Who we are

The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) is a multidisciplinary, scientific platform for widening the debate on problems of Ethics applied to the Geosciences.

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IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences

The IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics is an affiliated organization of the IUGS - International Union of Geological Sciences

Geoethics at IAEG XII Congress in Turin (Italy)

Geoethics at IAEG XII Congress in Turin (Italy)

Session 7.3 Geoethics and natural hazards: communication, education and the science-policy-practice interface, organized by the IAPG (room Dublino, 17 September, 8:40-10:10).
In "read more" the link to the session program (6 orals and 15 posters).

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IAPG at GSA annual meeting in Vancouver (Canada)

IAPG at GSA annual meeting in Vancouver (Canada)

The IAPG will be present at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA) with an oral presentation by Silvia Peppoloni, Giuseppe Di Capua and Peter Bobrowsky, titled: "Geoethics: building an ethical framework of reference for research and practice in geosciences" (abstract n. 246211 in the session number 265 "Geoscience Education: Research and Practice", scheduled for Wednesday, 22 October 2014, in the Vancouver Convention Center-West; this session begins at 8:00 AM).

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Susan Kieffer

Susan Kieffer will be awarded the Penrose Medal from the Geological Society of America

The IAPG is proud to announce that its Vice-President, Susan Kieffer, will receive the GSA"s most prestigious recognition in geology during the next GSA annual meeting, that will be held in Vancouver (Canada) on October 2014. In "read more" the motivation.

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AGU Fall Meeting 2014: call for abstracts

AGU Fall Meeting 2014: call for abstracts.

The IAPG supports two sessions on Geoethics at AGU Fall Meeting 2014 (San Francisco, 15-19 December 2014), that have been proposed and/or will be convened by IAPG members. Read more for information on these sessions and links to submit an abstract.

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Teaching GeoEthics Across the Geoscience Curriculum: Workshop 2014

Teaching GeoEthics Across the Geoscience Curriculum: Workshop 2014

The Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College (SERC)
Chico Hot Springs, Pray, Montana (USA)
10-13 June 2014

Keynote speech by Silvia Peppoloni titled "Foundations of Geoethics": listen to the presentation (MP3 Audio 28.6MB, Jun 10 2014)

Program: http://serc.carleton.edu/geoethics/program.html

New national section


Responsible: Anne-Marie Ryan (Senior Instructor in the Earth Sciences Department, Dalhousie University, Halifax - Nova Scotia).

United States of America
United States of America

Responsibles: Vincent S. Cronin (Professor of Geology at the Department of Geology, Baylor University, Texas) and Cindy M. Palinkas (Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Laboratory).

Other national sections

An oath for geoscientists
An oath for geoscientists

The Italian Commission of Geoethics, inside the Italian Federation of Earth Sciences, is working on an oath for geoscientists.
The members of the Commission think that the introduction of an ethical code of conduct that follows the example of the Hippocratic Oath for physicians could help geoscientists to acquire binding awareness of their professional and social responsibilities.

For more information, read the paper (download at: http://www.iapg.geoethics.org/pub/6030.pdf), in the Special Issue on Geoethics by Annals of Geophysics, Vol. 55 (2012):

A Hippocratic Oath for geologists?
Ruggero Matteucci (1), Guido Gosso (2), Silvia Peppoloni (3), Sandra Piacente (4), Janusz Wasowski (5)

  1. Università di Roma "La Sapienza", Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Rome, Italy
  2. Università Statale di Milano, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra "A. Desio", Milan, Italy
  3. Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Rome, Italy
  4. Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Modena, italy
  5. Istituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica, Consorzio nazionale della Ricerca (CNR), Bari, Italy
During the 34th International Geological Congress in Brisbane (Australia), Silvia Peppoloni (Secretary General of the IAPG) presented a preliminary formula of the oath, by the Italian Commission of Geoethics, that will be published soon in the IAPG webpages.

Annals of Geophysics
Geoethics and geological culture Special Issue of Annals of Geophysics Vol 55, No 3 (2012)

This is the first volume of an international scientific journal that is dedicated to issues of Geoethics and geological culture. Geoscientists question their role in society and the responsibilities that they have to assume as scholars of the planet Earth and experts of the territory; they highlight the need for a rediscovery of the cultural values of geology as a science that can contribute to the construction of a correct social knowledge, and the need to be aware that Geoethics cannot exist without a real awareness among geoscientists of the cultural value of the Earth sciences.