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Silvia Peppoloni
Nic Bilham
Eduardo Marone
Marie Charriere
Tony Mayer

EGU - General Assembly 2016

Session EOS5 - Geoethics: theoretical and practical aspects from research integrity to relationships between geosciences and society


Silvia Peppoloni, Nic Bilham, Eduardo Marone, Marie Charriere, Tony Mayer


Sessione description

Recent years have seen a great growth of interest in geoethics among geoscientists. They have become more involved in discussions of the values which underpin appropriate behaviors and practices, wherever human activities interact with the geosphere. All branches of geosciences have ethical, social and cultural implications. Therefore, there is an evident need to develop an ethical framework for geoscience research and practices that can help geoscientists confronting ethical dilemmas and make them more aware of their responsibility in conducting their activities.Geoethical principles apply to geoscientists' work across four equally important domains: the self, colleagues, society and the natural environment. Thus, the spectrum of geoethics topics is very broad. It includes issues of research integrity and professional deontology, data production and management, conflicts of interest, publishing ethics , the role of geoscientists in sustainable development, exploration and use of geo-resources and soil while meeting high standards of environmental protection, the defense of society against natural risks, and the impact of human activities and pollution on human health and the climate. It also encompasses the ethical implications of science communication and geo-education for society, and of geoheritage and geoparks as tools to raise public awareness of the importance of geoscience and the geosphere to our lives. Addressing discrimination in the geosciences, including on grounds of gender, ethnicity or disability, is also a geoethical matter; so is the role of Earth sciences in the economic and social development of low-income countries while respecting local cultures and traditions, and in promoting peace and intercultural exchange. Geoscientists have a fundamental part to play in addressing many of the most urgent problems affecting our planet and its population. Their technical knowledge and expert advice are vital for informed decision-making, and to ensure that education at all levels equips the citizens of the 21st century to participate in public debate about these challenges. Geoscientists with greater awareness of their ethical responsibilities towards themselves, colleagues, society and the environment will be better able to put their knowledge at the service of society, to communicate it effectively, and to grow public trust in science.The conveners invite abstracts on both practical and theoretical aspects of geoethics, including case studies. The aim of the session is to develop ethical and social perspectives on the challenges arising from human interaction with natural systems, to complement technical approaches and solutions, and to help to define an ethical framework for geoscientists' research and practice in addressing these challenges.
The session is promoted by the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics (, with the support of the Geological Society of London.



The session EOS5 is scheduled on Monday, 18 April 2016:
- Orals: 08:30–12:00, Room 2.83 (Red Level)
- Posters: a) Display time 08:00–19:30; b) Author in attendance: 13:30–15:00 (Hall D, Brown Level).


Click on the titles of the presentations (below) to download slides and posters in pdf format




Part I - Geoethics: Communication and Application



EGU2016-1235: Engineering paradigms and anthropogenic global change (Martin Bohle)

EGU2016-2688: Injecting learning experience into geoethics for human and natural sustainability (David Crookall)


EGU2016-9621: What can I say? Geoscientists as participants in debating our energy needs (Nic Bilham)

EGU2016-7485: Geoethical and socio-political aspects of seismic and tsunami hazard assessment, quantification and mapping (Stefano Tinti and Alberto Armigliato)


EGU2016-13258: Ethical Implications of Seismic Risk Communication in Istanbul – Insights from a Transdisciplinary, Film-based Science Communication Workshop (Johanna Ickert and Iain S. Stewart)


EGU2016-4849: Cross-border data exchange - a case study on international collaboration gone wrong (Valentina Yanko-Hombach)


Part II - Geoethics: institutional paradigms and conceptual challenges



EGU2016-9442: Developing an Ethical Framework for All Geoscientists: AGI Guidelines for Ethical Professional Conduct (Maeve A. Boland, P. Patrick Leahy, and Christopher M. Keane)

EGU2016-7301: Scientific Integrity and Professional Ethics at AGU – The Establishment and Evolution of an Ethics Program at a Large Scientific Society (Michael McPhaden, Margaret Leinen, Christine McEntee, Randy Townsend, and Billy Williams)

EGU2016-14583: The challenge of developing ethical guidelines for a research infrastructure (Werner Leo Kutsch)

EGU2016-3333: Ethics issues in scientific data and service provision: evidence and challenges for the European Plate Observing System (EPOS) (Massimo Cocco, Carmela Freda, Florian Haslinger, and Epos Consortium)


EGU2016-585: Towards Increased Engagement of Geoscientists in Global Development Frameworks (Joel Gill)

EGU2016-9699: Ethical dilemmas in geosciences. We can ask, but, can we ans? (Eduardo Marone)





EGU2016-705: Impact of Geoethics in Egypt (kholoud Mohamed AbdelMakosud and Nada Ezzat)

EGU2016-2183: The ethical duty to preserve the quality of scientific information (Massimo Arattano, Albertina Gatti, and Elisa Eusebio)


EGU2016-3488: Geosciences at the service of society in the experience of one of the fathers of Geoethics, Antonio Stoppani (Stefania Lucchesi)


EGU2016-4512: Seismic Risk Perception compared with seismic Risk Factors (Massimo Crescimbene, Federica La Longa, Vera Pessina, Nicola Alessandro Pino, and Laura Peruzza)


EGU2016-6973: ENVRI PLUS project: Developing an ethical framework for Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures (Silvia Peppoloni, Giuseppe Di Capua, and Florian Haslinger)


EGU2016-6723: International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG): an update on activities (Giuseppe Di Capua, Peter Bobrowsky, Susan Kieffer, Silvia Peppoloni, and Stefano Tinti)


EGU2016-8967: The environmental education in the Italian Renaissance: the geoethical model of Machiavelli (Battista Liserre and Francesco De Pascale)


EGU2016-9457: The 1980 Irpinia-Basilicata earthquake: the environmental phenomena and the choices of reconstruction (Sabina Porfido, Giuliana Alessio, Paola Avallone, Germana Gaudiosi, Giovanni Lombardi, Rosa Nappi, Raffaella Salvemini, and Efisio Spiga)


EGU2016-10298: MATER - Pianeta Terra-Mare: an interactive and multidisciplinary approach to Geosphere sciences (Giovanna Lucia Piangiamore, Emanuela Fanelli, Stefania Furia, Daniela Garau, Silvia Merlino, Gemma Musacchio, and Maria Carla Centineo)


EGU2016-9693: The 40 anniversary of the 1976 Friuli earthquake: a look back for empowering the next generation to the reduction of seismic risk (Angela Saraò, Carla Barnaba, and Laura Peruzza)


EGU2016-9973: The semiosis of the Anthropocene geological era. Reflections between geoethics and semiotics starting from Peirce’s triangle (Francesco De Pascale and Valeria Dattilo)


EGU2016-10379: Science development on volcanology flawed by the Spanish IGN (Nemesio M. Pérez and Hans-Ulrich Schmincke)


EGU2016-17398: FUTURO REMOTO 2015: researchers meet people (Maddalena De Lucia, Alessandro Fedele, Roberta Esposito, Vincenzo Torello, Rosella Nave, Nicola Alessandro Pino, Massimo Russo, Giuliana Alessio, Germana Gaudiosi, Rosa Nappi, Pasquale Belviso, Antonio Carandente, Walter De Cesare, Fabio Sansivero, Valeria Siniscalchi, Sven Borgstrom, Girolamo Milano, Giovanni Pasquale Ricciardi, Giuseppe De Natale and the Futuro Remoto 2015 Administrative Team)


EGU2016-17181: The project RUSSADE: geoethic education to face environmental problems in the Sahel (Elena Ferrero and Carlo Semita)


EGU2016-2013: The Public Communication of Geoscience (Photini Papatheodorou and Fivos Spathopoulos)


EGU2016-2018: Do we Need a Sociology of Energy Development? (Photini Papatheodorou and Fivos Spathopoulos)


EGU2016-10069: Geosciences help to protect human health: estimation of the adsorbed radiation doses while flight journeys, as important step to radiation risk assessment (Anatolii Chernov and Olexandr Shabatura)


EGU2016-17870: Geoethical Issues in Landslides Hazard Zonation (Surya Parkash Gupta)


EGU2016-16480: “Urban Fossils”: a project enabling reflections concerning human impact on planet Earth (Francesca Lozar, Massimo Delfino, Alessandra Magagna, Elena Ferrero, Francesca Cirilli, Massimo Bernardi, and Marco Giardino)


EGU2016-15571: The role of ethics and deontology is essential must be reinforced in geosciences. Focus natural hazards and catastrophic risk (Marga Zango-Pascual)


EGU2016-14896: On the geoethical implications of wind erosion (Tatárvári Károly)


EGU2016-12629: Geo-ethical dimension of community’s safety: rural and urban population vulnerability analysis methodology (Yuriy Kostyuchenko, Dmytro Movchan, Ivan Kopachevsky, and Maxim Yuschenko)


EGU2016-13645: Scientific aspects of the Tohoku earthquake and Fukushima nuclear accident (Kazuki Koketsu)


EGU2016-13408: Geoethics implications in volcanic hazards in Argentina: 24 years of uninterrupted ash-fall (Elizabeth I. Rovere, Roberto A. Violante, Silvia M. Uber, and Marcelo Vázquez Herrera)


EGU2016-13070: Identification of good practices for teachers and students training activity in the ENVRIPLUS project (Giuliana D'Addezio, Antonella Marsili, and Laura Beranzoli)


EGU2016-15432: Towards a well-connected, global, interdisciplinary research community for rational decision making in the Anthropocene (Florian Rauser and the YESS Council Team)


EGU2016-16958: Responsibilities of the active participation of geoscientists in public funded projects (Victor Correia and Isabel Fernandez)


EGU2016-18413: Geoethical issues involved in Tsunami Warning System concepts and operations (Marinos Charalampakis, Gerassimos A. Papadopoulos, and Stefano Tinti)


EGU2016-585: Towards Increased Engagement of Geoscientists in Global Development Frameworks (Joel Gill)


EGU2016-1300: Why Geo-Humanities (Robert Casals i Graells, Anna Sibilla, and Martin Bohle)


EGU2016-4567: The Young Scientist Club of the International Association for Promoting Geoethics – Promoting geoethics among the young geoscientists community (Marie Charrière, Francesco De Pascale, Jonathan Gomez Cantero, Tharwat Hassan, Ndivhuwo Cecilia Mukosi, and Craig O’Brien)

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