EGU - General Assembly 2024
14-19 April 2024
The Call for Abstracts is open - Deadline: 10 Jan 2024, 13:00 CET
The General Assembly 2024 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria, from 14 to 19 April 2024. The assembly is open to the scientists of all nations. The entire congress centre is fully accessible by wheelchairs.
IAPG co-sponsors the session EOS4.4 entitled "Geoethics: The significance of geosciences for society and the environment" and the session EOS4.8 entitled "Climate and ocean change communication, education and geoethics: Crisis, crime, survival, war, …".
EOS4.4: Geoethics: Geoscience Implications for Professional Communities, Society, and Environment
Silvia Peppoloni and Giuseppe Di Capua
Geoscience knowledge and practices are essential for effectively navigating the complexities of the modern world. They play a critical role in addressing urgent global challenges on a planetary scale, informing decision-making processes, and guiding education at all levels. By equipping citizens with the necessary tools, geosciences empower them to engage in meaningful discussions, shape policies, and implement solutions for local, regional, and global social-environmental problems. Geoethics strives to establish a shared ethical framework that guides geoscientists' engagement with sensitive issues concerning the interaction between geoscience and society. The goal of this session is to encourage a comprehensive discussion encompassing the following range of topics:
philosophical and historical aspects of geoscience (including addressing the contributions of geoscience to colonial history and practices), their contemporary significance and how they inform methods for making decisions that are both effective and ethical;
geoscience professionalism and deontology, research integrity and issues related to harassment and discrimination, gender and disability in geosciences;
ethical and social questions related to the management of land, air and water including environmental changes, pollution and their impacts;
socio-environmentally sustainable supply of georesources (such as energy, minerals and water), effective regulation and policy-making in managing resources responsibly, social acceptance, and best practices;
professional practices in geosciences and their impact on the environment, and implementation of new practices to reduce it;
resilience of society related to natural and anthropogenic hazards, risk management and mitigation strategies, including adaptation knowledge and solutions;
ethical aspects of geoscience education and communication, with a specific focus on innovative methods and initiatives;
culture and value of geodiversity, geoconservation, geoheritage, geoparks and geotourism;
role of geosciences in promoting socio-economic development that respects cultures, traditions, and local development paths, regardless of a country's wealth, and in fostering peace, responsible and sustainable development, and in facilitating intercultural exchange.
Session co-organized by BG8/ERE1/GM12/HS13/OS5/SSS1 and co-sponsored by International Association for Promoting Geoethics and IUGS Commission on Geoethics (www.geoethics.org).
This session EOS4.4 in the EGU2024 website:
EOS4.8: Climate and ocean change communication, education and geoethics: Crisis, crime, survival, war, …
David Crookall, Giuseppe Di Capua, Svitlana Krakovska, Bärbel Winkler, Dean Page
Last year (2023) many records were broken. For example, Simone Biles’ magnificent feat in gymnastics. However, her record pales into insignificance in face of other records that have fallen, such as those for temperatures on Earth. In July 2023, the global mean temperature exceeded the Paris 1.5°C threshold above preindustrial levels. The global sea surface temperature for July reached new highs. See https://climate.copernicus.eu/july-2023-sees-multiple-global-temperature-records-broken.
“The world is heading towards 2-3°C of global warming. This sets Earth on course to cross multiple dangerous tipping points that will be disastrous for people across the world. To maintain liveable conditions on Earth, protect people from rising extremes, and enable stable societies, we must do everything possible to prevent crossing tipping points” Rockström (2022).
We talk about climate change, but the ocean is also changing. Indeed, it is impossible to separate climate and ocean, especially as global phenomena. Both climate and ocean change are fundamentally symptoms of ‘deeper’ dynamics, such as overshoot (going beyond limits and boundaries) and unsustainability (see work by Jancovici, Meadows, Rahmstorf, Rees, Rockström, Steffen, et al.).
This state of affairs raises fundamental, existential questions in regard to climate and ocean education, communication and geoethics. What should be prioritized? Who should be educated (youth, students, politicians, oil barons, …)? How should any effective education be accomplished? What type of communication should be emphasized? With what expectation for positive results? How realistic should we be in our objectives? What geoethical principles can guide us in looking for answers? What does science, experience and wisdom have to offer? These questions are relevant, mutatis mutandis, to related threats, such as biodiversity, pollution, food security and fossil-fuel-driven war.
We welcome presentations on a broad range of topics, from hands-on geo-communication of all kinds, through pedagogical ideas and practices, curriculum matters and research, to policy and its implementation. Come and share your experience, your ideas, your anger, your vision, your research, your drive, your actions, your success, … .
You are also invited to contribute to a special issue (SI) of the EGU journal Geoscience Communication. See https://www.geoscience-communication.net/articles_and_preprints/scheduled_sis.html.
Session co-organized by OS5 and co-sponsored by IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics (www.geoethics.org).
This session EOS4.8 in the EGU2024 website:
IAPG Sessions on Geoethics at EGU General Assemblies from 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
Conveners: S. Peppoloni, S.W. Kieffer, J. Wasowski
Conveners: S. Peppoloni, S.W. Kieffer, E. Marone, Y. Kostyuchenko
Conveners: S. Peppoloni, N. Bilham, S.W. Kieffer, E. Marone
Conveners: S. Peppoloni, N. Bilham, E. Marone, M. Charrière, T. Mayer
Conveners: S. Peppoloni, N. Bilham, M. Bohle, G. Di Capua, E. Marone
Conveners: S. Peppoloni, N. Bilham, M. Bohle, G. Di Capua, E. Marone
Conveners: S. Peppoloni, M. Bohle, G. Di Capua, C.M. Keane, J. Rizzi, N. Bilham, V. Correia