1. Canadian Astrobiology Network (CAN)

    Website: http://www.uwo.ca/projects/cpsx/research/collaboration/government/astrobiology_network.html

    Neil Banerjee, Chair
    University of Western Ontario
    London, Ontario

    Lyle Whyte, Vice Chair
    McGill University
    Montreal, Quebec

    CAN Activities

    Canadian Astrobiology Training Program (CATP)
    First Canadian cross-disciplinary, multi-institutional undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral training program in Astrobiology.

    About the Canadian Astrobiology Network

    The Canadian Astrobiology Network (CAN) 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 through the Collaborative Research and Training Program. 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.

    Canadian astrobiology researchers contribute to most goals of the NASA Astrobiology Roadmap. Much of this research takes advantage of the unique attributes of Canadian terrestrial analogue sites. The NAI and CAN envision that this partnership will focus initially on:

    • field research at analogue sites relevant to astrobiology;
    • exchanges of U.S. and Canadian scientists and students to perform research at each other’s institutions;
    • coordination of seminars and student training programs; and
    • coordination of education and public outreach activities.