Thursday, December 23, 2021


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Monday, December 20, 2021

The IAPG section of Germany

Welcome to the IAPG section of Germany! 

The section is officially established on 13 December 2021 and will work under the responsibility of Simon Schneider (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich) and Dominic Hildebrandt (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and ETH Zurich).
The section is based at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
IAPG-Germany is the 35th national section of our Association.

Simon Schneider
Simon Schneider earned his degree in geophysics from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, where he also worked in science communication and education in the departments of earth sciences. He participated in international research projects as a scientist and media relations specialist, was a volunteer park ranger in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, conducted research at Lake Bosumtwi in Ghana, and aboard the research vessel MS Sonne in the southern waters of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. For more than a decade, Simon Schneider was Public Outreach Manager of the GEOTECHNOLOGIES research and development program in Potsdam. He was co-editor of the online magazine The Euroscientist, studied public relations part-time at the University of Management and Communication UMC Potsdam, and earned a PhD in communication sciences at the Freie Universität Berlin. Simon Schneider was a member of the AGU Outreach Committee as well as a representative for public relations, political communication and education on the AGU Fall Meeting Program Committee – currently, he is a member of AGU’s Honors & Recognition Committee. He was a teacher of geography and ethics, conducted teacher training in earth and environmental sciences and courses on fundraising and marketing at a vocational school in Berlin. He also supported the press office of the University of Potsdam as a writer and consultant an received the Potsdam Award for Science Communication WISPop in 2021. After managing the Earth and Environmental Systems research focus at the University of Potsdam, Simon is now working full-time at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, where he is a member of the concept team for a new geoscience exhibition. His research interest is in intercultural science communication and the transfer of indigenous and traditional knowledge into decision making. 

Dominic Hildebrandt
Dominic Hildebrandt received his Bachelor's degree in Geosciences with a focus on Geology and Paleontology from the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich and the Technical University Munich in 2020. He is now studying in the Master's degree program Earth Sciences with a major in Geology at ETH Zurich. Dominic is Vice President of the student representative board in the Earth Sciences at ETH Zurich. Furthermore, he is engaged in the umbrella organization of all German-speaking student representatives in the Geosciences called GeStEIN. Within this student network he co-leads a working group on Diversity, Equality and Ethics in Geosciences. He is advisory board member and student representative in the German Professional Association of Geoscientists (BDG), where he actively works on the topics Geoscience university education and Geoethics. Dominic is interested in the educational development of study programs and is actively sharing his expertise in external quality assessment procedures of study programs.

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Friday, December 17, 2021

1st Peruvian Geoscience Olympiad

IAPG-Peru has formed a committee to organise the 1st Geoscience Olympiad in Peru, formed by Sandra Villacorta (General Coordinator), Luz Tejada, Judith Sullón and Kevin Díaz (representative of IAPG-Peru student group). 
The Peruvian group of IAEG supports this initiative. 
The Peruvian Geoscience Olympiad is planned to be held by April 2022.


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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The issue n. 3 - 2021 
of the IAPGeoethics Newsletter is out!

The issue n. 3 - 2021 of the Newsletter of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics was released on 14 December 2021.

  • Geoethics at the EGU 2022
  • Geoethics Medal 2021: winners announced
  • New book: Geo-Societal Narratives – Contexualising Geosciences
  • New book: Geoethics and Arts
  • International Geoethics Day 2021 celebrated
  • International Geodiversity Day established by UNESCO
  • MinerLima 2021 took place
  • Special Issue of the journal Sustainability (call for papers) "New Advances on Geoethics and Sustainable Development": one new paper published
  • New articles
  • Geoethics in a Training Course on Oceans
  • 4th Round Table on Geoethics in Peru
  • Past events
  • Donations

We invite you to share this post and/or forward the IAPGeoethics Newsletter n. 3 - 2021 to your colleaguesThank you!

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Monday, December 13, 2021

IAPG at the XXXV General Assembly of the CIPSH

13-14 December 2021

Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG Secretary General) represents the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics at the XXXV General Assembly of the CIPSH - International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (

Even Giuseppe Di Capua (IAPG Treasurer) attends the General Assembly as IAPG representative within the CIPSH Executive Committee 2020-2023.

The CIPSH General Assembly takes place in Odense (Denmark) in a mixed mode (presence and virtual).

The IAPG is a member organisation of the CIPSH from 2017.


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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

A talk on hydrogeoethics in Afghanistan

12 December 2021
10:30-12:00 GMT+4:30

Mohammad Salem Hussaini and Asadullah Farahmand (IAPG-Afghanistan Co-coordinators) deliver a talk entitled "Introduction to Hydrogeoethics: A new transdisciplinary approach in water science" in the AWEP Net (Afghans Water and Environment Professionals Network) seminar series (virtual mode). 
The talk is planned on 12 December 2021 - 10:30-12:00 (GMT+4:30).

The language of the presentation is Persian, but the text of slides is English.

The registration is required through the following link:


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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

An IAPG talk on geoethics in Colombia

9 December 2021
14:00-14:50 GMT-5

Nic Bilham (IAPG Continental Coordinator for Europe, University of Exeter) delivers an invited talk entitled "Sustainable development and the energy transition: a geoethical perspective" at the third version of the "Encuentro de Sostenibilidad y Energía – Sustainability and Energy Summit" (virtual event), organized by the Colombian Association of Petroleum Geologists and Geophysicists (ACGGP) and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists AAPG Latin America and the Caribbean Region. 
Nic's speech is planned at 14.00 GMT-5 on Thursday 9th December.


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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Call for abstracts

Session EOS4.1
Geoethics in the face of global anthropogenic changes: how do we intersect different knowledge domains?

12 January 2022, 13:00 CET

Silvia Peppoloni, John Ludden, Luiz Oosterbeek, Pimnutcha Promduangsri, Billy Williams

Co-sponsoring organizations:
International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG), American Geophysical Union (AGU), International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences (CIPSH), International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS).

Session description:
How can geosciences serve society in addressing global anthropogenic changes, such as climate change, hazards and risks, natural resources exploitation? Which is the societal role geoscientists play within society? How much ethics is important in geosciences?
These are only some of the fundamental questions that modern geoscientists, aware of the ethical implications of their profession, should ask themselves.
As any scientist, geoscientists have responsibilities in developing excellent science and international cooperation, as well as in communicating scientific knowledge to different stakeholders. Specifically, geoscientists have great responsibility in creating methods and technologies for assuring people’s safety and a responsible use of planet Earth as entity and of its georesources, to guarantee public welfare and sustainable life conditions for present and future generations.
The complexity of the world and problems affecting it requires interdisciplinary approaches and cooperation, capable of synthesizing a range of knowledge, methods, tools. This is one of the goals of promoting geoethical thinking.
The purpose of this session is to create an opportunity for thinking and discussing about ethical, societal and social implications of global problems investing issues at the intersection between geosciences, humanities, and social sciences, with the objective of framing global anthropogenic changes as the crisis of the 21st century.
Conveners invite colleagues to confront on these topics from their professional perspectives, by presenting concepts, investigations, experiences, methods, problems, practices, case studies on ethical, societal and social perspectives to address global warming, exploitation of natural resources, risk reduction, conservation of geoheritage, science communication and education, to provide food for thought and create connections between different disciplinary fields, with the aim to build a genuine interdisciplinary community.
This session celebrates 10 years since the foundation of the IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics (, and is co-sponsored by AGU - American Geophysical Union, CIPSH - International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences, and IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences.

Rules about abstract submission at the EGU 2022:

Abstract submission in the session EOS4.1:

EGU Roland Schlich travel support 
(deadline for application: 1 December 2021, 13:00 CET):

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Just published in the journal "International Journal of Science Education, Part B"

Ribeiro T., Lima L. and Vasconcelos C. (2021). The need for transparent communication in mining: a case study in lithium exploitation. International Journal of Science Education, Part B. 

Society’s progress and living standards depend on the exploitation of raw materials. For centuries, its exploitation had kept pace with humanity's demand. Lithium is a critical element, essential to the development of green technologies, to decarbonization process, and for our daily life. In Portugal, there are high-quality Lithium deposits, with the Barroso-Alvão region holding a significant one. In this region, the mining possibility raises communities' societal concerns. Although exploitation is a needed asset for geoscientists, communities present a contrary position. Then, what is the reason for this conflict? A questionnaire was conducted amongst inhabitants (N=61) from two communities to determine their perceptions concerning the transparency of communication by the specialists, media, and exploitation companies. The results revealed insufficient clearness leading to the population's disapproval. Geoethical dilemmas were raised such as the need for reliable communication and the geoscientists' role in informed consent. Underlying to geosciences education and communication, citizens' engagement activities are required for the forming of accurate opinions about the demand for georesources.


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Thursday, November 25, 2021


eLearning Course
"Practical Geocommunication"

(Black Friday Discount) 

Dear IAPG Members,

As many of you are aware, earlier this year IAPG endorsed Geologize’s course, Practical Geocommunication.

Geologize provides IAPG members a 70% discount. However, during the up-coming Black Friday (25th - 27th November), Geologize will be providing a larger 90% discount making the course just $45 (regular price is $450).

Practical Geocommunication has been met by critical acclaim worldwide as it training geoscientists to effectively and powerful communicate and conduct outreach with the public. Given how important we all know the public’s perception of the geosciences is in creating a more equitable and sustainable future, we encourage as many of you as possible to take advantage of this offer.

Starting on the 25th November, you can access this discount by following these instructions.

2) Click ‘BUY NOW’
3) Register and enter the coupon: iapg-pggz
4) Pay the discounted price

Please get in touch with Geologize CEO, Dr Haydon Mort, if you have any questions related to this offer (

Kind regards,
Wendy Davidson


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Invited talks on geoethics for a training course on disaster management in India

25 November 2021

Silvia Peppoloni (IAPG co-founding member and Secretary General) gives an invited talk (virtual mode) entitled "Ethics for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience", in the "One Week Faculty Development/ToT Programme on Disaster Management", organized by the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Ministry of Home Affairs (India), in collaboration with the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun, Uttarakhand (India). Surya Parkash (Head of the GMR Division at NIDM and IAPG-India coordinator) chairs this event and gives a talk entitled "Basic Understanding of Disaster Management".


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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

International Geodiversity Day
was established by UNESCO

The International Geodiversity Day was established on 23 November 2021 by the 41st session of the UNESCO General Conference!!

From now on, the 6th of October will be an annual worldwide celebration, raising awareness across society about the importance of non-living nature for the well-being and prosperity of all living beings on the planet!

The IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics ( was among the organizations supporting the proposal submitted to UNESCO.


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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Geoethics and Arts

We announce the publication of the following art book

Ying Kit Chan
Works by Ying Kit Chan
2021, Old Stone Press, pp. 158, ISBN 978-1938462542

At the end of this book, the Ying Kit Chan has written an artistic statement "Toward an Aesthetic of Geoethics". In this statement he is calling on all artists to adopt geoethics as a philosophical framework for their art production.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Sandra Villacorta and Iain Hay are awarded the Geoethics Medal 2021

Sandra Villacorta and Iain Hay
are awarded the Geoethics Medal 2021

Sandra Villacorta (Peru)
"Sandra Villacorta is one of the outstanding figures in geoethical practice in the Spanish-speaking region. She has made a measurable impact over the past 10 years as a passionate advocate for promoting the spread of Geosciences in the society as well as the improvement of Geosciences education quality and leading the advance in geoethics in Latin America. She was the founder of the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) Peruvian section, highlighted in the region. Since 2014 she has dedicated herself to promoting scientific integrity, ethics, and equality in geosciences, as well as giving conferences and writing articles on geoscience subjects and geoethics to spread it in the Spanish language. Her volunteer activities include: working with the International Union of Geological Sciences (Commission on Geoscience Education) and the International Geoscience Education Organization to help the improvement of Geosciences education worldwide and working in raising the awareness of applying Geosciences as part of the solutions for the development in Latin American countries, as a member of international committees. She has also assisted the Peruvian Groups of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment and IAPG with encouraging the use of worldwide techniques of engineering geology and ethical values to solve environmental problems faced in Peru and frequently been asked to give public talks as well as to appear as the subject of a variety of media material, encouraging awareness in disaster prevention in Peru. Sandra is an example of a high level of commitment to the practice of geoethics, academic excellence and develops its activities as a geoethical duty to society."

Iain Hay (Australia)
"Iain Hay has pioneered the field of geographies of domination and oppression in a lifetime’s work acknowledged by a rare Doctor of Letters (University of Canterbury 2009). His research unmasks unintended and insidious ways in which injustice is created, reproduced and transformed. He works tirelessly to overcome injustice through practical and conceptual means and has led international professional development initiatives on ethics in geography; shaped geographical organisations’ codes of ethics; and developed influential educational resources on ethics. Iain’s lasting service to geoscience professions includes as First Vice‐President of the International Geographical Union, President of the Institute of Australian Geographers, Chair of the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Geography, and Councillor of the global Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). He co‐founded the ground‐breaking journal Ethics, Place and Environment and promoted its ambitions for twelve years as Asia‐Pacific Commissioning Editor. He has been Editor-in‐Chief of Geographical Research and Editor of South Australian Geographical Journal. Iain co‐authored the innovative Research Ethics in the Social Sciences and continues to write extensively on ethics in geography. Contributors to his landmark multi‐edition book Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography are entreated to emphasise ethical concerns, social justice, issues of racism, ableism, sexism, and Indigenous issues in their chapters. Iain’s dedication to justice and the development of geoethical understandings is acknowledged by awards from the: American Association of Geographers, New Zealand Geographical Society, and Royal Geographical Society. He is the only geographer to receive the Australian Prime Minister’s Award for University Teacher of the Year."


Sandra Villacorta joined the team of geological service professionals from Peru (INGEMMET) in 2003 as a junior geologist in the Division of Environmental Geology (before becoming the environmental geology and geological risk) in Lima, Peru. There, he began by supporting studies of the National Program of Geologic Hazards. In 2007, advanced to a senior geologist and group leader, developing projects of and then developing studies of Environmental Geology but later specialized in mass movements (in particular debris flows and floods). In 2011 and 2015, went part-time at the National University of Engineering giving lectures at the applied geology course (undergraduate) and the course on Risk Assessment caused by natural phenomena (postgraduate). Since that time she assisted numerous students in their bachelor and master's thesis. Between 2013 and 2018, she studied Lima's alluvial fan to have a geomorphological interpretation to help in preventing disaster in the Peruvian capital. During this time she developed volunteer activity through being a member of the Young Earth Scientist network, International Association for Promoting Geoethics, International Geoscience Education Organization and International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment. Between 2014 and 2018, she was the representative of IAPG in Peru and developed initiatives such as promoting the creation of other IAPG sections in Latin America and the foundation of the Latin American chapter of IGEO. To date, she has authored or co-authored 35 peer-reviewed publications (consisting of 43 conference papers, 41 journal articles and a book chapter and a book in progress). Most importantly, she has steered projects through international networks involving professionals in Europe, Latin America, The Caribbean and Australasia. An example of the variety of her involvement in projects includes Lima Environmental Atlas (several Peruvian entities); Building Latin American chapter of IGEO (coordinating with colleagues in Latin America and The Caribbean); green technology to prevent disaster (ongoing with Charles Darwin University, Australia). Her research topics include Quaternary landscape processes, fluvial geomorphology, natural hazards, spatial analysis of terrain, erosion processes and environmental geology. She also develops models for debris flow and floods that can be used to predict geohazards in urban areas. In addition, Dr. Villacorta currently holds a research fellow position with Charles Darwin University and previously worked with INGEMMET for 15 years. In that experience, she covered a wide variety of open-cut geoscientific projects across environmental geology, geotechnical and geosciences. She has been instrumental in the conception, inception, guidance and leadership of projects. A direct contribution to disaster prevention was through the Landslide Susceptibility Map of Peru project, which involved the collection and interpretation of data from more than ten years of research. The result was effectively shared online with the Peruvian administration for natural disaster management. To see the gamut of projects Sandra has been involved with, visit the INGEMMET website (Geocatmin). Education: She has been lecturer, mentor, trainer, guide, challenger, advisor to an innumerable number of students and young geologists during her career in Peru and recently in Latin America. Her extensive experience has enabled her to educate geoscientists across several experience levels from undergraduates, graduates and post-graduates, geotechnical engineers to senior geologists and heads of department. Many people she has been involved with have progressed to become prolific contributors in their own right to the body of knowledge on the Andes geological hazards. In this sense, she has generated a multiplier effect on the contribution to geohazard knowledge in Peru and Latin America through her original contribution. Qualifications and Pre- Career: She received her PhD from the Technical University of Madrid, Spain, in 2018. After graduation, she joined the University of Charles Darwin as a research fellow in Australia, working on infrastructure and green technology to prevent disaster. She also holds a Master degree of Science in Environmental Geology from the same University and a Bachelor degree as a Geologist Engineer from the National University of Engineering (Peru).

Iain Hay's academic career has been dedicated to the understanding and assurance of justice. After joining Flinders University’s ethics review committee in 1992 he became absorbed with the links between justice, geography, and ethics, and keen to negotiate the fraught relationship between ethical conduct and regulatory compliance. Iain was concerned to ensure that geographers favour and apply thoughtful ethical conduct over blind compliance to institutional edicts. Throughout his career he has tackled this challenge along three interconnected axes: scholarly leadership, institutional service, and celebrated teaching. First, with two colleagues, Iain co‐founded the ground‐breaking journal Ethics, Place and Environment in 1998 and served for over 12 years as its Asia‐Pacific Commissioning Editor. His highly‐cited article in the journal’s inaugural issue announced ambitions for an ethical focus in geography that encourages the development and application of moral imaginations and does so by embracing research, pedagogy, and the role of professional societies equally. Later, Iain teamed this work with a successful book, co‐authored with lawyer/criminologist Mark Israel, entitled Research Ethics in the Social Sciences. From ethical conduct to regulatory compliance (2006), and numerous scholarly papers written over two decades. And Iain’s most successful book, Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography (Oxford University Press), now in its fifth edition, has been a vanguard of ethical practice. Second, in the 1990s Iain guided the Institute of Australian Geographers and the New Zealand Geographical Society in their development of ethical codes. He helped move the policy focus from adherence to ‘codes’ to thoughtful, ‘ethically informed conduct’ by ‘responsible citizens’. He also served as Institute of Australian Geographers’ liaison with the American Association of Geographers’ Values and Environmental Justice Specialty Group. In a continuation of his career‐long institutional service to geoethics, Iain was recently elected by its 12,000 members to join the Council of the global Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Third, recognising that not all geoethical challenges can be anticipated, Iain has sought to help students and colleagues develop the skills, knowledge, and character required to conduct themselves ethically, even when none is watching. He developed, used, and published innovative teaching‐and‐learning resources to foster what he calls ‘moral imaginations’. Central to these resources are real ethical dilemmas, gathered painstakingly from geographers who had confronted them in everyday practice around the world. That this work has been successful is linked to Iain’s internationally recognised capabilities as a distinguished geoeducator. He has, for example, been able to advance geoethics through work as co‐founder of the International Network for Learning and Teaching Geography in Higher Education, foundation Australasian Editor of Journal of Geography in Higher Education, advisor on British geoethics curriculum projects, and ethics program contributor to the US Geography Faculty Development Alliance. Iain’s professional commitment has been recognised extensively. In 2006 he received the Prime Minister’s Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year. In 2009, the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) acknowledged his “excellence in the promotion and practice of teaching and learning in Geography in Higher Education” with its Taylor and Francis Award. In 2010 he accepted the American Association of Geographers’ E. Willard and Ruby S. Miller Award, for “outstanding contributions to the discipline of geography.”
The New Zealand Geographical Society presented Iain with its Distinguished New Zealand Geographer Medal in 2011 and in 2014 he was admitted as a Fellow the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences. This was followed in 2018 by the American Association of Geographers’ Grosvenor Geographic Education Honors, believed to be the first time this award has been presented to anyone outside North America. Iain Hay’s name is synonymous with advancing ethics practice and education in geography.

Geoethics Medal recipients
  • 2021: Sandra Villacorta (Peru) and Iain Hay (Australia)
  • 2020: John Geissman (USA)
  • 2019: Linda Gundersen (USA)
  • 2018: Chris King (United Kingdom)

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