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Terms & Conditions of Use

RiAus welcomes contributions that stimulate debate and discussion or that reflect the diverse range of its audience. While encouraging vigorous debate and critique, RiAus expects all participants to treat each other with respect and courtesy.

While RiAus aims to provide balanced coverage of scientific topics in the content it produces, commissions or acquires, user contributions to RiAus online platforms reflect the views of the participants. RiAus does not endorse the views or material contained in users’ contributions. From time to time, one particular side of the debate may dominate views expressed. This simply reflects the natural flow of contributions received. RiAus endeavours to give all users a fair opportunity to participate.

You may contribute to the RiAus website and other online platforms subject to the following terms and conditions. These conditions apply to any content contributed in any format to any platforms hosted or facilitated by RiAus. The Terms and Conditions of Use may change from time to time at the sole discretion of RiAus.

1. Submitting comments and online forms

1.1 In order to submit a comment in response to any RiAus website content you may be required to use a display name.

1.2 When commenting, a genuine email address must be provided. This will not be displayed publicly. This is to prevent spamming or phishing attacks. You should be aware that your posted comments or other submissions can remain online indefinitely and may be found through search engines or online archives.

1.3 RiAus may refuse to publish your comments at its sole discretion. Grounds for refusal may include, but are not limited to information that is:

1.3.1 offensive, obscene, abusive or defamatory;

1.3.2 copyright protected;

1.3.3 inappropriate in its use of brand names, registered trademarks, company or organisation names, or names of high-profile or public figures; or

1.3.4 inappropriate in its promotion of political, religious, social or economic issues.

1.4. Note that whenever you post personal information in publicly accessible areas for comments, this information becomes available to anyone with access to the internet. This information can be collected and used by others. If you publicly post personal information online it is accessible to anyone and you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return. Therefore, we recommend that you refrain from posting any information that you do not want seen in these public areas.

2. Subscription to RiAus newsletters

2.1 In order to receive the latest information and news from RiAus you may register your email address in the RiAus newsletter database. This database is hosted either by an independent email service provider or RiAus. Both RiAus and the independent email service provider consider your privacy and the security of your details are a priority. Neither RiAus nor the independent email service provider will share your details with any third party.

2.2. RiAus will not use your information for any other purpose without your consent.

2.3. If you have subscribed to the RiAus newsletter, you can opt out of receiving this information from us at any time. You can control your own mailing preferences by accessing your personal information or clicking the link “Update subscription preferences” on the bottom of each newsletter.

3. User Participation

3.1 Children’s contributions should be supervised by an adult.

3.2 Be advised that you may be held legally responsible for the content you submit to RiAus.

3.3 All material published on RiAus websites and online platforms is at the sole discretion of RiAus.

3.4 Your contribution may be edited, removed or not published if RiAus considers it to be:

3.4.1 defamatory, or otherwise unlawful or that it violates laws regarding harassment, discrimination, racial vilification, privacy or contempt;

3.4.2 intentionally false or misleading;

3.4.3 an infringement of intellectual property rights or copyright. See below for further information on copyright;

3.4.4 abusive, offensive or obscene;

3.4.5 inappropriate, off topic, repetitive or vexatious. RiAus also reserves the right to reject contributions from participants who dominate the discussion;

3.4.6 compromising your privacy or the privacy of other contributors or of RiAus staff, or which contains inappropriate personal information;

3.4.7 seeking to endorse commercial products or activities or to unduly promote commercial products or services;

3.4.8 a deliberate provocation of others;

3.4.9 inappropriate for any other reason at the sole discretion of RiAus.

3.5 RiAus reserves the right to archive and republish all contributions to its online platforms.

3.6 RiAus reserves the right to use contributions for internal training purposes.

3.7 Repeated breaches of these Terms and Conditions of Use may cause RiAus to complain to the Internet Service Provider of the person responsible, and in very serious cases may lead to legal action.

4. Linking

4.1 RiAus publishes links to external sites at its sole discretion.

4.2 RiAus is not responsible for, and does not endorse, the content on external sites.

4.3 RiAus reserves the right to remove user-posted links for any reason, at any time, with or without notice to the user. Links may be deleted at the sole discretion of RiAus.

5. Copyright

5.1. RiAus operates under Creative Commons License – Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND.

5.2. You are welcome to quote content from RiAus websites and share it with others, however RiAus asks that you attribute the URL of the RiAus website where you found the quote or picture, sound or video.

5.3 When you submit content, in any format, you acknowledge that you have all necessary rights, including copyright, in the material that you are contributing to the RiAus websites and online platforms. You agree that RiAus may use the material online and in whatever other ways RiAus chooses, now and in the future.

5.4 Presenters at RiAus events and other content contributors to RiAus websites indemnify RiAus against any actions, claims, liability or loss in respect of the use it makes of copyrighted material it is given.

6. Privacy and security

6.1. RiAus will not share your details with any third party unless it is part of the service you requested. For example when you book your tickets for RiAus events you will be redirected to the external booking system, which will administer the booking and collect your information. This information is fully managed and controlled by RiAus and is not accessible to third parties.

6.2. Under no circumstance will RiAus sell or receive payment for licensing or disclosing your personal information.

6.3. If you are required to make an online payment via the RiAus website, this payment will be administered by secured payment systems. RiAus will not have access to, or retain your credit card or payment details.

6.4. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and/or any personal information.

7. Collection of Information

7.1 RiAus collects two types of information. The first type is anonymous information.  RiAus automatically gathers anonymous information to monitor the use of RiAus websites (such as the numbers and frequency of visitors to RiAus websites). We only use such data in the aggregate. This collective data helps us determine how much our audiences use parts of the website, so we can improve RiAus websites and ensure their appeal to our broad range of users.

7.2. The second type of information that RiAus collects is personal information. RiAus will collect personal information that lets us know the specifics of who you are, such as your name, email address, or postal address, when you provide it to us. With this information, RiAus can provide more personalised and enhanced services for its members, volunteers and subscribers.

7.3. You can choose not to receive information about RiAus (for example in the form of the RiAus newsletter) when you are filling in forms on our website.

7.4. How much of your personal information you choose to disclose to RiAus is completely up to you. The only way we know something about you personally is if you provide it to us, for example when you comment on an RiAus event, blog post or page or if you enter one of our competitions.

7.5. RiAus will only use the personal information you have chosen to provide us for the purpose for which you provided it. RiAus will not use it for any other purpose without your consent.


RiAus makes no representations about the content and suitability of this information for any purpose. It is provided without express or implied warranty.

RiAus disclaims all warranties with regard to this information. In no event shall RiAus be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits, whether in an action of contract, negligence or other tortious action, arising from or in connection with the use or performance of this information.

The views expressed by RiAus presenters or other content contributors are their own and RiAus shall not be liable for any damages arising from use of this information.

The Royal Institution of Australia Inc (RiAus), is a charitable institution and is a Deductible Gift Recipient.

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This policy applies only to RiAus and not to other websites of companies or organisations to which RiAus is linked.

This page last updated:  11/07/2012

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