Monday, August 6, 2018

The Geoethical Promise in the ceremony of the geological master degree in geology at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)

As announced by Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG Secretary General) at the 72nd IUGS EC meeting in Potsdam (Germany) on 22-26 January 2018, the "Geoethical Promise" ( has been included as official declaration during the ceremony for the geological master degree in the Italian Universities, thanks to the cooperation of the IAPG-Italy and the Italian Geological Society.

On 19 July 2018, the "Geoethical Promise" (the parchment is below) was read at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) during the cerimony of the master degree in geology (video below, in Italian).

This was a memorable event! We hope the "Geoethical Promise" will be adopted in many Universities all over the world!

We remind you that the "Geoethical Promise" (avalilable in 35 languages: is included in the "Cape Town Statement on Geoethics" (, supported by 19 geoscience organizations.

Silvia Peppoloni said that "... Who in these years has worked hard with me to achieve this result can understand the emotion that I have felt looking at these images, and also the joy and the awareness of having left a mark in the history of geosciences. ​I can only thank all those who have helped me, and in particular Prof. Sandra Piacente and Prof. Elisabetta Erba, not by chance two women: their sensitivity and support have made possible the officialization of this symbolic act, full of meaning for those like me who believe in the ethical and social value of our profession as geologists, in the cultural and educational power of our beloved geo-disciplines ...".

The parchment of the Italian version of the Geoethical Promise

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics: