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35th IGC - International Geological Congress 


International Convention Centre, Cape Town (South Africa)

27 August - 4 September 2016


The most important scientific event of the 

International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)



The IAPG organizes the following sessions under the theme T12


The IAPG call for abstracts was successfull, with 37 abstracts accepted: 30 orals and 7 poster presentations scheduled into 6 oral sessions and 1 poster session.

Moreover, IAPG has organized a panel session to discuss on several key topics of geoethics.

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Session T12.1 "Geoethics  - General Aspects" (Monday, 29 August 2016, 14:00-15:30, Room MR 2.41-2.43)

Convenership: Giuseppe Di Capua, Peter Bobrowsky

- 14:00-14:30

Geoethics: a new way of thinking and managing the Earth (Silvia Peppoloni) - Keynote
- 14:30-14.45

Towards Increased Engagement of Geoscientists in Global Sustainable Development Frameworks (Joel Gill)

- 14:45-15:00

An overview on geothical perspectives in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Jean-Robert Mweze)

- 15:00-15:15
Ethical Requirements for Applied Earth System Science and Engineering (Martin Bohle)
- 15:15-15:30

Unconventional proposals for prevention of environmental/social risks (Francesca Lugeri)


Session T12.2 "Geoethics and Geoscience Organizations" (Monday, 29 August 2016, 16:00-17:30, Room MR 2.41-2.43)

Convenership: Silvia Peppoloni, John Geissman

- 16:00-16:30

Scientific Integrity and Professional Ethics at AGU – The Role for a Large Scientific Society in Addressing Harassment and Work Climate Issues (Christine  McEntee) - Keynote

- 16:30-16:45
Geoethics and the Global Geoparks of UNESCO: the necessary link for the assertion of Geoparks worldwide (Artur Sá)
- 16:45-17:00

Dilemmas in Promoting Growth in the Geoscience Discipline (Heather Houlton)

- 17:00-17:15

Socrates' rocks: how professional accreditation may help promoting geo-ethics, and why the pioneering stage is challenging (Michiel van der Meulen)

- 17:15-17:30
Moving Africa forward: The African Women Geoscientists (Ezzoura Errami)

Session T12.3 "Geoethics  - Teaching, Training and Communication" (Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 8:00-10:00, Room MR 2.41-2.43)

This session is a joint initiative IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics, TG-GGP - Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism of the IUGS

Convenership: Ruth Allington, Silvia Peppoloni

- 08:00-08:15

A Framework for Society-Earth-Centric Narrative (Martin Bohle)

- 08:15-08:30

Who speaks for Geoscience? The Irish example of national & cross-border engagement (Marie Fleming)

- 08:30-09:00

Ethical Dimensions of Transdisciplinary Approaches in Seismic Risk Communication (Iain Stewart) - Keynote

- 09:00-09:15

Geology for Society – engaging geoscientists, policy-makers and the public in meeting our future resource needs sustainably (Nic Bilham)

- 09:15-09:30

Incorporation of Geoethics in Undergraduate Science and Geoscience Curricula: Some Examples (John Geissman)

- 09:30-10:00

Geoethics:  Good Teaching, Good Science (David Mogk) - Keynote

Session T12.4 "Geoethics  - Case Studies" (Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 10:30-11:45, Room MR 2.41-2.43)

Convenership: Giuseppe Di Capua, Martin Bohle

- 10:30-10:45

Geo-Ethics: What to do when Approval Authority Decisions contradict Sound Science? (Mark Priddle)

- 10:45-11:00

Geoethic issues in North African and South American paleontology (Artur Sá)

- 11:00-11:15
Soil: an indispensable component of Nepalese Culture (Shree Prasad Vista)

- 11:15-11:30

GeoEthics in Hollywood: Is the Hollywood fault active, or is that just another illusion we have created? (Eldon Gath)

- 11:30-11:45

Impacts of ports along the Pilbara Coast, Western Australia – a coastline of global geoheritage significance that services a mineral-rich hinterland (Margaret Brocx)

Session T12.5 Panel Session "What's the Point of Geoethics?" (Tuesday, 30 August 2016, 14:00-15:30, Room MR 2.41-2.43)

Chairpersons: Peter T. Bobrowsky, Giuseppe Di Capua

Panelists: Silvia Peppoloni, David Mogk, Ruth Allington, Christopher Keane and Nic Bilhlam

- 14:00-14:15

Topic 1: Lights and shadows of geoethics (Silvia Peppoloni)

- 14:15-14:30

Topic 2: Teaching geoethics: a great challenge (David Mogk)

- 14:30-14:45

Topic 3: Professionalism: how to practice geosciences in an ethical way (Ruth Allington)

- 14:45-15:00

Topic 4: (Geo)ethical dilemmas in geosciences: what to do (Heather Houlton)

- 15:00-15:15

Topic 5: Geoethics for society: is it possible? (Nic Bilham)

- 15:15-15:30


Session T12.8 "Geoethics and Resources Needs for Future Generations - Part 1" (Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 10:30-11:45, Room MR 2.41-2.43)

This session is a joint initiative IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics, GSL - Geological Society of London, EFG - European Federation of Geologists and EGS - EuroGeoSurveys 

Convenership: Giuseppe Di Capua, Nic Bilham, Luca Demicheli

- 10:30-11:00

Delivering Sustainable Development Goals: the need for a new Social Contract for mining (Edmund Nickless) - Keynote

- 11:00-11:15

Finland’s Green Mining concept aims to promote sustainable and acceptable mining (Pekka Nurmi)

- 11:15-11:30

Need for a European Geological Service responding to societal challenges on Energy, Mineral and Groundwater resources (Serge Van Gessel)

- 11:30-11:45
Externalities of fossil fuel combustion: An ethical reassessment of liability (George Stone)

Session T12.9 "Geoethics and Resources Needs for Future Generations - part 2" (Wednesday, 31 August 2016, 14:00-15:15, Room MR 2.41-2.43)

This session is a joint initiative IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics, GSL - Geological Society of London, EFG - European Federation of Geologists and EGS - EuroGeoSurveys

Convenership: Silvia Peppoloni, Peter T. Bobrowsky, Vitor Correia

- 14:00-14:15

Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals: A “For Northerners, By Northerners” approach to indigenous engagement activities (Daniel Lebel)

- 14:15-14:30

Deep Seabed Mining, Geo-ethics and Pacific Small Island Developing States (Jane Verbitsky)

- 14:30-14:45
The nature and articulation of ethical codes on tailings management in South Africa (Tobius Poswa)

- 14:45-15:00

Managing geo-environment information in the extractive sector and performance in Nigeria: Some empirical results from the field (Abbas AbdulRafiu)

- 15:00-15:15
The missing ethics of mining: The case study of Odisha, India (Madhumita Das)

Poster Session T12.P2 "Global Geoscience Professionalism and Geoethics" (Wednesday, 30 August 2016, 17:45-19:00, Exhibition area)

- The IUGS Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism – the forum of exchange on professionalism and ethics for all of the world’s geoscience communities (Oliver Bonham)
- The Young Scientist Club of the International Association for Promoting Geoethics – Promoting geoethics among the young geoscientists community (Ndivhuwo Cecilia Mukosi)
- Culture impact on the term Geoethics in Egypt (Kholoud Abdel Maksoud)
- International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG): from Brisbane to beyond Cape Town (Giuseppe Di Capua)
- Developing an ethical framework for Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures: the experience in the ENVRIplus project (Silvia Peppoloni)
- Promoting Geoethics in Peru: the activities of the IAPG Peruvian Section (Giuseppe Di Capua)
- The woman in the artisanal mine: From crusher craft to motorized grinder - The case of Matili-Shabunda mining site, South Kivu, DR Congo (Thierry Munga)
- Geosciences and Multiple Facets of Geoethics (Devesh Walia)

Synopsis of the sessions T12.1, T.12.2, and T12.4

Geoethics consists of research and reflection on the values which underpin appropriate behaviours and practices, wherever human activities interact with the geosphere. Geoethics deals with the ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience education, research and practice and with the responsibility of geoscientists in conducting their professional activities. The aim of the symposium is to develop ethical and social perspectives on the challenges arising from human interaction with natural systems, by discussing theoretical aspects, by showing how geoscience organizations are dealing with geoethical issues and by understanding geoethical implications in geosciences through case-studies. The symposium is organized by the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics (

Synopsis of the session T12.3:

This symposium explores aspects of teaching geoethics, training geoscientists and communicating geoethical values and geoscience professional expertise to the wider public. The symposium is a joint initiative IUGS - Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism (TG-GGP) and IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics.

Synopsis of the sessions T12.8 and T12.9:

Meeting the resource needs of future generations is one of the greatest challenges facing global society. The scientific and technical skills of geoscientists are essential in addressing the complex challenges of meeting ‘geo-resource’ needs sustainably. Their decisions and activities have significant ethical implications affecting society and the environment, and geoethics provides a valuable framework in which to consider the values on which we should base ethical professional behaviours, and how these should be put into practice. This symposium presents general considerations and practical experiences to show how geosciences are working for the benefit of society on the frontline. The symposium is a joint initiative of IAPG – International Association for Promoting Geoethics, GSL – Geological Society of London, EFG – European Federation of Geologists and EuroGeoSurveys.

Synopsis of the session T12.5:

The topics to be discussed will be drawn from the other sessions in the Global Geoscience Professionalism and Geoethics theme and will be focused on topics related to general aspects of geoethics, on teaching geoethics, on geoscience professionalism, on (geo)ethical dilemmas in geosciences and on the relationship between geoethics and society.  
The format of the session will be for members of the panel to lead on each topic with a 5-10 minute presentation, followed by a 10-15 minute discussion involving the panel members and the audience.

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