#shareEGU20: the EGU code of conduct

#shareEGU20: the EGU code of conduct

As part of #shareEGU20, EGU’s massive online experiment that will take place from 4-8 May, we are strongly committed to the principles of inclusivity and diversity and therefore require all our members and attendees to treat each other with basic courtesy and respect. This is why you may notice on all our guidelines we state that anyone who participates in #shareEGU20 must behave according to the EGU Code of Conduct.


You can read the full code of conduct here: EGU_Code_of_Conduct.pdf


However, because much of our code of conduct applies to interactions that are less relevant to an online meeting format, we selected a few key points to emphasise in this blog.


Most importantly, open and respectful conduct, based on basic politeness, is expected of all Sharing Geoscience Online participants. The EGU also expects all members and attendees to pursue integrity, honesty, respect, courtesy, responsibility, rigour, and equity in their professional activities.


Respectful behaviour

We expect our EGU members and #shareEGU20 participants to behave respectfully. This behaviour encompasses many facets, including:

  • The EGU values diversity and equality as essential values to ensure an ethically correct and respectful approach  to  scientific  Discrimination,  harassment, bullying,  coercion, intimidation, censorship and plagiarism are considered unethical behaviours.
  • The EGU requires that its members carry out research and draw their conclusions based on critical analysis of the evidence. Findings and interpretations are expected to be reported fully, accurately and objectively, along with the related uncertainties.
  • The EGU encourages the use of reporting methods that ensure verification and reproducibility by others. Making data findable, openly accessible and interoperable, and allowing data exchange and re-use between researchers, are encouraged, as are making software and codes freely accessible.
  • The EGU emphasises that author credit should only be given to those who have meaningfully contributed to the research. The names and roles of all people who made significant contributions should be properly acknowledged.
  • The EGU encourages officers, members and people taking part in EGU activities to clearly distinguish professional, scientific-based comments from their personal opinions when publicly presenting their work and/or engaging in public discussions related to EGU activities.
  • The EGU encourages members to take responsibility to act or intercede, where possible, to prevent misconduct. It also recommends that any case of misconduct be promptly reported.

The EGU encourages open discussion on social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and blogging platforms during #shareEGU20. However, you should never post or share any images or video online without the authors’ explicit permission. Please respect any request from an author not to disseminate the contents of their presentation or display.


Reporting violations

All participants of #shareEGU20 are expected to follow EGU’s Code of Conduct. Should you observe or experience violations against these rules, please contact the General Assembly programme committee chair at and/or send an email to Messages to this address are treated confidentially and are only read by the EGU president and EGU’s person of trust. Violations to the rules of conduct, or misconduct, will be taken seriously and appropriate actions will be taken where necessary.


Misconduct is defined as a violation—proven by evidence—of the  standard  codes  of  scholarly conduct and ethical  behaviour  in  scientific  research. Misconduct includes the unethical  and/or biased treatment of people in a professional setting and while  participating in scientific activities. It also encompasses actions such as discrimination, harassment,  bullying, coercion, intimidation, censorship and  plagiarism.


Misconduct  does not include errors  of  judgment; honest errors in the recording, selection, or analysis of data; or differences in opinions involving the interpretation of data and results. The EGU may undertake an investigation and decide to take action when misconduct is reported by any person and is directly connected to an EGU activity. EGU may also investigate cases that may have an impact on the reputation or integrity of the Union.


Sanctions imposed by EGU for misconduct may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Written advice or admonition;
  • Removal from an official EGU position;
  • Withdrawal/retraction of presentations and published material;
  • Suspension from delivering presentations at—and convening—EGU meetings either temporarily or permanently;
  • Denial or revocation of honours and awards;
  • Notifying the home institution of the person responsible of misconduct;
  • Issuing a public statement regarding the scientific misconduct.


It is necessary for us to make the EGU Code of Conduct a clear and central part of #shareEGU20, but we have confidence in our community’s ability to be respectful, inclusive and professional, especially during these challenging and unusual times. Please be empathetic in your interactions with other people, especially during this week, and we know that we will be able to have a really great meeting, until we can see each other again in Vienna!



Contact email address to report violations of the EGU code of conduct:


Due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, EGU has made the decision to cancel this year’s physical General Assembly in Vienna and instead offer a partial alternative meeting online, called #shareEGU20. Over the next few weeks in the run up to #shareEGU20, which will be held from the 4 – 8 May 2020, we will be posting regular updates and information about how to get involved, what EGU can offer during this week and how to find each other. We know that there will be many, many questions that people have, and we are learning how to do this right along with you, so please send us your questions over social media or by emailing or We’re looking forward to sharing EGU with you, online!

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Hazel Gibson is Head of Communications at the European Geosciences Union. She is responsible for the management of the Union's social media presence and the EGU blogs, where she writes regularly for the EGU's official blog, GeoLog. She has a PhD in Geoscience Communication and Cognition from the University of Plymouth in the UK. Hazel tweets @iamhazelgibson.

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