Tuesday, August 27, 2013

An oath for geoscientists

The Italian Commission of Geoethics, inside the Italian Federation of Earth Sciences, is working on an oath for geoscientists.
The members of the Commission think that the introduction of an ethical code of conduct that follows the example of the Hippocratic Oath for physicians could help geoscientists to acquire binding awareness of their professional and social responsibilities.

For more information, read the paper (download at: http://www.iapg.geoethics.org/pub/6030.pdf), in the Special Issue on Geoethics by Annals of Geophysics, Vol. 55 (2012):

A Hippocratic Oath for geologists?
Ruggero Matteucci (1), Guido Gosso (2), Silvia Peppoloni (3), Sandra Piacente (4), Janusz Wasowski (5)

1) Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Rome, Italy
2) Università Statale di Milano, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra "A. Desio", Milan, Italy
3) Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Rome, Italy
4) Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Modena, italy
5) Istituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica, Consorzio nazionale della Ricerca (CNR), Bari, Italy

During the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane (Australia), Silvia Peppoloni (Secretary General of the IAPG) presented a preliminary formula of the oath, by the Italian Commission of Geoethics, that will be published soon in the IAPG webpages.