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Events in 2017

Archive of events organized by IAPG in 2017: sessions/symposia on geoethics in meetings, conferences, congresses, seminars, lectures, other initiatives.

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11-15 December 2017

New Orleans (USA)

Susan Kieffer (IAPG Vice-President) gives an invited speech in the Union session U14A entitled "How Do We Ensure Research and Scientific Integrity? A Diverse Panel Discusses the Critical Components and Challenges of Crafting and Implementing Effective Scientific Integrity Policies." and convened by Elizabeth A Landau (AGU - American Geophysical Union), Kasey White (GSA - Geological Society of America), and Maeve A Boland (AGI - American Geosciences Institute).

Her paper (code U14A-06), titled "The International Association for Promoting Geoethics: Mission, Organization, and Activities" is co-signed by Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG Secretary General) and Giuseppe Di Capua (IAPG Treasurer). Susan will give her presentation on Monday, 11 December 2017 from 16:00 to 18:00, at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - E2.

Programme of the Union Session U14A

Vince Cronin (IAPG-USA coordinator) attends the Workshop for Heads and Chairs of Earth and Space Sciences Departments (, and gives a presentation about "steps to improve awareness of geoethics in your department". 

11 December 2017
WISE Multiplier Event

Porto (Portugal)

Giuseppe Di Capua (IAPG Treasurer) and Iain Stewart (IAPG Board of Experts on Geoscience Education and Communication), are invited to give speeches respectively on "Geoethics: Promoting Sustainability" and "Geocommunication and Sustainability" at the WISE Multiplier Event organized by Clara Vasconcelos (co-coordinator of IAPG-Portugal). WISE is an European Project: "Widening Interdisciplinary Sustainability Education" and Clara Vasconcelos is responsible for an overview report on “Ecosystem Services, Geoethics and Biodiversity”.

This event is held at the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto.

More information

8 December 2017
Seminar on Geoethics

Bozeman, MT (USA)


Montana State University

4:30 – 5:20 pm, Gaines Hall 243


Seminar "Geoethics" by David Mogk (IAPG Board of Experts)

Description: Ethics is an increasingly important component of the pre-professional training of (geo)scientists. Funding agencies (NSF, NIH) require training of graduate students in the responsible conduct of research, employers are increasingly expecting their workers to have basic training in ethics, and the public demands the highest standards of ethical conduct by scientists. Geoethics resides at the intersection of geoscience, philosophy, economics and sociology, and encompasses the values and professional standards required of geoscientists to responsibly work in the profession and in service to society. Many dimensions of geoethics will be addressed: 1) Geoethics and self (self-monitoring and self-regulating behaviors); 2) Geoethics and the Geoscience Profession (responsible conduct of research and professional behaviors); 3) Geoethics and Society (responsible interactions in communicating scientific information and uncertainty to the public); and 4) Geoethics and Earth (geoscientists' responsibilities to be good stewards of the Earth). The nature of geoscience research in the heterogeneous, dynamic and complex Earth system, and while working in challenging environments that can lead to interpersonal conflicts, opens the possibility for geoscientists to encounter all manner of ethical dilemmas. An "ethical decision-making toolkit" will be presented to help geoscientists recognize, prevent, mitigate, or act upon emerging ethical issues. A number of case studies will be presented to provide examples of the types of ethical dilemmas that might be encountered in the geoscience work environment.

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29 November-1 December 2017
ICCCI 2017

Huaraz City (Peru)

Message by Prof. José Macharé Ordoñez on the International Congress on Climate Change and its Impacts – ICCCI: "Lots of people may think that Climate Change is not likely to affect their lives or they sustaining means. Our nearby environment, resources, and activities look so stable that we can feel that the reported slow climate changes will never arrive to a breaking point that impact to our comfort. While it is known that the Earth has suffered many strong climate and environmental changes and is still here, humankind is clearly far less resilient and could be unable to face the unfriendly environment that itself is slowly creating. 
We will meet in Huaraz, Péruvian Andes, 29th november to 1st december to discuss the physics of Climate Change, climate evolution through the time; issues on water supply by impacts on glaciers, in groundwater, or drift of rain zones; changes in ecosystems and lost of biodiversity, effects on human health, problems in agricultural production, and direct impacts on people and their economies. Also, we address the social capabilities of managing some predicted situactions. You are kindly invited to join us. Visit

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics is partner of the International Congress on Climate Change and its Impacts – ICCCI 2017.

Website of ICCCI 2017

14-16 November 2017

Moa (Cuba)

IX International Conference on The Better use of Mineral Resources

"For a sustainable mining development".

Venue:  Instituto Superior Minero Metalúrgico de Moa.


Thanks to IAPG-Cuba geoethics is included among the topics of CINAREM '17, in particular of the XIII International Workshop on Geology and Mining (GEOMIN '17).

IAPG is partner of this conference.

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9-12 November 2017
MinerLima 2017

Lima (Peru)

3rd edition of MinerLima, International Exhibition of Minerals (Feria Internacional de Minerales).

Venue:  Spanish Center of Peru, Av. Salaverry 1910, Jesus Maria, Lima.

The 2nd Round Table on Geoethics in Peru "General Aspects and Case Studies" (2da Mesa Redonda sobre Geoetica en el Perù: aspectos generales y casos de estudio" takes place on 10 November 2017. More information (in Spanish):


Organizers: Humberto Chirif, Catterine Quiroz, Mirtha Villegas, Sonia Bermudez, Carlos Carnero, Carmen Galindo (IAPG-Peru).

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9 November 2017
Web-seminar on Geoethics

Martin Bohle (IAPG Board of Experts) gives a web-seminar at the Ronin Institute entitled "Geoethics, Human Niche, and Citizen-Science".

Abstract (pdf file)

23 October 2017
Joint AGI/GSA Societies Meeting

Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting 2017

Seattle (USA)

Vincent Cronin (IAPG-USA co-coordinator) represents IAPG at the joint AGI/GSA Societies Meeting.

20-23 August 2017
EADI NORDIC Conference 2017

Bergen (Norway)

The conference EADI Nordic "Globalisation at the Crossroads – Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries" aims to address a series of challenges in development (policy, research, practices) in a multi-polar world.

The IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics is represented by Martin Bohle (IAPG Corresponding Citizen Scientist). 

He has been invited by Mundus Maris to speak to the panel "Small-Scale Fisheries between Tradition and Modernity – Addressing Poverty Alleviation, Food Security and Social Development through the Lens of Human Rights and Dignity". 

The panel will discuss implementation issues of the voluntary FAO guidelines for small-scale Fisheries.

The IAPG was invited to "… further enrich [the discussions] by developments arising from researching and promoting geo-ethics in the Anthropocene, thus connecting the challenges and opportunities of small-scale fisheries with other global issues". 

Martin's contribution is entitled "Entangling Small-scale-Fisheries-Guidelines, Geoethics and Human Niche". 

Website of the EADI NORDIC Conference 2017

7-11 August 2017
XX Argentine Geological Congress

Tucumán (Argentina)

"Geology, Present and Future"


IAPG-Argentina co-organizes with GEVAS-Red Argentina the Symposium "Geological Hazard and Geoethics" (Peligro geológico y geoética)

Convenership: Elizabeth Rovere, Felipe R. Rivelli, M.D. Vazquez Herrera, R.A. Violante

Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG Secretary General) and Giuseppe Di Capua (IAPG Treasurer) represent the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics at this event, together with Roberto Violante (IAPG-Argentina co-coordinator) and give speeches on geoethics and IAPG, and geoethics in natural hazards management.

Symposium description (in Spanish)

28-31 May 2017
5th WCRI 2017

Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

World Conference on Research Integrity


Tony Mayer, IAPG Corresponding Citizen Scientist on "Research Integrity", is a Conference Co-Chair.

Website of the 5th WCRI

Vienna (Austria)

EGU European Geoscience Union


The IAPG organizes the

Session EOS14 "Geoethics: ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, education, research and practice".

in the "Outreach, education, and media (OEM)" group of sessions.

Convenership: Silvia Peppoloni, Nic Bilham, Martin Bohle, Giuseppe Di Capua, Eduardo Marone

Oral presentations: 26 April 2017, 13:30-15:00, 15:30-17:00; Room L4/5

Poster presentations: 26 April 2017, 08:00-19:30, attendance 17:30-19:00; Hall X4 

a) Session description

b) Programme:

- Orals

- Posters

c) Photo Gallery

d) Download slides and posters of the presentations

EGU General Assembly 2017
23-28 April 2017
18 April 2017
Geological Society of London, Regional Group - Lecture

Venue: The Hub, Aztec West

Nic Bilham, Director of Policy and Communications of the Geological Society of London and IAPG Continental Coordinator for Europe gives an IAPG talk entitled "Geoethics, Professionalism and Me – Social and Ethical Responsibilities of the 21st Century Geoscientist".

Muhammad Yaseen, IAPG-Pakistan coordinator, presents the new IAPG national section at the Department of Geology, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, in the one-day seminar entitled "Earth-Science - Opportunities for Geo-scientists".

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Official presentation of IAPG-Pakistan
6 April 2017
22 March 2017
2017 Spring GSA Associated Societies Meeting

Virtual Meeting

Cindy Palinkas, IAPG-USA co-coordinator represents IAPG at the 2017 Spring Associated Societies Meeting of the Geological Society of America.

IAPG is recognized as an Associate Society of the Geological Society of America (GSA) from 2015.

17-18 February 2017
Future Earth international symposium in Japan

Kyushu (Japan)

IAPG supports the Future Earth international symposium at Kyushu University on "Decision Science for Future Earth".

Megumi Sugimoto, IAPG representative in Japan, presents geoethics and IAPG activities.

Download the Future Earth symposium poster (pdf file)

15-18 February 2017
71th IUGS Executive Committee Meeting

Paris (France)

IAPG attends the meeting of the IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences that is held at the UNESCO Headquarter.

Download the Agenda (pdf file)

9-10 February 2017
EFG-UNECE Conference

Brussels (Belgium)

Co-organisers: European Federation of Geologists (EFG) and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
Title of the Conference: "International cooperation on natural resources - geoscientists' contribution to enhanced governance, policy making and attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals".
The Corresponding Citizen Scientists of the IAPG, Edmund Nickless and Martin Bohle, participate at the panel session "Socio-economic and environmental drivers for natural resources development and management" (Friday, 10 February, 15:30).

4-5 February 2017
XXI Convegno Nazionale dei delegati e volontari FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano

Torino (Italy)

Centro Congressi Lingotto

XXI National Congress of the Italian Environment Fund (FAI)

Silvia Peppoloni, IAPG Secretary General, will deliver an invited talk entitled "La prevenzione dai rischi naturali: una questione (geo)etica e culturale (The prevention from natural risks: a (geo)ethical and cultural matter)" (Saturday, 4 February 2017, at 12:15).


Programme of the congress

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