could visualise cryonics in society as definitively a great step forward in the right direction.

Posted by: Felixya Von Theodorez at March 9th, 2018 8:28 PM

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