​The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)

is a multidisciplinary, scientific platform for widening the discussion and creating awareness about problems of Geoethics and Ethics applied to the Geosciences.

IAPG is legally recognized as a not-for-profit association, has more than 2358 members in 129 countries on 5 continents, and can count on a network of 31 national sections.

IAPG works to developing theoretical and practical activities covering a wide range of contents comprising: philosophy of geosciences and history of geosciences thinking; research integrity and professionalism in geosciences; working climate issues and related aspects; geoethics in georisks and disaster risk reduction; responsible georesources management; ethical and social aspects in geoeducation and geosciences communication; geoethics applied to different geoscience fields including economic geology, paleontology, forensic geology and medical geology; ethical and societal relevance of geoheritage and geodiversity; sociological aspects in geosciences and geosciences-society-policy interface; geosciences for sustainable and responsible development; geoethical implications in global and local changes of socio-ecological systems; ethics in geoengineering; ethical issues in climate change and ocean science studies; ethical implications in geosciences data life cycle and big data; ethical and social matters in the international geoscience cooperation.

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What is Geoethics?

Geoethics consists of research and reflection on the values which underpin appropriate behaviours and practices, wherever human activities interact with the Earth system. Geoethics deals with the ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience education, research and practice, and with the social role and responsibility of geoscientists in conducting their activities..... Read more

Affiliations and Agreements

IAPG promotes geoethics through the international collaboration with Associations and Institutions.
Read more about affiliations, agreements, partnerships:
7 affiliations
20 agreements for cooperation
3 partnerships
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AffiliationsIUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences, ICPHS - International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences, AGI - American Geosciences Institute, GSL - Geological Society of London, CFES - Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences, GSA - Geological Society of America, GIRAF - Geoscience Information in Africa Network.
AgreementsEFG - European Federation of Geologists, EGS - EuroGeoSurveys, AGU - American Geophysical Union, IAH - International Association of Hydrogeologists, IAG/AIG - International Association of Geomorphologists, IUGS-IFG - Initiative on Forensic Geology, AAWG - African Association of Women in Geosciences, IAEG - International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment, GC - Geoscientists Canada, BDG - Berufsverband Deutscher Geowissenschaftler e.V., NKUA-APRL - The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens - Applied Philosophy Research Laboratory, GfGD - Geology for Global Development, AEG - Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, YES - International Network of Young and Early-Career Geoscientists, IGEO - International Geoscience Education Organisation, FCEA - Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, SGP - Sociedad Geológica del Perù, I-GEMA - Instituto de Geociencias Y Medio Ambiente, Arequipa-Perù, ANGE - African Network for Geo-Education, GEVAS Red Argentina.
Partnerships: AGU Ethics & Equity CenterIYGU - International Year of Global Understanding, RFG 2018 - Resources for Future Generations.
Questionnaire "Geoethics in the Geosciences"

Which is the the geoscience community's perception and awareness on the importance of the ethical and social aspects of geoscience research and practice?

The online questionnarie "Geoethics in the Geosciences" is the tool for investigating this perception and awareness in this international survey conducted by the IAPG.

Everyone can fill in the questionnaire anonymously, since its structure allows compilers to fill in it as individuals in the performance of their institutional/professional activities, without implying personal data or information related to their private life.

This international survey is partially funded by the IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences.

The questionnaire will be disseminated within the international geoscience community, also through the help of the geoscience partner organizations of the IAPG.

Everyone is invited to fill in the questionnaire. Help us in this international survey. Share the link to fill in the questionnaire with your colleagues.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

The questionnaire can fill in here: https://form.jotformeu.com/93223788145362


Read more about the questionnaire


The Early Career Scientists Team (ECST) of the IAPG

The IAPG considers the ESCT as its outpost and one of its greater strengths. The IAPG believes that early career and young scientists can indicate needs and expectations on the future of geosciences. They can help to give a perspective updated and adhering to the new challenges that geoscientists have to face. They can also report new instances from the society, identifying the potential innovative contributions that geosciences can provide to society.

The ECST board is formed by: Daniel De Miguel (Spain) - Spokeperson; Ndivhuwo Cecilia Mukosi (South Africa); Sebastian Handl (Austria); Cristina Toma (Romania); Cesar Oboni (Canada); Bárbara Zambelli (Brazil); Jonathan Rizzi (Italy/Norway); Alexandra Cardoso (Portugal).

The IAPG thanks Flavia Strani (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) to have drawn the ECST logo.

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Australian Earth Sciences Convention (AESC)
Hobart, Tasmania (Australia)
9-12 February 2021
Session "Geoethical Aspects in Geosciences"
under the Theme 5 "Geoscience in society, education and environment".
Call for abstracts (deadline: 24 August 2020)
Chair of the session: Sandra Villacorta (IAPG-Peru)
Session description: There is an urgent need to promote geoethical values to deal with the implications of geosciences activities and discuss the appropriate behaviours and practices, wherever human activities interact with the Earth system worldwide.
The scope of this session is to discuss the ethical implications of developing geoscience activities. Acknowledging the role of Geoscientists at the service of society, this session will develop discussion on ethical and social problems related to the management of land, coasts and open oceans; socio-environmentally sustainable supplies of energy and geo-resources; geoscience communication and education, role of geosciences in socio-economic development, sustainable development and intercultural exchange among others.
It is expected participation of professionals of the International Association for Promoting Geoethics – IAPG (http://www.geoethics.org).

Abstract submission:


This session in the AESC21 website:


Online Keynote speech at the EGU 2020: Sharing Geoscience Online:
Geoscientists as social and political actors (by Silvia Peppoloni, IAPG Secretary General)

Online event, 4 May 2020 (16:15-17:45 CEST): Open to anyone and free of charge

Union Symposium 1 (US1): "Best practices for scientific integrity and scientific freedom in an age of pandemics - and beyond"

Co-sponsored by EGU, AGI, AGU, AOGS, GSA, GSL, JpGU

Video (you can see and hear Silvia speaking from minute 37:23):


Silvia's abstract:


Download the US1 summary:


Read the list of keynote speeches and their abstracts in US1:


Porto (Portugal), 18-22 May 2020

The joint event IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics and IAH - International Association of Hydrogeologists is an excellent occasion for discussing and sharing values, best practices and strategies to manage water resources for a sustainable future.

Important news due to the Covid-19 (posted on 9 April 2020):


How to access the online Congress: https://geoeth-gwm2019.wixsite.com/porto/how-to-access-the-online-congress


Registration: https://geoeth-gwm2019.wixsite.com/porto/registration



We are proud to announce the launch a new important initiative on geoethics.


On 20 July 2019, Peter T. Bobrowsky, Giuseppe Di Capua, and Silvia Peppoloni have founded the School on Geoethics and Natural Issues (Schola de Geoethica et Naturae Quaestionibus), in short the "Schola".


Dr. PhD Silvia Peppoloni is the Director of the "Schola".

The "Schola" aims to provide excellent education in geoethics, thus promoting the development of a scientific and critical attitude to the knowledge of the Earth and its constituent systems, by fostering a growth of awareness and responsibility towards the planet, education in the values and actions underlying a respect for ecosystems, including responsible use of resources, management of natural risks, reduction of pollution and its repercussions on human health and climate, adaptation to environmental changes, in view of an accountable and ecologically sustainable development.

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We are happy to inform that the first book of the new SpringerBriefs in Geoethics sponsored by the IAPG has been published:

Jan Boon (2020). Relationships and the Course of Social Events During Mineral Exploration - An Applied Sociology Approach. SpringerBriefs in Geoethics, Springer International Publishing, pp. XIX + 125. ISBN 978-3030379254, doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-37926-1.

This book provides the results of nine case studies of the course of social events in mineral exploration projects (mostly in Latin America). The author concluded that, while each case is sui generis, the underlying sociological processes are the same. This made it possible to develop a generalized model for the course of social events during mineral exploration. It consists of seven stages: (i) arrival of the project; (ii) initial meanings, interpretations and decisions; (iii) real dialogue; (iv) building relationships; (v) change processes; (vi) new relationships and social structures and (vii) the course of social events and perceived benefits and harms. Stages (iii) => (iv) => (v) => (iii) form a continuous iterative cycle. Dialogue and relationships are at the heart of the model. The text describes five of the nine case studies in some detail and illustrates how sociology explains the sociological processes in these projects. These examples, together with the final chapter that discusses the implications, provide many practical pointers for all actors involved: industry, communities, NGOs, home governments and host governments.

Read more about the book in Springer Link

Read the IAPG Foreword by Nic Bilham and Giuseppe Di Capua and the Preface by Jan Boon

Read more about the IAPG SpringerBriefs in Geoethics

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Cape Town Statement on Geoethics

It sums up all the values, concepts, contents developed by IAPG, giving a perspective for the future development of geoethics. Supported by 22 geoscience organizations and available in 35 languages

Geoethical Promise

A Hippocratic-like oath for geoscientists, originally proposed at the 34th IGC-International Geological Congress in Brisbane (Australia). Translated in 35 languages

White Paper on Responsible Mining

It intends to provide essential reference elements for framing this important topic from an ethical perspective. Drafted by the IAPG Task Group on Responsible Mining and approved by IAPG EC on 1 December 2017


in Geoethics

It envisions a series of short publications that aim to discuss ethical, social, and cultural implications of geosciences knowledge, education, research, practice and communication. 

The “robbery mining”: grab the money and run
(by Nicola Careddu, Italy)

" ... If the objective of mining is to dig out only what can make higher earnings on a short term, then "raubbau" looks more like a bank robbery: grab the money and run ..."

Read the article in the IAPG Blog

Other articles published in the IAPG Blog

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Geosciences and Geoethics in times of Covid-19 pandemic
An interview to Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG Secretary General)

" ... Geoscientists are social and political actors. The profound meaning of their activity lies in improving the knowledge we have of the planet for the benefit of humanity. That knowledge shapes the idea we have about the world and its social and ecological relationships ..."

Read the article in the IAPG Blog

Other articles published in the IAPG Blog

Situating Geoethics in the Pandemocene, an Opinion
(by Martin Bohle, Germany)

" ... geosciences are instrumental in making anthropogenic global change happen, that making it a Pandemic. Therefore, geoscientists are its co-architects who should assume the responsibility that comes with their role as agents of technology-driven change. ..."

Read the article in the IAPG Blog

Other articles published in the IAPG Blog

Geoethics training in the Earth and environmental sciences
(by David W. Mogk & Monica Z. Bruckner, USA)

"Ethical dilemmas are regularly encountered by Earth and environmental scientists. Explicit training is required to allow the community to recognize such dilemmas, and to prevent and mitigate ethical issues as they arise"

Read the article in Nature Reviews Earth & Environment

Other articles on geoethics

Defining geoethics
(by Giuseppe Di Capua and Silvia Peppoloni, Italy)

"... Ideas that underpin the conceptual foundations of geoethics can be traced back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries when anthropogenic impacts on nature began to be recognised and documented. ...."

Read the article in the IAPG Blog

Other articles published in the IAPG Blog

A geoethical approach to the territory: the case of the lower Tordera river and Delta, Catalonia, Spain
(by Francesc Bellaubí and Josep M. Mallarach, Spain)

" ... we need to be able to relearn from personal and collective errors, which may be very significant during the last decades, with a critical vision that helps us identify what is really important, promoting discernment as a virtue. ..."

Read the article in the IAPG Blog

Other articles published in the IAPG Blog

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Issue n. 1 - 2020  

April 17, 2020


Previous newsletter issues

The Global Risks Report 2020 
Insight Report, 15th Edition. World Economic Forum
Sorbonne Declaration on Research Data Rights
(Association of American Universities (AAU), African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), Coordination of French Research-Intensive Universities (CURIF), German U15, League of European Research Universities (LERU), RU11 Japan, Russell Group, The Group of Eight (Go8), U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities)
27 January 2020
White Paper on Citizen Science for Europe
(by Sanz F.S., Holocher-Ertl T., Kieslinger B., Sanz García F. and Silva C.G.)
European Commission, 2014
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
On 25 September 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
Mining with Principles
"... We believe that environmental conservation and mining can co-exist when companies commit to a set of principles focussed on managing and mitigating the impact of mining and metals activities ..."
(update: 15 April 2020)
2358 members in 129 countries
31 national sections
7 Affiliations
20 Agreements for Cooperation
3 Partnerships
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