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EGU - General Assembly 2022

23-27 May 2022

The General Assembly 2022 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria, from 23 to 27 May 2022. The assembly is open to the scientists of all nations. The entire congress centre is fully accessible by wheelchairs.

IAPG organizes the session EOS4.1 entitled "Geoethics in the face of global anthropogenic changes: how do we intersect different knowledge domains?", sponsors the session EOS1.8 entitled "Climate & ocean literacy: Helping people to care ethically within planetary boundaries", and organizes the short course SC4.1 "Geoethics for Earth, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences".


EOS4.1: Geoethics in the face of global anthropogenic changes: how do we intersect different knowledge domains?


24 May 2022, 13:20–16:34 (CEST), Room 1.14


Silvia Peppoloni, Giuseppe Di Capua, John Ludden, Luiz Oosterbeek, Pimnutcha Promduangsri, Billy Williams


Eduardo Marone, Pimnutcha Promduangsri

Session description

How can geosciences serve society in addressing global anthropogenic changes, such as climate change, hazards and risks, natural resources exploitation? Which is the societal role geoscientists play within society? How much ethics is important in geosciences?
These are only some of the fundamental questions that modern geoscientists, aware of the ethical implications of their profession, should ask themselves.
As any scientist, geoscientists have responsibilities in developing excellent science and international cooperation, as well as in communicating scientific knowledge to different stakeholders. Specifically, geoscientists have great responsibility in creating methods and technologies for assuring people’s safety and a responsible use of planet Earth as entity and of its georesources, to guarantee public welfare and sustainable life conditions for present and future generations.
The complexity of the world and problems affecting it requires interdisciplinary approaches and cooperation, capable of synthesizing a range of knowledge, methods, tools. This is one of the goals of promoting geoethical thinking.
The purpose of this session is to create an opportunity for thinking and discussing about ethical, societal and social implications of global problems investing issues at the intersection between geosciences, humanities, and social sciences, with the objective of framing global anthropogenic changes as the crisis of the 21st century.
Conveners invite colleagues to confront on these topics from their professional perspectives, by presenting concepts, investigations, experiences, methods, problems, practices, case studies on ethical, societal and social perspectives to address global warming, exploitation of natural resources, risk reduction, conservation of geoheritage, science communication and education, to provide food for thought and create connections between different disciplinary fields, with the aim to build a genuine interdisciplinary community.
This session celebrates 10 years since the foundation of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics (, and is co-sponsored by AGU - American Geophysical Union, CIPSH - International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences, and IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences.

This session in the EGU2022 website:

Part 1 (24 May 2022: 13:20-14:50 CEST, room 1.14)

- 13:20–13:25: Introduction
- 13:25–13:32: 
EGU22-1747 "Geoethics to redefine the human-Earth system nexus" (Giuseppe Di Capua and Silvia Peppoloni

- 13:32–13:39: EGU22-2998 "Geoscience for the next decade: how can geoscientists engage with communities in creating the next industrial revolution?" (John Ludden)
- 13:39–13:46: EGU22-6385 "Geoethics Issues for the 21st Century: Perspectives from the AGU Ethics and Equity Center - A Call for Education and Action" (Billy Williams, Eric Davidson, Margaret Fraiser, Raj Pandya, and Brooks Hanson)
- 13:46–13:53: EGU22-1697 "Geoethics – an new approach to include awareness for sociocultural context" (Simon Schneider)
- 13:53–14:00: EGU22-664 "Geoethics, emerging from splendid segregation?" (Martin Bohle and Eduardo Marone)
- 14:00–14:07: EGU22-9010 "About reproducibility. The advantages of the synthetic thesis of truth" (Eduardo Marone and Martin Bohle)
- 14:07–14:14: EGU22-1756 "The significance of geotourism through the lens of geoethics" (Silvia Peppoloni and Giuseppe Di Capua)
- 14:14–14:21: EGU22-10296 "Showcaves: A modern geo-conservation approach utilizing geo-ethics and heritage management principles through sustainable monitoring technology" (George Kontostavlos, Emmanuel Vassilakis, Maria Triantafyllou, and Aliki Konsolaki)
- 14:21–14:28: EGU22-12732 "The role of values in climate science" (Sabine Undorf, Karoliina Pulkkinen, Per Wikman Svahn, and Frida Bender)
- 14:28–14:35: EGU22-12724 "Fragile earth history ­– geological, societal and ethical perspectives on the planetary memory" (Dominic Hildebrandt)
- 14:35–14:42: EGU22-6241 "Spatial and Temporal Variation of Hydrological Risk in Rural and Urban Environmental Justice Communities" (Cielo Sharkus, Jennifer Givens, Sheila Saia, James Knighton, and Christian Guzman)
- 14:42–14:49: EGU22-8539 "Towards a “multi-level” sustainability analysis in Pacific-Andes-Amazon transboundary catchments" (Alicia Correa, Jorge Forero, Mark Mulligan, and Daniele Codato)

- 14:50-15:09: Coffee break

Part 2 (24 May 2022: 15:10-16:34 CEST, room 1.14)

- 15:10–15:17: EGU22-13119 "Addressing the challenges of making data, products, and services accessible: an EPOS perspective" (Michèle Marti, Florian Haslinger, Peppoloni Silvia, Di Capua Giuseppe, Helen Glaves, and Irina Dallo)
- 15:17–15:24: EGU22-5485 "Are we ready for an ecological transition? A survey between young geoscientists in Italy" (Elena Egidio, Andrea Gerbaudo, Manuela Lasagna, Francesca Lozar, and Marco Davide Tonon)
- 15:24–15:31: EGU22-5915 "The inclusion of Geoethical Values in the Design of Educational Policy for the Next Decade: The Case of the Greek Educational System" (Efthymios Georgousis, Maria Savelidi, Socrates Savelides, Spyros Mosios, Maximos-Vasileios Holokolos, and Hara Drinia)
- 15:31–15:38: EGU22-2060 "Geoethics literacy: Values clarification as an initial step into geoethical issues" (David Crookall and Pariphat Promduangsri)
- 15:38–15:45: EGU22-11795 "A comparison between 2010 and 2020 primary school student drawings on science and  scientists: what ethical and social implication emerge for future generations?" (Giuliana D'Addezio, Neva Besker, Daniela Riposati, and Francesca Di Laura)
- 15:45–15:52: EGU22-6828 "Generating conversations on geoethical education through arts-integrated research" (Sandra Johnstone)
- 15:52–15:59: EGU22-3713 "Fully virtual learning groups - pilot project on Machine Learning for early career researchers" (Julia Mindlin, Priyanka Yadav, Claudia Volosciuk, Valentina Rabanal, Faten Attig Bahar, Gerbrand Koren, Javed Ali, and Claude-Michel Nzotungicimpaye)
- 15:59–16:29: General discussion
- 16:29–16:34: Conclusion



EOS1.8: Climate & ocean literacy: Helping people to care ethically within planetary boundaries

24 May 2022, 17:00–18:30 (CEST), Room 1.14


David Crookall, Giuseppe Di Capua, Bärbel Winkler, Mario MascagniECS, Francesca Santoro

Session description

Climate change (CC) and ocean degradation (OD) are among the greatest threats to humanity. Climate impacts the ocean in massive ways; the ocean is the climate’s most powerful regulator. Separately or combined, they impact every living being and ecological niche, with poorer communities suffering disproportionately. In turn, flora and fauna (incl humans) are suffering. CC and OD are affecting the cryosphere, biodiversity, and food and water security. Given that humans are the prime cause of this devastating change taking us beyond our planetary boundaries, geoethical issues come to the fore.

The 2020 EGU Declaration of the Significance of Geoscience highlights the need for massive and widespread action to help people around the world to become literate about the changes affecting their and their offsprings’ and communities’ lives. The more people are literate about these changes, the more they can make informed decisions, adapt and mitigate. Previous General Assemblies have addressed climate change literacy (CL). Ocean literacy (OL) has developed strongly in recent years, especially with impetus from the UN Ocean Decade. Ocean-climate literacy (OCL) is an imperative that needs to be addressed massively and urgently, both within and beyond the EGU.

We invite colleagues to submit contributions on any aspects of OCL; this can, of course, include CL (without the ocean) and OL (without the climate). We welcome papers related, eg, to learning processes/experiences, instructional materials, curricular innovation, learning games, citizen initiatives, Ocean Decade activities, evaluation, well-used methods, novel approaches and policies, eg, 1. make OCL an essential component in all subjects and at all levels of education; 2. require all people in positions of responsibility (eg, mayors, teachers, doctors, CEOs, ministers, et al) to pass exams on the basics of climate and/or ocean before taking office. Of particular interest are literacy actions that bring in geoethical dimensions. (If your paper is primarily on geoethics, then a better home is the EGU session on geoethics.) The broad aims of such OCL might include encouraging an intergenerational outlook, developing a sense of the geoethical dimensions of OCL, understanding complexities and implementing solutions.

This session is an opportunity for ECSs, scientists, educators, policy influencers, learning resource developers and other practitioners to share their experience, expertise and research on CL and OL.

This session in the EGU2022 website:

(24 May 2022: 17:00-18:30 CEST, room 1.14)

17:00–17:10: Overview


17:11–17:16: EGU22-11683 "Evaluation of OCE’s lesson plan for 9-12 year old students on emotions related to climate change" (Clémence Pichon, Apurva Barve, David Wilgenbus, Roberto Casati, and Simon Klein)

17:16–17:21: EGU22-4081 "Resources for teachers on “Climate Change and Land” and research on eco-anxiety" (Simon Klein, Clémence Pichon, Mathilde Tricoire, Lydie Lescarmontier, Apurva Barve, David Wilgenbus, Djian Sadadou, and Eric Guilyardi)

17:21–17:26: EGU22-5701 "Secondary School Teacher’s Awareness of Climate Change: a comparison of pre-service and in-service teachers from the Spanish North African city of Melilla" (Adrián López-Quirós and Veronica Guilarte)

17:26–17:31: EGU22-7805 "How will we live in the Anthropocene? A scientific guided tour at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale" (Francesco Marcello Falcieri, Michol Ghezzo, Caterina Castellani, and Lucia de Manicor)

Climate-ocean & Ocean

17:32–17:37: EGU22-10874 "Climate and Oceans Planetary Boundaries: for Climate Literacy" (Peter Carter)

17:37–17:42: EGU22-8885 "Raising awareness of the impact of climate change on coastal regions. A citizen science-based approach within the SECOSTA project" (E. Alejandro Herrada, Joan Puigdefabregas, Miguel Agulles, Jorge Ramos, Aida Frank, Joan Villalonga, Damià Gomis, and Gabriel Jordà"

17:42–17:47: EGU22-13171 "Shifting baselines revisited: Exploring pre-industrial climate and human impacts on marine ecosystems (Q-MARE, 2022–2025)" (Konstantina Agiadi)

17:47–17:52: EGU22-9400 "First steps to countering “ocean blindness” in an alpine region: lessons learned from ocean literacy activities across a wide age group" (Ines Borrione)

17:52–17:57: EGU22-12897 "Schools By The Sea Program" (Stacey Alvarez de la Campa and Mario Mascagni)


17:58–18:03: EGU22-2302 "Defining climate literacy: Developing a working definition on what it means to be climate literate" (Inez Harker-Schuch)

18:03–18:08: EGU22-677 "Developing a National Climate Education Action Plan" (Sylvia Knight, Andrew Charlton-Perez, Dawn Aggas, and Fiona Blair)

18:08–18:13: EGU22-9472 "Climate literacy for professionals in the Netherlands" (Janette Bessembinder, Jeroen Kluck, Sabine Niederer, and Reint Jan Renes)

Climate-ocean & Ocean

18:14–18:19: EGU22-1656 "Participatory simulation: Climate and ocean literacy in action" (Pimnutcha Promduangsri, Pariphat Promduangsri, Stacey Alvarez de la Campa, Farhad Bolouri, Mario Mascagni, and Riccardo Parigi)

18:19–18:24: EGU22-12332 "“The sea talks to us, let’s listen to it!” – ocean science educational activities for children and general population" (Marko Mlinar, Natalija Dunić, Maja Karlović, Krešimir Ruić, Jadranka Šepić, and Marin Vojković)

18:24–18:30: Discussion & wrap-up


Townhall Meeting

TM8: Exploring the nexus of geoethics and climate change education

24 May 2022, 19:00–20:00 (CEST), Room 1.14


Giuseppe Di Capua, David Crookall, Bärbel Winkler, Eduardo Marone, Sabine Undorf, Sylvia Knight

Townhall Meeting description

Two important sessions take place on 24 May 2022, one on geoethics, EOS4.1, the other on climate and ocean literacy, EOS1.8. These two areas are complementary. Geoethics deals with issues related to appropriate human behaviour and practices towards the Earth system, including global anthropogenic change. One major human-induced impact is global heating and ocean degradation. Thus, all climate and ocean literacy needs to recognize and teach geoethics. Simultaneously, geoethics must include issues such as climate and ocean among its topics.

This Townhall Meeting aims to start a wide-ranging conversation to bring these two interdependent areas closer together in concrete ways. Even if you missed one or both of the two main sessions, EOS4.1 and EOS1.8, you are welcome to join us and share your ideas and concerns. In addition, we expect Dr Svitlana Krakovska, Senior Scientist, Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Institute and IPCC author, to attend our Townhall Meeting, where she may give an informal presentation. To know more about her work, see This will be a great opportunity to interact with Svitlana and to gain some insight into her views on fossil fuels, war and climate change – a theme that is relevant to climate change literacy.

This townhall meeting in the EGU 2022 website

Short Course

SC4.1: Geoethics for Earth, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

23 May 2022, 13:20–14:50 (CEST), Room -2.61/62

Eduardo Marone, 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. Geoethics is the research and reflection on the values that underpin appropriate behaviors and practices, wherever human activities interact with the Earth system. It provides a framework to define ethical professional behaviors in Earth sciences and engineering and to determine how these should be put into practice for the benefit of environment and society. The Short Course is directed towards introducing and training Earth scientists in those new concepts and ideas as well as exposing the perspectives of this field. Social-ecological Systems and the anthropic impact on land, ocean, and atmosphere are at the cores issues to be discussed under the umbrella of geoethics, as a tool to cope with Climate Changes and other earth-society related challenges.

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: (provisional)
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
6. Education challenges in geoethics
7. Geoethics in geoscience communication
8. Recent developments in geoethical thinking
9. Perspectives of geoethics
10. Geoethics’ case studies: Water Management, Ocean Governance, etc.

The short course is co-organized by EOS4/BG8/GM14/SSP5

The short course is co-sponsored by:

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics (

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

This short course in the EGU 2022 website

Short Course SC4.1
Townhall Meeting
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

EGU 2021

EOS4.2 - Geoethics: Geosciences serving Society

Conveners: S. Peppoloni, G. Di Capua

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