Rules of conduct at the conference

All visitors, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at this conference are requested to adhere to the following rules of conduct. These will be enforced by staff throughout the conference. We ask for the cooperation of everyone present to make this conference a safe and enjoyable place for all.

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The short version

We want to provide a harassment-free conference experience for our participants, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, appearance, body type, ethnicity or religious affiliation (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of conference attendees in any form. Sexualised language and depictions are unwelcome at the conference. This includes the venue, talks, workshops and parties, as well as Twitter and other media. Participants who violate these rules will be subject to sanctions by the conference staff, including expulsion from the conference without refund.

The longer version

Harassment includes, but is not limited to, offensive statements about gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance such as physique, ethnicity or religious affiliation (or lack thereof), sexualising displays in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, persecution, unwanted photography or recording, repeated disruption of talks and other events, unwanted physical contact and unwanted sexual attention.

Participants who are admonished for such behaviour must cease it immediately.

These rules of conduct also apply to sponsors. Sponsors should ensure that they do not use any sexualising images, activities or other sexualising advertising material. Stand staff (including volunteers) should take care not to wear sexualising clothing, uniforms or costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

If participants are found to be behaving in a harassing manner, conference staff are free to take whatever action they deem appropriate. This includes admonishments up to and including expulsion from the conference. In the event of an expulsion, there is no right to a refund of the admission fee.

If you feel you are being harassed or witness someone else being harassed, or if any other problems arise, please contact a member of the event staff immediately. They can be quickly identified by their appropriately marked T-shirts.

Members of the conference staff can help you with any problems. This includes contact with venue security staff and/or the authorities. In addition, we can arrange escorts and also take other steps to help harassed persons have a safe and enjoyable visit to the conference. We value your presence very much.

We expect all participants to abide by these rules throughout the conference, workshops and any other gatherings related to this conference.

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