Have you ever wondered if there is a more productive way to handle harm and conflict in a work environment or professional setting? Have you heard of transformative justice but not known how to apply it? Would you like to contribute to building a responsive, healing way to hold people accountable as a community?

Communities have codes of conduct, sometimes unwritten but usually with some consensus. In scientific communities, we expect everyone to report their data truthfully, to give credit to those who did the work, and to share resources that they are committed to sharing. We also expect people not to cause harm to others and to treat each other with dignity and respect. However, we know that harmful actions take place. Sometimes a supervisor demands excessive work hours with the threat of a bad letter of reference. People commit fraud to try to get a much-needed publication in this very competitive environment. Individuals are harmed by the use of racist or misogynistic language or inappropriate sexual behavior. 

We are interested in exploring the question of “what happens next”. Conventional systems focus on punishing the perpetrator, with the intention of deterring others from transgressing. Yet abundant evidence shows that these systems are largely ineffective and rarely address the needs of the people who have been harmed.

Join us on Wednesday, February 21 from 3-4pm EST (noon-1pm PST) for a community discussion on how to develop a better plant science culture.

Please register to attend using this form.

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