Codes of conduct are being talked about more and more in astronomy. Why might that be? And why do we need them: isn’t good behaviour just common sense?
In this piece I hope to convince you that codes of conduct are a fundamental step to fostering a healthy working space for all members of a scientific community.
This is part I of a two-part series of blogs on codes of conduct. Part II, covers the story of how we wrote a code of conduct of our department, and the lessons we learnt from this experience.