4MOST - 4-metre Multi-Object Spectroscopic Telescope
4-m Multi-Object Spectroscopic Telescope

Project Culture

The 4MOST Project is a large collaborative enterprise realised by people from different backgrounds and cultures. Its ability to provide excellent service to the astronomical community is enhanced by establishing a truly collaborative, team-oriented, and inclusive project culture. Embracing differences and fostering an inclusive environment creates opportunities for participation and innovation and contributes to a productive, high-achieving workforce. Maintaining a strong and healthy collaboration requires open, respectful communication and a shared commitment to a set of values that include ethical conduct, civility, inclusiveness, and diversity. The 4MOST Project has therefore adopted this Code of Conduct and expects its members to adhere to these important principles in their work environment.

The 4MOST Project has opened the nomination and selection process to identify at least two Ombudspersons for the Project. Once installed, the names and contact information of the Ombudspersons will be made available here. In the meantime, if you have concerns right now on incorrect behaviour as described in the Code of Conduct and you would like to seek advice immediately, please contact any 4MOST person in a leadership position who you trust, for instance a Project Office, EXB, or SCB member, and ask for a conversation in full confidentiality.

The 4MOST leadership is also planning to create an independent group that will advise the 4MOST management and oversight bodies on matters related to Project Culture and Values, for instance related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Its charge will be to assess Project climate and demographics, recommend on policies or practices to increase inclusiveness, and to assist in implementing such actions.