The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)
is a multidisciplinary, scientific platform for widening the discussion and creating awareness about problems of Geoethics and Ethics applied to the Geosciences.
IAPG is legally recognized as a not-for-profit association, has more than 2610 members in 130 countries on 5 continents, and can count on a network of 32 national sections.
IAPG works to developing theoretical and practical activities covering a wide range of contents comprising: philosophy of geosciences and history of geosciences thinking; research integrity and professionalism in geosciences; working climate issues and related aspects; geoethics in georisks and disaster risk reduction; responsible georesources management; ethical and social aspects in geoeducation and geosciences communication; geoethics applied to different geoscience fields including economic geology, paleontology, forensic geology and medical geology; ethical and societal relevance of geoheritage and geodiversity; sociological aspects in geosciences and geosciences-society-policy interface; geosciences for sustainable and responsible development; geoethical implications in global and local changes of socio-ecological systems; ethics in geoengineering; ethical issues in climate change and ocean science studies; ethical implications in geosciences data life cycle and big data; ethical and social matters in the international geoscience cooperation.
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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..... Read more
Affiliations and Agreements
IAPG promotes geoethics through the international collaboration with Associations and Institutions.
22 agreements for cooperation
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Affiliations: IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences, ICPHS - International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences, AGI - American Geosciences Institute, GSL - Geological Society of London, CFES - Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences, GSA - Geological Society of America, GIRAF - Geoscience Information in Africa Network.
Agreements: EFG - European Federation of Geologists, EGS - EuroGeoSurveys, AGU - American Geophysical Union, IAH - International Association of Hydrogeologists, IAG/AIG - International Association of Geomorphologists, IUGS-IFG - Initiative on Forensic Geology, AAWG - African Association of Women in Geosciences, IAEG - International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment, GC - Geoscientists Canada, BDG - Berufsverband Deutscher Geowissenschaftler e.V., APG - Associação Portuguesa de Geólogos, SGCh - Sociedad Geológica de Chile, NKUA-APRL - The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens - Applied Philosophy Research Laboratory, GfGD - Geology for Global Development, AEG - Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, YES - International Network of Young and Early-Career Geoscientists, IGEO - International Geoscience Education Organisation, FCEA - Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, SGP - Sociedad Geológica del Perù, I-GEMA - Instituto de Geociencias Y Medio Ambiente, Arequipa-Perù, ANGE - African Network for Geo-Education, GEVAS Red Argentina.
Partnerships: AGU Ethics & Equity Center, iCRAG Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Geoscience - EDIG project, IYGU - International Year of Global Understanding, RFG 2018 - Resources for Future Generations.
John W. Geissman is awarded the Geoethics Medal 2020
"In recognition of career-long dedication to the highest ethical standards and practices of the geoscience profession, John W. Geissman has earned recognition as the IAPG 2020 Geoethics medalist. ....."
John was one of the early innovators who has advocated for inclusion of geoethics instruction into classes across the geoscience curriculum—an essential contribution to the long-term health and growth of the geoscience professions. And, John has addressed the persistent issues of diversity and equity in the geosciences, particularly as these affect women and people from underrepresented populations.
15 October 2020
International Geoethics Day 2020
4th edition of this event that is celebrated worldwide, during the Earth Science Week and the month of the Global Ethics Day.
This year the International Geoethics Day is dedicated to the early career and young geoscientists.
Theme of the International Geoethics Day 2020: make a... Geoethical Promise!
Questionnaire "Geoethics in the Geosciences"
Which is the the geoscience community's perception and awareness on the importance of the ethical and social aspects of geoscience research and practice?
The online questionnarie "Geoethics in the Geosciences" is the tool for investigating this perception and awareness in this international survey conducted by the IAPG.
Everyone can fill in the questionnaire anonymously, since its structure allows compilers to fill in it as individuals in the performance of their institutional/professional activities, without implying personal data or information related to their private life.
This international survey is partially funded by the IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences.
The questionnaire will be disseminated within the international geoscience community, also through the help of the geoscience partner organizations of the IAPG.
Everyone is invited to fill in the questionnaire. Help us in this international survey. Share the link to fill in the questionnaire with your colleagues.
Thank you very much for your cooperation.
The questionnaire can fill in here: https://form.jotformeu.com/93223788145362
IAPG-UK has a new coordinator
Antony Benham has been appointed new coordinator of IAPG-United Kingdom. He replaces David Ovadia. The IAPG wishes to thank David Ovadia to have established the UK section and for his precious work in representing IAPG in the UK and in several international events and projects. He will still continue to serve the IAPG as prominent member.
IAPG-UK is one of the thirty-second section of the IAPG.
IAPG-Bangaldesh has a new co-coordinator
Abdul Baquee Khan Majlis has been appointed new co-coordinator of IAPG-Bangladesh. He will lead the section together with Jahangir Alam, and replaces Ershadul Haque. The IAPG wishes to thank Ershadul Haque for the great work done to establish the section and to start promoting geoethics in Bangladesh, giving great visibility to our Association within the local geoscience community. He will still continue to serve the IAPG as prominent member.
IAPG-Bangladesh is one of the thirty-second section of the IAPG.
Welcome to IAPG-Chile!
The section is officially established on 15 July 2020 and will work under the responsibility of Luisa Pinto Lincoñir (University of Chile).
IAPG-Chile is also the Geoethics Group of the Chilean Geological Society (SGCh), as established by the agreement signed on 15 July 2020 by the IAPG and the SGCh.
IAPG-Chile is the thirty-second section of the IAPG.
The Early Career Scientists Team (ECST) of the IAPG
The IAPG considers the ESCT as its outpost and one of its greater strengths. The IAPG believes that early career and young scientists can indicate needs and expectations on the future of geosciences. They can help to give a perspective updated and adhering to the new challenges that geoscientists have to face. They can also report new instances from the society, identifying the potential innovative contributions that geosciences can provide to society.
The ECST board is formed by: Daniel De Miguel (Spain) - Spokeperson; Ndivhuwo Cecilia Mukosi (South Africa); Sebastian Handl (Austria); Cristina Toma (Romania); Cesar Oboni (Canada); Bárbara Zambelli (Brazil); Jonathan Rizzi (Italy/Norway); Alexandra Cardoso (Portugal).
The IAPG thanks Flavia Strani (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) to have drawn the ECST logo.
IAPG is supporting partner of the EDIG project by iCRAG
The iCRAG - Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences launched the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Geoscience (EDIG) project.
The IAPG is supporting partner of this project.
The Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Geoscience (EDIG) project was started by a group of geoscientists who are working together to better understand the impact of prejudice, inequity, sexism, bias, exclusion, and discrimination within the larger geoscience community. EDIG is carrying out a unique survey on these issues and will directly use the results to plan an online conference later this year (details TBC), bringing together a diverse range of guest speakers. The conference will help start a conversation and prompt progressive action, by having open discussions about the experiences of discriminated groups within the geoscience sector. EDIG's aim is to look at newly emerging issues and address those that are stubbornly persistent in the geoscience sector. Through listening and learning, EDIG intends to stimulate new ideas and innovative approaches to tackling systemic inequalities.
New article: Applying the Values of Geoethics for Sustainable Speleotourism Development
It can be downloaded for free and cited as follows:
Antić A., Peppoloni S., Di Capua G. (2020).
Applying the Values of Geoethics for Sustainable Speleotourism Development
Geoheritage, 12(3):73, 1-9,
New book: Teaching Geoethics
This e-Book was a deliverable of the Erasmus+ project GOAL "Geoethics Outcomes and Awareness Learning". It can be downloaded for free and cited as follows:
Vasconcelos Clara, Schneider-Voß Susanne, and Peppoloni Silvia (Eds.)
Resources for higher education
2020, U.Porto Edições, 207 pp.,
IAPG signed an agreement for cooperation with SGCh
On 15 July 2020, the IAPG signed an agreement for cooperation with the SGCh - Sociedad Geológica de Chile.
The aim of this agreement is to develop a coordinated activity for promoting initiatives and events discussing the ethical, social and cultural implications of geosciences in Chile.
Since SGCh established a Geoethics Group in 2019, that expressed the interest to act in Chile as a section of the IAPG, both parties agree to officially recognizes the Geoethics Group of the SGCh as the Chilean section of the IAPG (IAPG-Chile).
New article: Viewing Earth and World through the Geoethical Lens
It can be downloaded for free:
Bohle M., Peppoloni S., and Marone E. (2020)
Viewing Earth and World through the Geoethical Lens
Human Futures, Issue 2, 28-29, https://issuu.com/wfsf.president/docs/issue_2_2020_hf_final_4_sept
New article: A geoethical approach to the governance of social-ecological systems: the case of Delta del Tordera (Cataluna)
It can be downloaded for free:
Bellaubi F., Mallarach J.M., and Sardá R. (2020)
A geoethical approach to the governance of social-ecological systems: the case of Delta del Tordera (Cataluna)
Actas XI Congreso Ibérico de Gestión y Planificación del Agua, 787–800
Responsible management of water: a resource that recalls us to dialogue
This article was published in ReWriters Magazine, in Italian and English:
" ... Water is an inalienable human right, a guarantee of the dignity of every individual. And even if each nation has the right to develop policies to safeguard its interests and priorities, no one can contravene the fundamental right of access to water, that vital resource on which life on Earth depends. ..."
Geosciences for the Territory and its Ecosystems in a New Political Constitution for the Republic of Chile
" ... for a New Constitution, it is recommended to include at least one preamble recognizing the country as a rich and diverse territory in terms of its biotic and mineral nature, the greatest value of which lies in the human beings who inhabit it with a commitment to protect and sustainably develop its environmental ecosystems, reflecting it in an appropriate territorial order, legal, political and administrative. ..."
(by David W. Mogk & Monica Z. Bruckner, USA)
"Ethical dilemmas are regularly encountered by Earth and environmental scientists. Explicit training is required to allow the community to recognize such dilemmas, and to prevent and mitigate ethical issues as they arise"
(by Giuseppe Di Capua and Silvia Peppoloni, Italy)
"... Ideas that underpin the conceptual foundations of geoethics can be traced back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries when anthropogenic impacts on nature began to be recognised and documented. ...."
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Issue n. 2 - 2020
October 13, 2020
The Global Risks Report 2020
Insight Report, 15th Edition. World Economic Forum
Global Research Report
Research Integrity: Understanding our shared responsibility for a sustainable scholarly ecosystem
(by Szomszor M. and Quaderi N., Institute for Scientific Information)
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.
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 ..."
Our friend and colleague Jan Boon passed away peacefully in the evening of July 22, 2020