Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct has been adapted, with permission and under CC BY-NC 2.0 license, from Te Pūnaha Matatini Code of Conduct.

We are committed to the open exchange of ideas, freedom of thought and expression, and respectful debate. These require a community and an environment that recognises the inherent worth of every person and group, that fosters inclusion, dignity, understanding, and mutual respect, and embraces diversity.

Kindness in Science is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone engaging with Kindness in Science, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, nationality, language, or religion – and not limited to these aspects. We are a collaborative and diverse collective dedicated to cooperation, civility, and respect, and do not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual or discriminatory language or imagery is not appropriate for any meeting, conference or event venue, including talks, workshops, social events, and other Kindness in Science-funded, sponsored, or organised events. Participants at a Kindness in Science event violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled at the discretion of the organisers.

Harassment and hostile behaviour are not welcome at Kindness in Science. This includes speech or behaviour (including in public presentations and on-line discourse) that intimidates, creates discomfort, or interferes with a person’s participation or opportunity for participation in the community or event. Kindness in Science aims to be an environment where harassment in any form does not take place, including but not limited to harassment based on race, gender, religion, age, colour, national origin, ancestry, disability, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Harassment includes but is not limited to: verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination (related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, etc); sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention; and advocating for or encouraging any of the above behaviour.

Participants or members asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.


It is the responsibility of the Kindness in Science community as a whole to promote an inclusive and positive environment for our activities. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed (active bystander principle), or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the Kindness in Science Steering Group, or, where appropriate, a member of the local event staff or event organisers.

We value your, and everyone’s, participation in the Kindness in Science community and at Kindness in Science events. Your support will help keep our community and our events a safe, welcoming, and friendly space for all fellow participants!

Protocol for conflict resolution


  1. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed (active bystander principle), or have any other concerns, please immediately contact a local event organiser, a Kindness in Science member you trust, or a Kindness in Science Steering Group member.


  1. If you are at a meeting or other event, find an event organiser or a member of the Kindness in Science Steering Group. They will assist you. These parties will help participants contact security services or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment and will help them to feel safe for the duration of the event.
  2. If you have been harassed via email or social media, you may send emails or screenshots to info AT


  1. The Kindness in Science Steering Group will require anyone engaging in harassing behaviour to cease immediately or face expulsion or other sanctions.
  2. Those sanctions can include reporting to the individual’s organisation, and supporting the victim in making informal or formal complaints via that organisation’s processes.
  3. If an incident results in corrective action, then Kindness in Science will support those harmed by the incident, both publicly (where appropriate) and privately.
  4. If any individual encounters problems or issues attempting to help a victim of harassment while following our anti-harassment policy and protocol, they are encouraged to engage with the Kindness in Science Steering Group for clarifications and/or to seek revisions. We are very open to revising any part of our policy or protocol if needed to ensure a safe and welcoming community in which harassment is not tolerated.