Code of conduct for research groups – Lauren McKee shares her experiences

Academic workplaces can sometimes be challenging, with people with different background and with different expectations working together and sharing space. To prevent conflicts, and to strengthen the positive spirit in her research group, Lauren McKee is one of the PIs that has introduced a code of conduct. In an interview in Chemical World she shares her thoughts and experiences.
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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.

Read the interview here

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