Experimental Biology is committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, or other protected characteristics. We expect all attendees, media, speakers, volunteers, organizers, venue staff, guests, and exhibitors to help us ensure a safe and positive conference experience for everyone.
We expect all participants to abide by this Code of Conduct in all venues, including ancillary events and all social gatherings.
- Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
- Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
- Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert the EB Management Office if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct.
Unacceptable Behaviors Include:
- Intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning speech or actions by any participant and at all related events
- Harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments or visual images related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability, or other personal characteristics
- Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides)
- Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
- Harassing photography
- Photographing slides of oral presentations and posters without the express permission of the presenter/author
- Recording of scientific and other sessions without the express permission of the participants
- Sustained disruption of scientific sessions or other events
- Unwelcome and uninvited attention or contact
- Physical assault (including unwelcome touch or groping)
- Real or implied threat of physical harm
- Real or implied threat of professional or financial damage or harm
What To Do If You Witness or Experience Conduct That Violates the Code:
EB and participating Society staff will be happy to help participants contact convention center/hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, and otherwise assist those experiencing harassment, to enable them to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance, and want to make your experience as productive and professionally stimulating as possible.
Need to file a complaint? Please contact the EB Management Office or the nearest participating Society office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. All reports will be confidential.
Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Unacceptable behavior from any participant, including attendees, sponsors , exhibitors, contractors, volunteer leaders, vendors, venue staff, and anyone with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, Experimental Biology staff may take any action they deem appropriate, including removal from the meeting, without refund, and/or future EB meetings. Egregious violations will result in more severe sanctions, including the possibility of reporting to local law enforcement.
Please also see the Scientific Integrity Policy