ann20008 — Announcement

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4 March 2020
Revised Anti-harassment Policy for IAU Meetings and Activities

The IAU has updated its anti-harassment guidelines as part of its ongoing commitment to preventing any incidents of harassment from occurring during IAU Meetings or Activities. New preventative measures include a requirement that all organisers and participants of IAU Symposia and Meetings sign an anti-harassment declaration by which they agree to abide. Further details on these measures can be read in the official policy, which also contains information on reporting an incident and disciplinary action.

This policy is part of a broader IAU Code of Conduct, which is under preparation. This will also include guidelines on ethics and environmental stewardship.

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The IAU is the international astronomical organisation 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 recognised 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.


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