The Objectives of the Astrobiology Workshops organized by the European Astrobiology Network are:
to bring together European researchers connected with the development of science and technology programs directly or indirectly related to astrobiology and to foster their cooperation.
to give each nation the opportunity to promote its own research strengths and resources relevant to astrobiology and offer collaborative links with like-minded scientists.
to assess the extent of interest and resources for astrobiology within Europe.
to attract young scientists to this quickly evolving interactive field of research.
to highlight potentially rewarding research directions, ensure the optimal returns for effort, optimise the application of the expertise available, and minimise unnecessary duplication of effort within Europe or elsewhere.
to initiate the establishment of a database of expertise in different aspects of astrobiology.
to encourage small international follow-on workshops devoted to specialist areas of the field.
to enable delegates to learn the scientific potential of the discipline and share expertise.
to help promote astrobiology activities in those European countries with not yet fully active programmes.
to discuss the interaction between a European Astrobiology network and the NASA Astrobiology Institute which is keen to promote international collaboration and is already associated with some European initiatives for mutual benefit (e.g. Spain and the United Kingdom).
Workshops co-organised by the European Astrobiology Network:
- First European Workshop on Exo/Astrobiology, ESA/ESRIN, 21-23 May, 2001, Frascati, Italy
- Second European Workshop on Exo/Astrobiology, 16-19 September, 2002, Graz, Austria
- Third European Workshop on Exo/Astrobiology, 18-20 November, 2003, Madrid, Spain
- Fourth European Workshop on Exo/Astrobiology, 23-25 November, 2004, Milton Keynes, UK
- Fifth European Workshop on Astrobiology, 10-12 October 2005, Budapest, Hungary
- Sixth European Workshop on Astrobiology, 16-18 October 2006, Lyon, France
- Seventh European Workshop on Astrobiology, 22-24 October 2007, Turku, Finland
- Eighth European Workshop on Astrobiology, 01-03 September 2008, Neuchatel, Switzerland
- Nineth European Workshop on Astrobiology, 12-14 October 2009, Brussels, Belgium
10th European Workshop on Astrobiology, 06-08 September 2010,
Pushchino, Moscow Region, Russia
- 11th European Workshop on Astrobiology, 11-14 July 2011
To see the Gallery of Photos (sent by Helmut Lammer) from the EANA2010 workshop please click the picture below
12th European Workshop on Astrobiology
The following topics will be covered:
- Extrasolar planets
- Astrophysics and astrochemistry
- Geochemical origin of life
- Origin and evolution of the biosphere
- Planetary habitability & exploration (Mars, Titan, Europa, ...)
- Extremophiles and early life
- Astrobiology on the International Space Station
- Artificial life
- Miscellaneous subjects in astrobiology
The 12th European Workshop on Astrobiology EANA'12 took place from October 15 to 17, 2012 at the AlbaNova, in Stockholm, Sweden. EANA'12 was hosted by NORDITA (the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics) and the Swedish Astrobiology Network (SwAN). The workshop included oral presentations, poster sessions with moderated discussions, plus a student contest "The Space Factor". A panel was devoted to Pan-European projects in astrobiology. 150 scientists attended EANA'12. For further details, the programme and the book of abstracts visit the EANA'12 website:
EANA'12 was sponsored by the Stockholm University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, the Swedish Research Council, the Swedish National Space Board, the Wenner-Gren Foundations, the City of Stockholm and the European Space Agency ESA. 28 travel grants were awarded by EANA to students and young scientists, in addition several travel grants were awarded by NORDITA.