The European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA) was organized in Spring 2001 during the First European Workshop on Astrobiology co-organized with ESA at the ESRIN research facility in Frascati, Italy. Acknowledging that there are numerous centers of excellence in astrobiology in Europe, founders decided to promote their work by setting up this European Network to help the sharing of their expertise and facilities. This network aims also to attract young scientists to participate practically in this evolving interdisciplinary field. Other goals are the promotion of astrobiology to European funding agencies (ESA, ESF) and political bodies such as the European Commission. Finally, individual members as national associations are invited to promote a public interest in astrobiology.
Up to 2010, scientists or organizations of 19 European countries are participating in this network: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy,...