Thursday, January 14, 2021

World Logic Day

14 January 2021

Today (14 January, the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics ( celebrates the World Logic Day 2021.

Silvia Peppoloni writes for the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG):
"... Geoethics promotes an interaction between humans & nature, in which logic is the support to develop critical thinking..."

Letter by IAPG to support the World Logic Day 2021:

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#WorldLogicDay #WLD21 #geoethics #geoética


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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Talk on Geoethics in Germany

(3 February 2021, 11:00 CET) 

Martin Bohle
Martin Bohle
 (IAPG Board of Experts) gives a talk on geoethics at the at the University of Heidelberg (Geokolloquium), entitled "Geoethics – for Society, Geosciences and Geoscientists".

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Session EOS4.2 on Geoethics
at the EGU 2021

The call for abstracts is open
(deadline has been extended: 20 January 2021, 13:00 CET) 

Dear colleagues,

we invite you to consider submitting an abstract in the session EOS4.2 "Geoethics: Geosciences serving Society" at the next vEGU21 (virtual event). 

You can read the session session description below or at this link:

Here the link to submit your abstract (extended deadline: 20 January 2021, 13:00 CET):

You find instruction on how to submit an abstract here:

If you need further information on this session, please don't hesitate to contact:

Please, share information about the session EOS4.2 on geoethics with colleagues who could be interested.

Thank you

Silvia Peppoloni and Giuseppe DI Capua
(Conveners of the session EOS4.2)

Session EOS4.2 description:

Geoscience expertise is essential for the functioning of modern societies. All branches of geosciences have cultural, social and ethical implications. Hence, geoscientists face ethical issues in their professional and civic activities. Geoethics aims to provide a common framework for these concerns and to nourish a discussion on the fundamental values which underpin appropriate behaviors and practices, wherever human activities interact with the Earth system.

The spectrum of topics geoethics deals with includes:
  • philosophical and historical aspects of geoscience, their contemporary relevance and their role in informing methods for effective and ethical decision-making;
  • geoscience professionalism and deontology, research integrity and ensuring respectful working spaces, including issues related to harassment and discrimination, gender and disability in geosciences;
  • ethical and social problems related to the management of land, air and water including environmental change, pollution and their impacts;
  • socio-environmentally sustainable supply of georesources (including energy, minerals and water), recognising the importance of effective regulation and policy-making, social acceptance, and understanding and promoting best practice;
  • resilience of society related to natural and anthropogenic hazards, risk management and mitigation strategies;
  • ethical aspects of geoscience education and communication as well as culture and value of geodiversity, geoconservation, geoheritage, geoparks and geotourism;
  • role of geosciences in achieving socio-economic development that respects cultures, traditions and local development paths, regardless of countries' wealth, and in promoting peace, responsible and sustainable development and intercultural exchange.
Geoscientists' knowledge and expertise are essential to address many of the most urgent global problems, to inform decision-making, and to guide education at all levels. The purpose is to equip citizens to discuss, shape and implement solutions to local, regional and global socio-environmental problems. Geoscientists who are aware of their ethical responsibilities will be able to put their knowledge at the service of society and to foster public trust in geosciences. This session, co-sponsored by the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (, aims to develop ethical and social perspectives on the above topics, including case studies.


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Thursday, December 31, 2020



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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

World Logic Day

14 January 2021

The IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics 
supports the World Logic Day 2021, a global day of supporting the development of logic through teaching and research, as well as to public dissemination of the discipline. The date chosen to celebrate World Logic Day, 14 January, corresponds to the date of death of Kurt Gödel and the date of birth of Alfred Tarski, two of the most prominent logicians of the twentieth century.

The World Logic Day is promoted by UNESCO and CIPSH - International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences.


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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

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

26 January - 1 April 2021

The IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics is 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. 
Minerals and other Earth materials are a key component in the development of a sustainable global society, providing essential raw materials for technologies and economic growth while respecting the natural world. This programme of lectures, designed for a global audience, will provide diverse perspectives on Earth materials and their role in society. Leading natural scientists, social scientists, and educators will look at how Earth materials are critical to a sustainable future and how the minerals sector, adhering to best practices, can contribute to society in a socially and environmentally positive way.

The lectures will be delivered in webinar format by recognized global experts who will frame their presentations in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Series will boost knowledge of Earth materials and contribute to better informed local, regional, and international discussions. The lectures will be freely accessible and will be archived for later online access.

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26 January 2021 - 1 April 2021


All sessions will be conducted in English with live captioning in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Swahili, and Hindi.

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Framework for Addressing Racial and Ethnic Equity in Geosciences Professional Societies

The IAPG is a formal signatory of the AGI - American Geosciences Institute document that sets a framework for geoscience societies to proactively cultivate an inclusive profession that both addresses systemic issues and sets priorities aimed at increasing equity for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) geoscientists and addressing issues of intersectionality among race, class, disability status and gender.

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Video of the Conference on Geosciences, Professional Ethics, and Sustainability

The video recording of the conference (in Spanish) by Luisa Pinto Lincoñir (IAPG-Chile coordinator), held on 9 December 2020, is available in the IAPG YouTube channel.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

New members for the
Task Group on Responsible Mining

This IAPG Task Group is active from 8 May 2017 and in the same year released the White Paper on Responsible Mining ( Unfortunately this year Jan Boon (Canada), one of the members of the Task Group and co-author of the White Paper, passed away. Moreover another member, Pekka Nurmi (Finland) decided to leave the Task Group after his retirement. Finally, Nikolaos Arvanitidis (Sweden) and Giuseppe Di Capua (Italy) will continue to serve in the group.

The IAPG continues to believe that responsible approaches and practices are fundamental to assure societal acceptance and environmental sustainability to mining activities.  

To this aim the Task Group will receive new inputs from additional members: Marita Ahumada (Argentina), Estelle Levin-Nally (United Kingdom), Vitor Correia (Portugal), and Roberto Lencina (Argentina).

The IAPG wishes to thank these new members who are starting to serve in the IAPG Task Group on Responsible Mining.

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

The issue n. 3 - 2020 
of the IAPG Newsletter is out!

The issue n. 3 - 2020 of the Newsletter of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics has been released on 7 December 2020.

    • Geoethics at the vEGU21 (19-30 April 2021)
    • Special Issue of the journal Sustainability (Call for papers): "New Advances on Geoethics and Sustainable Development"
    • IAPG endorses the eLearning Course "Practical Geocommunication"
    • Video of the Webinar on Geoethics for the International Geoethics Day 2020
    • New video: Pandemic and Social Inequalities
    • Questionnaire "Geoethics in the Geosciences"
    • IAPG-UK has a new coordinator
    • IAPG-Bangladesh has a new co-coordinator
    • Great news from IAPG-Peru
    • IAPG signed an agreement for cooperation with GSAf
    • IAPG signed an agreement for cooperation with MJD
    • Open letter by IAPG-Peru on Peruvian paleontological heritage
    • IAPG supports the EDIG Conference on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Geoscience
    • Geoethics at the Workshop on Palaeoethics
    • Keynote Lecture on Geoethics
    • Ethics at the Forensic Geophysics & Geology meeting
    • MinerLima 2020
    • New article: Geoethics and New Medias: Sharing Knowledge and Values
    • From the IAPG Blog: Geoaesthetics: the aesthetic intelligence of the Earth
    • From the IAPG Blog: Earth first, Mars later
    • From the IAPG Blog: Responsible management of water: a resource that recalls us to dialogue
    • Donations
    • Emergency Coronavirus disease (SARS-CoV-2) Pandemic
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    Thursday, December 10, 2020

    Keynote Lecture on Geoethics

    (4 January 2021, 16:15 CET, via Zoom) 

    John Geissman
    John Geissman
    , Professor of Geosciences, University of Texas at Dallas, and 2020 Geoethics medalist gives a keynote lecture on geoethics at the Potsdam University (Germany), in the Institute of Geoscience colloquium series.

    To join the online conference via zoom, please contact Dr. Simon Schneider ( for login information before 2 January 2021.

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    Tuesday, December 8, 2020

    Conference on Geosciences, Professional Ethics, and Sustainability

    (9 December 2020, 18:00 GMT-3) 

    Luisa Pinto Lincoñir (IAPG-Chile coordinator) will give a talk (in Spanish) at the University of Chile, entitled "Geosciences, Professional Ethics, and Sustainability".



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    Monday, December 7, 2020

    the aesthetic intelligence of the Earth

    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 Executive Committee of the CIPSH - International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences. Email:

    Silvia Peppoloni
    The Dolomites are coral reefs of an ancient tropical sea, of hundreds of millions of years ago. The continental collision between Europe and Africa raises the seabed and the islands of that sea for thousands of meters during the process of Alpine orogenesis. Today, sculpted like works of art by meteoric agents, they dominate with sharp peaks and crests in the midst of gentle and flared valleys.

    On the other side of the globe, the imposing mountain range of the Andes, scattered with volcanic systems, has an origin due to the subduction of the Pacific oceanic crust beneath the South American continent. Flaps of ocean floor plunge to enormous depths, melt due to the high pressures and temperatures, and once transformed into fluid magma they rise to the surface due to the lower density, creating the material on which meteoric agents sculpt and shape the relief, with results of extraordinary beauty.

    Geology is essentially the study of how pressure acts over time, shaping matter and configuring space. It is a search for the causes that guide the evolution of a physical place to its current form. The geologist knows “how”, “where”, “when” a mountain was formed, yet, like the majority, he/she may not be able to explain why that vision, that beauty excites him/her. Knowledge increases emotion, but emotion anticipates knowledge through the image of what is beautiful. The natural environment, the mountain, the rock are living, concrete, phenomenological elements, specified in a precise time and space, and at the same time captured in their continuous becoming, in that incessant innate transformation, aimed at achieving a balance, anyway transitory.

    Their vision transmits the energy, the force of the Earth, born in the depths of the core and of the mantle, which shapes matter, raises mountains, sculpts the relief, a small part of that primordial energy that gave rise to the whole universe, the same energy that flows in us humans.

    The mountain, the “geosymbol” par excellence, an expression of the sacred and the supernatural, a place of extreme solitude, where it is easy to perceive the spiritual and essential strength of nature, appears to us with its lights and shadows, tormented surfaces, ravines winding and sharp profiles. But all these elements are not static, definitively fixed. On the contrary, they express the whole dynamics of the geological process that led to their formation over time, they communicate the unstoppable movement of that powerful energy with precise direction, which already contains and configures a different, new space-time condition.

    Looking at the mountains activates a perceptive plane in us which anticipates our mind, which recognizes that force even before rationality provides the logical and scientific explanation for the natural process in progress, that perceptual plane that enables us to intuit (or perhaps just imagine) an intentionality of nature in our continuous search for aesthetic satisfaction.

    We are capable of grasping the beauty of matter, the harmony of the natural phenomenon before our emotion is framed in paths of rational knowledge. Geological landscapes excite us, because they connect us again with the dynamics of the whole. Unknowingly, we understand that the energy that moulded that shape, that created that harmony in matter, is in us, we are part of it, it is the same “life” present in every particle of the universe.

    That spiritual, deep and ancient way of enjoying beauty without filters and superstructures, without the need for a why and a how, has always been in us. Geological landscapes have memories, they preserve the history of the events that shaped them. The fractures, the folds, the stratifications of the reliefs are signs that the geologist decodes and explains, but while he/she is doing this, those signs reach his/her perception without mediation, transmitting the emotion of the force responsible for their formation.

    If wrinkles fix the physiognomy of a face as an effect of the perpetuation of an expressive habit that remains imprinted on the skin, in the same way the discontinuities engraved in the rock communicate the expression of the character of those places, their physical identity. And then the idea of the natural environment as a simple reality to be exploited, controlled and managed is cancelled in us, and our spiritual and emotional relationship with the physical place emerges overwhelmingly, as well as the perception of its identity, its sacredness, satisfying our ancestral need to establish an emotional and aesthetic bond with the natural environment that surrounds us, leaving us suspended in timeless moments.

    This luminous intuition almost leads us to imagine the existence of an intrinsic intentionality in nature, its aesthetic intelligence. We are stimulated to go beyond the belief that there is a simple physical-chemical necessity in natural events, an inevitability of geological forms, which wants them to be created in that way to give identity to a dynamic quantum developed according to a precise natural evolutionary law. The river that digs the hard rock of its bed, the mountain that rises powerfully from the seabed, the relief that reveals its deep layers, the volcanic stone that flaunts its fiery red colour, up to the simple crystal that grows reaching to break the rock that embeds it, all things in nature tend to develop their potential to the maximum, occupying all the space they need and can, all the space they need “for being”. And in this continuous movement, where the transformation between energy and matter is incessant, it really seems that the aim is the harmony of forms, of the one in the whole and of the whole in the one. And for those who benefit from it, the value of this experience lies all in the recognition and enjoyment of that harmony.

    Reading the book Genesis by Sebastião Salgado (publisher Taschen), entering the beauty of his wonderful photographs discovering mountains, deserts, oceans, can help us understand that there is a way to rewrite our emotions, rethink sensations that the earth, nature and life can communicate, following new storytelling that becomes a bridge between science and spirituality.


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    Friday, December 4, 2020

    New video:
    Pandemic and Social Inequalities

    Silvia Peppoloni contributed to the celebration of the World Philosophy Day of UNESCO, on 20 November 2020.
    She was invited to take part in the "Late night with philosophers" event and she gave a talk on pandemic and social inequalities.

    Silvia Peppoloni, PhD geologist, is researcher at the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, member of the Executive Council of the International Council of Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH), councillor of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS).

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    Thursday, December 3, 2020

    Geoethics at the
    Workshop on Palaeoethics

    (15 December 2020, 14:00-17:00 GMT) 

    Daniel DeMiguel (IAPG-ECST spokeperson) gives a presentation entitled "Geoethical issues in Palaeontology at a glance" at the Workshop (virtual) "Palaeoethics from the Field, to the Museum, and to Publication" (14:00-17:00 GMT), organized by The Palaeontological Association and hosted by the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (UK). This is a free event.



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