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EGU - General Assembly 2020

Vienna, 3-8 May 2020

This year EGU General Assembly will take place online, due to the Covid-19 emergency. EGU 2020 will be "EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online" (#shareEGU20).

EGU has created a page through which you can know more about:

- What are the possibilities for authors?
- What are the possibilities for conveners?
- How can I attend?


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Please, consider that "EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online" is open to anyone interested and is free of charge.

IAPG sponsors the session EOS5.1 entitled "Geoethics: how and why should geosciences serve society?".
33 abstracts were submitted and authors have the possibility to upload presentation materials in addition to their abstracts (already available) from 1 April to 31 May 2020.

The list of authors and abstracts is available below or at:


Materials uploaded by authors will be displayed till 31 May 2020.

You may join this session on Thursday, 7 May 2020, 08:30–10:15 (CEST), for a text-based chat session. Authors and attendees can actively discuss the presentation materials. Chats will not be recorded so that an open discussion is stimulated. There will be no live presentations or streaming for sessions.

You may invite your colleagues to take part to our online session. Read here for more information how to attend:

Text-based chat session


Geoethics: how and why should geosciences serve society?

Displays (list of authors and abstracts): Thursday, 07 May 2020, 08:30–10:15 (CEST), text-based chat

This session in the "EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online"​​

27 authors presented their works on many issues of interest for geoethics, 78 participants in the chat, many participants actively involved in the chat discussion, a lot of questions.

It was not easy to manage the session and giving time to all, despite the great difficulties of the Q&A phase to be carried out only as a text-based chat.
Silvia Peppoloni, with the help of Nic Bilham, Eduardo Marone, and Daniel De Miguel, led the group across this new challenge and it was successful.

Thank you!!!

We remind you that abstracts, presentation materials, and discussion about each work will be online till 31 May 2020:

Silvia Peppoloni, Nic Bilham, Daniel De Miguel, Eduardo Marone, Susanne Schneider-Voss, Giuseppe Di Capua


Session description

Geoscientists face ethical issues in their activities. All branches of geosciences have ethical, social and cultural implications. Geoethics aims to provide a common framework for these concerns, and to nourish a discussion on the basic values which underpin appropriate behaviors and practices, wherever human activities interact with the Earth system.
The spectrum of topics geoethics deals with includes:

  • philosophical and historical aspects of geoscience, their relevance to ethical issues and values in contemporary geoscience, and their role in informing methods for effective and ethical decision-making;

  • geoscience professionalism and deontology, research integrity and ensuring respectful working spaces, including issues related to harassment and discrimination, gender and disability in geosciences;

  • ethical and social problems related to management of land, air and water;

  • socio-environmentally sustainable supply of geo-resources (including energy, minerals and water), recognising the importance of effective regulation and policy-making, social acceptance, and understanding and promoting best practice;

  • environmental change, pollution and their impacts;

  • resilience of society related to natural and anthropogenic hazards, and risk management and mitigation strategies;

  • ethical aspects of geoscience education (including issues from theory to educational practice) and communication;

  • culture and value of geodiversity, geoconservation, geoheritage and fossils, geoparks and geotourism;

  • role of geosciences in achieving socio-economic development that respects cultures, traditions and local development paths, regardless of countries' wealth, and in promoting peace, responsible and sustainable development and intercultural exchange.

Geoscientists’ knowledge and expertise are essential to addressing many of the most urgent global problems, to informed decision-making, and to education at all levels, so that citizens are equipped to discuss, shape and implement solutions to local, regional and global socio-environmental problems. Geoscientists who are more aware of their ethical responsibilities will be better able to put their knowledge at the service of society and to foster public trust in geosciences.
Acknowledging the role of geoscientists at the service of society, this session, co-sponsored by IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics, aims to develop ethical and social perspectives on the above topics, including case studies.

The session is co-sponsored by:

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics (

This session in the "EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online"

Short Course

SC2.1: Foundations and Perspectives of Geoethics for Earth, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Previously planned at the physical EGU 2020

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


At EGU2019 we successfully presented a similar SC with a great number of participants. For the next venue, we kept the main rationale and expanded the aims. As the proper and deep education on ethical issues in geosciences has been evolving in recent times, although not as quickly and deeply as necessary, we want to keep the activity also in 2020. 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 the environment. The Short Course goes is directed towards introducing and training geoscientists in those new concepts and ideas as well as exposing the future perspectives of this field. After completing this course, participants will know the basic principles of ethics and how these lead to geoethics, will be aware of the dilemmas involved in making geoethical decisions, will have gained some experience in taking a geoethical approach to real-world cases and will have an initial view regarding the future perspectives of Geoethics. We kindly request two consecutive time blocks (1 hour 45 minutes each). They cannot be the same days/time of our own IAPG regular oral and poster sessions (two planned for 2020) and on the last EGU day (Friday). It can be scheduled, also, for late sessions on consecutive days (after 19:00 hs or 18:30 hs). A reduced number of lecturers will be selected among the members of IAPG with a strong background on SC's themes and participating at EGU2020.

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  (

This short course in the EGU 2020 website

Short Course SC2.1

(previously planned)

Short Course SC2.1
IAPG sessions from 2012

IAPG Sessions on Geoethics at EGU General Assemblies from 2012:

EGU 2012

NH9.8/EOS9 - Geoethics and natural hazards: communication, education and the science-policy-practice interface (co-organized). 

Conveners: S. Peppoloni, J. Wasowski, P. Reitan, G. Devoli, S.W. Kieffer, E. Lindquist

EGU 2013

NH9.8 - Geoethics and natural hazards: the role and responsibility of the geoscientists. 

Conveners: S. Peppoloni, S.W. Kieffer, J. Wasowski

EGU 2014

NH9.8 - Geoethics: Ethical Challenges In Communication, Geoeducation And Management of Natural Hazards.

Conveners: S. Peppoloni, S.W. Kieffer, E. Marone, Y. Kostyuchenko

EGU 2015

EOS8 - Geoethics for society: General aspects and case studies in geosciences. 

Conveners: S. Peppoloni, N. Bilham, S.W. Kieffer, E. Marone

EGU 2016

EOS5 - Geoethics: theoretical and practical aspects from research integrity to relationships between geosciences and society. Conveners: S. Peppoloni, N. Bilham, E. Marone, M. Charrière, T. Mayer

EGU 2017

EOS14 - Geoethics: ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, education, research and practice. Conveners: S. Peppoloni, N. Bilham, M. Bohle, G. Di Capua, E. Marone

EGU 2018

EOS4 - Geoethics: ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, education, communication, research and practice. Conveners: S. Peppoloni, N. Bilham, M. Bohle, G. Di Capua, E. Marone

EGU 2019

EOS5.2 - Geoethics: ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, education, communication, research and practice​. Conveners: S. Peppoloni, M. Bohle, G. Di Capua,  C.M. Keane, J. Rizzi, N. Bilham, V. Correia

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