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

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: (generic until we know the lecturers attending EGU2021 then, adjusted):
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

Public information:
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)

Co-organized by EOS4, co-sponsored by IAPG and IOI-TC-LAC
Convener: Eduardo Marone | Co-conveners: Giuseppe Di Capua, Silvia Peppoloni

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  • Giuseppe Di Capua, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy
  • Silvia Peppoloni, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy
  • David Mogk, Montana State University, United States of America
  • Martin Bohle, Germany
  • Eduardo Marone, FUNPAR, Brazil
  • Nic Bilham, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
  • Vincent Cronin, Baylor University, United States of America
  • Daniel DeMiguel, International Association for Promoting Geoethics, Italy
  • Vitor Correia, International Raw Materials Observatory, Belgium
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