ASTRON is dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone. This is regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, age, political opinion or religion or any other aspect, which can lead to harassment. We do not tolerate harassment in any form of our employees or visitors.


All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery should not be used at any time. This applies to presentations and posters at conferences and in meetings, but also to general conduct.


Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down others. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate.


Anyone violating this code may be asked to leave our premises pending investigation. For conference attendees, this is at the discretion of the conference organisers. In all cases, the director of ASTRON or their representative will hear both parties involved on the shortest possible notice. Based on the outcome, further actions may be taken.


Reporting violations of the code of conduct:

  • Conference attendees can report either to the conference organizer(s) or the head of HR ( or by phone +31 521 595 100).
  • Employees can report either to their line manager or the head of HR ( or by phone +31 521 595 100). Employees can also make use of the external confidential counselor. For employees the code of conduct in the NWO implementing regulations is applicable as well.
  • Visitors can report either to their host or the head of HR ( or by phone + 31 521 595 100).



This code of conduct is based on one originally designed for an astronomy conference in London, adapted by Andrew Pontzen and Hiranya Peiris from a document by Software Carpentry, which itself derives from original Creative Commons documents by PyCon and Geek Feminism.