Monday, February 29, 2016

IAPG Keynote speech on geoethics in USA

The co-coordinator of IAPG-USA, Vincent Cronin, gave a keynote speech on 8 October 2015 at the Annual Ethics Luncheon of the West Texas Geological Society at the Midland Petroleum Club, titled "How and what should we teach novice geoscientists about geoethics?"

Documents are now available for downloading:

a) Abstract (pdf file)
b) Presentation text and illustrations (pdf file)
c) Download slides (pptx version)

All of these documents are © 2015 by Vincent S. Cronin, and may be used for non-commercial educational purposes; however, any other use is by permission only.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

A leaflet on geoethics, geoparks and geo-tourism by IAPG-Nigeria

IAPG-Nigeria has prepared a leaflet aims at promoting the importance of geoethics and of the development of geoparks and geo-tourism in Nigeria and Africa as a whole, in order to create social awareness about the values of geological heritage and geodiversity for sustainable development.
Below the leaftlet:

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Download the pdf version of the leaflet:

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

IAPG Network: DESAME 2016 in Democratic Republic of Congo

Great news from Africa - Democratic Republic of Congo!

The celebration of the Day of Earth Sciences in Africa and Middle-East (DESAME 2016) will be held in Bukavu (Democratic Republic of Congo) on March 20, 2016 from 10:00 to 16:00 at the Hotel Nard on Emery Avenue Patrice Lumumba in Nguba.

This event is organized by the DR Congo section of the IAPG-International Association for Promoting Geoethics, YES-DR Congo, DR Congo AAWG-section, in collaboration with StrongWomen DRC, and a workshop will take place, focused on the following themes:

  1. Earth Sciences and Climate Change in South Kivu: Challenges, Opportunities and Perspectives;
  2. Earth Sciences as a bridge between young and senior citizens in order to strengthen peace and coexistence of peoples;
  3. The Congolese women and the natural resources management.

For any one who has a presentation or communication about the themes above, please, kindly contact our IAPG-DR Congo coordinator, Jean Robert Mweze (phone number: +243994202800), and / or send a title and a summary of the presentation at:,,

IAPG-DR Congo has already organized events for DESAME 2014 and 2015.

Join the event in DR Congo, celebrate DESAME 2016!

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Take note: our session on geoethics at EGU 2016 is confirmed!

The IAPG session on ‪‎Geoethics‬ at EGU 2016 is confirmed! 
So, we hope you join us in Vienna for EOS5 "Geoethics: theoretical and practical aspects from research integrity to relationships between geosciences and society".

The session EOS5 is scheduled on Monday, 18 April 2016:

- Orals: 08:30–12:00, Room 2.83 (Red Level)
- Posters: a) Display time 08:00–19:30; b) Author in attendance: 13:30–15:00.

The call for abstracts of the IAPG session on Geoethics has been a great success. 51 abstracts submitted. 4 important geoscience organizations (AGU, AGI, EFG, GSL) and 3 great European Research Infrastructures (ICOS, EPOS, EMSO) will present their works.

The final program with titles and autors of orals and posters will be available on EGU 2016 and IAPG websites soon.

This session is organized by IAPG, with the support of the GSL - Geological Society of London.

Session EOS5 description:

Friday, February 19, 2016

News from Nigeria

From 16 February 2016, IAPG-International Association for Promoting Geoethics - Nigeria is officially recognized as a corporate body of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 
In the picture the certificate of registration.
Congratulations to Arinze Harrison Ikwumelizeh (coordinator) and colleagues of the IAPG-Nigeria board. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

News from Colombia

We wish to thank our member Hernando Martinez (in the above picture, third from the right), freelance geologist and Director of "Subsuelo y Geotecnia Ltda", for his precious work in building an IAPG network in Colombia.

Hernando gave several oral presentations during several events, highlighting (geo)ethical aspects of the issues treated in his slides (on Geology, Labor risks, Tunnelling, Geology and Health, Geology and Sociopolitical aspects):

  • XV Colombian Conference of Geology (2 presentations in Bucaramanga, Colombia, September 2015).
  • 4th International Conference in Cali (Colombia, October 2015).
  • 4th International Conference of Underground Construction (Lima, Peru, October 2015).
  • XII Geological Conference of Central America (Managua, Nicaragua, November 2015).

Hernando Martinez
In addition, Hernando gave other speeches during several conferences at the Andes University and the National University of Colombia (UN) in Bogotà, on hydrogeology (in the Hydrogeological Conversation of Groundwater Supply, April 2015), speleology (for the Speleological group UN, September 2015), geoethics (for the Students Council of Geosciences at UN, September 2015).

Finally, during three professional courses he mentioned the necessity of a geoethical approach in drilling deep wells for groundwater supply. 

Currently, he is motivating young geologists in order to create a Colombian National Section of the IAPG.

A big thank to Hernando from the IAPG community!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The issue n. 1 - 2016 of the IAPG Newsletter is out!

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


- Members

- Congresses/Meetings

- New National Sections

- Conferences

- Affiliations/Agreements

- Other events

- From the IAPG Blog

- New book

Friday, February 5, 2016

Poster Session
"ED44A: Ethical Principles and Practices in the Ocean Sciences"

The poster session ED44 of the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting takes place on Thursday, February 25, 2016, from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - Poster Hall, in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA).
The session si convened by Elizabeth Gordon (Fitchburg State University, USA) and Cindy Palinkas (University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Laboratory, USA; co-coordinator of IAPG-USA).
The session has been supported by the IAPG.

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.

List of posters:

A Shifting Baseline: Higher Degrees and Career Options for Ocean Scientists
James A Yoder, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Education, Woods Hole, MA, United States, Melbourne G Briscoe, OceanGeeks LLC, Alexandria, VA, United States, Deborah Glickson, Florida Atlantic University, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Boca Raton, FL, United States, Susan Roberts, The National Academies, Washington, DC, United States and Richard W Spinrad, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, United States

Mālama Wai: A science and native Hawaiian integrated case study
Florybeth Flores La Valle1, Donna A. K. Camvel2, Florence I. M. Thomas3, Hokulani K. Aikau2 and Judith D Lemus4, (1)Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Marine Biology Graduate Program, Honolulu, HI, United States, (2)University of Hawaii at Manoa, Political Science, Honolulu, HI, United States, (3)Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Kaneohe, HI, United States, (4)University of Hawaii at Manoa, Centers of Ocean Sciences and Education Excellence, Honolulu, HI, United States

Sexual harassment within the marine sciences and the ethical dilemmas of collaboration: a case study in the education and reportino methods available to scientists, students, and staff on board a federal research vessel
Julia Ohern, Self Employed, Washington, DC, United States

Evaluating Research Ethics Training in the Maryland Sea Grant REU Program
Michael R. Allen1, George A. Kumi2, Bryna C. Kumi3 and Fredrika C Moser1, (1)Maryland Sea Grant College, College Park, MD, United States, (2)Rutgers University-Camden, Department of Chemistry, Camden, NJ, United States, (3)Rowan University, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Glassboro, NJ, United States

Research Ethics with Undergraduates in Summer Research Training Programs

Itchung Cheung, Oregon State University, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, United States


Thursday, February 4, 2016

IAPG Keynote at nANO meeting in Germany

Our Corresponding Citizen Scientist, Martin Bohle, gives a keynote speech at the meeting "nANO meets water VII" in Oberhausen (Germany), on 18 February 2016.
The keynote is titled "Geoethik: Richtschnur für’s Anthropozän (Geoethics: Orientation in the Anthropocene)".


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