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EANA was founded in 2001 as a scientific non-profit organisation with the purpose to bring together European researchers interested in that new field of astrobiology, to foster their cooperation, to attract students and young scientists and to popularize astrobiology. EANA currently combines representatives of 19 European nations active in astrobiology: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom. EANA is associated with international astrobiology groups in Brazil, China, Japan, Mexico and USA (NAI). The EANA Executive Council has a total of 36 members, of which 19 are national representatives and 17 are elected members. EANA holds annual workshops in one of its member countries and has organised a tele-teaching network ABC-Net (AstroBiology lecture Course Network) in cooperation with ESA. The next EANA Workshop will be held in Stockholm at the AlbaNova University Centre, October 15 to 17, 2012. The website is: http://agenda.albanova.se/conferenceDisplay.py?confId=2996

Since, there are several centres of excellence in astrobiology or related fields of research in Europe, there was and is a need that they are co-ordinated to share there expertise and research facilities. This was the main drive for European scientists to organize and create a European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA) for the scientific benefit and the public in general.

The value of sharing resources on an international scale was highlighted at the Inaugural Meeting of the European Astrobiology Steering Group at the British National Space Centre, London on 25/26 October 1999 and at the Strategy-oriented Meeting at CNES, Paris on 18-19 October 2000. At these two meetings, senior representatives of the European Science Foundation and the European Space Agency acknowledged that astrobiology in Europe should be strengthened, formalised as a Network and supported.

The European Space Agency supports the EANA Network and provides access to the ESA Virtual Institute for Astrobiology. The Virtual Institute facilitates communications and sharing of information among EANA members and their global collaborators.

For more information on EANA, please find the EANA brochure here (4.2 MB).

The EANA By-laws, are made available here

Download the registration forms to become a member or to become a sponsor.

EANA Stockholm declaration on ExoMars

EANA annual report 2012

David Gilichinsky (25.2.1948-17.2.2012) in memoriam

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