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European Astrobiology Institute (EAI) - Preliminary Information
Following the discussions over the last years about the establishment of a European Institute of Astrobiology (EAI) an Interim Board consisting of members of the main European organisations involved in Astrobiology has been established which will elaborate a detailed Action Plan for the establishment of such an institute. First discussions focused on the tasks and the structure of the institutes and deliberations about other important issues concerning the institute will follow and informations will be constantly updated. The Interim Board of the European Astrobiology Centre proposes the following tasks and structure for the future European Astrobiology Institute. An official website will be set up soon with more detailed information.
Tasks of the EAI
The tasks of the EAI were discussed by the Board. The Board will propose the following tasks of the EAI to the European astrobiology community and to the General Assembly. These tasks will be integrated in the Action Plan of the EAI.
The following main bodies of the EAI will be proposed by the Board:
  • A General Assembly
    • acting as the highest decision-making body of the EAI and responsible,
    • defining the structure and the general policy of the institute,
    • electing the chair and vice-chair,
    • approving budgets and reports by other bodies of the EAI.
    Each participating organisation will send one delegate to the General Assembly.

  • Several Working Groups will be established with responsibility for scientific themes and fields of activities (e.g. outreach, training) of the EAI. Working Group leaders and co-leaders will be appointed by the General Assembly.

  • A Management Committee consisting of the chair, vice chair(s) and the Working Group Leaders responsible for coordinating the activities of the EAI between General Assemblies.

  • An Executive Committee formed by the chair, vice chair(s) and the administrative officer appointed by the Host Organisation (who will be administrating the EAI) which will be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the EAI.
A schematic drawing of the structure is shown on the right side.
Future Actions
Important tasks of the Interim Board for the immediate future include
Wolf Geppert, wgeppert (at)
Muriel Gargaud, muriel.gargaud (at)
Nigel Mason, nigel.mason (at)