Martin Bohle

Summary: My research interests focus on the interfaces between geosciences and society. Initially, I have studied and researched marine and lacustrine geophysical fluid dynamics before having turned (1991) to international science management.

My scholarly work gets (and got) context from the Earth System Sciences. Nowadays, I like to study conceptual relationships between science bases and lay perceptions, as perceived from a geoscience baseline:

Geosciences or Earth-sciences name a range of applied and fundamental research fields, including as well engineering disciplines and related commercial undertakings. Together they are addressing, in a broad sense the functioning of the geosphere and the appropriation of its abiotic resources.  Within the last decade, scholarly thinking has consolidated around the notion ‘geoethics’ to address both, the responsible behaviour of professionals in geosciences and the societal relevance of geosciences. I understand ‘geoethics’ to “consist of research and reflection on the values which underpin appropriate behaviours and practices, wherever human activities interact with the Earth system”[1].

 So far, the notion ’geoethics’ is guiding my work; a notion which I like to extend by the notion ‘geo-humanities’. To this end, I study how the ideas behind the concept ‘geoethics’ may relate: i) to other concepts that describe the ‘human biogeosphere intersections'[2], ii) refer to societal practices (citizen science, governance arrangements, narratives, etc.) or iii) encroach on other notions such as Anthropocene, noosphere, engineering, etc.  I retain this approach because i) geoscience communities have developed ‘geoethics’ beyond being a particular shade of professional ethics, and ii) geoscience know how is deeply interwoven in the functioning of (modern) societies; of which the insight into the impact of global change is a part only. Thus, I research how geosciences and humanities relate conceptually. The primary working method is the literature review. Results are presented at conferences; are published in the peer-reviewed press; and are communicated through electronic media, such as the blog of the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG blog[3]), my blog: What’s Prometheus doing today?[4]; and most comprehensively on ResarchGate[5].

Summary CV: Since 1991 I’m affiliated with the Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission, where I worked in various operational and executive functions, and now as an advisor to the senior management. Prior to these experiences I have researched (1980-1991) the dynamics of coastal seas and lakes as well as methods to study such systems in view of their sustainable use, working in Germany (University of Hamburg) and Switzerland (École Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne; PhD) [6].

[1] See International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG,

[2] Bohle, Martin (2016). Handling of Human-Geosphere Intersections. Geosciences 2016, 6(1), 3; doi: 10.3390/geosciences6010003




[6] During my career I published under the names ‘Martin Bohle’ and ‘Martin Bohle-Carbonell’; ORCID number: 0000-0002-8794-5810