Code of conduct

We want all attendees to have an enjoyable experience. All attendees - speakers, volunteers, sponsors, and organisers - are expected to abide by this Code of Conduct. If necessary, the organisers will act to enforce it.

All attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to others throughout the conference and at all conference events. This includes social and fringe events.


All communication should be appropriate for a general audience, which may include children and people from many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery are not welcome.

Please be thoughtful when making jokes or discussing sensitive topics or issues that are likely to have a strong personal effect on some people. If in doubt, ask for advice or simply moderate your expression.


We will not tolerate harassment in any form, or language, imagery or behaviour that are:

  • sexist, racist or exclusionary
  • intimidating or threatening
  • insulting or unpleasant

Harassment can include any unwelcome behaviour directed at another person.


If you are troubled by the behaviour of another attendee at the conference, or are concerned that another attendee may be in distress, please speak immediately to any member of conference staff or contact us through this email address:

Your concern will be heard in confidence, taken seriously, and dealt with.

Conference staff - volunteers and organisers - will be on hand throughout the conference. Any concern, whatever it is, will be immediately passed on to a member of the conference committee. The committee will investigate promptly and if necessary will take appropriate action. This could include:

  • asking a violator of the Code of Conduct to leave the event immediately 
  • informing the police about the incident

We will provide you with a written statement of the outcome, whatever it is.

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