NASA Astrobiology Program

The NAI Welcomes New International Partners

By Keith Cowing
April 13, 2012

Please join the NAI in welcoming its two newest international partners, the University of Sao Paulo (USP) Research Unit in Astrobiology (NAP-Astrobio) and the Canadian Astrobiology Network.

NAP-Astrobio, led by Jorge Ernesto Horvath and Douglas Galante, is a virtual organization reporting to the Research Provost of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Its purpose is to provide a structure for virtual scientific collaboration as well as the organization of meetings, seminars, and schools. It currently includes Sao Paulo state researchers as well as colleagues distributed countrywide and abroad. For more information see

The Canadian Astrobiology Network (CAN), led by Neil Banerjee and Lyle Whyte, is an organization of institutions and researchers across Canada who are actively engaged in astrobiological research. The CAN builds on the Canadian Astrobiology Training Program – a six-year ~$1.5M program funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The goal of CAN is to foster collaboration and integration between Canadian scientists and NAI partner institutions in the U.S. and around the world. For more information see

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