INAM Code of Conduct

INAM Code of Conduct

The Irish National Astronomy Meeting (INAM) strives to create a positive, inclusive, supportive, and successful community. For the duration of the meeting and its associated activities, all attendees are expected to abide by the following Code of Conduct.

As attendees and members of the community:                     

  • We pledge to treat all people with equity and respect, providing a harassment- and bullying-free environment, regardless of sex, sexual orientation and/or gender identity, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race, nationality, ethnicity, and religion. We will not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and other kinds              of bias— whether these behaviors are overt or subtle. In particular, sexual language and imagery, sexist, racist, or otherwise exclusionary jokes and statements are not appropriate.
  • We pledge to respect the work of others by recognising acknowledgment/citation requests of original authors. As authors, we pledge to be explicit about how we want our own work to be cited or acknowledged.
  • We acknowledge that including people with a variety of opinions and backgrounds will only serve to enrich collaboration. In particular, discussions and debates will be carried out with respect, taking proactive measures to ensure that all participants are heard and feel confident that they can freely express their opinions.
  • We pledge to welcome questions and answer them respectfully. We will criticise ideas, not people; striving to model behaviors that encourage productive debate and disagreement.
  • We pledge to help all INAM attendees follow the Code of Conduct, and to not remain silent when we see violations of the Code of Conduct. We will take action when fellow attendees violate this code, such as talking privately with the person and/or notifying the meeting organisers.

This Code of Conduct applies to all related INAM events and interactions online and offline, in person meetings, emails, mailing lists, forums, social media, social events associated with this meeting, including group interactions and one-on-one interactions.

INAM attendees asked by any other attendees or the meeting’s organizers to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If someone points out that you have violated the Code of Conduct, it can be tempting to become defensive— but instead, we ask that you reflect a moment, apologize to the relevant parties if needed, and move on. If you do not understand why issue was taken with your behavior, the meeting organisers will be happy to discuss it with you, so that everyone can learn from the experience.                                      

Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the meeting at the sole discretion of the INAM organisers. Anyone asked to leave the meeting will not be entitled to claim a refund of the conference fee or compensation for any other expenses associated with their INAM attendance.                

Any issues related to the Code of Conduct can be brought to the confidential attention of the meeting organisers: Matthew Hooton (matthew.hooton ‘at’ and Eoin Farrell ( efarrel4 ‘at’                         

This code of conduct has been adapted from the following resources:                                               



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