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The only way is Ethics

sfykNic Bilham is the new IAPG Continental Coordinator for Europe, writes Dawne Riddle

The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) has appointed Nic Bilham as its new Continental Coordinator for Europe.  Nic currently leads delivery of the Society’s policy, education, media and wider communications activities, working with the Society’s Council and senior staff to coordinate strategic planning and reporting. 

IAPG was set upborn in 2012, during the 34th International Geological Congress (IGC) in Brisbane (Australia), having been conceived in April that year, during the European Geosciences Union (EGU) - General Assembly in Vienna.  Geoethics describes itself as ‘research and reflection on the values underpinning appropriate behaviours and practices wherever human activities interact with the Earth system’. 

It also deals with the ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience education, research and practice, and with the social role and responsibility of geoscientists in conducting their activities. 

Before joining the Society in 1997, Nic graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in History and Philosophy of Science, and he now also holds an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Sussex. 

His research interests include debates around the roles scientists can and should play in policy-making, and the effective integration of specialist, stakeholder and public inputs to multi-disciplinary policy challenges such as radioactive waste management.   He has been IAPG Corresponding Citizen Scientist on ‘Geoscience communication’.

For more information, visit

Capetown Statement on Geoethics (pdf)