Code of Conduct for the TIES2020 Conference


The organisers of the TIES2020 Conference are committed to making this conference productive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality or religion. We will not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

As part of the registration process, attendees are required to agree to adhere to the following code of conduct.

Expected behaviour

  • Behave professionally and treat everyone with respect and consideration.
  • Communicate openly and thoughtfully with others and be considerate of the multitude of views and opinions that are different than your own.
  • Be respectful and mindful in your critique of ideas.
  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert TIES2020 staff if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
  • Respect the rules and policies of the conference centre and all venues associated with TIES2020.
  • Although the College is a public space, Imperial holds the right to remove any person who does not adhere to the code of conduct.

Unacceptable behaviour

  • Harassment and intimidation, including any verbal, written, or physical conduct designed to threaten, intimidate, or coerce another delegate, conference organizers, or staff.
  • Discrimination based on gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, or culture.
  • Physical or verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, staff member, service provider or other meeting guest.
  • Examples of unacceptable behaviour also include, but are not limited to: inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations; threatening or stalking any TIES2020 participant; sexually harassing any TIES2020 participant; stalking, and photography or recording of an individual without consent.
  • Disrespectful disruption of presentations or other events.


When someone is asked to stop any behaviour that makes others uncomfortable, they are expected to comply immediately. In response to inappropriate behaviour TIES2020 staff may take any action they deem appropriate. Specific actions may include but are not limited to:

  • asking the person to cease the inappropriate behaviour, and warning them that any further reports will result in other sanctions
  • requiring that the person avoid any interaction with, and physical proximity to, another person for the remainder of the event
  • early termination of a talk that violates the policy
  • not publishing the video or slides of a talk that violates the policy
  • not allowing a speaker who violated the policy to give (further) talks at the event
  • immediately ending any event responsibilities or privileges held
  • requiring that the person immediately leave the event and not return
  • blocking the person on social media platforms for 2 years
  • banning the person from future events for 2 years
  • publishing an anonymous account of the harassment
  • reporting the incident to the person’s employer

Incident reporting

If you observe someone making you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please tell them so, and remind them of the Code of Conduct.

If you are hesitant about addressing the person yourself, report it as soon as possible to a member of the TIES2020 staff - see contact information below. The TIES2020 committee is committed to addressing and resolving the matter to the best of their abilities.

Reporting should never be done via social media.

Please use the following contact information, and explain what happened and who was involved so that we can investigate:
Marta Blangiardo
Michela Cameletti

Thank you for your participation in the TIES2020 community, and your efforts to keep our conference welcoming, respectful, and friendly for all participants!

This Code of Conduct was adapted from: