Europe launches The European Astrobiology Institute (EAI) at the recommendations of the AstroMap Report.

In order to take astrobiology-related research forward and to prevent a counterproductive fragmentation of the European Astrobiology research community through duplicate or excessively overlapping initiatives and structures the AstroMap Report (drawn up under the EU FP7 programme) unequivocally recommends the creation of a pan-European platform for research, training outreach and dissemination in Astrobiology. The European Astrobiology Institute (EAI) aims to function as such an entity. Such an institute is required to keep Europe’s leading position in this interdisciplinary field relatively to other countries and regions. EAI will closely collaborate with several related European organisations including ESA, EANA, Europlanet etc. but as a network of institutions fundamentally different from existing bodies.

The EAI will be hosted by the European Science Foundation.

MISSION

The European Astrobiology Institute (EAI) will be a consortium of European research and higher education institutions and organisations as well as other stakeholders aiming to carry out research, training, outreach and dissemination activities in astrobiology in a comprehensive and coordinated manner and thereby securing a leading role of the European Research Area in the field.

Find out more here: http://www.esf.org/scientific-support/scientific-platforms-administration/european-astrobiology-institute-eai/?L=0

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