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2013 Leadership Forum

Pat Leahy

Dr. P. Patrick Leahy, Executive Director for the American Geosciences Institute, delivering opening remarks at the 2013 Leadership Forum.

The AGI Leadership Forum is an annual opportunity for the Presidents and Executive Directors of AGI’s member societies and affiliated organizations to network together and to discuss leading topics in the geoscience community. This year’s forum explored ethics and the geosciences, including how societies and organizations have developed codes of ethics and the challenges they have faced in implementing them. More than 20 societies participated in the 2013 Leadership Forum on September 16th held at the Association of Public Land Grant Universities in Washington D.C. During the concluding discussions, attendees agreed on a Consensus Statement asserting the importance of ethics in the geosciences and proposing that the geoscience societies develop a common Code of Ethics. The Consensus Statement was endorsed by individual attendees and will be presented to AGI member societies for their consideration.

Click here to watch full length video of presentations, and here for the program agenda.

We are very grateful to our speakers whose presentations provoked stimulating discussions:



David Abbott, Jr., Chair, AIPG Ethics Committee and Ethics Columnist

Douglas Richardson, Executive Director, Association of American Geographers
John Williams, Past-President, ASBOG, and Professor Emeritus, Geology, San Jose State University
Alan Thornhill, Director, Office of Science Quality & Integrity, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior

First Panel

The first panel discussed codifying and implementing ethics policies.

Jim Kroll, Director, Administrative Investigations, NSF/Office of the Inspector General
Brooks Hanson, Director, Publications, AGU
Linda Gundersen, Scientist Emeritus, U.S. Geological Survey


Second Panel

Panel two covered the topic of ethics in practice.

Don Clarke, AAPG Distinguished Ethics Lecturer 2013-14

Societies and organizations participating in the forum include: the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the American Geosciences Institute, the American Institute of Professional Geologists, the American Meteorological Society, the Association of American Geographers, the Association of American State Geologists, the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, the Geochemical Society, the Geological Society of America, the Geological Society of London, the Mineralogical Society of America, the National Academies, the National Association of State Boards of Geology, the National Science Foundation, the Paleontological Society, the Seismological Society of America, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), the Soil Science Society of America, U.S. Geological Survey.




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