Code of conduct


The Geological Society of Norway (NGF) is a non-political and interdisciplinary society founded in 1905, and has members from all spheres of the Norwegian geological community.

NGF aims to create an environment, which respects and welcomes everyone, irrespective of age, nationality and ethnicity, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership status, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation, following the international human rights legal framework of the United Nations.

The purpose of the NGF Code of Conduct is to ensure that all activities conducted or hosted by the group are in agreement with generally accepted ethics and the rules and the mission of NGF. Leading principles are honesty, carefulness, transparency, openness, independence, responsibility, and democracy.

This Code of Conduct applies in all NGF activities, including online events, social gatherings, and field excursions, hereafter referred to as events and resources. NGF events and resources foster the exchange of scientific ideas through respectful and open dialogue. Together with NGF, event organisers are committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all participants. All meeting participants, including but not limited to attendees, speakers, volunteers and service providers, are expected to abide by the NGFs Code of Conduct. NGF considers the neglect of these rules as being equal to a scientific misconduct and will lead us to reconsider the membership of the neglecting individual or group.

All members of NGF are expected to:

  • Treat all participants with equal respect and consideration.
  • Critique ideas rather than individuals.
  • Avoid personal attacks directed toward other participants and organisations.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.Alert event organisers if you notice a potentially dangerous situation, unsafe behaviour or someone in distress.

Unacceptable behaviour includes, but is not limited to, offensive comments, deliberate disruption of events or resources, inappropriate physical contact, deliberate intimidation, stalking and photography or recording of an individual without consent, and/or using NGFs events and resources to pursue a political agenda. They will not be tolerated.

NGF resources

The NGF Resources are built by the community. NGF expects that any shared materials are an accurate account of the research performed and present an objective discussion of its significance. The author shall cite publications that have been influential in determining the outcome of the work. Confidential information, such as proprietary industry data or information gained from refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, cannot be used without permission of the original author. NGF will not tolerate deliberately misrepresenting results or interpretations obtained by another scientist, fabrication and falsifying of research data or plagiarism. Plagiarism includes copying of text, figures or tables from other published works, including your own, without adequate acknowledgements. It is not allowed to record or download any presentation or documents from events as conferences/meetings/webinars.
NGF commits to sustaining a genuine, on-going conversation about ethics and integrity in our community. In order to achieve this, NGF shall ensure open communication with the membership.

Breach of the Code of Conduct

If an incident of prohibited conduct occurs during a NGF event, then the aggrieved person or witness to the prohibited conduct is encouraged to report it promptly to NGF. Once notified, NGF will discuss the details first with the individual filing the complaint, then any witnesses who have been identified, and then the alleged offender before determining an appropriate course of action. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent that it does not compromise the rights of any party. For any questions about this Code of Conduct, please contact NGF.


Sincerely, NGF – The Geological Society of Norway

Trondheim, Jan. 5th 2021

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