School on Geoethics and Natural Issues
(Schola de Geoethica et Naturae Quaestionibus)
Dr. PhD Silvia Peppoloni
Date of foundation:
20 July 2019
Peter T. Bobrowsky, Giuseppe Di Capua, Silvia Peppoloni
The “Schola” is a place for teaching and learning of the principles and values of geoethics in the light of the philosophy and history of Earth sciences. The intent is to provide background knowledge and the evaluation skills necessary to understand the complex relationship between human action on ecosystems and the decisions geoscientists make in the discipline that impact society, including improving the awareness of professionals, students, decision-makers, media operators, and the public on an accountable and ecologically sustainable development.
The “Schola” provides the opportunity to deepen reflection on the sense and social utility of geosciences, analyzing their rational categories, values, possible perspectives, uncertainties and cognitive limits, in order to understand how their modes of action can conform to a specific vision of reality and how that vision can in turn modify the interface of human action with natural reality. But the “Schola” is also a place to learn and develop more responsible strategies, operating procedures and practical actions, that are compatible with respect for socio-ecological systems, the vocation of the territories, including the health and safety of human communities.
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.
The “Schola” conforms to the Geoethical Promise and the Cape Town Statement on Geoethics adopted as programmatic and constitutive documents to promote a cultural renewal aimed at favoring ecological humanism.
The “Schola” is a scientific, international, multicultural and multidisciplinary meeting place for research and training on geoethics and the philosophy of Earth sciences.
The “Schola” guarantees quality training, in a continuous and constant process of scientific and professional improvement and updating.
In the pursuit of its objectives, the “Schola” relies on experts from different disciplinary fields, using all the traditional didactic tools to which are added innovative methods that favor the formation of geoethical thinking and stimulate an analytical and critical attitude to understanding of socio-ecological complexity.
To whom it is addressed
The “Schola” is aimed at all those who want to improve their scientific knowledge on the Earth system and to understand the social role geosciences can play in identifying new ways of relating to the planet and the living forms that it hosts. The courses are addressed to different categories of users: they can be useful to both secondary school students and university undergraduate/graduate students in disciplines that deal with the environment from different perspectives (planning, naturalist, geo-biological, landscape, architectural, legislative, educational, cultural and relative to communication). Scholars of the phenomena and processes of the planet (researchers, academics, scientists), as well as those who physically operate in the territories (various types of professionals, geologists, engineers, landscape architects, risk experts, media operators, decision-makers) can find valid support to their scientific and professional preparation in the courses. Finally, the “Schola” is also aimed at the general public and others, including non-experts, who are interested in better understanding the bond that links human communities to ecosystems, within the perspective of responsible development.
Fundamental Books and Articles
Bohle Martin (Ed.)
Ethical Implications, Societal Contexts, and Professional Obligations of the Geosciences
Authors: Bohle Martin, Peppoloni Silvia, Di Capua Giuseppe, Bilham Nic, Marone Eduardo, Rika Preiser
2019, Palgrave Pivot, Cham, XIV + 214, ISBN 978-3-030-12009-2
Bobrowsky P., V.S. Cronin, G. Di Capua, S.W. Kieffer, S. Peppoloni (2017)
The Emerging Field of Geoethics
In: Gundersen Linda C. (Ed.). Scientific Integrity and Ethics in the Geosciences, 2017, p. 336, American Geophysical Union, Wiley, ISBN 978-1-119-06778-8
Peppoloni S. and Di Capua G. (2017). Geoethics: ethical, social and cultural implications in geosciences. In: Peppoloni S., Di Capua G., Bobrowsky P.T., Cronin V.S. (Eds.). Geoethics at the heart of all geoscience. Annals of Geophysics, Vol. 60, Fast Track 7,
Marone E. and Peppoloni S. (2017). Ethical Dilemmas in Geosciences. We Can Ask, but, Can We Answer? In: Peppoloni S., Di Capua G., Bobrowsky P.T., Cronin V.S. (Eds.). Geoethics at the heart of all geoscience. Annals of Geophysics, Vol. 60, Fast Track 7,
Mogk D. (2017). Geoethics and Professionalism: The Responsible Conduct of Scientists. In: Peppoloni S., Di Capua G., Bobrowsky P.T., Cronin V.S. (Eds.). Geoethics at the heart of all geoscience. Annals of Geophysics, Vol. 60, Fast Track 7,
Peppoloni S. and Di Capua G. (2016)
Geoethics: Ethical, social, and cultural values in geosciences research, practice, and education
pp. 17-21. DOI: 10.1130/2016.2520(03)
In: Wessel, G.R., and Greenberg, J.K., eds., Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development: Toward a Sustainable Future: Geological Society of America Special Paper 520, 2016, ISBN: 978-0-8137-2520-8
Peppoloni S. and Di Capua G. (2015)
The Meaning of Geoethics
Chapter 1, pp. 3-14. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-799935-7.00001-0
In: Wyss M. and Peppoloni S. (Eds). Geoethics: Ethical challenges and case studies in Earth Sciences, 2015, Elsevier, ISBN: 978-0127999357
Introduction to geoethics: definition, concepts, and application
Silvia Peppoloni, geologist, researcher at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV, Rome, Italy), introduces the audience to the definition and meaning of geoethics, also from a philosophical point of view; she highlights the main characteristics of geoethics and the concept of responsibility; illustrates the four ethical dimensions of geoethics; describes the themes of geoethics and the fields of its application.
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.
Geoethical issues and geoethical dilemmas
Silvia Peppoloni, research geologist at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Secretary General of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics, introduces the audience to the concepts of geoethical issues and dilemmas.
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.
Geoethics and responsible use of geo-resources
In this video Giuseppe Di Capua, geologist, technologist at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV, Rome, Italy), introduces the audience to the geoethical aspects related to responsible use of geo-resources.
The video is part of the Intellectual Output 1 of the European Erasmus+ project GOAL "Geoethics Outcomes and Awareness Learning" (https://goal-erasmus.eu/).
IAPG is official partner of the project GOAL.
Geoethical issues in prediction and prevention of potentially catastrophic natural events
Stefano Tinti, Professor at the University of Bologna, President of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics, delivered a talk on the ethical aspects in the prevention and forecasting of natural disasters at the International Meeting of the AAAS - American Association for the Advancement of Science, entitled: "Acutely Ethical: Principles and Guidelines on the Use of Location-Based Data in Crisis Situations", dedicated to addressing the responsible use of geospatial data in response to human rights and humanitarian needs in crises. The workshop took place in Washington (USA), on 20 March 2019.
Geoethics in Disaster Risk Reduction
The video lesson by Silvia Peppoloni, geologist, researcher at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV, Rome, Italy), is part of the online course (MOOC): "A Resilient Future: Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction" (Discover how science and technology help us reduce disaster risk and increase resilience).
This free online course is organized by the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland).
The video is included in the Chapter 7: Science and Technology for Resilience and Sustainable Development - Ethics in Disaster Risk Reduction.
IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics is partner of the MOOC for the Chapter 7.
EGU - General Assembly 2019
Short Course SC1.30
Eduardo Marone, Jan Boon, Giuseppe Di Capua, Silvia Peppoloni
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.
Most, if not all, of the EGU General Assembly attendants are potential participants, although we will target, mostly, early-career practitioners and scientists, with enough basic background not to be overly challenged in these theoretical and practical issues.
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.
1. From Ethics to Geoethics: definition, values, tools
2. Responsible conduct of research and professionalism
3. Tools for Confronting (geo)ethical dilemmas
4. Geoethics for society: sustainable development and responsible mining
5. Geoethics in natural hazards and risks
6. Geoethics in geoscience communication
From Ethics to Geoethics: definition, values, tools
Responsible conduct of research and professionalism
Tools for Confronting (geo)ethical dilemmas
Questions & Answers
Geoethics for society: sustainable development and responsible mining
Geoethics in natural hazards
Giuseppe Di Capua
Geoethics in geoscience communication
Questions & Answers
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/).