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Promoting astrobiology in Europe

André Brack
André Brack
President of EANA
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André Brack, President of EANA

The question of the chemical origins of life is engraved in the European scientific patrimony as it can be traced back to the pioneer ideas of Charles Darwin, Louis Pasteur, and more recently to Alexander Oparin. During the last decades, the European community of origin of life scientists has organized seven out of the twelve International Conferences on the Origins of Life, held since 1957. This community contributed also to enlargening the field of research to the study of early life, life in extreme environments and to the search for extraterrestrial life, i.e. astrobiology in its broad definition.

Created in 2001, the European Astrobiology Network Association, EANA, co-ordinates the activities in the field of astrobiology of 17 European nations: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom. The specific objectives of EANA are to bring together European researchers interested in astrobiology programmes and to foster their cooperation, to attract young scientists to this quickly evolving interdisciplinary field of research, to interface the Network with European bodies and institutions active in the field, and to popularise astrobiology to the public and to students.

EANA is affiliated to the NASA Astrobiology Institute and is also an active member of the Federation of Astrobiology Organizations, FAO, including the Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA), the Astrobiology Society of Britain (ASB), the Spanish Centro de Astrobiologia (CAB), the French Groupement de Recherche en Exobiologie (GDR Exobio), the Israel Society for Astrobiology and the Study of the Origin of Life (ILASOL), the American NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI), the Red Mexicana de Astrobiología (RMA) and the Swedish Astrobiology Center (SWAN). The FAO is a federation of astrobiology networks, associations, institutes, research groups, and societies created in order to broaden the opportunities available to talented students from all countries, supporting activities that develop their academic and research potentials and trying to harmonise the numerous astrobiology meetings.

The motto of EANA is "good science, good company and good food". We are happy to be able to now add "a good visibility" to our motto, thanks to the European Edition of the Astrobiology Magazine.


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