1. Executive Council

    NAI Executive Council and guests inside the Edgar Experimental Mine in Idaho Springs, CO, for the in-person meeting May 15-16, 2018, hosted by the CUB team.


    The Principal Investigators (PIs), together with the NAI Director and Deputy Director, comprise the Executive Council (EC) of the NAI during the period of performance of their awards. The NAI Director chairs the EC and acts as its Presiding Officer. The Executive Council is charged with the following specific roles:

    1. Raise, discuss, and provide insight into issues such as Institute-wide research objectives, astrobiology mission opportunities, and priorities for technology development;
    2. Consider and analyze proposals to form Focus Groups and other similar bodies;
    3. Consider and comment on proposals for external partnerships (e.g., international, interagency, or corporate);
    4. Consider and provide perspective on other astrobiology issues at the request of the Director.

    In addition to the roles enumerated above, the EC may undertake additional activities or interactions that the members consider to be within the scope of the NAI, germane to the goals of the Institute and the interests of the astrobiology science community, and/or important to NASA. Such additional activities must be endorsed by the NAI Director.


    Members of the Executive Council at the October 5-6, 2017 in-person meeting hosted by the MIT team.

    The Executive Council at the September 11-15, 2016 meeting hosted by the Montana (now Georgia Tech) team.


    Members of the EC and NAI at the January 26-27, 2016 meeting hosted by the NASA Ames Research Center and SETI teams.