Short Course


"Foundations and Perspectives of Geoethics for Earth, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences - In Memoriam of Jan Boon"




APRIL 29, 2021 - 10:00-11:00 (CEST)


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Short Course


Session: SC4.4 – Scientific approaches & concepts


Foundations and Perspectives of Geoethics for Earth, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences - In memoriam of Jan Boon


Eduardo Marone, Giuseppe Di Capua, Silvia Peppoloni


The proper and deep education on ethical issues in geosciences has been evolving in recent times, although not as quickly and deeply as necessary. Many of the professionals dedicated to Earth Sciences have been not in touch with such new concepts and tendencies as the concept of Geoethics. Geoethics is the research and reflection on the values which underpin appropriate behaviors and practices, wherever human activities interact with the Earth system. Geoethics provides a framework from which to define ethical professional behaviors in both geosciences and engineering, and to determine how these should be put into practice for the benefit of society and environment. The Short Course goes is directed towards introducing and training geoscientists in those new concept and ideas as well as exposing the perspectives of this field.

Course Content: 
1. From Ethics to Geoethics: definition, values, tools
2. Responsible conduct of research and professionalism
3. Tools for Confronting (geo)ethical dilemmas
4. Geoethics for society: sustainable development and responsible mining
5. Geoethics in natural hazards
6. Geoethics in geoscience communication
7. Recent developments in geoethical thinking
8. Perspectives of Geoethics
9. Geoethics’ case studies: Paleontology, Water Management, Ocean Governance, etc.
Learning objectives
After completing this course, participants
1. Will know the basic principles of ethics and how these lead to geoethics
2. Will be aware of the dilemmas involved in making geoethical decisions
3. Will have gained some experience in taking a geoethical approach to real-world cases

Program and Lecturers:
0. Forewords to Honour Jan Boon (Giuseppe Di Capua)
1. Theoretical foundations of Geoethics (Silvia Peppoloni)
2. Responsible conduct of research and professionalism (David Mogk)
3. Development Perspectives for Geoethical Thoughts? (Martin Bohle)
4. Education for Confronting (geo)ethical dilemmas (Eduardo Marone)
5. Geoethics and responsible mining (Nic Bilham)
6. Geoethics in natural hazards from the perspective of an engineering geologist. (Vince Cronin)
7. Geoethics’ case studies: Paleontology and Geoheritage (Daniel DeMiguel)
8. Geoethics’ case studies: effects of the EU directive on conflict minerals (Vítor Correia)




The Short Course is co-sponsored by:






EGU 2021

Virtual, 19-30 April 2021


EOS – Education and Outreach Sessions

EOS4.2 and EOS3.2 - Geoethics


Geoethics: Geosciences serving Society
Convener: Silvia Peppoloni Co-convener: Giuseppe Di Capua
 vPICO presentations  
| Mon, 26 Apr, 09:00–10:30 (CEST)
Climate literacy: Learning, education, methods and roadmaps
Co-organized by CL3.2, co-sponsored by IAPG
Convener: David Crookall Co-conveners: Giuseppe Di Capua, Lydie Lescarmontier, Robin MatthewsECS, Frank Niepold
 vPICO presentations  
| Mon, 26 Apr, 14:15–17:00 (CEST)