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IUGS Commission on Geoethics (IUGS-GC)

On 16 February 2023, the IUGS Executive Council has officially established the Commission on Geoethics (CG).

The proposal for creating the CG was presented at the 78th IUGS Executive Committee (EC) meeting in Belfast (UK) by Silvia Peppoloni (past IUGS Councilor and Secretary General of the International Association for Promoting Geoethics - IAPG) (see photo on the right side).
The CG will be the supporting branch of the IAPG to the IUGS and the IUGS body that officially deals with geoethics and social geosciences for the Union.
The CG has a light structure made up of a Governing Board, a Supportive Structure, and an Operative Structure consisting of Task Groups working on specific issues. Among them, there is the task group dealing with diversity, equity, and inclusion, which takes the baton from the existing IUGS task group dedicated to those issues.

The core business of the CG consists of the following activities, to be developed in cooperation with the IAPG:

  • Drafting and updating ethical guidelines for the IUGS.

  • Supporting the IUGS (officers and bodies) regarding questions such as unprofessional conduct, misconduct, harassment, retaliation, racism, sexism, conflicts of interest and others.

  • Fostering the participation of women in activities, events, and other initiatives organized or supported by the IUGS with the aim of reducing the gender gap and increasing diversity.

  • Cooperating with IUGS bodies to focus on geoethical issues or other themes of mutual interests.

  • Contributing to IUGS events (congresses, including the International Geological Congress - ICG, conferences, videos, webinar, etc.) or any other scientific or public events.

  • Supporting the IUGS in developing activities at the geoscience-policy interface and delicate issues related to geoscience-society interaction.

  • Promoting the adoption of the Geoethical Promise within Universities and geoscience organizations.

  • Organizing events that address ethical and social implications of geoscience knowledge, research, practice, education, and communication.

  • Training on geoethics, professional ethics, data ethics, and publication ethics.

  • Networking with geoscience (affiliated or not to the IUGS) and humanities organizations to create opportunities for bridging geosciences and human and social sciences.

  • Fostering opportunities to increase the impact of IUGS in Latin American and African countries by promoting activities to foster the culture of geosciences among local geoscience communities.

  • Supporting the IUGS in enlarging its network in countries in which the presence of the IUGS is missing or to be developed/increased.

  • Preparing an annual report containing the outcomes of the reference year, a plan of activities for the new year, and a financial request to the IUGS. The annual report will contain results, activities, events, publications, or any kind of outcomes of the IAPG to be considered as outcomes of the CG.

Governing Board

Silvia Peppoloni

Chair: Silvia Peppoloni
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Rome (Italy)

International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)

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Peter T. Bobrowsky

Vice-Chair: Peter T. Bobrowsky

Geological Survey of Canada, Sidney, BC (Canada)

International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)


Giuseppe Di Capua

Treasurer/Secretary/Webmaster: Giuseppe Di Capua
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Rome (Italy)

International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)
Email: giuse

Ruth Allington

Councilor: Ruth Allington

Geological Society of London (United Kingdom)

International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)


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Councilor: Soumaya Ayadi-Maasri

Saint Joseph University, Beirut (Lebanon)

International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)


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Councilor: Roberto Lencina

Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (Argentina)

International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)


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Councilor: David Mogk

Montana State University (USA)

International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG)


Task Groups

IUGS Ethical Guidelines

(contact person of the IUGS-CG Governing Board: Ruth Allington)

This task group will draft 1) a guideline document for the IUGS events, including the IGC; 2) a proposal of IUGS Ethical Guidelines.

Members: Vincent Cronin (USA), Rie Hori (Japan), Vitor Correia (Portugal), Jorge Gomes Tapias (Colombia). 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

(contact person of the IUGS-CG Governing Board: Silvia Peppoloni)

This task group will define an action plan for the IUGS in bringing its constituent groups (commissions, sub-commissions, task groups, initiatives) to a reasonable balance of their members with regard to issues such as gender, geographical provenance, discipline, career stage; as well as supporting IUGS in its activities within the Standing Committee on Gender Equality in Science.

Members: Chris Atchison (USA), Yong Ge (China), Éva Hartai (Hungary), Rachelle Kernen (Australia), Billy M. Williams (USA).


  • 2 May 2023 (virtual mode): 1st meeting of the Governing Board

  • 2 August 2023 (virtual mode): 1st meeting of the Task Group on IUGS Ethical Guidelines

  • 15 September 2023 (virtual mode): 2nd meeting of the Task Group on IUGS Ethical Guidelines

  • 18 September 2023 (virtual mode): 1st meeting of the Task Group on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

What is the IUGS

The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), founded in 1961, with 121 national members, representing over a million geoscientists, is one of the World’s largest scientific organizations. It encourages international co-operation and participation in the Earth sciences in relation to human welfare and is a member of the International Science Council (ISC). Membership is open to countries or defined regions. IUGS believes that it is of mutual benefit to establish close links with other organizations engaged in geoscience activities, and especially those organizations whose work relates to some of the major activities of IUGS.

Website of the IUGS:

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