Ethics in Science

As a leader in diversity, equity and inclusion in science, AGU collaborates with other scientific societies and organizations to foster work and research environments that are more representative of communities around the globe. These efforts include establishing partnerships to enact the culture change necessary to create welcoming and safe conditions in which all scientists can thrive.

AGU works in conjunction with the Earth Science Women’s Network and the Association for Women Geoscientists on the project, “From the Classroom to the Field: Improving the Workplace in the Geosciences.” Also known as ADVANCEGeo, this partnership develops bystander intervention workshops for academic department leaders, faculty and graduate students to prevent sexual harassment on campus and in the field.

In addition, AGU served as a co-leader to establish the new SEA Change (STEMM Equity Achievement) Institutional and Departmental Awards, modeled after the United Kingdom’s Athena SWAN (Scientific Women’s Academic Network) program. The departmental award pilot program will recognize policies, practices, procedures, as well as the work and study environment within individual departments across multiple disciplines.

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Policies & Reports


This collection of policies from organizations and scientific departments reflects many promising practices for addressing ethical conduct in scientific research.


The following is a list of reports providing guidance on ethical conduct and integrity while conducting research or working in the sciences.

  • The AGU and Wiley book titled, Scientific Integrity and Ethics in the Geosciences, describes the fundamental principles of scientific ethics and shows how they apply to everyday work in the classroom, laboratory and field.
  • This book from The National Academies Press, Fostering Integrity in Research, outlines how organizations conducting research should encourage those involved to exemplify core values, such as objectivity and accountability, in every step of the research process.
  • On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research, a book published by The National Academies Press, describes the foundation of the scientific enterprise being based on ethical and accurate research conducted without bias.

Education, Tools & Surveys


These educational resources provide background information on partnerships to increase diversity, ethics and inclusion in the sciences.



These surveys can help you implement a study of the environment at the departmental level or the institutional level in order to inform best practices in your workplace.

Workshops & Trainings

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