Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The IAPG section of Turkey

Welcome to the IAPG section of Turkey! 

The section is officially established on 27 November 2019 and will work under the responsibility of Yüksel Örgün Tutay (Istanbul Technical University - ITU) and Dündar Çağlan (Turkish Chamber of Geological Engineers).

Yüksel Örgün Tutay
Yüksel Örgün Tutay is graduated from Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Faculty of Mining, Geological Engineering (1983). She started to work, as a research assistant in this department, in 1984; in 2000 she become Associate Professor and in 2008 Professor. She continues his academic studies mainly on geochemistry, hydrogeochemistry, hydrogeology, natural radioactivity and medical geology in ITU-Geology Engineering Department. Since 2011 she takes courss on engineering ethics, as well as vocational courses. She is member of the Turkish Chamber of Geological Engineers (GEC) and she has held various positions in the board of directors and commissions of GEC Istanbul Branch since 1994; she is currently the Chairman of the 14th Term Board of Directors of the Istanbul Branch. She was member of Turkey National Commission for UNESCO, the Natural Sciences Committee, for the period 2014-2018.

Dündar Çağlan
Dündar Çağlan graduated from Ankara Hacettepe University, Geological Engineering Department, in 1981. He worked as a geologist for 35 years for the General Diroktorate of Petroleum Affairs. He retired in 2019. He served as treasurer, general secretary, vice president and president in the Turkish Chamber of Geological Engineers (GEC). He is currently a member of the disciplinary committee of the same organization.

IAPG-Turkey is the thirty-first section of the IAPG.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Geoethics among the topics

Call for abstracts

X International Conference of Mineral Resources Exploitation
7-9 April 2020
Guardalavaca, province of Holguín (Cuba)

Within the XIV International Geology and Mining Workshop "GEOMIN'20", IAPG-Cuba has included the topic: "Geoethics and education in geosciences

Abstract submission (deadline: 31 January 2020)

Yurisley Valdés Mariño (coordinator of IAPG-Cuba) is Vice-President of the Organizing Committee (email:

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

IAPG-Cameroon has a new co-coordinator

Njilah Isaac Konfor has been appointed new co-coordinator of IAPG-Cameroon. He will lead the section together with the current coordinator, Ndzishepngong Kelvin Ngwang.

Njilah Isaac is a Cameroonian Associate Professor of Geology with expertise in Geochemistry, Environmental Science and Disaster Risk Management. He obtained his MSc and PhD from the University of Leeds (UK), and completed the Advanced Course in Geographical Information System (GIS), GPS and Remote Sensing, and the Advanced Professional training in the field of Integrated Groundwater Management.

He has held several managerial positions including:

  • Coordinator of Lake Nyos Project "Securisation and socioeconomic Reintegration of the Lake Nyos Area Cameroon" piloted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • Deputy Secretary General of the Geological Society of Africa (1999-2003).
  • President/Coordinator of the Cameroon Association for Young Scientists (CAMAYS). 
  • UNDP (2010): Cartography and coordination of the elaboration of Disaster Relief Operational Plan  (Plan ORSEC) for Menchum Division, Cameroon.
  • Principal Geologist in charge of Identification of Risk Zones in Cameroon. (Prospection, inventory, cartography of risk zones), piloted by the UNDP.
  • Lead consultant for the drafting of the National Programme for the Prevention and Management of Catastrophes in Cameroon (PNPGC), UNDP/MINAT.
  • Coordinator of the International Network for Young Scientists Cameroon. 
  • Coordinator and Chairman of the Environmental Protection and Catastrophe Management (EPCAM), Cameroon.
  • Coordinator of the Cameroon Association for Young Scientists (CAMAYS).
  • UNESCO Nairobi Office: Evaluation of the vulnerability of the population around Lake Nyos and Mt. Cameroon to toxic gas emissions and volcanic eruptions.
He has equally convened many workshops and conferences, amongst some of which are:
  • The 12th conference of the Geological Society of Africa (GSAf), Yaounde Cameroon, 27th  March – 2nd April 2001 (Secretary General).
  • Climate change and water resources, 25-27 January 2006 (funded by the British Council).
  • Volcanic Eruptions of Mount Cameroon and toxic gas emissions of crater lakes near Lake Nyos (2004) (funded by UNESCO Nairobi office).
  • Climate change uncertainties and land use (funded by the British Council).
  • International Lake Nyos field workshop, 10th-15th April 2005 (funded by UNESCO Nairobi office).

He is the Editor of the African Journal of Science and Technology (UNESCO Journal) and the Journal of the Geosciences Society of Cameroon. 
Since 1992 till date, he serves as a lecturer in Geology, Geo-environmental Sciences and Geochemistry at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

IAPG sessions at the
EGU 2020 General Assembly

Call for abstracts

European Geosciences Union
3-8 May 2020
Vienna (Austria)

Session EOS5.1
Geoethics: how and why should geosciences serve society?
Convenership: Silvia Peppoloni, Nic Bilham, Daniel De Miguel, Eduardo Marone, Susanne Schneider-Voss

Session EOS5.2
Geoethics for facing global challenges: societal and ethical features of practising geosciences
Convenership: Giuseppe Di Capua, Martin Bohle, Victor Correia, Silvia Peppoloni

​Read descriptions of these 2 sessions:

Read information about abstract submission in the EGU 2020 website:

Scientists who wish to apply for a Roland Schlich travel support must be the contact author, as well as the first and presenting author of their contribution, and they must submit an abstract by 1 December 2019. Read more:

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Geoethics & Groundwater Management Congress

Porto (Portugal), 18-22 May 2020

deadline is approaching: 9 December 2019

Being the first Congress on Geoethics and Groundwater Management, the Organizing and Scientific Committees intends an unlimited and broad coverage of all possible subjects involved. Three Major Themes are proposed following an early wise suggestion from Dr. Partha Sarathi Datta, IAPG-India, member of the Scientific Committee, and a major inspirer for the Congress, that passed away unexpectedly on Aug 13, 2018. Each major theme will later be subdivided in proposed topics in order to assemble contributions in more specific sessions with methodological and aim’s coherence.

1 - Fundamentals of Hydrogeoethics: Cultures, principles and geoethical values in the philosophy of groundwater resources, legal frameworks, policies, management models, professional practices and citizen action.

2 - Lessons for a resilient and sustainable future with Hydrogeoethics: Case studies of geoethics in groundwater science-engineering, profession and management.

3 - Scientific and humanistic components of Hydrogeoethics: Education and professional training of geoethics in groundwater management.

This congress is a joint event IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics and IAH - International Association of Hydrogeologists.

Submit your abstract for this congress:

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Friday, November 8, 2019

International Conference on Landslides Risk Reduction and Resilience

28th November 2019
The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi, India

IAPG is among the Knowledge Partners of the International Conference on Landslides Risk Reduction and Resilience.

The conference is organized by NIDM - National Institute of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

Surya Parkash, IAPG-India coordinator and Head of the Geo-Meteorological Risks Management Division of the NIDM, is the Conference Coordinator.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

3rd transnational meeting of the
Erasmus+ project GOAL

IAPG attends the 3rd transnational meeting of the European project Erasmus+ GOAL "Geoethics Outcomes and Awareness Learning", that is held in Zaragoza (Spain), on 14 and 15 November 2019.
IAPG, partner of the project GOAL, is represented by Giuseppe Di Capua (IAPG Treasurer).
The meeting is organized by the Spanish team of the University of Zaragoza.

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