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36th IGC - International Geological Congress 


India Expo Centre & Mart, Delhi (India)

2 - 8 March 2020


The most important scientific event of the 

International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)


Dear Colleagues,

We inform you that the 36th IGC was stopped by the Government of India, as posted in the congress website:

We are worried about money losses of our colleagues who were going to attend the 36th IGC, most of whom had booked flight tickets, hotel accommodations, and travels from time, and already paid the congress registration fee.

We will keep you informed about the 36th IGC's policy for being reimbursed, hoping decisions about this issue will be taken very soon.

Kind regards,

IAPG Secretariat

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

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



Orals (Thursday, 5 March: 9:00-10:30 / 11:00-13:00 / 15:00-18:00; Friday, 6 March: 09:00-10:30)

Posters (Friday, 6 March: 11:00-13:00)

Chaired by

Silvia Peppoloni ( (Italy), Nic Bilham (UK), Peter T. Bobrowsky (Canada), Martin Bohle (Belgium), Vincent S. Cronin (USA), Giuseppe Di Capua (Italy)

Short description

All branches of geosciences have ethical, social and cultural implications. Geoethics aims to provide a common framework for these concerns, and to discuss on the appropriate behaviors and practices, wherever human activities interact with the Earth system.
The spectrum of topics this symposium aims to deal with includes: 


i) ethical and social problems related to management of land, coasts and open oceans,

ii) socio-environmentally sustainable supplies of energy and geo-resources,

iii) pollution and its impact,

iv) resilience of society related to natural-anthropogenic hazards, and risk mitigation strategies,

v) geoscience communication and education,

vi) culture and value of geodiversity, geoheritage, geoparks,

vii) role of geosciences in socio-economic development regardless of countries' wealth while respecting cultures, traditions and local development paths, and in promoting peace, sustainable development and intercultural exchange.


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

- Symposium 1.7 in the 36th IGC website

- Registration

- 4th circular (pdf file)

IAPG organizes a short course on geoethics:

WSC19 "Foundations and Perspectives of Geoethics"


Thursday 05 March 2020; at venue; 1/2 Day


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.


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.


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.

Register here:

Symposium 1.7
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