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EGU - General Assembly 2019

Vienna, 7-12 April 2019

Short Course

SC1.30: Foundations of Geoethics for Earth, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

9 April 2019, 08:30-10:15; Room -2.31

Eduardo Marone, Jan Boon, Giuseppe Di Capua, Silvia Peppoloni

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.

Targeted audience
Most, if not all, of the EGU General Assembly attendants are potential participants, although we will target, mostly, early-career practitioners and scientists, with enough basic background not to be overly challenged in these theoretical and practical issues.

Learning objectives 
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.


Course Content
1. From Ethics to Geoethics: definition, values, tools 
2. Responsible conduct of research and professionalism
3. Tools for Confronting (geo)ethical dilemmas
4. Geoethics for society: sustainable development and responsible mining
5. Geoethics in natural hazards and risks
6. Geoethics in geoscience communication


From Ethics to Geoethics: definition, values, tools

Silvia Peppoloni


Responsible conduct of research and professionalism

Vitor Correia


Tools for Confronting (geo)ethical dilemmas

Eduardo Marone


Questions & Answers


Short Break


Geoethics for society: sustainable development and responsible mining

Jan Boon


Geoethics in natural hazards

Giuseppe Di Capua


Geoethics in geoscience communication

Nic Bilham


Questions & Answers


The short course is co-sponsored by:

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics (

and IOI-TC-LAC - International Ocean Institute Training Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean  (





Geoethics: ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, education, communication, research and practice

Silvia Peppoloni, Martin Bohle, Giuseppe Di Capua, Christopher M. Keane, Jonathan Rizzi, Nic Bilham, Vitor Correia


Sessione description

Geoscientists of all disciplines handle professional issues that have ethical, social and cultural implications. The ethical frameworks for research and practices, which help scientists of all disciplines to cope with ethical dilemmas and their societal responsibility, evolve steadily. Increasingly, geoscientists are aware of their ethical responsibilities - towards themselves, colleagues, society and the environment. Regularly, geoscientists put their knowledge at the service of society, communicate it effectively, and foster public trust in science-based solutions. Geoscience knowledge (and related expert advice) is vital for informed decision-making; hence the importance of education at all levels and capability building of citizens to participate at the quest and implementation of solutions to geoscience problems. As evolved during the last decade, Geoethics provides an open framework for such concerns, by discussing values underpinning appropriate behaviors and practices, wherever human activities interact with the Earth system. 
Geoethics includes research integrity and professional deontology and the role of geoscientists in exploration and use of geo-resources (including water and soil) while meeting high standards of environmental protection. Evidently, geoethics deals with harassment, bullying and discrimination in the geosciences, e.g, on grounds of gender, ethnicity or disability. In fact these deplorable behaviors and the retaliation that can derive from them, compromise the freedom to follow ethical practices in one's profession.
Geoethics refers to the role of geosciences in the economic and social development of low/high-income countries, in sustainable development, in the defense of the society against natural risks, and the mitigation of the impact of human activities on human wellbeing and Earth system dynamics. 
Geoethics relates with social sciences and humanities to further science communication, public awareness of geosciences, geo-education for the citizens, appreciation of geoheritage (and geoparks) to raise perception of the importance of Earth system for our lives and cultures.
Geoethics recognizes geosciences to be a public good that contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals, as recommended by the United Nations. Hence, geoscience insights shall be shared effectively for the benefit and progress of society. Therefore, geoscientists contribute to the handling of important societal problems, to grow public awareness and knowledge of the geosciences relevant to people’s lives. 
The conveners invite abstracts on ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience, 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 define an ethical framework for geoscientists' research and practice in addressing these challenges. Contributions from Early Career Scientists are encouraged, explicitly.

The session is co-sponsored by:

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics (

AGI - American Geosciences Institute (
EFG - European Federation of Geologists (

This session in the EGU 2019 website

Oral presentations: 12 April 2019, 08:30-12:00; Room L7

Poster presentations: 12 April 2019, attendance 14:00-15:45; Hall X4

Programme of the Session EOS5.2 "Geoethics"



First part: Applying geoethics: resources, risk and communication

Chairperson: Silvia Peppoloni and Vitor Correia ​

EGU2019-10566A typology and comparison of responsible sourcing schemes for mineral supply chains (Nic Bilham)

EGU2019-9549Application of the sociological “reference community” concept to mineral exploration projects (Jan Boon and Dominic Channer)

EGU2019-12097Involving Local Communities in Geothermal Development – Opportunities and Challenges – A case from Geopower Africa (Nicholas Mariita) Withdrawn

EGU2019-10875Ethical considerations associated with assessment and mapping of climate risks in cities: insights from heat risk management in Glasgow, Taipei and Fukuoka (Leslie Mabon and Wan-Yu Shih)

EGU2019-174On the application of communication models in approaches to socio-environmental risks minimization (Yuriy Kostyuchenko, Maxim Yuschenko, and Ilya Kravchuk)

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EGU2019-19136Establishing a Geological Service for Europe (Jelena Vidovic, Teresa Ponce de Leão, Yvonne Schavemaker, Jørgen Tulstrup, Serge van Gessel, Kris Piessens, Jan Høst, Lisbeth Hildebrand, Asko Käpyaho, Birgit Kuhns, Pierre Nehlig, Ivana Svojtkova, Luís Plácido Martins, Tessa Witteman, Patrick Wall, and Slavko Šolar)

EGU2019-3443A decade of “Geomorphology Rules” for science outreach: Persisting through the Trumpocene (Kathleen Nicoll)

Second part: Shaping geoethics: institutional, social and conceptual frames

​Chairperson: Nic Bilham and Jonathan Rizzi


EGU2019-11989Approaching Geoethics through Community Science (Raj Pandya, Chris McEntee, Brooks Hanson, Natasha Udu-gama, Sarah Wilkins, Melissa Goodwin, and Billy Williams)

EGU2019-1634Normative and practical implications for governing complex social-ecological systems (Rika Preiser and Minka Woermann)

EGU2019-17886: Doing the right thing for future generations by developing resources or opportunities? A philosophical analysis (Konstantina Mylona - Giannakakou)

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EGU2019-7415Gender in EWS and CIS: implications for knowledge, education, communication, research and practice (Alison Sneddon, Sarah Brown, Mirianna Budimir, David Lau, and Puja Shakya)

EGU2019-13448Geoethics in environment - water-protection perspective in the GOAL Project framework (Sebastian Handl, Cristina Calheiros, Ernest Mayr, Susanne Schneider-Voß, Markus Fiebig, and Günter Langergraber)

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EGU2019-16740Contributing to sustainable and geoethical use of the subsurface by improving and further developing the European Geological Data Infrastructure and subsurface information platform (Klaus Hinsby, Serge van Gessel, Jørgen Tulstrup, and Tessa Witteman)

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EGU2019-3943Political repercussions on geoscientists’ activities: open questions (Graziella Devoli)


Chairperson: Giuseppe Di Capua

EGU2019-2026Ethical Guidelines for the European Research Infrastructures (Silvia Peppoloni, Giuseppe Di Capua, Florian Haslinger, and Michèle Marti)

EGU2019-2028The Ethical Label: a tool to identify ethical and social aspects of research products (Giuseppe Di Capua, Silvia Peppoloni, Florian Haslinger, and Michèle Marti)

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EGU2019-2322New advances on geoethics: the activities of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics (Silvia Peppoloni, Giuseppe Di Capua, Peter Bobrowsky, Susan Kieffer, and Stefano Tinti)

EGU2019-3498Images of ancient Calabrian-Sicilian earthquakes from a stereoscopic viewer of the early 20th century. The ethics of a natural disasters photo-gallery (Franco Foresta Martin, Silvia Peppoloni, Patrizia Tosi, Valerio De Rubeis, Paola Sbarra, and Sonia Topazio)


EGU2019-7040Improving mutual understanding in Geosciences with the help of terminological tools (Sabina Di Franco and Elena Rapisardi) Withdrawn

EGU2019-2728On the necessity of making geo-edu-ethics a central component throughout education (David Crookall, Pariphat Promduangsri, and Pimnutcha Promduangsri)

EGU2019-5079Geo-edu-ethics: Drafting a charter for learning geoethics around the world (Pimnutcha Promduangsri, Pariphat Promduangsri, and David Crookall)

EGU2019-12712The emergence of a Geoethics’ Syllabus for Teaching in Higher Education and Citizen Awareness (Clara Vasconcelos, Alexandre Lima, Nir Orion, and Tiago Ribeiro)

EGU2019-14037Values: discuss, reflect upon, live (Susanne Schneider-voss, Markus Fiebig, Günter Langergraber, and Sebastian Handl)



EGU2019-14519The role of the Confidential Counsellor in the Geosciences Workplace Environment (Agata Sangianantoni, Valeria De Paola, and Ingrid Hunstad)

EGU2019-18350Investigating the visitor’s guestbooks of temporary scientific exhibitions: analysis and prospectives (Giuliana D'Addezio)

EGU2019-1882Exploring the Homo Semioticus Paradigm for Sense-making in the Human Niche (Martin Bohle and Sergio Salvatore)
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EGU2019-1887Handling GeoEndowments Geoethically (Martin Bohle, Rika Preiser, and Eduardo Marone)

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EGU2019-2953The small-scale fisheries academy in Senegal, a resource for promoting stewardship and implementing the SDGs (Cornelia E. Nauen and Aliou Sall)

EGU2019-3752: Ethical dilemmas of the citizen Goescientist doing science, technology, and profession (Eduardo Marone and Luis Marone)

EGU2019-14856Culture, Traditions and Water Consumption of the Wayuu Community (Colombia): Sustainable Water Management Strategies (Ruggero Ermini, Salvatore Manfreda, Mauro Fiorentino, and Willington Gonzales)

EGU2019-9011: A second life of waste products for a responsible and ethical use of natural resources: evaluations of the use of ashes produced by waste-to-energy plants as aggregated materials (Enrico Destefanis, Caterina Caviglia, Giorgia Confalonieri, Ingrid Corazzari, Giuseppe Mandrone, Linda Pastero, and Alessandro Pavese)

EGU2019-18531A multi-stakeholder approach to secure sustainable partnerships in the mining sector (Helio Alexandre Lazarim, Carlos Henrique Xavier Araujo, and Giorgio de Tomi)

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EGU2019-6822Social skills: the cornerstone of the 21st Century mining sector. The International Network of Raw Materials Training Centers project (INTERMIN) (Jelena Vidovic, Vitor Correa, Luis Jorda, Manuel Regueiro, Boris Malyuk, and Philipp Hartlieb)


EGU2019-7027Reframing Geoscientists’ Communication: back to 2.0 (Elena Rapisardi and Sabina Di Franco) Withdrawn

EGU2019-18215Use of the European Geological Data Infrastructure for safeguarding Europe’s groundwater resources and dependent ecosystems (Klaus Hinsby, Laurence Gourcy, Hans Peter Broers, Anker Lajer Højberg, and Sian Loveless)

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EGU2019-16948ReFINE: A case study for geoethics (Rachel Brown, Sarah Clancy, Richard Davies, and Fred Worrall)

EGU2019-2924Prof-no-profit: a teaching experience of an European professor in Rwanda (Roberto Valentino)

EGU2019-6840Perspectives and hidden lessons from a geoscientist on energy provision: Namibia as case study (Nortin Titus) Withdrawn

EGU2019-9376Study of perception of Japanese garden using LIST and KH Coder Method among people in European (Mao Yingming and Furuya Katsunori)

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