3 - 6 December 2018
Code of Conduct
It is our experience that the NZ Society of Soil Science meetings are a supportive and kind environment for sharing knowledge and fostering the future of soil research and management in Aotearoa. We invite delegates to acknowledge this by adopting a Code of Conduct.
The following is based on one developed by Te Pūnaha Matatini and the Kindness in Science collective (
We are committed to the open exchange of ideas, the freedom of thought and expression, and respectful debate. These require a community and an environment that recognises the inherent worth of every person and group, that fosters inclusion, dignity, understanding, and mutual respect, and that embraces diversity. For these reasons, we are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for participants at our conference. Harassment and hostile behaviour are unwelcome at the NZ Society of Soil Science conference and in any related community interactions. This includes speech or behaviour (including in public presentations and online discourse) that intimidates, creates discomfort, or interferes with a person’s participation or opportunity for participation in the event. 
We aim for this conference to be an environment where harassment in any form does not happen, including but not limited to: harassment based on race, gender, religion, age, colour, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Harassment includes but is not limited to: verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination (related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, etc); sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome sexual attention; and advocating for or encouraging any of the above behaviour. 
It is the responsibility of the community as a whole to promote an inclusive and positive environment for our scholarly activities. In addition, any participant who experiences harassment or hostile behaviour may contact any of the conference organising committee members present at the event. Please be assured that if you approach us, your concerns will be kept in strict confidence, and we will consult with you on any actions taken. In the case of a formal complaint, the contacted conference organising committee member will first speak to all parties involved to try to resolve the issue – without the presupposition of guilt. 
We invite delegates to be kind and enjoy the NZ Society of Soil Science Conference.