​The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)

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

IAPG is legally recognized as a not-for-profit association, has members in 123 countries on 5 continents, and can count on a network of 28 national sections

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.

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IAPG promotes geoethics through the international collaboration with Associations and Institutions.
EGU 2018 - IAPG Session on Geoethics
Vienna (Austria), 8-13 April 2018

IAPG Session EOS4 entitled: 

"Geoethics: ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, education, communication, research and practice" (convenership: Silvia Peppoloni, Nic Bilham, Martin Bohle, Giuseppe Di Capua, Eduardo Marone).

The conveners invite abstracts on both practical and theoretical aspects of geoethics, including case studies. The aim of the session is to develop ethical and social perspectives on the challenges arising from human interaction with natural systems, to complement technical approaches and solutions, and to help to define an ethical framework for geoscientists' research and practice in addressing these challenges.

The session is organized by the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics in cooperation with the Geological Society of London.

The call for abstracts is expired (deadline: 10 January 2018).

Session description and abstract submission

The call for abstracts was successfull! The session EOS4 got 30 abstracts. More information will be available soon.

IAPG joined the Global Ethics Day initiative established by the Carnegie Council, which is held each year on October 18th since its launch in 2014.

IAPG celebrated the Global Ethics Day 2017, by launching a new important global initiative: the first edition of the Geoethics Medal.

The Geoethics Medal rewards scientists who have distinguished themselves in applying/favouring/assuring ethical approaches in the geoscience research and practice.

More information about the 2018 edition of the Geoethics Medal and instructions for submitting candidatures are available at: http://www.geoethics.org/geoethics-medal

RFG 2018 - Resources for Future Generations
The Conference on Energy, Minerals, Water, The Earth
Vancouver (Canada), 16-21 June 2018

Why RFG 2018?

The rapid growth of developing economies and the fundamental needs of many disadvantaged people across the globe are resulting in an increased demand for many resources and changes in the delivery of existing ones.


Look at the description of the 5 sessions on different issues of geoethics, organized or supported by IAPG: 

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics is partner of the RFG 2018 Conference, and geoethics has been included among the sub-themes (under the theme "Resources and Society").


RFG 2018 website

White Paper on
Responsible Mining
Drafting Committee:
Nikolaos Arvanitidis, Jan Boon, Pekka Nurmi, Giuseppe Di Capua

This document intends to provide essential reference elements for framing this important topic (responsible mining) from an ethical perspective and to draw geoscientists’, companies’, policy makers’ and society’s attention to the ideas and approaches that the actors involved in mining have developed and use. It thereby illustrates the need for geoethics and, for those working in this field it shows areas in which they can put the values enunciated in the “Cape Town Statement on Geoethics” into practice. This document summarizes the results of an extensive survey of relevant literature. The bibliography lists relevant source documents.

The White Paper on Responsible Mining has been approved by the IAPG Executive Council on 1 December 2017.

Download the White Paper on Responsible Mining

Manuel João Florentino Gomes Abrunhosa graduated in Geology from the University of Porto (Portugal) in 1980. He obtained a Specialist degree in Hydrogeology from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in 1988.

The ethics at the science production and practical applications of the Earth Sciences has always been a concern and a guideline for his activities.

Read more about Manuel Abrunhosa

IAPG Board of Experts (Corresponding Citizen Scientists)

18 papers of the new IAPG special volume on geoethics have been published online in the Annals of Geophysics website and are now available for free download. Other papers willl be published in the next weeks.

The special volume is entitled "Geoethics at the heart of all geoscience" and is edited by Silvia Peppoloni, Giuseppe Di Capua, Peter T. Bobrowsky, Vincent S. Cronin.

We will keep you informed about the next papers that will be published in this volume.

Download papers available

The book, entitled "Scientific Integrity and Ethics in the Geosciences" is edited by Linda C. Gundersen.

The book contains 14 chapters and will be published by the American Geophysical Union - Wiley in December 2017.

Read more

IAPG report for IUGS on 2017 activities and 2018 plans

IAPG has submitted its annual report to the IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences, as affiliated organization. 2017 has been a new memorable year for IAPG and numerous activities have been already planned for 2018. Stay tuned!


Download the IAPG Report (pdf file)

IAPG at the 72th IUGS Executive Committee Meeting in January 2018 
Silvia Peppoloni, IAPG Secretary General, gives a speech on the IAPG 2017 Annual Report of Activity and Plans for 2018 at the Executive Committee Meeting of the IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences that is held at the Deutsches GeoforschungsZentrum (GFZ) in Potsdam (Germany), from 23 to 24 January 2018. 
Welcome to IAPG-UK
A new IAPG section in Europe

IAPG-United Kingdom will work under the responsibility of David Craig Ovadia, geologist with extensive experience in research, academia, geological surveys and the mining industry. David served as the Director of the British Geological Survey’s International Division until 2011. He is currently an Honorary Associate of the University of Dundee, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law.

List of the 28 IAPG national sections

The concepts, values and views on individual responsibilities of geoscientists, expressed in the “Cape Town Statement on Geoethics”, reflect an international consensus.

The statement aims to capture the attention of geoscientists and organisations, and to stimulate them to improve their shared policies, guidelines, strategies and tools to ensure they consciously embrace (geo)ethical professional conduct in their work.

The "Cape Town Statement on Geoethics" contains the new formula of the "Geoethical Promise".

Currently, 18 geoscience organizations endorse or support the Cape Town Statement on Geoethics.

Download the "Cape Town Statement on Geoethics" (pdf file)

Steps to improve awareness of geoethics in your department
(by Vincent Cronin,
co-coordinator of

"I was offered the opportunity to address the 2017 Workshop for Heads and Chairs of Earth and Space Sciences Departments at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in New Orleans last week (https://serc.carleton.edu/departments/heads-chairs17/index.html).

I have posted the substance of my brief presentation about "steps to improve awareness of geoethics in your department" at http://croninprojects.org/Ethics-AGU2017/index.htmThat page has a number of links to resources that you might find interesting or useful. 

I would be interested in having you read through the materials I have posted there, think about how you can help move this work forward, and then share your ideas, suggestions, and links to useful applied-ethics resources.   You can post your contributions to IAPG (http://www.geoethics.org) directly or through its social media outlets (Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, etc.).  This should be a shared effort to facilitate the ethical development of our geoscience community.

Facilitating the development of ethical geoscientists is the responsibility of all of us".

Geoethics at VIII GeoScieEd and 8th EnsinoGEO
Campinas (Brazil),
22-27 July 2018

IAPG is partner of the eighth edition of the Quadrennial Conference of the International Geoscience Education Organization – IGEO and eighth National Symposium of Earth Sciences Teaching and History. Thanks to Roberto Greco (IAPG continental coordinator for South America), geoethics was included among the themes of this event, in particular in the thematic line "Environmental Education, Education for Sustainability and Geoethics".
The call for abstracts is open

Second circular (pdf)


Harassment and Workplace Climate

AGI webinar recording

Friday, September 22, 2017 1:00pm EDT
Series: AGU/AGI Heads and Chairs Webinar
The latest updates on community efforts to address issues of harassment and workplace climate issues.

Webinar recording

Prof. Shona van Zijll de Jong has been appointed as co-coordinator of IAPG-Canada. She will work together Dr. Jan Boon, who was appointed as coordinator in 2017.

Read more about Shona van Zijll de Jong

IAPG national sections

IAPG is a co-sponsor organization of this Summit, that aims to create a highly interactive forum for effective cooperation between scientists and users of scientific information to tackle global and local challenges around sustainability of natural resources and systems, global health, and resilience. 

More information on the call for abstracts as well as submission guidelines will be provided in early 2018. Registration will open in late spring 2018.

And the winners are ..... !!!

Yankho Naomi Kalebe (Malawi) and Patrick Bacirhonde Maheshe (Democratic Republic of Congo) have won the selection for the financial support for their abstracts submitted in the IAPG sessions on geoethics respectively at EGU 2018 and RFG 2018:

1) The significance of geoethical practices in Malawi: a case study of Globe Company and Kanyika area (by Yankho Naomi Kalebe) - Session EOS4 at EGU 2018.

2) Immobilization of heavy metals in acid mine Drainage: an environmental engineering remediation in DR Congo with geoethical implications (by Patrick Bacirhonde Maheshe and Kitae Baeka) - Session RS13 at RFG 2018.

There is more to shared value than you might think 
(by Ian Thomson, Canada)
"... Shared Value has potential provided it is tempered by rational application through recognition and reasonable alignment between the values of both company and community. ..."
Training Course on "Ocean Governance, Sciences, Geoethics"
Valparaiso (Chile), 8 January-2 February 2018
IAPG is partner of a traning course on "Ocean Governance, Sciences, Geoethics" organized by the International Ocean Institute (IOI) - Training Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean. This course is hosted by the Universidad de Playa Ancha - UPLA, at the Centro De Estudios Avanzados of UPLA. IAPG-Brazil (coordinator: Prof. Eduardo Marone) is in charge to preprare the module on geoethics in the training course.
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Towards Sustainable Mining

Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) is the Mining Association of Canada’s (MAC) commitment to responsible mining. It is a set of tools and indicators to drive performance and ensure that key mining risks are managed responsibly at our members’ facilities.

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 ..."

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.



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