Thursday, April 18, 2019

IAPG and BDG signed a MoA

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics and BDG - Berufsverband Deutscher Geowissenschaftler e.V. (Germany) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on 12 April 2019.

The aim of the MoA is to develop a coordinated approach, where appropriate, for promoting initiatives and events discussing the ethical, social, and cultural implications of geosciences, and favoring high ethical standards in the research and practice of geoscience in order to better serve society. The MoA expresses a mutual desire to cooperate on a range of themes in the field of ethics in Geoscience. It helps to assure a continued IAPG – BDG cooperation and coordination on issues of common interests, in particular, the following:

  • promotion of principles of ethics, research integrity, and professionalism in geoscientific activities among their networks;
  • definition of ethical issues, with accompanying case-studies, where appropriate, affecting the geoscientific community and organizations;
  • co-organization of scientific events to disseminate concepts of ethics in the geosciences, among both the professional and research communities, with particular attention to young geoscientists;
  • production of relevant publications and communications.

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

BDG ( founded in 1984, is the professional representation of geologists, geophysicists, mineralogists and other geoscientists in Germany. Its 2,200 members, thereof 130 corporate members, are mainly derived from industry and business, from governmental and administrative functions, from geo-consultancies and independents as well as from academic and research institutions. The BDG actively promotes the professional situation of the geoscientists in Germany by efficiently and prudently lobbying in public, politics, geo-related professions and organizations and by offering comprehensive services to its members. The BDG serves as a forum for the exchange of information and as a mediator between professional concerns and those of science and research. The BDG identifies and voices the rapidly changing job requirements and work qualification standards and proposes appropriate amendments to the academic curriculum of the geoscientific disciplines.

BDG officially supports the Cape Town Statement on Geoethics:

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics has 7 Affiliations, 19 Agreements, 2 Partnerships.

IAPG affiliations and agreements:

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics: