Thursday, April 22, 2021

International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) celebrates the 
Earth Day 2021!

(22 April 2021) 


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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Short Course on Geoethics at the vEGU21

(29 April 2021, 10:00-11:00 CEST) 

We are glad to inform that this year the School of Geoethics of the IAPG has organized a short course on geoethics at the vEGU21, entitled "Foundations and Perspectives of Geoethics for Earth, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences - In memoriam of Jan Boon."

This is the programme (speaker in bold, among brackets):

0. Forewords to Honour Jan Boon (Giuseppe Di Capua)
1. Theoretical foundations of Geoethics (Silvia Peppoloni)
2. Responsible conduct of research and professionalism (David Mogk)
3. Development Perspectives for Geoethical Thoughts? (Martin Bohle)
4. Education for Confronting (geo)ethical dilemmas (Eduardo Marone)
5. Geoethics and responsible mining (Nic Bilham)
6. Geoethics in natural hazards from the perspective of an engineering geologist (Vince Cronin)
7. Geoethics' case studies: Paleontology and Geoheritage (Daniel DeMiguel)
8. Geoethics' case studies: effects of the EU directive on conflict minerals (Vítor Correia)

The short course is sponsored by IOI-TC-LAC - International Ocean Institute Training Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean  (


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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Geoethics at the PGO 2021 Virtual Symposium

(22 April 2021, 10:00-12:30 ET) 

Giuseppe Di Capua
Giuseppe Di Capua (IAPG Treasurer) will give an invited speech entitled "Geoethics in Natural Hazard and Risk Management" at the 2021 Virtual Symposium of the PGO - Professional Geoscientists Ontario on 22 April 2021 (10:00-12:30 ET).

Giuseppe's speech is included in the Panel Session B "Risky Business: A Changing Paradigm of Managing Risks in a Changing World".

Paul Hubley (PGO President and IAPG-Canada coordinator) is co-chair of the Panel Session B.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Webinar co-organized by IAPG-Chile
"Geoética y Educación: Divulgación de las Geociencias en Chile"
(in Spanish)

(19 April 2021, 18:30-20:00 GMT-4) 

Estimada comunidad geocientista,

Hace varios años hemos trabajado en la divulgación de las geociencias en los diversos ámbitos  de la sociedad chilena en que estamos insertas e insertos. Hoy en día se hace necesaria una conversación sobre cómo llevar este quehacer a un nivel más organizado y coordinado tal de tener un mayor impacto, reconociendo oportunidades y considerando limitaciones.

En este contexto y en el marco del Día Internacional de la Tierra, las y los invitamos a participar de este conversatorio donde compartiremos y reflexionaremos sobre las experiencias y visiones de la divulgación de la geociencias en Chile y del rol que tenemos los geocientistas para educar y compartir nuestro conocimiento con la sociedad en general. Para ello hemos invitado a un panel de exponentes representantes de las macro-zonas norte, centro y sur de nuestro país para abrir el diálogo.

El conversatorio estará abierto a toda la comunidad geocientista y se realizará de manera virtual vía Zoom. Adjunto encontrarán el afiche de difusión.

Lunes 19 de abril de 2021, 18:30-20:00 hrs
Reunión Zoom, ID: 890 4090 8908, código de acceso: 530991

Las y los esperamos (el evento no necesita preinscripción).


Grupo Geoética Chile y Grupo de Educación (IAPG-Chile)
Sociedad Geológica de Chile

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Friday, April 9, 2021

The programme of the
Workshop on Geodiversity
is out!

(16 April 2021, 14:00 BST) 

Final programme: download here (pdf file)

The IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics is a supporting organization of this event.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

The programme of the session EOS4.2 on Geoethics at the vEGU21: Gather Online

(26 April 2021 - 09:00-10:30 CEST)

Even this year, the IAPG organizes the session on geoethics at the European Geosciences Union - General Assembly. This event will be held online.

This year we celebrate 10 years of sessions on geoethics organized by the IAPG at the EGU congress!

The Session EOS4.2: Geoethics: Geosciences serving Society (Conveners: Silvia Peppoloni and Giuseppe Di Capua) is scheduled on 26 April 2021 - 09:00-10:30 CEST.

Here below the programme of this session that will take place as vPico format (abstracts and materials about each presentation will be uploaded in the EGU website during the the next days):

5-minute convener introduction

EGU21-2411 - Geoethics in a scheme: a simplified way to represent its definition, vision, and theoretical structure 
(Silvia Peppoloni and Giuseppe Di Capua)

EGU21-604 - Geoethics, a Philosophical Hybrid of European Origin  
(Martin Bohle)

EGU21-16180 - De complexitate mundi – What a complexful world
(Umberto Fracassi)

EGU21-3079 - Geoethics: Recent Art Projects by Ying Kit Chan  
(Ying Kit Chan)

EGU21-13709 - Applied geoethics: CITI199’s essays from the Austral University of Chile  
(Sandor Mulsow, Beatriz Barrales, Nicolas Espinoza, Magdalena Flandez, Leandro Ledezma, Esteban Munzenmayer, Adriana Rivera-Murton, Pablo Salinas, Fernando Valenzuela, Rodolfo Valenzuela, and Marco Valle)

EGU21-5782 - Teaching and learning about ethical aspects of environmental science with graduate students  
(Cindy Palinkas)

EGU21-1763 - Geoethics education and climate literacy: Bridging the gap – interactively  
(David Crookall, Pimnutcha Promduangsri, and Pariphat Promduangsri)

EGU21-6285 - Values in (climate) science: What model-based assessments of climate sensitivity teach us about value-judgements and demands on norms thereon
(Sabine Undorf, Karoliina Pulkkinen, Frida Bender, and Per Wikman Svahn)

EGU21-16538 - Evaluation of Safety and Effectiveness of Localized Arctic Ice Albedo Restoration Method to Slow Climate Change Impacts  
(Leslie Field)

EGU21-8597 - Co-production of knowledge: towards a co-design of geothermal heat utilization  
(Eva Schill, Florian Bauer, Katharina Schätzler, Christine Rösch, Melanie Mbah, Christina Benighaus, Sophie Kuppler, and Judith Krohn)

EGU21-10403 - Responsible production and consumption of mineral resources: mobilising geoethics as a framework for mining companies, manufacturers and other stakeholders  
(Nic Bilham)

EGU21-5413 - Geoethics needs multi-dimensional research agendas and practice
(Cornelia E. Nauen)

EGU21-6311 - Earthquake loss alerts to save victims
(Max Wyss, Philippe Rosset, Stavros Tolis, and Michel Speiser)

EGU21-12746 - Detection of land subsidence phenomena in Kopais plain, Boeotia county, central Greece. Preliminary results  
(Elissavet Chatzicharalampous, Constantinos Loupasakis, Theodora Rondoyanni, and Issaak Parcharidis)

EGU21-8269 - Virtual outcrops: Field work on lockdown conditions using Drones
(Fernando Borrás, Joaquín Hopfenblatt, Adelina Geyer, and Meritxell Aulinas)

EGU21-14287 - Geological Hazards Focused Geopark Proposal, Armenia  
(Khachatur Meliksetian, Ara Avagyan, Lilit Sahakyan, Ghazar Galoyan, Hayk Melik-Adamyan, Arshavir Hovhanissyan, Arayik Grigoryan, Taron Grigoryan, Dmitry Arakelyan, Hrach Shahinyan, Kristina Sahakyan, Hayk Hovakimyan, Tatul Atalyan, Edmond Grigoryan, Marine Misakyan, and Seda Avagyan)

EGU21-575 - Applying the Values of Geoethics for Sustainable Speleotourism Development  
(Aleksandar Antić, Giuseppe Di Capua, and Silvia Peppoloni)

EGU21-5794 - AGI's Framework on Addressing Equity in the Geoscience Societies and the Challenge of Defining Success
(Christopher Keane, Susan Sullivan, and Leila Gonzales)

EGU21-6988 - The Global Network for Geoscience and Society: Connecting Science to Serve the Public Good
(Gregory Wessel and Rose Hendricks)

EGU21-2347 - The activities of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics: status and future perspectives  
(Giuseppe Di Capua and Silvia Peppoloni)

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Friday, April 2, 2021

New book:
Advances in Geoethics 
and Groundwater Management

We are glad to inform that a new book has been published in these days:

Abrunhosa Manuel, Chambel Antonio, Peppoloni Silvia, Chaminé Helder I., eds. (2021). Advances in Geoethics and Groundwater Management: theory and practice for a sustainable development - Proceedings of the 1st Congress on Geoethics and Groundwater Management (GEOETH&GWM'20), Porto - Portugal 2020. XLV + 523 p., 24 b/w illustrations, 180 illustrations in colour, Springer, ISBN 978-3-030-59319-3. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-59320-9.

This book gathers the peer-reviewed proceedings of the 1st congress on Geoethics & Groundwater Management (GEOETH&GWM'20), held in Porto, Portugal, in an online format on 18-22 May 2020. Hosted in the School of Engineering (ISEP), Polytechnic of Porto in Porto city (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the international conference focused on what has now been dubbed "hydrogeoethics", a novel transdisciplinary, scientific field integrating all dimensions of geoethics in groundwater science and practice.

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Download the book Front Matter:
- Foreword by Giuseppe Di Capua (IAPG)
- Foreword by Nabil Khélifi (Springer Senior Publishing Editor)
- Preface by Manuel Abrunhosa (IAPG and IAH), Antonio Chambel (IAH), Silvia Peppoloni, Helder I. Chaminé (IAH)
- Acknowledgements
- Preamble by John Cherry (G360 Institute for Groundwater Research, University of Guelph, University of Waterloo)
- Contents (108 papers)
- About the Editors
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Monday, March 29, 2021

Workshop on Geodiversity

(16 April 2021, 14:00 BST) 

From the International Geodiversity Day website:

"The Promoting Geodiversity Workshop will explore the different ways we can use International Geodiversity Day to promote public and policy engagement with geodiversity. Our international panel of speakers will present on topics including education and outreach projects, citizen science, geoscience careers, and geohazard risk awareness.
The workshop will be held online and will be free for all to attend. The event is hosted by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and funded by Research England's Strategic Priorities Fund allocation to the University of Oxford."

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

IAPG-Canada has a new coordinator

Paul Hubley is the new coordinator of IAPG-Canada. He replaces Shona van Zijll de Jong.

Paul Hubley 
(new IAPG-Canada coordinator)
Paul is Principal and Senior Geoscientist at Hubley Geosciences Limited (HGL) and President-elect of Professional Geoscientists Ontario (PGO) (2021-2022 term). He has a M.Sc. in Earth Sciences (Hydrogeology) and is a recognized Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.), Qualified Person (QPESA) in the Province of Ontario, Canada (also recently Alberta and Saskatchewan), Environmental Professional (EP®) through ECO Canada, and is a Canadian Risk Manager (CRM®) certified by the Global Risk Management Institute (GRMI).

Paul has 30 years of consulting experience on over 1,000 projects in most provinces of Canada. He has provided expert testimony and opinions for Ontario Superior Court proceedings and environmental hearings. Through his training and experience he regularly provides practical direction to issues of property contamination and restoration, liability assessment, risk management and sustainability.

In addition to providing consultation, Paul dedicates considerable time to improving professional practices in the context of social responsibilities. At a former sawmill remediation site on First Nation land, he leads an expert peer reviewer team that conducted 'concept mapping' of both community perception and technical perception of the contaminated lands to identify areas of commonality and discord to ultimately reduce conflict and determine appropriate methods for healing the land and people. At PGO, Paul has been Chair of the Professional Practice Committee since 2012; as Chair Paul spearheaded the development of a "peer review" guideline for professional geoscience work, developed a Sustainability Subcommittee based on the 17 UN SDGs and oversaw the update of best practice guidelines throughout the subdisciplines. As Chair of the Geoscience Symposium Planning Committee (2020) and Chair of the session on Geoethics and Sustainability he has demonstrated his ability to disseminate geoethics and professional best practice information to geoscientists. He is Co-Chair for the Risk Management session of the PGO Geoscience Symposium scheduled for April 2021. He is currently contributing to risk-based governance strategies at PGO.

Congratulations Paul from the IAPG geoethics community!!!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Seminar on Geoethics in Italy

(26 March 2021, 15:00-18:00 CEST) 

This event is organized by University of Chieti - Department of Engineering and Geology. 

Speakers: Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG Secretary General) and Giuseppe Di Capua (IAPG Treasurer). The seminar is entitled "Geoethics: theoretical foundations and its practical applications in the field of geo-risks and georesources". 

This seminar is in Italian.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Introduction: geoethics goes beyond the geoscience profession

by Giuseppe Di Capua, Peter T. Bobrowsky, Susan W. Kieffer, and Cindy Palinkas

This is the introductory chapter of the book "Geoethics: Status and Future Perspectives"


This is the second volume focused on geoethics published as a Special Publication of the Geological Society of London, a significant step forward in which authors address the maturation of geoethics, a maturity that has strengthened its theoretical foundations in recent years and increased the insight of its reflections. The field of geoethics is now ready to be introduced outside the geoscience community as a logical platform for global ethics that addresses anthropogenic changes. What is clear is that geoethics has a distinction in the geoscientific community for discussing the ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, research, practice and education, as well as communication. This provides a common ground for integrating ideas, experiences and proposals on how geosciences can provide additional services to society, in order to improve the way humans interact responsibly with the Earth system. This book provides new messages to geoscientists, social scientists, intellectuals, law- and decision-makers, and laypeople. Motivations and actions for facing global anthropogenic changes and their intense impacts on the planet need to be governed by an ethical framework capable of merging a solid conceptual structure with pragmatic approaches based on geoscientific knowledge. This philosophy defines geoethics.

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Monday, March 15, 2021

UNESCO Lecture Series: Earth Materials for a Sustainable and Thriving Society

recordings and materials now available online

iCRAG and AGI are pleased to inform that all of the recordings and materials related to the lecture series is now available on the series website:

They are also very interested in understanding your opinions about the series, through a survey at:

The IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics has been media partner of the Lecture Series, organized by UNESCO in collaboration with IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences and iCRAG - Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences. 


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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Rediscovering the sense of the human in a chaos of "ceneisms"

by Silvia Peppoloni*

This article was published in ReWriters Magazine, in Italian and English:

* Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Rome (Italy); Secretary General of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics; Councillor of the IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences; Member of the Ethical Board of ICOS - Intergrated Carbon Observation System; Coordinator of IAPG-Italy; Member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Geological Society. Email:

Silvia Peppoloni
The words accompanying the final scene of the movie "Antropocene: the Human Epoch" (2018) try to relieve us of the anguish induced by the images on the anthropogenic planetary disaster and to alleviate our powerless regret of human beings, accomplices of the state in which the Earth is, allowing us to glimpse a way for our redemption: "The Earth is four and a half billion years old; we can read her story in the rocks. Modern civilization has only developed in the last 10,000 years, but our species has managed to push the planet’s systems beyond their natural limits. We are all involved, some more deeply than others. But the tenacity and optimism that have made us progress can help us return these systems to a level that ensures the safety of life on Earth. Recognizing and re-evaluating the signs of our domination is the beginning of change."

The Anthropocene, on the one hand domination and abuse, on the other awareness and hope.

The Anthropocene has been discussed for about twenty years. The term was introduced by Eugene Stoermer in the eighties to indicate the recent epoch dominated by the human being, but it assumed global significance at the beginning of the 21st century thanks to Paul Crutzen, who has recently deceased, Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his studies on the ozone depletion.

Since then, the scientific community, as well as the philosophical and the social sciences ones, have been animated by heated debates around this word and the implied concept. In the scientific field, geoscientists are still trying to understand whether it is possible and correct from a stratigraphic point of view to call Anthropocene a new geological epoch after the Holocene, which in turn began 11,700 years ago at the end of the last glacial period. To do this, it would be necessary to identify a stratigraphic marker, clearly anthropogenic, within the most recent geological deposits, unequivocally associated with a geo-environmental transition, persistent in geological time and detectable in various points of the Earth, with planetary extension and  temporally coeval, so as to be able to represent a precise chronostratigraphic limit in the deep time scale of geology, a transition between different moments in the history of the planet.

There are numerous ideas about it, as I have illustrated in the book "Geoetica" (in Italian), recently published by Donzelli Editore, but the question is intricate and full of meanings, not only scientific. Philosophers, sociologists, economists, historians talk about it in their analyzes, emphasizing inequalities, the logic of power and domination, the darker side of capitalism that the current idea of Anthropocene brings with it. Moreover, beyond its possible scientific certification, the Anthropocene is the epoch in which the history of the planet and human history are intertwined, and is in fact characterized by "Homo sapiens", unopposed ruler of nature, incessant modifier of his/her ecological niche according to needs and the desire to satisfy the instincts of primacy over his/her fellowmen. The Anthropocene, therefore, as a paradigm of the rigid application of anthropocentrism in its most negative meaning, in which the human being acquits him/herself of the charge of having caused the destruction of other living beings, the biosphere, the entire Earth system.

These considerations are usually linked to a series of criticisms and attacks, sometimes with moralistic tones, on Western civilization, responsible for all that is negative in past and present history, including the current "ecological crisis".

Starting from this vision, after all agreeable and full of useful ideas to initiate the essential changes to reverse the course, over the years a series of subcategories of the Anthropocene have been derived, progressively used to connote the main features of our time, an undergrowth of terms with the common suffix "-cene" (from the Greek kainós, which means "new, recent"). Here are some of these proposals: Thermocene, Anglocene, Capitalocene, Thanatocene, Phagocene, Fronocene, Agnotocene, Polemocene, Sinforocene, Plasticocene, Pandemiocene, Tecnocene, Econocene, Homogenocene, Chthulucene, Entropocene, even Trumpocene …. and I'm certainly forgetting others. All these terms ultimately dissect the Anthropocene analytically and then recompose it into a complex molecule of "ceneisms".

However, behind the scientific-philosophical dissertation that supports the reasons for one or the other proposal, definition, sub-categorization, there is a possible risk: the very rich human experience could be simplistically considered something to be totally denied, and the Anthropocene could be reduced to the set of products of a polluting, abusive, cynical and slaughtering human being, in an iconoclastic battle against anthropocentrism, for which the human species would be the true virus of the planet. And in this condemnation process, the best of the human beings could almost vanish: their creativity, curiosity, ability to be supportive and empathetic, to build bonds of love and friendship. In the same way, the achievements and the best expressions of the intellectual and technical commitment of the human being, such as art, science, technology, law, philosophy, democracy. Reducing the Anthropocene to this could only generate anxiety, frustration, schizophrenia, the loss of all hope for the future.

Human beings build and determine themselves in their individuality, but it is their sphere of relationships that gives meaning to their existence: social and natural interactions are expressions of their nature beyond their own body. This dense network of relationships constitutes the human, without interruption in its being.

Reflecting on this can make us hope that the Anthropocene, in its most negative sense, even before it begins, can already be considered finished, past, dissolved in the light of a new awareness of mutual belonging and commitment to responsibility. Moreover, it can accelerate that crisis of conscience arising from the Anthropocene able to ferry us as soon as possible towards the Koinocene, which the anthropologist Adriano Favole defines "… a new era in which the human being will be able to recognize similarity, community, participation, relationships … between all living and non-living beings who inhabit the planet."

The Earth, therefore, as a space of relationships, a place where the concept of koiné, as a common and unifying language, is specified in its expanded meaning of universal civilization, of community, of a social dimension shared by all the peoples that constitute the complex mosaic of humanity, of participation without dichotomies and contrasts between human and non-human beings, animate and inanimate, between nature and spirit.

In this continuous and frantic race to understand what we are, often identifying ourselves in a schizophrenic way outside of ourselves, we unconsciously deny ourselves, defining our complexity with unsatisfactory words. And while we focus our analyzes on frustration, considering it the cause and not the effect of a split in ourselves and from our nature, we guiltily forget the human being in his/her authenticity.

Perhaps in order to avert irreversible planetary events, it is not necessary to change the human being, the true, authentic, wise one, but only to learn to rediscover and listen to him/her.


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