IAU Code of Conduct

The IAU is the international astronomical organization that brings together more than 13 500 professional astronomers from more than 100 countries worldwide. Its mission is to promote and safeguard astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development, through international cooperation. The IAU also serves as the internationally recognized authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and the surface features on them. Founded in 1919, the IAU is the world’s largest professional body for astronomers.

Respecting those IAU activities, we are committed to making every effort this symposium free from harassment, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality or religion. We will not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the symposium even before the symposium physically starts at Kagoshima. Please follow these guidelines:

  • Behave professionally and respect others. Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate. Harassment includes 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. It also includes offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion.
  • Harassment includes offensive comments including verbal and email communications.
  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate.
  • Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees.

Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event at the sole discretion of the organizers without a refund of any charge.

Link to the full version (released on 2020 April 20) of the IAU Code of Conduct (PDF file)