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EGU - General Assembly 2021

19-30 April 2021

In 2021, EGU will be hosting vEGU21: Gather Online (#vEGU21), a fully virtual meeting that will be held in place of the General Assembly in Vienna. vEGU21 will provide as full a representation of the experience that EGU members enjoy at the annual meeting in Vienna as possible. Abstract submissions will be accepted until 13 January 2021 at 13:00 CET. More details, including the registration fees, will be announced in the coming weeks. The Abstract Processing Charge (APC) will remain the same as in previous years. EGU 2021 website:

IAPG organizes the session EOS4.2 entitled "Geoethics: Geosciences serving Society", sponsors the session EOS3.2 entitled "Climate literacy: Learning, education, methods and roadmaps", and organizes the short course SC4.4 "Foundations and Perspectives of Geoethics for Earth, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences - In memoriam of Jan Boon".



EOS4.2: Geoethics: Geosciences serving Society


Silvia Peppoloni and Giuseppe Di Capua

Session description

Geoscience expertise is essential for the functioning of modern societies. All branches of geosciences have cultural, social and ethical implications. Hence, geoscientists face ethical issues in their professional and civic activities. Geoethics aims to provide a common framework for these concerns and to nourish a discussion on the fundamental 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 contemporary relevance 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 the management of land, air and water including environmental change, pollution and their impacts;

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

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

  • ethical aspects of geoscience education and communication as well as culture and value of geodiversity, geoconservation, geoheritage, 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 address many of the most urgent global problems, to inform decision-making, and to guide education at all levels. The purpose is to equip citizens to discuss, shape and implement solutions to local, regional and global socio-environmental problems. Geoscientists who are aware of their ethical responsibilities will be able to put their knowledge at the service of society and to foster public trust in geosciences. This session aims to develop ethical and social perspectives on the above topics, including case studies.

This session in the EGU2021 website:

Programme of the session

(presentations in vPico format, abstracts and materials about each presentation in the EGU website):

26 April 2021 - from 09:00 to 10:30 CEST


Chairpersons: Silvia Peppoloni, Giuseppe Di Capua


5-minute convener introduction by Silvia Peppoloni

(download the presentation)

Watch the video on the side

EGU21-2411 - Geoethics in a scheme: a simplified way to represent its definition, vision, and theoretical structure (download the presentation)

(Silvia Peppoloni and Giuseppe Di Capua)


EGU21-604 - Geoethics, a Philosophical Hybrid of European Origin (download the presentation)
(Martin Bohle)


EGU21-16180 - De complexitate mundi – What a complexful world  
(Umberto Fracassi)


EGU21-3079 - Geoethics: Recent Art Projects by Ying Kit Chan  
(Ying Kit Chan)


EGU21-13709 - Applied geoethics: CITI199’s essays from the Austral University of Chile  
(Sandor Mulsow, Beatriz Barrales, Nicolas Espinoza, Magdalena Flandez, Leandro Ledezma, Esteban Munzenmayer, Adriana Rivera-Murton, Pablo Salinas, Fernando Valenzuela, Rodolfo Valenzuela, and Marco Valle)


EGU21-5782 - Teaching and learning about ethical aspects of environmental science with graduate students  
(Cindy Palinkas)


EGU21-1763 - Geoethics education and climate literacy: Bridging the gap – interactively  
(David Crookall, Pimnutcha Promduangsri, and Pariphat Promduangsri)


EGU21-6285 - Values in (climate) science: What model-based assessments of climate sensitivity teach us about value-judgements and demands on norms thereon
(Sabine Undorf, Karoliina Pulkkinen, Frida Bender, and Per Wikman Svahn)


EGU21-16538 - Evaluation of Safety and Effectiveness of  Localized Arctic Ice Albedo Restoration Method to Slow Climate Change Impacts  
(Leslie Field)


EGU21-8597 - Co-production of knowledge: towards a co-design of geothermal heat utilization  
(Eva Schill, Florian Bauer, Katharina Schätzler, Christine Rösch, Melanie Mbah, Christina Benighaus, Sophie Kuppler, and Judith Krohn)


EGU21-10403 - Responsible production and consumption of mineral resources: mobilising geoethics as a framework for mining companies, manufacturers and other stakeholders  
(Nic Bilham)


EGU21-5413 - Geoethics needs multi-dimensional research agendas and practice  
(Cornelia E. Nauen)


EGU21-6311 - Earthquake loss alerts to save victims  
(Max Wyss, Philippe Rosset, Stavros Tolis, and Michel Speiser)


EGU21-12746 - Detection of land subsidence phenomena in Kopais plain, Boeotia county, central Greece. Preliminary results  
(Elissavet Chatzicharalampous, Constantinos Loupasakis, Theodora Rondoyanni, and Issaak Parcharidis)


EGU21-8269 - Virtual outcrops: Field work on lockdown conditions using Drones  
(Fernando Borrás, Joaquín Hopfenblatt, Adelina Geyer, and Meritxell Aulinas)


EGU21-14287 - Geological Hazards Focused Geopark Proposal, Armenia  
(Khachatur Meliksetian, Ara Avagyan, Lilit Sahakyan, Ghazar Galoyan, Hayk Melik-Adamyan, Arshavir Hovhanissyan, Arayik Grigoryan, Taron Grigoryan, Dmitry Arakelyan, Hrach Shahinyan, Kristina Sahakyan, Hayk Hovakimyan, Tatul Atalyan, Edmond Grigoryan, Marine Misakyan, and Seda Avagyan)


EGU21-575 - Applying the Values of Geoethics for Sustainable Speleotourism Development  
(Aleksandar Antić, Giuseppe Di Capua, and Silvia Peppoloni)


EGU21-5794 - AGI's Framework on Addressing Equity in the Geoscience Societies and the Challenge of Defining Success  
(Christopher Keane, Susan Sullivan, and Leila Gonzales)


EGU21-6988 - The Global Network for Geoscience and Society: Connecting Science to Serve the Public Good  
(Gregory Wessel and Rose Hendricks)


EGU21-2347 - The activities of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics: status and future perspectives (download the presentation)
(Giuseppe Di Capua and Silvia Peppoloni)


Meet the authors in their breakout text chats


EOS3.2: Climate literacy:  Learning, education, methods and roadmaps


David Crookall, Giuseppe Di Capua, Lydie Lescarmontier, Robin Matthews, Frank Niepold

Session description

Climate change (CC) is the greatest threat to humanity and to Earth’s biodiversity, and affects every single living being and every ecological niche, with poorer communities suffering disproportionately. Many geosciences are thus directly confronted by CC. Geoethics provides an ethical framework to address such challenges to a sustainable future. However, relatively little is being done to provide opportunities to help people round the world to learn about the changes that are affecting their and their offspring’s lives. The more people are knowledgeable about the changes affecting their lives, the more they will be able to make informed decisions and to adapt and mitigate. In the wake of the 2020 EGU Declaration of the Significance of Geoscience, Climate Literacy/Learning (CL) is an imperative that needs to be addressed massively and urgently, both within and beyond the EGU. Geosciences and geoethics can play a significant role in furthering CL. CL has developed in recent years. Areas of improvement include school curricular, teacher training, educational games, citizen initiatives and EGU sessions, such as the pioneering 2018 and 2019 Climate Change Education sessions. However, much work still needs to be done, for example, to make CL an essential component in all subjects, and at all levels throughout the education system. The aims of such CL might include encouraging an intergenerational outlook, developing a sense of the geoethical dimensions of CC, understanding the complexities and finding solutions acceptable to a broad range of stakeholders. In the poorer parts of the world, where CC impact is greatest and resources are scarce, CL is in its infancy and even more urgent. We invite colleagues to submit contributions on any aspects of climate literacy – on learning processes, instructional materials, learning methods and experiences, and curricular innovation to promote greater CL. The full spectrum of CC science that might be covered by CL can be included, such as GHGs, reinforcing feedback, energy systems, heatwaves, sea-level rise, oceans, carbon cycle, ice melt, communication, attitudes, gender issues, health, political influence, activism, behavioural change and geoethics. The session is an opportunity for people (ECSs, scientists, educators, policy influencers, learning resource developers and other experts) to share their experience, expertise and research on effective ways of improving CL, to better fight CC.

This session in the EGU2021 website:

This session is scheduled on 26 April 2021 from 14:15 to 17:00 CEST

Programme of this session in the EGU website

Short Course

SC4.4: Foundations and Perspectives of Geoethics for Earth, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences - In memoriam of Jan Boon

This short course is scheduled on 29 April 2021 from 10:00 to 11:00 CEST

Eduardo Marone, 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. The Short Course goes is directed towards introducing and training geoscientists in those new concept and ideas as well as exposing the perspectives of this field.


0. Forewords to Honour Jan Boon (Giuseppe Di Capua)
1. Theoretical foundations of Geoethics (Silvia Peppoloni)
2. Responsible conduct of research and professionalism (David Mogk)
3. Development Perspectives for Geoethical Thoughts? (Martin Bohle)
4. Education for Confronting (geo)ethical dilemmas (Eduardo Marone)
5. Geoethics and responsible mining (Nic Bilham)
6. Geoethics in natural hazards from the perspective of an engineering geologist (Vince Cronin)
7. Geoethics’ case studies: Paleontology and Geoheritage (Daniel DeMiguel)
8. Geoethics’ case studies: effects of the EU directive on conflict minerals (Vítor Correia)


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

The short course is co-organized 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 2021 website

Short Course SC4.4

IAPG sessions at EGU from 2012

(10 years of IAPG sessions on geoethics at the EGU General Assembly)

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

EGU 2020

EOS5.1 - Geoethics: how and why should geosciences serve society?

Conveners: S. Peppoloni, N. Bilham, D. DeMiguel,  E. Marone, S. Schneider-Voss

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