BAMS code of conduct

We value the participation of everyone at BAMS events and want them to be fulfilling and enjoyable for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, class, age or religion. We will not tolerate harassment in any form.

Participants are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Act respectfully. Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or “jokes” are not appropriate at any time (including lunches and social events). Harassment includes verbal or physical abuse, offensive comments, 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.
  2. Behave professionally. BAMS events should be held in a safe, comfortable, and professional environment. Participants should be courteous with the opinions of others and be mindful not to exclude anyone from discussions or work-related activities.
  3. Communicate appropriately. All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual, sexist or other pejorative and exclusionary language and imagery is not appropriate. Delegates must also ensure that they conduct safe, professional and appropriate online behaviour. Event organisers will treat unacceptable “electronic behaviour” through social media and other means, in the same way it would treat other unacceptable behaviours.
  4. Work collaboratively. The diversity of our colleagues’ backgrounds is an asset. We’re all here to learn, share, and contribute. Fresh perspectives should be valued along with the voices of experience.

Individuals asked to stop any inappropriate behaviour are expected to comply immediately. Anyone violating these rules may be asked to leave the event at the discretion of the organisers. Any participant who wishes to report a concern or violation of this policy is asked to speak confidentially to the event organisers. They will usually be available and visible on the day or can be contacted by email at info@BAMS.ac.uk

Thank you to our members and participants for helping to make BAMS events a welcoming, respectful and supportive environment for all.

This code of conduct is based on the Interact 2019 Code of Conduct and 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.