EAS Ethics Statement and Guidelines for Good Practice
Working Group report formally adopted by Council and turned into policy document
EAS Council formally adopted the EAS Ethics Statement and Guidelines for Good Practice during its January 2018 meeting, and this is now an EAS policy document. As announced in the previous e-Newsletter, the EAS Working Group on Ethics produced this report, covering a wide range of ethical, behavioural and professional issues affecting astronomy. After initial discussion by Council, the report was put forward for consultation to the EAS members. Various comments and suggestions were received by the Working Group, and incorporated into the final version, which was formally adopted by Council on 23 January 2018. The document is now available on the EAS website.
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Council wishes to express its gratitude for the work that the Working Group, chaired by Sara Lucatello (INAF, Italy), has put into this very clear and complete document. It recommends and hopes that this document will help the European astronomical community to take the different aspects of ethics into full consideration. Council also announces that the Statement and Guidelines will apply in the context of the EWASS conference.
Council strongly urges all EAS members, as well as non-members, to read the document and to make it widely available, including within their organisations.