PEB Conference code of conduct

Below is our meeting’s code of conduct, which we heavily based on the code from the 2018 Plant Biology conference.

The organisers of the 4th Programming for Evolutionary Biology Conference are committed to ensuring that the meeting is a welcoming and inclusive space for sharing ideas and knowledge. To this end, we will provide a safe and productive environment that promotes equal opportunity and treatment for all participants and that is free of harassment and discrimination. This code of conduct applies to all attendees, whether they are speakers, guests or organisers.

What is Harassment?

All forms of harassment, sexual or otherwise, are prohibited. Among the behaviors that will not be tolerated are the following:

  • Speech that is not welcome or that is personally o page1image3693312ensive, whether it is based on ethnicity, race, gender, age, body size, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other reason unrelated to scienti page1image3693520c merit.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome attention.
  • Behavior that is acceptable to one person may not be acceptable to another, so we ask that you use discretion to be sure that respect is communicated. Harassment intended in a joking manner nevertheless constitutes unacceptable behavior. Retaliation for reporting harassment is also a violation of this policy, as is reporting an incident in bad faith.

Reporting Harassment

Any harassment, whether experienced directly or witnessed, should be reported promptly to one of the organisers (Marisa, Marina or Jarek; our mobile phone numbers will be provided to all participants during the meeting). All complaints will be taken seriously and responded to promptly. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent that it does not compromise the rights of others.

What We Will Do

Once we have received a harassment complaint, we will promptly:

  • Meet privately with the complainant to discuss the details of the situation they encountered
  • Meet with the alleged offender
  • Report findings to the conference’s Scientific Commitee (Dr Maria Pala and Dr Martin Carr at the University of Huddersfield) who will be involved in determining of the next steps, including seeking legal counsel
  • Consult with the complainant before taking any action
  • The organisers reserve the right to remove an individual from the meeting without warning or refund, prohibit attendance at future meetings, and notify the individual’s employer or supervisor
  • For any questions about the policy, please contact one of the organisers
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Final keynote speaker and workshop leader announced

It is our pleasure to announce that the final keynote speaker and workshop leader will be Dr Elisabet Sjökvist from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. She will give a talk and lead a workshop on the art and science of genome assembly. More details to follow!

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Who is coming to our conference?

As we closed the registration for the conference a couple of weeks ago (but please email us if you missed the deadline but want to come – we may still be able to accomodate you!), we have learned more about the participants. This is important for us, to be able to adjust and accommodate the participants with regard to, for example, expertise level at the workshops, but likewise it might be useful for the participants to know a little bit about the  colleagues who will be there.

So below, in a few words and piecharts, are the blurry results of our registration survey (please note that not everyone responded to every question).

This is clearly going to be a postgraduate students conference! Fantastic 🙂

It is hard to deduce gender from “Dr” and “Prof”, but assuming the orange part components follow the overall pattern, the participants are ~35% female.

We have a 50/50 split for the need to have basic introduction to shell and R. We will have relevant expertise on board, with two Software Carpentry instructors (Marisa Martin Cerezo and Jarek Bryk) who will be able to run parallel workshop sessions (and skills exchange sessions) for less advanced users. If you think the workshops will be too hard for you, don’t worry (and also check the distributions of skills below).

The answers to the five questions below were on a scale from 1 (“none” or “very little”) to 5 (“expert”).

This is it! Please drop us an email with questions or comments. See you on the conference!

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New funders!

As you might have noticed from our Twitter feed and some new logos on the site, we have received funding for the conference from both The Genetics Society and The Company of Biologists! We are extremely grateful for their support – thanks to them, we are able to invite another keynote speaker and workshop leader (new name and updated poster to be confirmed soon!) and keep the registrations open for a bit more!

So if you had been thinking about coming but missed the deadline, please email us and we will likely be able to accommodate you at the very beautiful Buttermere 🙂

The organisers.

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Payment system is up and running

Dear all,

we have just opened the payment system for the conference. You can now pay the registration fees at the University of Huddersfield payment system. The deadline for payments is on 31st of July.


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Registration deadline extended!

We still have some places available for the 4th PEB conference. The new deadline for registration is 23:59 (GMT), 1st of July.

Don’t miss the date!!

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We have a poster

Dear everybody,

we now have a rather handsome poster for you to download, print out and hang out in your institution 🙂 Please do –

The organisers

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PEB 2018 is coming!

The evoldir email has been sent! The registration for the conference is officially open! See you all there 🙂

The organisers

Marisa, Marina and Jarek

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