Friday, February 15, 2013

International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) is partner of the African Association of Women in Geosciences (AAWG) and the African Geoparks Network (AGN) for the celebration of the Day of Earth Sciences in Africa and Arab World.

Day for Earth Sciences 
in Africa and the Middle East

19-21 March 2013

From African Association of Women in Geosciences (AAWG) and the African Geoparks Network (AGN)

The African Association of Women in Geosciences and the African Geoparks Network are proclaiming the 20th March as a “Day for Earth Sciences in Africa and the Middle East”. So, if you are interested to be partner or supporter of this initiative or if you are willing to propose activities in your respective countries or online activities through your facebook groups, your blogs or your tweets, please join us to make this exciting experience a success. As a first step, we are relying on human power on a voluntary basis!

Why the 20th March?
Equinoxes have been celebrated in cultures all over the world. In the northern hemisphere the March equinox marks the start of spring and has long been celebrated as a time of rebirth. The 20th March corresponds to the March equinox where night and day are nearly of the same length all over the world. However, even if this is widely accepted, it isn't entirely true. The March equinox occurs the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north. This happens either on March 19, 20 or 21 every year. In that way, the activities, related to the “Day for Earth Sciences in Africa and Middle East”, could be extended on the 19th and the 21st March."

Objectives of the Day
The day aims to promote Earth Sciences for Society and to increase the awareness about the role that earth scientists could play to help to build a peaceful, healthier and wealthier continent.

Conferences, seminars, courses, presentations, field trips, exhibitions, films, games, visits of Earth Sciences departments, etc. It is up to you to create and innovate in order to answer the need of your respective societies.

Target public
Pupils from primary and secondary schools, students from universities, policy makers, large public, potential partners and sponsors, all the components of your respective societies.


The African Geoparks Network “AGN” was created by the African Association of Women in Geosciences (AAWG – during the pre-congress of its fifth conference held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in May 2009. The AGN aims to identify, promote, and advise on the importance and preservation of geological sites in Africa in collaboration with other stakeholders. The main languages of the Network are Arabic, English and French.

(Annals of Geophysics, 55, 3, 2012; doi: 10.4401/ag-5755)

Silvia Peppoloni

(Annals of Geophysics, 55, 3, 2012; doi: 10.4401/ag-5527)

Elena Ferrero, Marco Giardino, Francesca Lozar, Enrico Giordano, Elena Belluso, Luigi Perotti

(Annals of Geophysics, 55, 3, 2012; doi: 10.4401/ag-5521)

Michela Fontana, Mattia De Amicis, Matteo Rossetti, Carolina Garcia

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

What is the meaning of the IAPG logo?

The inner circle represents the Earth, which is not a closed system, but opened. So other circles represent the "Earth System", consisting of geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, etc.
The six designs inside the internal circle represent bio- (and geo-) diversity.
To give more efficacy to the logo, a quote by the Roman Stoic philosopher Lucio Anneo Seneca has been chosen (taken from his literary work "Naturales qestiones – III, 15, 1"): “Placet natura regi terram”.
The literal translation from Latin is: "it is a shared opinion that the Earth is supported by Nature".
2000 years ago Seneca writes this sentence while he is comparing the water flowing in a river with the blood that flows in human veins and with the lymph along the trunk of a tree. And the meaning of the sentence is all in this analogy.
So we can intend the quote as an invitation to consider that all the things belonging to the Earth system (mineral, plant and animal kingdoms) is closely connected. Man has to consider this close connection when takes decisions on the environment and resources, and Geoethics can be an useful tool in this direction, helping in the respect of right balances.
Many thanks to Prof. A. Maiuri (Latin scholar at the Sapienza University, Rome - Italy) and to Dr. D. Riposati (graphic designer of INGV, Rome - Italy).

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

(Annals of Geophysics, 55, 3, 2012; doi: 10.4401/ag-5650)

Ruggero Matteucci, Guido Gosso, Silvia Peppoloni, 
Sandra Piacente, Janusz Wasowski

(Annals of Geophysics, 55, 3, 2012; doi: 10.4401/ag-5539)

Federica Badiali & Sandra Piacente

(Annals of Geophysics, 55, 3, 2012; doi: 10.4401/ag-5560)

Gian Vito Graziano

Monday, February 4, 2013

Session 7.3 - Geoethics and natural hazards: communication, education and the science-policy-practice interface

(CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - Deadline: 15 May 2013)

IAEG XII CONGRESS, Torino - Italy 2014 (IAEG 50th Anniversary)
Engineering Geology for Society and Territory

Session description:

Convener: Silvia Peppoloni
Co-Conveners: Janusz Wasowski, Giuseppe Di Capua, Tom Dijkstra, Peter Bobrowsky, Meng Wang

Submit an abstract:

(Annals of Geophysics, 55, 3, 2012; doi: 10.4401/ag-5573)

Shrikant Daji Limaye

(Annals of Geophysics, 55, 3, 2012; doi: 10.4401/ag-5556)

Ian B. Lambert

(Annals of Geophysics, 55, 3, 2012; doi: 10.4401/ag-5633)

Surya Parkash