​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 2321 members in 128 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.
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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.

IAPG session and short course on geoethics at the EGU 2020 General Assembly

EGU has cancelled the physical General Assembly 2020 in Vienna.

Read more here: https://www.egu2020.eu/


IAPG organizes the following events at the EGU 2020 General Assembly (Vienna, 3-8 May 2020):

Session EOS5.1 "Geoethics: how and why should geosciences serve society?"

​Convenership: Silvia Peppoloni, Nic Bilham, Daniel De Miguel, Eduardo Marone, Susanne Schneider-Voss, Vitor Correia, Martin Bohle, Giuseppe Di Capua

List of orals: Thursday, 07 May 2020, 08:30–12:30, Room M2

List of posters: Thursday, 07 May 2020, 08:30–19:30 (display), 14:00–15:45 (attendance), Hall X4

Short Course SC2.1 "Foundations and Perspectives of Geoethics for Earth, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences"

​Convenership: Eduardo Marone, Jan Boon, Giuseppe Di Capua, Silvia Peppoloni

The short course is co-sponsored by IAPG (School on Geoethics) and and IOI-TC-LAC - International Ocean Institute Training Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, 04 May 2020, 16:15–18:00 Room, -2.85

Read details about the IAPG session and short course

Read the message from the EGU Programme Committee Chair about the coronavirus outbreak


Porto (Portugal), 18-22 May 2020

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

Due to COVID-19 pandemic and consequent restrictions, the Organizing Committee of the GEOETH&GWM’20 congress decided the following, with immediate entry into force (13 March 2020):






Details and operationalization will be posted very soon.


Silvia Peppoloni, research geologist at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Secretary General of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics, talks about geoethical aspects in geological risks. 

The video is part of the Intellectual Outputs (IO1) of the European Erasmus+ project GOAL "Geoethics Outcomes and Awareness Learning" (https://goal-erasmus.eu/). IAPG is official partner of the project GOAL.


Other videos in the IAPG YouTube Channel



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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Ethical Implications, Societal Contexts, and Professional Obligations of the Geosciences

Martin Bohle (Ed.)
2019, Palgrave Pivot, Cham, XIV + 214, ISBN 978-3-030-12009-2
Authors: Martin Bohle, Silvia Peppoloni, Giuseppe Di Capua, Nic Bilham, Eduardo Marone, Rika Preiser

This book explores the potential of geoethics, as designed within the operational criteria of addressing the deeds and values of the human agent as part of the Earth system. It addresses three key questions: i) what should be considered 'geoethics' in an operational sense, ii) what is peripheral to it, and iii) is there a case therefore to establish a denomination, such as geo-humanities or geosophy, to capture a broader scope of thinking about geoscience and its interactions with society and the natural world, for the benefit of the geo-professionals and others.

The book begins by framing, contextualising and describing contemporary geoethics, then goes on to cover several examples of geoethical thinking and explores the societal intersections of geosciences in the planetary 'human niche'. The concluding chapter discusses the challenges facing the emerging field of geoethics and how it may evolve in the future. 

Bringing together a set of experts across multiple interdisciplinary fields this collection will appeal to scholars, researchers, practitioners and students within geosciences and social sciences, political sciences as well as the humanities. It will interest those who are curious about how ethical reflections relate to professional duties, scholarly interests, activities in professional geoscience associations, or responsible citizenship in times of anthropogenic global change. 

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IAPG symposium 1.7 on geoethics at the
36th IGC - International Geological Congress, Delhi (India), 2020



36th IGC - International Geological Congress

Delhi (India), 9-14 November 2020

The IAPG organizes the following symposium under the Theme 1 "GEOSCIENCE FOR SOCIETY".

Symposium 1.7 "Geoethics: Ethical, Social, and Cultural Aspects in Geosciences"

Chaired by: Silvia Peppoloni (silvia.peppoloni@ingv.it) (Italy), Nic Bilham (UK), Peter T. Bobrowsky (Canada), Martin Bohle (Belgium), Vincent S. Cronin (USA), Giuseppe Di Capua (Italy).

Acknowledging the role of Geoscientists at the service of society, this symposium, proposed by IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics, aims to develop ethical and social discussion on following topics, including case-studies:

a) Theoretical aspects of geoethics; b) Research integrity and professional deontology in geosciences; c) Ethical aspects of geoscience education (including the issue from theory to educational practice) and communication; d) Geoethics in natural-anthropogenic risk management; e) Geoethics for responsible use of geo-resources, including legislation, best practices, and social  acceptance for mining activities; f) Geoethics in addressing global societal challenges.

IAPG organizes a short course: WSC19 "Foundations and Perspectives of Geoethics" (to be confirmed)

​​Rationale: The proper and deep education on ethical issues in geosciences has been evolving in recent times, although not as quickly and deeply as necessary. Many of the professionals dedicated to Earth Sciences have been not in touch with such new concepts and tendencies as the concept of Geoethics. Geoethics is the research and reflection on the values which underpin appropriate behaviors and practices, wherever human activities interact with the Earth system. Geoethics provides a framework from which to define ethical professional behaviors in both geosciences and engineering, and to determine how these should be put into practice for the benefit of society and environment. This Short Course goes is directed towards introducing and training geoscientists in those new concept and ideas.

Speakers: Nic Bilham, Martin Bohle, Giuseppe Di Capua, David Mogk, Silvia Peppoloni, Iain Stewart


Course Content:

1. From Ethics to Geoethics: Definition, Values, Tools (Silvia Peppoloni)

2. Responsible Conduct of Research and Professionalism (David Mogk)

3. Foundations & Examples, how to tackle (Geo)ethical Dilemmas (Martin Bohle)

4. Geoethics for Society: Sustainable Development and Responsible Mining (Nic Bilham)

5. Geoethics in Natural Hazards and Risks (Giuseppe Di Capua)

6. Geoethics in Geoscience Communication (Iain Stewart)




After completing this course, participants:

1. Will know the basic principles of ethics and how these lead to geoethics.

2. Will be aware of the dilemmas involved in making geoethical decisions.

3. Will have gained some experience in taking a geoethical approach to real world cases.

Registration to the WSC19: 

This course is free of any charges; Participants are selected on “First Come First Served” basis. Most, if not all, of the 36th IGC attendants are potential participants.

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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. 

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

Political Geosciences for Citizens of the Anthropocene
(by Martin Bohle, Germany)

" ... ‘political geosciences’ would be the holistic study of societal-, techno- and geo-systems of the past, present and future. They would include geo-societal future-studies to explore, from various societal perspectives, how to continue building the human niche. ..."

Read the article in the IAPG Blog

Other articles published in the IAPG Blog

Circular economy is about resource efficiency, not "only" recycling
(by Nikolaos Arvaniditis, IAPG Task Group on Responsible Mining, Sweden)

" ... An important aspect to be also considered is whether resource efficiency and circular economy can contribute to limiting or managing in a better way the growing public opinion on mining...."

Read the article in the IAPG Blog

Other articles published in the IAPG Blog

The ‘Anthropocene Proposal’: A Possible Quandary and A Work-Around
(by Martin Bohle and Nic Bilham)

" ... it appears practical to distinguish in the geological time scale between the ´geological past’ and the ‘geologically contemporary’, and to denote a transition point between them, situated in the (recent) past of human history. ..."

Read the full article (pdf)

Publications on geoethics

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White Paper on Citizen Science for Europe
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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.
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"... 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 ..."
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Athens (Greece)

Keynote speech by Gerassimos A. Papadopoulos (IAPG-Greece co-coordinator) entitled "Modern Issues of Geoethics", at the 15th International Congress of the Geological Society of Greece