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CAIMS-SCMAI Ethical Guideline

I use this blog to present an Ethical Guideline, as it was discussed with the CAIMS board during 2018/19. All CAIMS-SCMAI members and all participants of CAIMS-SCMAI supported activities are expected to adhere to the following ethical principles:

Equity and Diversity

  1. Event organizers are committed to make CAIMS events productive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality, or religion.
  2. Members and participants must behave professionally. Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate. Harassment includes sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, or stalking. It also includes offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion, verbally, written, or online.
  3. All communication and publications should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate.


  1. Members and participants use welcoming and inclusive language. Exclusionary comments or jokes, threats or violent language are not acceptable. We do not address others in an angry, intimidating, or demeaning manner.
  2. We are open and understanding to younger participants and we are engaged in their mentorship.
  3. Individuals that are asked to stop any inappropriate behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

Virtues of Applied Mathematics

  1. We work at the forefront of technological development.
  2. We use advanced mathematics to tackle real world problems in science and industry.
  3. We develop new theories and analyse structures that arise from the modelling of real world problems.
  4. We work interdisciplinarily.
  5. We develop new talent to tackle the significant problems of tomorrow.

Duties of Applied Mathematicians

  1. Make our results available to the outside world, and allow criticism from the outside world.
  2. Be open to change; continue to develop and learn new methods.
  3. Educate the next generation of applied and industrial mathematicians.
  4. Be inclusive with respect to gender, sex, religious, language, or ethnical differences.
  5. Be inclusive and curious about new developments in neighboring areas such as physics, biology, chemistry, finance, social sciences, and computer science.


Actions, if needed:

Attendees of an event violating any of the rules 1.-6. may be asked to leave the event at the sole discretion of the organizers without a refund of any amount.


Any breach of the Code of Conduct should be reported to the

  • CAIMS President
  • CAIMS President Elect
  • Or any other CAIMS-SCMAI board member.


(This Ethical Guideline is adapted, with permission, from a Code of Conduct used by the Canadian Astronomical Society, and from a lab-code of conduct of Dr. Lisa Willis, U Alberta.)


Thomas Hillen, U Alberta, CAIMS President 2019-2021


The Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society, which dates from 1979, has a growing presence in industrial, mathematical, scientific and technological circles within and outside of Canada.

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