Code of Conduct; Recruitment and Accessibility Plan

The NPN workshops are community events intended for networking and collaboration as well as learning. We value the participation of everyone and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees and to abide by the following Code of Conduct. Any issues can be brought to the confidential attention of the organizers. We thank you for helping to make the atmosphere at this year's NPN workshop welcoming, professional, and productive.

Code of Conduct

The participants of the NPN workshops come from around the globe with a diverse set of skills, personalities, and experiences. It is through these differences that our community experiences success and continued growth. We expect everyone at the workshop to follow these guidelines when interacting with others both inside and outside of the workshop venue. Our goal is to make our event a positive, inclusive, productive, and successful meeting.

As workshop participants,

  • We pledge to treat all people with respect and provide a harassment- and bullying-free environment, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, and political beliefs. In particular, sexual language and imagery, sexist, racist, or otherwise exclusionary jokes are not appropriate.
  • We pledge to respect the work of others by recognizing acknowledgment/citation requests of original authors. As authors, we pledge to be explicit about how we want our own work to be cited or acknowledged.
  • We firmly believe that including people with a variety of opinions and backgrounds will serve to enrich our scientific program. In particular, discussions relating to pros/cons of various theoretical ideas, detector technologies, and so on are welcome. These discussion should be done with respect. We pledge to take proactive measure to ensure that all participants are heard and feel confident that they can freely express their opinions.
  • We pledge to respond to questions and comments respectfully, paying particular attention to those new to the community. We will strive to model behavior that encourage productive debate, both when there is agreement and disagreement on scientific results.
  • We will be conscious of the perceptions of the wider community and treat those outside our community with the same respect as people within our community.
  • We pledge to help everyone at the workshop to follow the code of conduct and not to remain silent when we see its violations. Reports of violations can be made by notifying a workshop organizer.
  • Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event. Individuals found to engage in egregious misconduct involving discrimination, harassment, or other violations of the law or DOE regulations or policy may be subject to disciplinary action by the DOE Office of Sciences.

This code of conduct applies to all situations online and offline, including the meeting itself, mailing lists, forums, social media, social events associates with the workshop, and one-to-one interactions.


Recruitment and Accessibility Plan

Consistent with our Code of Conduct, we will strongly encourage participation from individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in the particle physics and astrophysics communities associated with the technical focus of the meeting. This outreach effort will apply to both speaker invitations and participant selection at the workshop. We will also ensure that all participants are able to access the meeting venue and adjacent areas where discussions might take place. We will reach out to the participants in advance to make us aware of any necessary accommodations concerning physical barriers to accessibility, food allergies, hearing aid needs, etc.