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EGU - General Assembly 2029

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

 

Sessione description

Geoscientists face ethical issues in their activities. All branches of geosciences have ethical, social and cultural implications. Geoethics aims to provide a common framework for these concerns, and to nourish a discussion on the basic values which underpin appropriate behaviors and practices, wherever human activities interact with the Earth system.
The spectrum of topics geoethics deals with includes:

  • philosophical and historical aspects of geoscience, their relevance to ethical issues and values in contemporary geoscience, and their role in informing methods for effective and ethical decision-making;

  • geoscience professionalism and deontology, research integrity and ensuring respectful working spaces, including issues related to harassment and discrimination, gender and disability in geosciences;

  • ethical and social problems related to management of land, air and water;

  • socio-environmentally sustainable supply of geo-resources (including energy, minerals and water), recognising the importance of effective regulation and policy-making, social acceptance, and understanding and promoting best practice;

  • environmental change, pollution and their impacts;

  • resilience of society related to natural and anthropogenic hazards, and risk management and mitigation strategies;

  • ethical aspects of geoscience education (including issues from theory to educational practice) and communication;

  • culture and value of geodiversity, geoconservation, geoheritage and fossils, geoparks and geotourism;

  • role of geosciences in achieving socio-economic development that respects cultures, traditions and local development paths, regardless of countries' wealth, and in promoting peace, responsible and sustainable development and intercultural exchange.

Geoscientists’ knowledge and expertise are essential to addressing many of the most urgent global problems, to informed decision-making, and to education at all levels, so that citizens are equipped to discuss, shape and implement solutions to local, regional and global socio-environmental problems. Geoscientists who are more aware of their ethical responsibilities will be better able to put their knowledge at the service of society and to foster public trust in geosciences.
Acknowledging the role of geoscientists at the service of society, this session, co-sponsored by IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics, aims to develop ethical and social perspectives on the above topics, including case studies.

The session is co-sponsored by:

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics (http://www.geoethics.org)

This session in the EGU 2020 website

Session

EOS5.2

Geoethics for facing global challenges: societal and ethical features of practising geosciences

Convenership

Giuseppe Di Capua, Martin Bohle, Victor Correia, Silvia Peppoloni

 

Sessione description

The ongoing anthropogenic global change raises societal issues that require transversal studies involving natural-science and social-science disciplines. Anthropogenic change of the Earth system has local, regional and global consequences, for example, for soils, ground-water or coastal seas. Sub-systems to regulate climate, nutrient-loads or water cycle are impacted too. Phenomena like hypoxic areas in seas and lakes, over-exploitation of georesources or pollution of air, water and land pose challenges, such as how to shape production processes. Technological remedies to mitigate anthropogenic global change pose additional challenges such as the provision of resources, side-effects and governance. Subsequently, contemporary sound geoscience-practice takes societal issues into context.
Causes, effects and remedies to local and global change have an impact on any human community. They pose, on one side, scientific and technological challenges. However, above all, they are economic, societal and cultural challenges about the design of the human niche. Hence, they need to be questioned given the individual perceptions, societal concerns, economic choices, environmental carrying capacity and philosophical conceptions of the world and human histories. That is, even before being a scientific theme of geosciences and Earth System Sciences, anthropogenic global change is a cultural theme to reflect on the choices, individual and collective, for our present, to shape our future.
The requirement to act responsibly urges geoscientists to question the ethical, cultural and societal significance of geoscience research and practice - for individuals, people or humanity. It is urgent giving satisfactory, rational and convincing answers to the concerns of individuals and society, also on delicate topics such as climate changes, deep-sea mining, big data or geoengineering. Geoethics proposes a world view centred on the human agent, guided by a series of values rooted in the knowledge of geosciences, contextualised in space and time, which is derived from the principle of responsibility.
The session invites the authors to submit abstracts that highlight, from a geoscientific perspective, ideas, reflections, suggestions, provocations on the ethical, cultural and societal aspects, also through case studies, related to topics like those sketched above.

The session is co-sponsored by:

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics (http://www.geoethics.org)

This session in the EGU 2020 website

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

Description

At EGU2019 we successfully presented a similar SC with a great number of participants. For the next venue, we kept the main rationale and expanded the aims. As the proper and deep education on ethical issues in geosciences has been evolving in recent times, although not as quickly and deeply as necessary, we want to keep the activity also in 2020. 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 the environment. The Short Course goes is directed towards introducing and training geoscientists in those new concepts and ideas as well as exposing the future perspectives of this field. After completing this course, participants will know the basic principles of ethics and how these lead to geoethics, will be aware of the dilemmas involved in making geoethical decisions, will have gained some experience in taking a geoethical approach to real-world cases and will have an initial view regarding the future perspectives of Geoethics. We kindly request two consecutive time blocks (1 hour 45 minutes each). They cannot be the same days/time of our own IAPG regular oral and poster sessions (two planned for 2020) and on the last EGU day (Friday). It can be scheduled, also, for late sessions on consecutive days (after 19:00 hs or 18:30 hs). A reduced number of lecturers will be selected among the members of IAPG with a strong background on SC's themes and participating at EGU2020.

Sponsorship
The short course is co-sponsored by:

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics (http://www.geoethics.org)

and IOI-TC-LAC - International Ocean Institute Training Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean  (https://www.ioitclac.org/).

This short course in the EGU 2020 website

 
 
 
 

IAPG Sessions on Geoethics at EGU General Assemblies from 2012:

EGU 2012

NH9.8/EOS9 - Geoethics and natural hazards: communication, education and the science-policy-practice interface (co-organized). 

Conveners: S. Peppoloni, J. Wasowski, P. Reitan, G. Devoli, S.W. Kieffer, E. Lindquist

EGU 2013

NH9.8 - Geoethics and natural hazards: the role and responsibility of the geoscientists. 

Conveners: S. Peppoloni, S.W. Kieffer, J. Wasowski

EGU 2014

NH9.8 - Geoethics: Ethical Challenges In Communication, Geoeducation And Management of Natural Hazards.

Conveners: S. Peppoloni, S.W. Kieffer, E. Marone, Y. Kostyuchenko

EGU 2015

EOS8 - Geoethics for society: General aspects and case studies in geosciences. 

Conveners: S. Peppoloni, N. Bilham, S.W. Kieffer, E. Marone

EGU 2016

EOS5 - Geoethics: theoretical and practical aspects from research integrity to relationships between geosciences and society. Conveners: S. Peppoloni, N. Bilham, E. Marone, M. Charrière, T. Mayer

EGU 2017

EOS14 - Geoethics: ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, education, research and practice. Conveners: S. Peppoloni, N. Bilham, M. Bohle, G. Di Capua, E. Marone

EGU 2018

EOS4 - Geoethics: ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, education, communication, research and practice. Conveners: S. Peppoloni, N. Bilham, M. Bohle, G. Di Capua, E. Marone

EGU 2019

EOS5.2 - Geoethics: ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, education, communication, research and practice​. Conveners: S. Peppoloni, M. Bohle, G. Di Capua,  C.M. Keane, J. Rizzi, N. Bilham, V. Correia

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