Friday, September 25, 2015

Agreement on Cooperation between AAWG and IAPG

The AAWG - African Association of Women in Geosciences and the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics have signed an Agreement on Cooperation on 18 September 2015. 
The agreement expresses a mutual desire to co-operate on a range of themes in the field of Geoethics. The aim of the agreement is to promote co-ordinated events discussing the ethical, social and cultural implications of geosciences and initiatives enhancing the role of women scientists in geosciences. In particular:

  • promotion of principles of geoethics, research integrity and professional deontology in geosciences activities among their networks;
  • definition of ethical problems, also through case-studies, affecting geoscience community and organizations;
  • promotion of policies and initiatives to enhance the role of women scientists in geosciences;
  • promotion of initiatives to promote activities for social inclusivity and enhance the role of geosciences in building peace;
  • co-organization of scientific events to disseminate concepts and values of geoethics, among both the professional and research communities, with particular attention to the involvement of women and young geoscientists; 
  • production of relevant publications;
  • identification of possibilities to apply for common projects on geoethics.

This agreement strenghtens the existing collaboration between the two associations, already experimented in the last editions of DESAME (the Day of Earth Sciences in Africa and the Middle East) 2014 and 2015.
Moreover the IAPG gave a video-lecture on ‪Geoethics‬ at the First National Conference of the African Association of Women in Geosciences Nigeria (AAWGN), that was held in Abuja on 15 and 16 June 2015.
Finally, IAPG is partner of the 8th Conference of the African Association of Women in Geosciences (AAWG), that will take place in Sibiu (Romania) from 1 to 7 October 2016 (Title of the conference: "Building Bridges between Earth Scientists Worldwide: A Way for Promoting Peace and Strengthening Integration": more information about this conference in the page "Events" of the IAPG website).
AAWG ( is an association born in Nairobi (Kenya) on 1995, created to promote Earth Sciences for Society through women and to promote women through Earth Sciences.

Read more about the affiliations and agreements of the IAPG

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Geoethical perspectives on meeting 

the resource needs of future generations

A joint symposium IAPG-GSL-EFG-EGS at the 35th IGC

Colleagues are invited to submit abstracts for the Symposium "Geoethical perspectives on meeting the resource needs of future generations" that will take place in Cape Town (South Africa) at the 35th IGC - International Geological Congress. The congress will be held from 27 August to 4 September 2016. The deadline for submitting an abstract is 31 January 2016.

This symposium is a joint initiative by the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG), the Geological Society of London (GSL), the European Federation of Geologists (EFG) and the EuroGeoSurvey (EGS).

This symposium is organized under the Theme: "Resourcing Future Generations" - Core Topic: "Geoscience in the economy" and will be convened by Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG), Nic Bihlam (GSL), Vitor Correia (EFG), Luca Demicheli (EGS).

The symposium description and the link for submitting your abstract for this event are available at:

We remind you that the IAPG proposes another symposium at the 35th IGC titled: "Geoethics: general aspects and case-studies", under the Theme: "Global Geoscience Professionalism and Geoethics" - Core Topic: "Geoscience for Society". The Call for Abstract is open also for this symposium.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Photo Contest: "Life as a Geoscientist"

Geoscientists, it's time to take photos!!! 
We want to see you in action. 
You can participate to the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) 2015 Photo Contest "Life as a Geoscientist". 

The deadline is November 6, 2015.

Submit to:

Entry submission form, contest rules, and awarded prizes can be found at:

The IAPG promotes this initiative.
The IAPG is an International Associate Organization of the AGI.

Consensus Statement Regarding Access and Inclusion 
of Individuals Living with Disabilities in the Geosciences

The IAPG is a formal signatory of the Consensus Statement Regarding Access and Inclusion of Individuals Living with Disabilities in the Geosciences.
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) disability consensus statement, written as a community document in 2015, serves to increase awareness of the challenges we face and the responsibilities we have as a community, and provides examples of ethical practices toward this group of individuals
As stated by AGI, this is an important step on our collective journey to providing full access and promoting inclusion of geoscientists with disabilities into our academic programs and workforce.

Read more about the Disability Consensus Statement in the IAPG website:

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Concepts related to Geotourism
by Mamoon Allan (IAPG-Jordan)

This brief document includes the major concepts of geotourism phenomenon which has grown rapidly in the last decade. 

The list of geotourism concepts has been written in English and Arabic languages to help to expand the culture of geotourism.

This publication is for free download from the IAPG website:

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Geoethics: the Role and Responsibility of Geoscientists

The new book on Geoethics we have published in the Lyell Collection of the Geological Society of London is out:

Peppoloni Silvia and Giuseppe Di Capua (Eds.)
Geoethics: the Role and Responsibility of Geoscientists
2015, Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 419
ISBN 978-1-86239-726-2

Two articles of this book are for FREE DOWNLOAD:

- Introduction.
- The L'Aquila Trial (an important case with geoethical implications, affecting the interaction between geoscientists and civil society).

More information about this new book and articles for free download are available at:

Friday, September 11, 2015

Geoethics at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting

Colleagues are invited to submit abstracts for the session "Ethical principles and practices in the Ocean Sciences" at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting that will take place in New Orleans, Lousiana (USA) on 21-26 February 2016 (deadline is approaching: 23 September 2016, 11:59 P.M. EDT). 

Conveners of the session are: Elizabeth S Gordon and Cindy Palinkas (co-coordinator of the IAPG-USA section).

Here the session description: Geoethics is an interdisciplinary study that encompasses professional ethics and scientific integrity, stewardship, and risk communication. As such, Geoethics provides a valuable framework for exploring our ethical obligations as ocean scientists in a variety of settings. As scholars and experts, we have an obligation to not only conduct research responsibly but also to inform society of potential marine resources and hazards. For example, ocean scientists are uniquely suited to address such issues as tsunami warnings, overfishing, iron fertilization, and ocean pollution, informing science-based management and policy decisions. As educators, we also have an obligation to train our students in ethical practices and principles. The goal of this session is to discuss these obligations through presentations that highlight case studies at the interface of marine science and ethics, as well as educational strategies for incorporating Geoethics into undergraduate and graduate curricula.

- Submit the abstract

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The IAPG Symposium on Geoethics at the 35th IGC


Colleagues are invited to submit abstracts for the Symposium "Geoethics: general aspects and case-studies" that will take place in Cape Town (South Africa) at the 35th IGC - International Geological Congress. The congress will be held from 27 August to 4 September 2016.

The Symposium on Geoethics is organized by the IAPG and is included under the "Theme: Global Geoscience Professionalism and Geoethics" in the core topic "Geoscience for society".

- Giuseppe Di Capua
- Peter Bobrowsky
- Martin Bohle
- John Geissman
- Silvia Peppoloni

Symposium description
Geoethics consists of research and reflection on the values that underpin appropriate behaviours and practices, wherever human activities interact with the geosphere. Geoethics deals with the ethical, social and cultural implications of Geosciences education, research and practice and with the responsibility of geoscientists in conducting their professional activities. 
Geoscientists play a fundamental role in society, given their unique range of skills, by helping to meet human needs and address problems of relevance at the local and global scale, and by providing information and expert advice to support informed decision-making and public debate.
Geoscientific discourse is increasingly addressing ethical and social problems related to land management; environmentally sustainable supplies of energy and geo-resources; pollution reduction and its impacts on health and the climate; risk mitigation and communication; geoeducational strategies; research integrity and professional deontology; relationships among geoscientists, politicians, the mass media and the public; and the value of geodiversity, geoheritage and geoparks.
Geoscientists with greater awareness of their ethical responsibilities will be better able to put their knowledge at the disposal of society, by spreading the value of geosciences, especially among the young. 
The conveners invite abstracts on both practical and theoretical aspects of Geoethics, including case studies. The aim of the session is to develop ethical and social perspectives on the challenges arising from human interaction with natural systems, to complement technical approaches and solutions, and to help to define an ethical framework for geoscientists' activities.
The symposium is proposed by the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics.

The submission of abstract is open. The deadline is 31 January 2016.

- Webpage dedicated to the symposia proposed by the IAPG at the 35th IGC

Symposium on Geoethics in Spain: call for papers

Colleagues are invited to submit papers for the Symposium "S6. Geoética" that will take place in Huelva (Spain) at the IX Congreso Geológico de España (Geological Congress of Spain). The congress will be held from 12 to 14 September 2016.

The Symposium on Geoethics is organized by the IAPG-Spain section.

- Domingo Martín Sánchez 
(Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)
- Fermín Villarroya Gil 
(Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
- Emilia H. Lopera Pareja 
(Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas).

Session description (in Spanish) 
La Geoética consiste en la investigación y la reflexión sobre los valores y principios que deben guiar las conductas y la práctica en las actividades humanas que interactúan con la geosfera. Para ello se ocupa de abordar las implicaciones éticas, sociales y culturales en la educación, la investigación y el ejercicio profesional en el ámbito de las Ciencias de la Tierra, lo que representa un punto de encuentro entre la Geología, la Sociología y la Filosofía. Este planteamiento representa una oportunidad para que los geocientíficos sean más conscientes de su papel social y sus responsabilidades en el ejercicio de sus actividades relacionadas con el uso racional y el desarrollo sostenible de los recursos naturales, así como con la protección y gestión del territorio. A nivel internacional, este movimiento se ha consolidado con la constitución de la International Association for Promoting Geoethics, a la que se han adherido secciones nacionales de los cinco continentes, entre ellas la Sección Española IAPG-Spain  que se encarga de coordinar este simposio. Pero la presencia de la Geoética en foros especializados viene consolidándose en el panorama internacional desde 2012, cuando se le dedicó una sesión monográfica en la European Geological Union General Assembly. La última edición de este encuentro científico, celebrado en abril de 2015.

The submission of papers is open. The deadline is 15 March 2016.
Oral communications and posters in English, Portuguese and Spanish are welcome.

- Website of the Congress
- Instructions for authors

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The issue n. 5 - 2015 of the IAPG Newsletter is out

We have released the new issue of the IAPGeoethics Newsletter. 
You can download it from the IAPG website:


1) The program of the IAPG session on Geoethics at the GSA Annual Meeting 2015 in Baltimora (USA) is out!

2) First Colloquium on Geoethics in Peru.

3) Lectio Magistralis on Geoethics.

4) IAPG sessions on Geoethics at the 35th IGC - International Geological Congress 2016: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS.

5) Symposium on Geoethics in Spain at the IX Congreso Geológico de España: CALL FOR PAPERS.

6) New book on Geoethics in the Lyell Collection of the Geological Society of London: Peppoloni S. and Di Capua G. (2015). Geoethics: the Role and Responsibility of Geoscientists.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Lectio Magistralis on Geoethics in Peru

The IAPG Secretary General, Silvia Peppoloni, will give a Lectio Magistralis titled: "Geoethics: a framework for the management of the geosphere and georisks" at the International Forum on Geological Risk Management (Foro Internacional sobre la Gestión del Riesgo Geológico) that will take place in Arequipa (Peru) from 14 to 16 October 2015.
The Forum is organized by the INGEMMET – Peruvian Geological, Mining and Metallurgical Institute.
The IAPG-Peru patronizes the Forum.

More information about this event are available in the IAPG website: