Friday, December 23, 2016

The issue #6 - 2016 of the IAPG Newsletter is out!


- Call for abstracts and grants (EGU 2017)
- Report on IAPG activities for IUGS
- New partnership
- Cape Town Statement on Geoethics (supporting organizations)
- Season's Greetings

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics 
wish you all a merry Christmas and a new year of peace


fostering cooperation among scientists,
recognizing and respecting common values,
sharing a common vision of the future of the Earth,
regardless of cultural and religious differences

Tuesday, December 20, 2016


Thanks to a donation by Martin Bohle (Corresponding Citizen Scientist), the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics will support the participation of 5 young geoscientists from low-income countries at the EGU General Assembly 2017, by covering the APC - Abstract Processing Charge (Euros 40,00), if they will submit an abstract in the IAPG session EOS14 on Geoethics (see the call for abstracts at:

Martin Bohle

A) Abstracts must be sent to Martin Bohle ( and Giuseppe Di Capua ( by 31st December 2016. Authors must indicate first name, last name, date of birth, country, affiliation and email address.

B) Giuseppe Di Capua, treasurer of the IAPG, will check that the eligibility criteria (i): <=35 years at date of opening of EGU General Assembly 2017 (23/4/2017), and ii): affiliated to an institution/organization situated in a low-income country (see list of the World Bank…/articles/906519).

C) By 5th January 2017, Martin Bohle will rank the abstracts in view of two criteria:
i) scientific quality and ii) relevance; the two criteria have equal weight; in case of a tied situation a fair gender balance within the group selected awardees will be aimed at by Martin Bohle.

D) The list of applications and outcome of selection procedure will be published on the IAPG Website.

E) Abstracts will be submitted and paid directly by Martin Bohle on behalf of authors.

We wait for your abstracts!

Thanks again to Martin Bohle for his generous sponsorship.

Please, kindly, share this announcement! Thank you.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

IAPG and IYGU have established a partnership

IAPG is recognized as a global partner of IYGU - International Year of Global Understanding from 13 December 2016.

IYGU has been proclaimed by the International Councils of the Natural, Social, and Human Sciences: ICSU - International Council for Science, ISSC - International Social Science Council and CIPSH - International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences.

IYGU addresses the ways in which we inhabit an increasingly globalized world. IYGU connects local actions and global challenges, focuses on the global sustainability of local action, recognizes culturally different paths to global sustainability. IYGU addresses key United Nations Charter Constitution issues. It aims to strengthen international co-operation by preparing new strategies to face global challenges. The 2016 International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) is based on an initiative of the International Geographical Union (IGU) that seeks support for its widespread implementation beyond the field of science.

IYGU website:

The December IYGU Newsletter is now available at: 

Monday, December 5, 2016

The issue #5 - 2016 of the IAPG Newsletter is out!

- Cape Town Statement on Geoethics
- IAPG General Assembly
- IAPG sessions at 35th IGC
- Congresses/Meetings
- News on the Organization
- New publications
- From the IAPG Blog
- News from the network
- New IAPG flyer
- Donations

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

A report on the IAPG sessions on Geoethics at the 35th IGC

Geoethics has got an important space in the programme of the last 35th IGC - International Geological Congress in Cape Town (South Africa), thanks to several events organized by IAPG – International Association for Promoting Geoethics: 6 oral sessions, 1 poster session and 1 panel session ( 27 speakers with different skills and expertise, coming from 17 countries in 5 continents, have discussed both theoretical aspects and case-studies of geoethics, covering a wide spectrum of geoethical issues: theoretical and educational aspects of geoethics (Silvia Peppoloni, David Mogk, John Geissman and Shree Prasad Vista), ethical implications in mining (Edmund Nickless, Pekka Nurmi, Madhumita Das), in geohazards (Eldon Gath and George Stone), in geoheritage and environmental protection (Margaret Brocx); relationships between geoscientists and decision makers (Mark Priddle), ethical activities in geoscience organizations (Christine McEntee and Heather Houlton), frauds in paleontology (Artur Sà), ethical aspects in data management (Michiel Van der Meuluen and Serge Van Vessel), geoscience communication (Iain Stewart, Martin Bohle, Nick Bilham) and local population involvement (Daniel Lebel), global initiatives on sustainability and risk reduction (Joel Gill), geosciences to serve society (Jean-Robert Mweze, Nic Bilham, Ezzoura Errami, Marie Fleming and Koen Verbruggen). 5 keynote speakers (Silvia Peppoloni, Christine McEntee, Iain Stewart, David Mogk, Edmund Nickless) and 5 panelists (Nic Bilham, Ruth Allington, Silvia Peppoloni, David Mogkm Heater Houlton) have outlined "What’s the point of geoethics", highlighting key-issues and giving a framework of reference for the future development of geoethics. A large audience  has accompanied all the 3 day-sessions, with a fruitful involvement into the discussion.
The great success of the discussion on geoethics in Cape Town is the result of a cooperative work leaded by IAPG together with IUGS-Task Group on Global Geoscience Professionalism (TG-GGP), Geological Society of London (GSL), European Federation of Geologists (EFG), EuroGeoSurveys (EGS), and contributions of representatives of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), American Geophysical Union (AGU), Natural Resources Canada (NRC), African Association of Women in Geosciences (AAWG), Geological Survey of Finland (GSF), Geological Survey of the Netherlands (GSN), Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI).
The interest of geoscientists in geoethical aspects has exploded and today geoethics has a visibility that it has never had before. In the last 4 years IAPG has worked to give scientific dignity to Geoethics, building  a clear conceptual substratum, that constitutes a strong base for the future development of ethical issues, at disposal of the geoscience community. This result represents a point of arrival after the foundation of the IAPG (in 2012 at the 34th IGC), and at the same time a starting point for a new phase of geoethics and the Association. In her keynote, Silvia Peppoloni announced the publication of the "Cape Town Statement on Geoethics" by IAPG, that takes stock of the situation on geoethics, giving essential points of reference. 
IAPG thanks all those have contributed to the success of the symposium on geoethics.
A photogallery of this event is in preparation.