Friday, November 13, 2015

Memorandum of Understanding between AGU and IAPG

AGU - American Geophysical Union and IAPG have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 10 November 2015.

The aim of the agreement is to develop a co-ordinated activity for promoting initiatives and events discussing the ethical, social and cultural implications of geosciences and favouring the adoption of ethical standards in the research and practice of geoscience community in order to better serving the Society. The agreement expresses a mutual desire to co-operate on a range of themes in the field of Geoethics. It helps to assure a continued IAPG-AGU collaboration and coordination on issues of common interests, in particular, the following:

  • promotion of principles of geoethics, research integrity and professional deontology in geosciences activities among their networks;
  • definition of ethical problems, also through case-studies, affecting geoscience community and organizations;
  • co-organization of scientific events to disseminate concepts of geoethics, among both the professional and research communities, with particular attention to young geologists;
  • production of relevant publications.

Both organizations will establish a liaison to ensure good information flow and cooperation.

AGU ( is an international non-profit scientific association with more than 62,000 members. AGU was established in 1919 by the U.S. National Research Council, and for more than 50 years, we operated as an unincorporated affiliate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. AGU was independently incorporated in 1972. AGU is dedicated to the furtherance of the Earth and space sciences, and to communicating science’s ability to benefit humanity. AGU achieves these goals through publishing scientific journals and other technical publications, sponsoring scientific meetings, supporting education and outreach programs designed to increase public understanding of and support for science, and a variety of other activities.

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