Thursday, December 31, 2015

The IAPG section of Cuba

We welcome the IAPG section of Cuba.

The section will work under the responsibility of Yurisley Valdes Mariño (Facultad de Geología y Minas - Faculty of Geology and Mining of the Instituto Superior Minero Metalúrgico de Moa - Metallurgical Mining Institute, Moa, Holguín). He is Head of the Geophysics sector in the Department of Geology.

Currently IAPG-Cuba has 6 members.

Yurisley Valdes Mariño

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The IAPG section of Cameroon

We welcome the IAPG section of Cameroon.

The section will work under the responsibility of Ndzishepngong Kelvin Ngwang (Ministry of Mines, Industry & Technological Development of Cameroon).
Currently IAPG-Cameroon has 5 members.

Ndzishepngong Kelvin Ngwang

Ndzishepngong Kelvin Ngwang is a geoscientist, working with the Cameroon government as an Engineer of Mines and Geology since 2011. He is Founder and Program Coordinator of the Geo-Environmental Resource Association (GERAS), which has a legal non-profit status. For the three years of existence of GERAS under his leadership, GERAS has developed and introduced in Cameroon an innovative environmental education program in the Primary Education school system and have also tested the Earth Science Week under the supervision of the American Geosciences Institute (AGI).

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Best Wishes

Dear IAPG colleagues and friends,

in these days before Christmas holidays, I have taken stock of the IAPG life during  the year that is about to end.
While examining the 2015 IAPG activities, I saw the efforts of many of you, your enthusiasm and your responsibility in promoting geoethics and the Association.

The IAPG is growing fast: nowadays IAPG can count on more than 900 members in 103 countries and new national sections are going to be established. But it's not just a matter of numbers: the numbers are the most obvious thing. Behind those numbers there is the increasing quality of our ethical reflections and scientific contents. And in each of us an increasing clearness of our objectives.

The spirit of cooperation, honesty and respect for others, the ability to act with a perspective for the future, the policy of inclusiveness that reign within our association are the secret of our success. A success that during this year allowed us to win the confidence of prominent organizations, that have recognized in the IAPG a trustworthy subject with which to cooperate. The IAPG is honored to have received recognitions by GSL, GSA, EuroGeoSurvey, EFG, AGI, IUGS, AGU, AAWG, AEG, IGEO and others bodies, which highlight the excellent work done.

These results would not have been possible without your support. I thank all of you.

For the new year I wish you to keep alive the fire that every day calls us to be faithful to the ethical commitment in our scientific activity, in order to give more and more importance to ethical and social aspects in our beloved Geosciences.

A big wish for a great 2016.

Silvia Peppoloni

(IAPG Secretary General)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Geoethics at the AGU Fall Meeting 2015

San Francisco (USA), 14-18 December 2015

Geoethics is among the topics of the congress even this year. The IAPG members are actively involved in this important annual geoscience event and will attend a poster session and will give oral presentations.
In particular, we remind you the Poster Session ED13E "Geoethics and Critical Thinking in Undergraduate Geoscience Classes" (Monday, 14 December 2015  13:40 - 18:00, Moscone South - Poster Hall), convened by Dexter Perkins, Vincent Cronin and David Mogk:

  • Poster ED13E-0911: Fostering Critical Thinking in the Geosciences: Combining Geoethics, the Affective Domain, Metacognition, and Systems Thinking (Authors: David Mogk, John Geissman).
  • Poster ED13E-0912: Encourage Risk, Failure and Values-Driven Decision Making, by Developing and Integrating Ethical and Critical Thinking in Geocurricula (Author: Ann Vasko)
  • Poster ED13E-0913: Using Significant Geologic Hazards and Disasters to Focus Geoethics Case Studies (Author: Vincent Cronin).

Moreover, there will be oral presentations in the following sessions:

Session PA23C: What It Means to be a Geoscientist: Defining a Common Identity for the Public and Profession (Tuesday, 15 December 2015  13:40 - 15:40, Moscone South - 103):

  • Abstract PA23C-06: As Ethics is a Core Attribute of Science, So Geoethics Must Be at the Core of Geoscience (Authors: Vincent Cronin, Charly Bank, Peter Bobrowsky, John Geissman, Susan Kieffer, David Mogk, Cindy Palinkas, Catherine Pappas Maenz, Silvia Peppoloni, Anne Marie Ryan) - Tuesday, 15 December 2015  14:55 - 15:10, Moscone South - 103.

Session ED21E: Building the Global Talent Pool in Earth and Space Science I (Tuesday, 15 December 2015  08:00 - 10:00, Moscone South - 310):

  • Abstract ED21E-07: Be Explicit: Geoscience Program Design to Prepare the Next Generation of Geoscientists (Author: David Mogk) - Tuesday, 15 December 2015  09:30 - 09:45 Moscone South - 310.

Poster Session T11E "New Insights into the Active Deformation, Tectonic Evolution, and Hazard Mitigation of the Caribbean Plate and South America I" (Monday, 14 December 2015  08:00 - 12:20, Moscone South - Poster Hall):

  • Poster T11E-2938: Volcanic Ash Hazards and Risk in Argentina: Scientific and Social Collaborative Approaches (Authors: Elizabeth Rovere, Roberto Violante, Marcelo Vazquez Herrera, Ma de la Paloma Martinez Fernandez).

Finally, we point out an interesting event:
Session TH33K: Forward Focused Ethics – What is the Role of Scientific Societies in Responding to Harassment and Other Workplace Climate Issues? (Wednesday, 16 December 2015  12:30 - 13:30 Moscone South - 102)
Primary contacts: Cathryn Manduca and Margaret Leinen

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The IAPG has reached a milestone

From 8 December 2015 the IAPG network can count on 900 members in 103 countries. The IAPG community is growing and more and more colleagues are actively involved in our initiatives. 

Thanks to all!

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

The issue n. 7 - 2015 of the IAPG Newsletter is out!

We have released the new issue of the IAPGeoethics Newsletter. 
You can download it from the IAPG website:


1) Congresses/Meetings: CALLS FOR ABSTRACTS (EGU 2016; 35th IGC).

2) Young Scientists Club: the Executive Board.

3) New IAPG Affiliations/Agreements (GSL; AGU; AEG).

4) New IAPG Partnerships (CAAWG8).

5) Other events organized by the IAPG (from IAPG-Egypt).

6) From the IAPG Blog.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Executive Board of the IAPG-YSC (Young Scientists Club)

After a public call, we have selected members for the Executive Board of the IAPG-YSC (Young Scientists Club).

Marie Charrière (Switzerland) is the Chair of the IAPG-YSC. In her role, she is supported by Ndivhuwo Cecilia Mukosi (South Africa), Craig O'Brien (Ireland), Francesco De Pascale (Italy), Jonathan Gomez Cantero (Spain), Tharwat Hassan (Egypt).

The YSC is the interface between the IAPG and young geoscientists' organizations and groups, in order to promote geoethics and the IAPG among the youngest colleagues more effectively.

Members of the YSC are members of the IAPG and their age less than 35 years old.

More information in the IAPG-YSC page of the IAPG website: