People and ecosystems

Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.


Ecosystem dynamics: past, present and future

Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution


Responding to a changing world

Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.

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Coral Reef Studies

From 2005 to 2022, the main node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies was headquartered at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland (Australia)

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The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies is committed to the key principles of scientific research including honesty, accountability, rigour and integrity in all aspects of research, and the promotion of respectful, equitable and inclusive research practices. The Code of Conduct has been formulated to provide a clear statement of the expectations of Centre members in respect of their professional and personal conduct, and outlines procedures for potential breaches of the code. You can access the Centre’s Code of Conduct (including appendices) here and below.

The Centre is also committed to improving gender equity and diversity and the promotion and retention of women across our four nodes. To achieve this commitment, the Centre endorsed a policy in 2017 to codify the multiple actions we use to support, encourage and facilitate gender equity and diversity. You can access the Centre’s Gender Equity policy here.

Members of the Centre have formed a Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee to further promote and works towards equity, diversity and inclusion. You can find out more about the JEDI Committee here.


ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies – Code of Conduct


The Code of Conduct applies to all Centre members, including staff, Chief Investigators, Partner Investigators, affiliates, visiting researchers, students and participants in Centre-led symposium, seminars and workshops. As the Centre is a collaboration of a number of Australian Universities and other organisations, the Code of Conduct of a Centre member’s university or organisation overrides this policy and must be deferred to if there is a conflict between the policies.


Personal and Professional Behaviour

In performing their duties and functions, all Centre members must aspire to:

All Centre members are expected to not discriminate against anyone in connection with Centre activities on the grounds of individual characteristics including, but not limited to: age, diversity of sex, sexuality and gender, religion, Indigenous status, non-English speaking background, race, disability, mental and physical health, pregnancy, parenting and other responsibilities related to care of dependents.

Symposium, Seminars and Workshops

At the beginning of a symposium, seminar or workshop hosted in Australia and sponsored or organized by the Centre, an appropriate Acknowledgement of Country should be provided. Participants should also be made aware that their behavior during the symposium, seminar or workshop must adhere to the Centre’s Code of Conduct. Example statement for a seminar at James Cook University Bebegu Yumpa (Townsville) campus:

“I acknowledge that this meeting is being hosted on the traditional lands of the Bindal people, and pay my respect to Elders both past and present. Our expectation is that interactions during seminars are constructive and that all attendees behave with respect and consideration for others in accordance with the Centre’s Code of Conduct.” 

The Centre is committed to making all Centre sponsored and supported symposia, seminars and workshops productive and enjoyable for everyone. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of participants in any form. In attending any Conference or Workshop, Centre participants are expected to:

Participants asked to stop any inappropriate behaviour are expected to comply immediately. Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event at the sole discretion of the organisers without a refund of any fee.

Social Media

You are welcome to engage with the Centre and your colleagues through social media, provided that your communications are respectful, appropriate for a professional audience, and adhere to the Code of Conduct. If you have questions or criticisms about a colleague’s research or presentation, we strongly encourage you to communicate that directly to your colleague rather than via social media. We also encourage you to only post things on social media about other people, which you would be comfortable saying to them in person.

Twitter @CoralCoE

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ARCCoralCoE

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/CoralCoE

Instagram coral.coe


The Centre is committed to the FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable) and CARE (collective benefit, authority to control, responsibility, ethics) Principles for scientific and Indigenous data management and stewardship. To achieve this, all Centre members must comply with the Centre’s Digital Data Management Policy and the research codes of conduct, ethics requirements and data management policies and procedures of their institution. The Centre’s policy supports the expectations articulated in The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018)  that: the results of publicly funded research activities should be made widely available; and sharing and communication of research methodology, data and findings is done openly, responsibly and accurately. The focus of the Centre’s Data Management Policy is on digital research data, but much of the information can also be applied to non-digital data.

Conflicts of Interest

All Centre members must comply with their organisation’s policy regarding Conflict of Interest.

All Centre members must ensure that there is no actual, potential or perceived conflict between their personal interests or their duties to other parties and their duties and responsibilities as members of the Centre.

All Centre members must promptly make full disclosure to the Centre Executive of all relevant facts and circumstances giving rise to an actual, potential or perceived conflict of interest and cooperate with the Centre to ensure that all appropriate steps are taken to eliminate or manage such conflicts.

Gifts and Benefits

All Centre staff, students and affiliates must not solicit nor accept gifts or benefits, either for themselves or for another person, which may in any way, either directly or indirectly, compromise or influence them in their official Centre capacity.

All Centre members must report any offers of bribes to their supervisor, who should then ensure that the matter is reported as corrupt behaviour in accordance with your organisation’s code of conduct.

Public Comment

All Centre members who make public comments or representations and identify themselves as members of Centre must comply with this policy and their organisation’s Code of Conduct.

Use and Security of Official Information

All Centre members must:

All members must not:

Work Health and Safety

All Centre members must comply with their organisation’s Work Health & Safety policies and procedures, and:

Breaches of the Code of Conduct

What to do if you encounter misconduct?

Members of the Centre who encounter or observe professional or personal misconduct are encouraged to discuss, educate about, and/or report the issue. They can do this by contacting Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee members or reporting a violation to a meeting or workshop organizer, the Centre’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Olga Bazaka or the Director, Graeme Cumming.

Response to breaches of the Code of Conduct

Individuals engaging in behaviour prohibited by this policy, as well as those making allegations of harassment in bad faith, will be subject to disciplinary action that may include verbal warnings, ejection from events without refund of registration fees, having membership of the Centre cancelled, and being banned from participating in any future Centre meetings or other activities. Decisions about disciplinary action, including reporting the matter to the appropriate body in the individual’s organisation, will be made by the Centre Executive (COO and Director).

Sexual harassment is unlawful under the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and it constitutes misconduct. Should a Centre member or someone involved in a Centre-led activity be accused of sexual harassment, the Centre Executive (COO and Director) will take the appropriate action necessary including a decision to take the matter to the appropriate body in the individual’s organisation.

Node Policies

Below are some of our nodes’ policies around code of conduct, harassment and dispute resolution, which members may find useful:

James Cook University

JCU Safety and Wellbeing https://www.jcu.edu.au/safety-and-wellbeing

Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research https://www.jcu.edu.au/policy/research-management/code-for-the-responsible-conduct-of-research

Staff Code of Conduct https://www.jcu.edu.au/policy/corporate-governance/code-of-conduct

Bullying, Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure https://www.jcu.edu.au/policy/corporate-governance/bullying-discrimination-harassment-and-sexual-misconduct-policy-and-procedure

Social Media Policy https://www.jcu.edu.au/policy/corporate-governance/social-media-policy

Gender Equity at JCU https://www.jcu.edu.au/gender-equity-action-and-research/gender-equity

Students with Disabilities https://www.jcu.edu.au/policy/equity/students-with-disabilities

The Australian National University

Code of Conduct https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_000388

Student Code of Conduct https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/program-management/student-code-of-conduct

Prevention of discrimination, harassment and bullying https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_000623

Conflict of interest and commitment https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_000397

Staff grievance resolution https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_000500

Athena SWAN https://services.anu.edu.au/human-resources/respect-inclusion/athena-swan

The University of Queensland

Code of Conduct https://ppl.app.uq.edu.au/content/1.50.01-code-conduct

Sexual Misconduct https://ppl.app.uq.edu.au/content/1.50.13-sexual-misconduct

Prevention of Sexual Harassment https://ppl.app.uq.edu.au/content/1.70.02-prevention-sexual-harassment

Equity and Diversity Policy https://ppl.app.uq.edu.au/content/1.70.01-equity-and-diversity

Prevention of Racism Policy https://ppl.app.uq.edu.au/content/1.70.03-racism

Staff Grievance Resolution https://ppl.app.uq.edu.au/content/5.70.08-staff-grievance-resolution

Student Grievance Resolution https://ppl.app.uq.edu.au/content/3.60.02-student-grievance-resolution

The SAGE Athena SWAN Program https://about.uq.edu.au/initiatives/sage-athena-swan

The University of Western Australia

Code of Conduct https://www.uwa.edu.au/policy/home#Code

Gender Equity https://www.web.uwa.edu.au/inclusion-diversity/gender


This Code of Conduct is based on the Code of Conduct for the ARC Centre of Excellence for All Sky Astrophysics in 3 Dimensions (ASTRO 3D), ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) and ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav). 


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