martedì 12 giugno 2018

Spreading geoethics
through the languages of the world

Translations of the Cape Town Statement on Geoethics

The Cape Town Statement on Geoethics is now available in 35 languages: 
Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Belarusian, Bengali, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Sepedi, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu.

The IAPG pubblication that collects all the translations is for free download from the IAPG website:

Flip book:

and can be cited as follows:

Peppoloni Silvia (ed.) (2018). Spreading geoethics through the languages of the world. Translations of the Cape Town Statement on Geoethics. International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG),

Translations have been possible thanks to a great job done by IAPG officers, members, and followers:
Sonja Van Eck (South Africa), Marku Sokol (Albania), Mamoon Allan (Jordan), Khachatur Meliksetian (Republic of Armenia), Mary Misakyan (Republic of Armenia), Yuriy Kostyuchenko (Ukraine), Jahangir Alam (Bangladesh), Wang Meng (China), Liangliang Wang (China), Magdalena Brus (Finland), Felix Riede (Denmark), Sandra Junier (Netherlands), David Crookal (France), Isabelle Richaud (France), Morgane Le Boucher (France), Team of ExpoGeorgia (Georgia), Florian Ortner (Austria), Gerassimos Papadopoulos (Greece), Partha Sarathi Datta (India), Jasveer Singh (India), Karoli Tatarvari (Hungary), Silvia Peppoloni (Italy), Kazuki Koketsu (Japan), Kyung Sik Woo (South Korea)Shree Prasad Vista (Nepal), Bjørn Kalsnes (Norway), Sedigheh Seifilaleh (Iran), Manuel Abrunhosa (Portugal), Cristina Toma (Romania), Mahlogonolo Brillent Kobola (Suth Africa), Danka Blagojevic (Serbia), Marko Komac (Slovenia), Eli Ivonne Rovere (Argentina), Michael Msabi (Tanzania), Hema Achyuthan (India), Aybige Akinci (Turkey), Muhammad Yaseen (Pakistan).

Currently, 19 geoscience organizations endorse or support the Cape Town Statement on Geoethics:

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martedì 22 maggio 2018

The issue #2 - 2018 
of the IAPG Newsletter is out!

The issue #2 - 2018 of the Newsletter of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics has been released on 23 May 2018.


- Programme of the IAPG sessions at the RFG 2018 Conference

- Calls for abstracts
- IAPG-IAH Congress in Portugal
- IAPG Workshop on Geoethics in Morocco
- IAPG Board of Experts
- Cape Town Statement on Geoethics - news
- Publications
- Geoethics Medal 2018
- International Geoethics Day 2018
- National sections
- European project Erasmus+ "GOAL"
- INTERMIN - International Network of Raw Materials Training Centres
- Articles from the IAPG Blog
- Donations

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lunedì 14 maggio 2018

Geoethics at the RFG 2018 conference
The programme is out!

The IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics has organized or supports 5 sessions on different issues of geoethics under the Theme "Resources and Society". Authors will give 11 keynote speeches, 28 oral presentations, 10 poster presentations (for details on the programme click on the link below): 

Session RS13: Geoethics and Environmental and Social Responsibility: Doing the Right Thing to Develop Resources for Future Generations (19 June 2018, part I 8:30-10:00, part II 10:30-11:45, part III 13:30-15:00, room 119)

Session RS8: Geoethics and the Responsible Conduct of Scientists (20 June 2018, 8:30-10:00, room 119)

Session RS9: Geoethics in georisks management for a safer and more resilient society (20 June 2018, 10:30-11:45, room 119)

Session RS10: Geoethics in geoscience education, communication and citizen science: experiences, approaches, and concepts (20 June 2018, part I 13:30-15:00, part II 15:30-17:00, room 119)

Session RS12: Forensic Geology: Ethics, Communication, Regulation and Opportunities (21 June 2018, part I 8:30-9:45, part II 10:30-12:00, room 119)

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics is partner of the RFG 2018 Conference.

Details on the programme of the sessions above (dates and hours, titles of presentations, authors) are available here:

Vancouver (Canada)
We look forward to meet you in Vancouver!

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lunedì 26 marzo 2018

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venerdì 16 marzo 2018

The issue #1 - 2018 
of the IAPG Newsletter is out!

The issue #1 - 2018 of the Newsletter of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics has been released on 15 March 2018.


- Programme of the IAPG events at the EGU 2018

- RFG 2018 conference - news
- Calls for abstracts
- And the winners are… !!!
- IAPG report for IUGS on 2017 activities and 2018 plans
- Geoethical Promise - news
- White Paper on responsible Mining - news
- Publications
- Agreements
- National sections
- From the IAPG Blog
- Donations (support the IAPG)

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sabato 10 marzo 2018


by Silvia Peppoloni and Giuseppe Di Capua

Come citare:
Peppoloni S. and Di Capua G. (2017). Ethics, pp. 1-5, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-12127-7_115-1. In: Bobrowsky P.T. and Marker B. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Engineering Geology, Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series, Springer International Publishing, ISBN: 978-3-319-12127-7.

Definizione di Etica: 

In line with the concept proposed by Aristotle (384–322 BC), ethics reflects on the conduct of humans and the criteria with which to evaluate behaviors and choices in order to identify “true good” including the means to achieve this goal. It also addresses the moral duties of humans towards themselves and others, and what is the right thing to do when facing a
decision. Regarding the practice of a profession, ethics is the identification of duties and rights that regulate the professional activity (deontology) by members of a social group, who are characterized by the possession of specific technical-scientific knowledge, methods and tools for its application.
There are values that the human community accepts as universally representative of individual and social good, because of the universal character of the human species itself, such as honesty, justice, responsibility, respect for life, and the environment. However, depending on the cultural context, and considering time and place, the ways in which values are applied can change.
In the end, ethics concerns all humans, without distinction, and especially those who have major scientific, political, and social roles, and who certainly have to face issues of great ethical value.

Link all'articolo pubblicato:

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giovedì 8 marzo 2018

EGU 2018 General Assembly
Vienna (Austria), 8-13 April 2018

Programme of the IAPG events 
at EGU 2018

Session EOS4 

"Geoethics: ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, education, communication, research and practice

Convenership: Silvia Peppoloni, Nic Bilham, Martin Bohle, Giuseppe Di Capua, Eduardo Marone

  • Oral presentations: 12 April 2018, 08:30-12:00; Room L7
  • Poster presentations: 12 April 2018, 08:00-19:30, attendance 13:30-15:00; Hall X1

Abstracts and list of oral and poster presentations here:

Townhall Meeting TM11 

"Seeking Engagement and Input on Harassment and Workplace Climate Issues within the Geoscience Community"

Convenership: Silvia Peppoloni, Nicholas T. Arndt, Pranoti Asher, Vincent Cronin, Chloe Hill, Mary Anne Holmes, Christopher Keane, Chris McEntee

A joint event:

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics
AGI - American Geosciences Institute
AGU - American Geophysical Union
EGU - European Geosciences Union

  • Oral presentations: 10 April 2018, 19:00–20:00; Room G2

Description and list of oral presentations here:

Splinter Meeting SMI28 (by invitations only)

"IAPG business meeting"

Convenership: Silvia Peppoloni, Giuseppe Di Capua

  • 11 April 2018, 15:30–17:00; Room 0.15

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martedì 20 febbraio 2018

Ethics and Geosciences: 
discovering the International Association for Promoting Geoethics

interview with Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG Secretary General)  

(by Jonathan Rizzi)

This article was published in the blog of the Natural Hazards (NH) Division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) at:

Geoscientists do not have to deal only with technical matters, but have to think also about the ethical implications related to their discipline. To increase the awareness of researchers on the ethical aspects of their activities, it has been created the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG). To better understand what geoethics and the IAPG are, we interviewed Silvia Peppoloni, founder member and Secretary General of the association. She is researcher at the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology and her activity covers the fields of geohazards and georisks. She is also elected councillor of the IUGS – International Union of Geological Sciences (2018-2022), member of the Executive Council of the IAEG Italy – International Association of Engineering Geology and the Environment, lecturer to international conferences, editor and author of books and articles,. She has also been awarded with prizes for science communication and natural literature in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Can you clarify what is geoethics?

Geoethics is defined as the "Research and reflection on the values that underpin appropriate behaviours and practices, wherever human activities interact with the Earth system. Geoethics deals with the ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, education, research, practice, and communication, and with the social role and responsibility of geoscientists in conducting their activities".

This definition includes aspects of general ethics, research integrity, professional ethics, and environmental ethics. It reminds to geoscientists about individual ethical conduct, which is characterized by the awareness of being also a social actor, of possessing a scientific knowledge that can be put to the service of society and employed for a more functional interaction between humans and the Earth system.

Silvia Peppoloni
(IAPG Secretary General)
Can you introduce the IAPG and its importance?

The IAPG – International Association for Promoting Geoethics was founded in 2012 to provide a scientific, multidisciplinary platform for widening the discussion and creating awareness about ethics in the geosciences. It has now more than 1800 members in 123 countries on 5 continents. In its 5 years of activity, IAPG has worked to transform geoethics from a movement of opinion into a real scientific thought. IAPG has provided geoscientists with a set of reference values, methods and tools, able to guide their actions and increase their awareness about the importance of their role in society.

To date, IAPG has been involved in more than 80 international events and cooperates with other international organizations whose aims are complementary, such as IUGS, AGU, GSA, GSL, AGI, IAH, AAWG. An active blog and a newsletter update members regularly on activities, publications, events. The IAPG Young Scientists Club, formed by geoscientists under 35, represents the interface between the Association and early-career scientists, aimed at introducing them to geoethics but also to receive inputs from them and to know their needs, expectations, doubts. IAPG can count on 28 national sections whose purpose is to coordinate efforts in promoting geoethics and enlarging the IAPG network in each country. The IAPG has a Board of Experts, consisting of qualified geoscientists, each of them with competence on a specific theme such as geo-resources, georisks, engineering geology, risk communication and education, research integrity, geoparks, and geoheritage, etc. Recently, IAPG has established a Task Group on Responsible Mining, that has already produced a guiding document. In our website, there are many resources (documents, articles, books, and tools) for free download.

Can you tell more about the Statement on Geoethics and the Geoethical Promise?

The Cape Town Statement on Geoethics is an important and internationally recognized document, released by the IAPG at the end of 2016. This document summarizes fundamental values of geoethics and ethical duties of geoscientists, such as:

  • Honesty, integrity, transparency, and reliability;
  • Competence, including regular training;
  • Sharing knowledge at all levels;
  • Working with a spirit of cooperation and reciprocity;
  • Respecting natural processes and phenomena;
  • Respect for the scientific method, being rigorous in verifying the sources of information and data, and applying objective, unbiased peer-review processes to technical and scientific publications;
  • Promoting geo-education and outreach to further sustainable economic development, geohazard prevention and georisks mitigation, environmental protection, and increased societal resilience and well-being.

The statement includes also the "Geoethical Promise", addressed to early-career geoscientists modeled after the Hippocratic oath of medicine. The formula of the promise summarizes all the concepts and the values of geoethics.

I'm convinced that the promise may support younger geoscientists in their acquisition of a clear and binding awareness of their ethical responsibility.

In 2018, the promise will be available in about 30 different languages. In Italy, the promise has been included as official declaration during the ceremony for the geological master degree in the Italian Universities, thanks to the cooperation of the IAPG Italy and the Geological Society of Italy. We hope to get the same result in other countries.

Why is it important to join the IAPG?

Thanks to all my colleagues working with me in the IAPG, geoethics has become a firm point at the EGU’s General Assembly and in several of the biggest geoscience events in the world. Nowadays, all the most important geoscience organizations recognize the importance of geoethics and the IAPG is considered an international reference point. Geoethics is becoming a new meeting point for geoscientists from all over the world, reinforcing the sense of their scientific activity and the awareness to belong to the same scientific community.

It is important to join IAPG to continue in doing all this. It is fundamental that our scientific and technical activities are also accompanied by an ethical and social reflection, to understand under all circumstances what is right or at least acceptable to do, why and how to act for the benefit of society and the safety of the environment. It is important to join the IAPG to feel strongly that beyond the cultural, social and economic differences, there are values that belong to all humans, that we can recognize as universal and share altogether. These values unite geoscientists from both developed countries and low-income countries, who work in more difficult political and economic conditions, many times without the freedom to make ethical choices in conducting their activity. There are unimaginable geological problems in their countries with very high impact on communities: natural disasters affecting hundreds of thousands of people, lacking safety regulations in mining, unstoppable pollution, strong soil degradation, water, and energy scarcity. Dedicating oneself to geoethics is also a duty to use our geological knowledge to help them to solve those problems. For all these reasons I invite all to join the IAPG, there is no fee to pay and to contribute to our activities in the own area of expertise.

Why ethics is important in geosciences?

There are disciplines that for their intrinsic nature have strong ethical and social implications: I’m thinking of biology and medicine. The same goes for geosciences, since they deal with the greatest global, environmental, challenges on the planet. And geoscientists cannot ignore these aspects. Our work on the territory, our scientific results may have a great influence on the lives of people, on local and national economy, and we must be aware of this. Sometimes, our technical decisions are able of moving millions of euros. Deciding where and how to place a dam can heavily influence the future development of an area. But are geoscientists aware of their great responsibility? What do their responsibility consist of? My research on geoethics started by the search of answers to these questions and this is the main reason that pushed me to devote myself to geoethics, to found the IAPG, to change the way in which we intend the geoscience practice, and to propose a vision for future years. All this might seem like an utopia, but we are now facing an epochal change of values, and we need also utopias.

Any recommendation to Early Career Scientists in the field of Natural Hazards?

I would like to suggest them to responsibly wonder about the deeper sense of their work.

When they will start to work in the field of natural hazards, they should always ask themselves: how can we best assist society? On which values of reference we, as experts of natural hazards, have to ground our activities? Let’s wonder: What is our responsibility, as risk experts, towards society? In which way can we support society against georisk?

Ability, individual and joint responsibility, collaborative attitude, reliability, transparency, impartiality: these are basilar values capable of allowing scientists to develop good science. Making good science is the essential prerequisite in geoscience practice. In addition, modern science requires to be good science communicators, capable of engaging with communities to build effective disaster risk reduction strategies.

It is  helpful to make geoscientists more aware of their responsibilities towards society and to clarify the role they can play in the interaction with other actors: decision makers, local authorities, government agencies, mass media, citizens. All these actors form a "defence system" that have to act with a common goal and in the same direction, each of them with clear and specific roles and responsibilities.

Geoscientists have to work so that values as prevention, safety, sustainability, education take root into society. or example: for those who works in the risk communication field, it is important to pay attention in making the population able to understand the scientific and technical language. For scientists studying risk scenarios, it is important that their models are well-grounded on observational data, including clear indications of their uncertainties, and before release, these models are discussed within the scientific community. For those involved in establishing protocols and procedures to be followed in risk management, it is important that those tools foster the cooperation among different categories of experts (engineers, geologists, disaster managers, etc.). For those employed in the educational field, it is fundamental to develop effective strategies and actions, able to transfer appropriate and timely information on risk scenarios and consequences of unpreparedness.

So, in each field of work, there is the possibility and the necessity to act ethically. Geoscientists possess the proper knowledge for bringing science closer to society. It is their task to make society aware that science cannot be the solution to all our problems, but it can give us helpful tools for our safety.

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mercoledì 6 dicembre 2017

IAPGeoethics Newsletter n. 4 - 2017 is out!

The issue #4 - 2017 of the Newsletter of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics has been released on 5 December 2017.


- Call for abstracts on geoethics (RFG 2018, EGU 2018, Geoscience & Society Summit)
- Lectures (IAPG at AGU 2017 and WISE Event in Porto)
- National sections (Bangladesh, United Kingdom, Canada)
- Publications (papers for free download and new book)
- White Paper on Responsible Mining (just published)
- Geoethics Medal (rules for candidatures)
- From IAPG Blog (3 new articles)
- Donations (support the IAPG)

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venerdì 3 novembre 2017

Geoethics at EGU 2018

(deadline: 10 January 2018)

IAPG organizes the session EOS4 entitled:

Geoethics: ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, education, communication, research and practice

Silvia Peppoloni, Nic Bilham, Martin Bohle, Giuseppe Di Capua, Eduardo Marone

Session description:
Geoscientists of all disciplines face ethical issues when exercising their professions. All branches of geosciences have ethical, social and cultural implications. Geoethics intends to provide a common framework for these concerns, such as to discuss the values which underpin appropriate behaviors and practices, wherever human activities interact with the Earth system. Building on recent efforts the geo-ethical frameworks for geoscience research and practices, which can help geoscientists confronting ethical dilemmas and make them more aware of their responsibility in conducting their activities, have to be developed constantly.
Geoethical principles apply to geoscientists' work across four equally important domains: the self, colleagues, society and the natural/cultural environments. Respectively, the spectrum of geoethics topics is very large. It includes, for example, issues of research integrity and professional deontology, conduct of research activities such as design of research questions, observation schemes, data gathering data analysis, simulation and scenario/theory building, interinstitutional matters such as conflicts of interests and publishing ethics, the role of geoscientists in sustainable development, exploration and use of geo-resources, water and soil while meeting high standards of environmental protection, the defense of the society against natural risks, and the impact of human activities (including pollution) on human wellbeing and Earth System Dynamics (e.g. climate, nitrogen fluxes). Furthermore, the spectrum includes interfaces with social sciences and humanities, for example when encompassing the ethical implications of science communication, public awareness of the importance of geosciences, geo-education for the citizen, of geoheritage and geoparks as tools to raise insights into the importance of Earth system to our lives and cultures. Finally the spectrum includes also addressing harassment and discrimination in the geosciences, including on grounds of gender, ethnicity or disability; so is the role of geosciences in the economic and social development of low-income countries while respecting local cultures and traditions, and in promoting peace and intercultural exchange. 
Geoscientists make fundamental contributions to address many of the most urgent problems that are affecting Earth and people. Technical knowledge and expert advice are vital for informed decision-making, education at all levels, and to equip the citizens to participate at the quest and implementation of solutions to these problems. Geoscientists with awareness of their ethical responsibilities towards themselves, colleagues, society and the environment will be able to put their knowledge at the service of society, to communicate it effectively, and to foster public trust in science-based solutions.
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' research and practice in addressing these challenges.
The session is organized by the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics ( in cooperation with the Geological Society of London (

Other information about the IAPG sessions on geoethics in the past EGU General Assemblies (from 2012): 

Abstract submission:

Roland Schlich travel support by EGU:

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