Working in academia typically means that you join a research group with people from different scientific and cultural backgrounds, and often share both labs and office spaces. This offers possibilities of collaborations and knowledge exchange, but can also be challenging. WWSC researcher Lauren McKee is one of the PIs that has started to proactively working preventing conflicts by introducing a code of conduct that is presented to new members, as a complement to safety guidelines and standard protocols. In an interview in Chemistry World she describes her thoughts and the positive effects the introduction of the document has had in the research group.
‘We call it the welcome document rather than the code of conduct so people have a positive mindset when they read it. It’s not prescriptive, but suggestive and encouraging,’ she says to Chemistry World.
Lauren McKee has published the document on the group’s webpage, open for everyone to read. At the Stockholm CAZyme Lab website you can find the group’s Code of Conduct/Welcome document