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.
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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, GSAf - Geological Society of Africa, 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, JMO - Jeoloji Mühendisleri Odası (Turkisk Chamber of Geological Engineers), MJD - Maden Jeologları Derneği (Turkish Association of Economic Geologists), 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.
Geoethics at the vEGU21: Gather Online
This year we celebrate 10 years of sessions on geoethics organized by the IAPG at the EGU General Assembly! Know more here
26 April 2021 - 09:00-10:30 CEST
Session EOS4.2: Geoethics: Geosciences serving Society (Convenership: Silvia Peppoloni and Giuseppe Di Capua). This session is organized by the IAPG.
26 April 2021 - 14:15-17:00 CEST
Session EOS3.2: Climate literacy: Learning, education, methods and roadmaps (Convenership: David Crookall, Giuseppe Di Capua, Lydie Lescarmontier, Robin Matthews, Frank Niepold). This session is sponsored by the IAPG.
29 April 2021 - 10:00-11:00 CEST
Short Course SC4.4: Foundations and Perspectives of Geoethics for Earth, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences - In memoriam of Jan Boon (Convenership: Eduardo Marone, Giuseppe Di Capua, Silvia Peppoloni). This short course is organized by the IAPG and IOI-TC-LAC.
More about these sessions and the short course: https://www.geoethics.org/egu2021
New book on geoethics and groundwater management
We are glad to inform that a new book has been published at the beginning of April 2021:
Abrunhosa Manuel, Chambel Antonio, Peppoloni Silvia, Chaminé Helder I., eds. (2021). Advances in Geoethics and Groundwater Management: theory and practice for a sustainable development - Proceedings of the 1st Congress on Geoethics and Groundwater Management (GEOETH&GWM'20), Porto - Portugal 2020. XLV + 523 p., 24 b/w illustrations, 180 illustrations in colour, Springer, ISBN 978-3-030-59319-3. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-59320-9.
This book gathers the peer-reviewed proceedings of the 1st congress on Geoethics & Groundwater Management (GEOETH&GWM'20), held in Porto, Portugal, in an online format on 18-22 May 2020. Hosted in the School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic of Porto in Porto city (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the international conference focused on what has now been dubbed "hydrogeoethics", a novel transdisciplinary, scientific field integrating all dimensions of geoethics in groundwater science and practice.
Download the book Front Matter, containing:
- Foreword by Giuseppe Di Capua (IAPG)
- Foreword by Nabil Khélifi (Springer Senior Publishing Editor)
- Preface by Manuel Abrunhosa (IAPG and IAH), Antonio Chambel (IAH), Silvia Peppoloni, Helder I. Chaminé (IAH)
- Preamble by John Cherry (G360 Institute for Groundwater Research, University of Guelph, University of Waterloo)
- Contents (108 papers)
- About the Editors
New book on geoethics (in Italian)
Silvia Peppoloni, Giuseppe Di Capua
GEOETICA: manifesto per un'etica della responsabilità verso la Terra
Prefazione di Telmo Pievani
2021, Saggine, n. 346, pp. 224, Donzelli Editore, ISBN 978-8855221696
Title in English (GEOETHICS: manifesto for an ethics of responsibility towards the Earth)
16 April 2021 (14:00 BST)
Workshop on Geodiversity
The workshop will be held online and will be free for all to attend. The event is hosted by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and funded by Research England's Strategic Priorities Fund allocation to the University of Oxford.
The IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics is a supporting organization of this event.
Read more about the Promoting Geodiversity Workshop:
Final programme: download here (pdf file)
Invitation to submit papers: Special Issue on Geoethics of the journal Sustainability
Title of the special issue:
New Advances on Geoethics and Sustainable Development
Silvia Peppoloni, Giuseppe Di Capua
New deadline for manuscript submissions:
16 May 2021
IAPG endorses the eLearning Course "Practical Geocommunication"
Dear IAPG member,
IAPG has recently endorsed the eLearning course ‘Practical Geocommunication’ offered by Geologize Ltd. Geologize teaches geoscientists to bring the public to a great understanding and appreciation of our planet through effective and powerful communication.
To find out more about the course, please check out the following video:
As a member of an endorsing association, you now have a 60% discount on the course fee.
Your unique access code is: iapg-pggz
Here’s how to start your learning experience!
1) Head over to https://training.geologize.org/courses/geocomms
2) Click on 'BUY $450’
3) Register (Free)
4) Click on the link ‘Have a coupon?’
5) Enter the code I have given you above. This will apply the discount.
6) Pay the remaining value.
7) Start learning!
The number of times this coupon can be used is limited to the current membership of the IAPG, so I kindly request that it not be shared with those outside the IAPG.
Learners follow the course at their own pace and you will have lessons, quizzes, assignments and the opportunity to interact directly with myself, Dr Haydon Mort. A certificate is provided at the end of the course, with the seals of the IAPG, The Geological Society of London and the European Federation of Geologists, who also endorse the course.
All the best,
Dr. Haydon Mort
CEO-Director Geologize Ltd
Geologist, Science Communicator
Framework for Addressing Racial and Ethnic Equity in Geosciences Professional Societies
The IAPG is a formal signatory of the AGI - American Geosciences Institute document that sets a framework for geoscience societies to proactively cultivate an inclusive profession that both addresses systemic issues and sets priorities aimed at increasing equity for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) geoscientists and addressing issues of intersectionality among race, class, disability status and gender.
The IAPG Task Group on Responsible Mining has new members
This IAPG Task Group is active from 8 May 2017 and in the same year released the White Paper on Responsible Mining. Unfortunately this year Jan Boon (Canada), one of the members of the Task Group and co-author of the White Paper, passed away. Moreover another member, Pekka Nurmi (Finland) decided to leave the Task Group after his retirement. Finally, Nikolaos Arvanitidis (Sweden) and Giuseppe Di Capua (Italy) will continue to serve in the group. The IAPG continues to believe that responsible approaches and practices are fundamental to assure societal acceptance and environmental sustainability to mining activities. To this aim the Task Group will receive new inputs from additional members: Marita Ahumada (Argentina), Estelle Levin-Nally (United Kingdom), Vitor Correia (Portugal), and Roberto Lencina (Argentina).
The IAPG wishes to thank these new members who are starting to serve in the IAPG Task Group on Responsible Mining.
UNESCO Lecture Series: Earth Materials for a Sustainable and Thriving Society
Minerals and other Earth materials are a key component in the development of a sustainable global society, providing essential raw materials for technologies and economic growth while respecting the natural world. This programme of lectures, designed for a global audience, will provide diverse perspectives on Earth materials and their role in society. Leading natural scientists, social scientists, and educators will look at how Earth materials are critical to a sustainable future and how the minerals sector, adhering to best practices, can contribute to society in a socially and environmentally positive way.
The lectures were delivered in webinar format by recognized global experts who framed their presentations in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Series had the goal to boost knowledge of Earth materials and contribute to better informed local, regional, and international discussions. The lectures were freely accessible.
26 January 2021 - 9 March 2021
All sessions will be conducted in English with live captioning in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Swahili, and Hindi.
Download the information flyer
Queries about the series email@example.com
IAPG signed an agreement for cooperation with JMO
On 12 January 2021, the IAPG signed an agreement for cooperation with the JMO - Jeoloji Mühendisleri Odası (Turkish Chamber of Geological Engineers). 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 Turkey. It helps to assure a continued IAPG – JMO cooperation and coordination on issues of common interests in Turkey, in particular, the following: Theoretical aspects of geoethics; Analyses of geoethical problems and dilemmas, also through case-studies; Co-organization of scientific events on geoethics; Production of relevant publications. JMO agrees to support the "Cape Town Statement on Geoethics" (that contains the Geoethical Promise) and to be included in the list of 27 supporting organizations of the statement.
IAPG signed an agreement for cooperation with GSAf
On 19 November 2020, the IAPG signed an agreement for cooperation with the GSAf - Geological Society of Africa. The agreement expresses a mutual desire to cooperate on a range of themes in the field of geoethics. It helps to assure a continued IAPG – GSAf cooperation and coordination on issues of common interests in Africa, in particular, the following: Theoretical aspects of geoethics; Analyses of geoethical problems and dilemmas, also through case-studies; Co-organization of scientific events on geoethics; Production of relevant publications. GSAf agrees to support the "Cape Town Statement on Geoethics" (that contains the Geoethical Promise) and to be included in the list of 27 supporting organizations of the statement.
IAPG signed an agreement for cooperation with MJD
On 1 December 2020, the IAPG signed an agreement for cooperation with the MJD - Maden Jeologları Derneği (Turkish Association of Economic Geologists). 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 Turkey. It helps to assure a continued IAPG – MJD cooperation and coordination on issues of common interests in Turkey, in particular, the following: Theoretical aspects of geoethics; Analyses of geoethical problems and dilemmas, also through case-studies; Co-organization of scientific events on geoethics; Production of relevant publications. MJD agrees to support the "Cape Town Statement on Geoethics" (that contains the Geoethical Promise) and to be included in the list of 27 supporting organizations of the statement.
The video of the Lecture on "Geoethics: Integrity and Ethics in Science in Higher Education"
The video recording of the Lecture by John Geissman (University of Texas at Dallas; IAPG Geoethics Medal 2020), held on 4 January 2021, is available in the webpage of the University of Potsdam (Germany) and the IAPG YouTube channel:
https://www.uni-potsdam.de/de/earth/oeffentlichkeitsarbeit/seminare/geoethics (University of Potsdam)
https://youtu.be/GANbLvJ6bms (IAPG YouTube Channel)
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-Canada has a new coordinator
Paul Hubley has been appointed new coordinator of IAPG-Canada. He replaces Shona van Zijll de Jong. The IAPG wishes to thank Shona van Zijll de Jong for chairing this section and for her work in representing IAPG in Canada.
Paul is Principal and Senior Geoscientist at Hubley Geosciences Limited (HGL) and President-elect of Professional Geoscientists Ontario (PGO) (2021-2022 term). He has a M.Sc. in Earth Sciences (Hydrogeology) and is a recognized Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.), Qualified Person (QPESA) in the Province of Ontario, Canada (also recently Alberta and Saskatchewan), Environmental Professional (EP®) through ECO Canada, and is a Canadian Risk Manager (CRM®) certified by the Global Risk Management Institute (GRMI). Paul has 30 years of consulting experience on over 1,000 projects in most provinces of Canada
IAPG-Canada is one of 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.
New article: Geoethics and New Medias: Sharing Knowledge and Values
It can be downloaded for free and cited as follows:
Drąsutė V., Corradi S., Peppoloni S., Di Capua G. (2020)
Geoethics and New Medias: Sharing Knowledge and Values
In: 10th The Future of Education International Conference – Virtual, Conference Proceedings, Filodiritto Editore, Bologna,
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.,
(by Silvia Peppoloni, Italy)
This article was published in ReWriters Magazine, in Italian and English:
"... The Earth, therefore, as a space of relationships, a place where the concept of koiné, as a common and unifying language, is specified in its expanded meaning of universal civilization, of community, of a social dimension shared by all the peoples that constitute the complex mosaic of humanity, of participation without dichotomies and contrasts between human and non-human beings, animate and inanimate, between nature and spirit."
Geology, Climate Change and New Policy for our Territories benefit
" ... The application of Geology in political definitions on Climate Change is essential considering the hope of progress towards lasting well-being for our territories. ..."
eGeos: Bringing Our Talents to the Emerging Energy Economy
"eGeos is a virtual forum designed to help energy geoscientists bring their skills and talents to the new, emerging energy economy. The need is compelling for each of us to continue working to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. ..."
Geoaesthetics: the aesthetic intelligence of the Earth
This article was published in ReWriters Magazine, in Italian and English:
" ... the idea of the natural environment as a simple reality to be exploited, controlled and managed is cancelled in us, and our spiritual and emotional relationship with the physical place emerges overwhelmingly, as well as the perception of its identity, its sacredness, satisfying our ancestral need to establish an emotional and aesthetic bond with the natural environment that surrounds us ..."
(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. 3 - 2020
7 December 2020