Code of conduct EnVision Mailing List


The European Space Agency strives to create a positive work environment where all people are treated with respect and dignity. In the context of the EnVision mailing list, all participants are expected to help create a professional environment, activites and exchanges that are inclusive, and in which everyone is treated with respect.

All members of the EnVision mailing list are therefore requested to follow these guidelines:

  1. All members are expected to behave professionally and to be respectful – critique ideas not people.
  2. All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience taking into account the many different backgrounds and perspectives of the participants.
  3. Members may share the contents shared via the EnVision mailing list via social media, unless the owners have asked that specific information or documents are not to be shared. If participants wish to share photos on social media, it is strongly recommended that they first get the permission from the persons visible on the photos.

ESA does not tolerate unprofessional or inappropriate behaviour or statements. This includes but isn’t limited to: disruption of communications, comments related to individual characteristics, background or identity.

The moderators of the EnVision mailling list bear a particular responsibility in ensuring that the code of conduct is followed.

  • The ESA Mission Project Scientist is designated as the contact point for all matters related to this code. Participants can report any violation of these guidelines to this designate in confidence.
  • Should a participant witness behaviour they suspect may be unprofessional or inappropriate, it is recommended that they approach the affected person as soon as possible to support and help them. The witness can encourage the affected person to report the unprofessional or inappropriate behaviour but should be guided by that person on their preferred course of action.
  • Anyone requested to stop inappropriate behaviour is expected to comply immediately. In serious cases, a participant may be removed from the mailing list.
  • In the case where the unprofessional or inappropriate behaviour involves an ESA staff member, ESA’s Human Resources Department may be contacted for further guidance on the applicable policies and means of action.

Acknowledgments: This code of conduct has been adapted from the London Code of Conduct (by A. Pontzen and H. Peiris), which was derived from original Creative Commons documents by PyCon and Geek Feminism. It is released under a CC-Zero licence for reuse. To help track people's improvements and best practice, please retain this acknowledgement, and log your re-use or modification of this policy at: .