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 ensive, 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 c 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.
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