GAIA's name stems from the Greek goddess of the earth. GAIA developed from the wild and empty space, Chaos, like a round disk that separated Uranus (the sky) from Tantaros (the underworld). All the other gods and mythological creatures emerged from her marriage to Uranus. The logo of GAIA is the bust of the Greek goddess.
GAIA is a member of the Royal Dutch Geological and Mining Society (KNGMG) and is a working group of the Royal Dutch Geographical Society (KNAG). GAIA is also a member organization of the National Women's Council and the European Platform of Women Scientists.