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Our Team

The Forming Worlds group is part of the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. We are working to build a multidisciplinary and diverse research team. If you are interested in joining our group or doing an undergraduate research project, please get in touch.

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The research of the Forming Worlds team is embedded within interdisciplinary and international research collaborations centered on the nature of extrasolar planets, and the origin and prevalence of life in the universe.

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Code of Conduct

Our research group is dedicated to providing a harassment-free, safe environment for everyone, regardless of race, nationality, religion (or lack thereof), gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, politics, and appearance. Harassment of group members is not tolerated, in any form. Research group members are expected to adhere to the code of conduct during all academia related activities, such as presentations at Kapteyn or other institutes, attending conferences and public education events.

Forms of harassment include, but are not limited to: sexual imagery or language, verbal comments that re-enforce social structures of domination, racially charged language or jokes, deliberate intimidation or stalking, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome attention including photography and recording, sustained disruption of talks and advocating for any of the above.

If you are being harassed, or notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any concerns, please contact Tim Lichtenberg immediately. If Dr. Lichtenberg is the cause of your concern, or for concerns that need to be addressed at a higher level, please contact the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the Confidential Advisor, or your HR advisor at the University of Groningen.

For small incidents, group members that are found to violate the code of conduct will receive a verbal warning and a chance to remedy their behaviour. Group members that are found to be in frequent violation with minor incidents may be asked to leave the research group at the end of the semester. Group members that are in gross violation of the code of conduct will be asked to leave the research group immediately. Researchers that are asked to leave will need to return any equipment, including hard drives and data, that they may have received over the course of their research appointment.

This code of conduct is adapted from 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

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