Goldschmidt Conference Code of Conduct
The Geochemical Society (GS) and the European Association of Geochemistry (EAG) welcome all who are interested in the geochemistry of the Earth and extraterrestrial bodies. As professional societies, GS and EAG are committed to providing an environment that encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific ideas. In pursuit of this, GS and EAG-sponsored meetings and events foster the exchange of scientific ideas, through open and respectful dialogues at oral and poster sessions, field trips, short courses, mentorships and other society-supported programs. The societies are committed to the philosophy of equality of opportunity and treatment for all members, regardless of age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, ethnicity, country of origin, religion or religious belief, marital status, physical appearance, body size, disability, or any other reason not related to scientific merit.
It is the responsibility of the organizers of any GS and EAG meeting, and of the attendees themselves, to ensure that such an atmosphere is maintained. The GS and EAG consider the rich diversity of the societies’ memberships and of the wider geochemical community a resource that should be drawn upon when selecting organizing committees, invited speakers, and nominees for office and for special prizes.
AMIGo: A More Inclusive Goldschmidt
Throughout the conference, you may notice people wearing yellow “AMIGo” ribbons on their name badges. These delegates and staff are available if you have questions about the code of conduct, notice that someone is being harassed, or experience harassment yourself.
Expected conduct at GS and EAG events
The GS and EAG endorse and expect a professional and respectful atmosphere that values a diversity of views and opinions. All meetings and sponsored activities shall be conducted in a professional atmosphere in which all participants are treated with courtesy, respect and consideration. The societies promote a professional and respectful atmosphere where participants communicate openly, with civil attitudes that are considerate, collegial, and collaborative and that is free of inappropriate behavior and harassment by or toward all participants, including scientists, students, guests, exhibitors, staff, vendors, and other suppliers.
The Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry will not tolerate scientific misconduct nor harassment of any sort. As a condition of participation in GS and EAG gatherings (including the Goldschmidt meeting, associated workshops, and social events), attendees are expected to behave according to professional scientific standards and to maintain appropriate standards of behavior. Attendees will not engage in dishonest misrepresentation, coercive manipulation, censorship, or other misconduct that alters the content, veracity, or meaning of research findings. Attendees will not engage in harassment, intimidation, or discrimination of any meeting participant. This includes, but is not limited to, physical or verbal abuse or threats of harm; stalking or uninvited physical contact and inappropriate use of sexual images in public spaces or in presentations; or disruption of presentations at oral or poster sessions or other events organized by the GS and EAG at the meeting venues, hotels, or field trips.
Reporting an Incident of scientific or other ethical misconduct
Any attendee who believes that an incident of scientific or ethical misconduct has taken place, by an individual or group of individuals, is encouraged to contact the GS by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reporting an Incident of harassment
Anyone attending the Goldschmidt Conference and associated events who feels harassed is encouraged to inform the alleged harasser immediately that the behavior is unwelcome. In many instances, the person may be unaware that their conduct is offensive and when advised can correct the conduct so that it does not reoccur. However, anyone who feels harassed IS NOT required or expected to discuss the concern with the alleged offender. If the complainant does not feel comfortable with such an approach, they should contact the GS by email: email@example.com. All reports of harassment or sexual harassment will be treated seriously.
Procedures for addressing misconduct
Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to immediately cease and desist. GS and EAG staff, leadership, meeting organizing committee members, security, or law enforcement personnel shall take action(s) deemed necessary and appropriate to address misconduct. Actions range from a verbal warning to immediate removal from the meeting or activity without refund of registration fee. The GS and EAG also reserve the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting or other society-sponsored event.