The purpose of the Organization for Computational Neurosciences is to create a scientific and educational forum for students, scientists, other professionals, and the general public to advance, share, and discover the state of knowledge in computational neuroscience. Everyone, without exception, is welcome at OCNS.

To this end, we encourage everyone interacting with the community, as a member or otherwise, to treat each other respectfully. The Code of Conduct applies as a set of guidelines to enable this. It is meant to be followed at all times, on all community channels including conferences, forums, e-mails, discussions, social media, and any other platforms used by the community. 

Specific Guidelines

This is not an exhaustive list of things that you can not do. Rather, please take it in the spirit in which it is intended.

  • Act in good faith. Look for the best in people. When uncertain, give people the benefit of the doubt. We strongly believe that people are more likely to engage in behaviour that does not adhere to the Code of Conduct unknowingly rather than intentionally.

  • Be friendly, welcoming, respectful, and patient. Welcome new interactions, new views, new ideas, new people. Listen patiently and try to understand others’ perspectives, even if they are different from yours. Disagreements are a necessary occurrence in a varied community and it is important that they are resolved constructively. At all times, remember that disagreement is no excuse for harmful behaviour. 

  • Be mindful and considerate. Keep in consideration that our actions affect others, including colleagues and the public. We depend on others’ work, and others’ will depend on ours. Be careful in the words that you choose.

  • Be open. Remember our role in society. Our work, our tools, our discussions, our findings should be accessible to all. Prefer Free/Open source tools, open access dissemination practices, and communicate over open channels whenever possible. 

Diversity statement

OCNS strongly acknowledges diversity as our strength. The Organization actively attempts to enhance the participation of underrepresented sections of society.  


If you experience or become aware of behaviour that does not adhere to the Code of Conduct, please point the involved parties to this Code of Conduct assuming good faith. It is more likely that they are unaware of their harmful behaviour rather than that they intentionally engage in it. Should difficulties arise, please report the situation to the OCNS Board immediately at conduct AT