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Code of Conduct

It is the policy of the Organising Committee that all delegates at the conference are able to participate in its activities and are able to enjoy an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. The Organising Committee is committed to making this meeting and all associated events productive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, nationality or religion. Harassment of any form will not be tolerated and might result in the perpetrators being permanently removed from the conference or reported to relevant authorities.

The code of conduct outlined in this document applies to all Australian Space Research Conference delegates, guests (e.g., media, service staff), and accompanying people, without exception. Anybody who enters the premises in which the meeting and associated activities are held and engages with the conference delegates at any level, is bound by this code of conduct. Participation in any of the activities related to the conference constitutes implicit acceptance and understanding of the code of conducts by the participants. Ignorance of the code will not be considered an attenuating circumstance in dealing with any type of infringement of the code as outlined.

Everybody associated with the Australian Space Research Conference is expected to:
  • Behave professionally.
  • Be considerate and respectful to others. To not insult or put down other attendees. To critique ideas, not individuals.
  • Open discussion is promoted and encouraged, but the copying, recording or broadcasting of any presentation, material, or idea presented or emerging from scientific discussions, is not permitted. This includes (but is not limited to) posting images of data presented in talks and posters on social media.
  • All communication must be appropriate for a professional audience that includes people of many different backgrounds. Inappropriate use of sexist, racist or ageist language and imagery, and / or any other commentary that is or can be perceived to be discriminatory in any way, is not permitted. Inappropriate language or behaviour include (but is not limited to) jokes, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking, and photography or recording of an individual without consent. Offensive comments about race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size or religion, will not be tolerated.

Individuals engaging in behaviour prohibited by this policy as well as those making allegations of harassment in bad faith, will be subject to disciplinary action by the conference organisers. Such actions may range from a verbal warning, to permanent ejection from the activity disrupted by the behaviour or the entire meeting, without refund of the registration fees. Repeat offenders may be banned from participating in future conferences. Serious offences will be reported to the relevant authorities.

Anyone wishing to report a violation of this policy is asked to speak confidentially to the one of meeting cochairs.

Parts of this code of conduct are based on the London Code of Conduct, as originally designed for the conference 'Accurate Astrophysics. Correct Cosmology', held in London in July 2015. The London Code was adapted with permission by Andrew Pontzen and Hiranya Peiris from a document by Software Carpentry, which itself derives from original Creative Commons documents by PyCon and Geek Feminism. It is released under a CC-Zero license for reuse. To help track people's improvements and best practice, please retain this acknowledgement, and log your re-use or modification of this policy at