Code of Conduct


The Festival of Genomics & Biodata is an event where everyone should feel welcome and safe to attend, meet, share ideas and engage in open discussion. Therefore, it’s vital for us to provide an experience for all attendees that is free from harassment and unacceptable behaviour, and where everyone is treated fairly, with courtesy and respect.

All Festival participants, including all registrants, speakers, sponsors/exhibitors and staff, are required to abide by our code of conduct at the Festival. Any violations will be dealt with seriously and may include being expelled and banned from the Festival without a refund. This is to protect the safety and well-being of attendees.

Put simply, we will not tolerate harassment of any Festival participant, in any form.


Definitions

What do we mean by “harassment” or unacceptable behaviour?

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, disability, mental illness, neurotype, body size or shape, physical appearance, age, religion or beliefs, nationality, race, marital and civil partnership status, familial status, veteran status, pregnancy or carer or parental status.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes comments or jokes, inappropriate touching, groping and unwelcome advances.
  • Deliberate misgendering.
  • Threats of violence or intimidation.
  • Sharing/displaying sexual images.
  • Deliberate ‘outing’ of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent.
  • Harassing photography or recording.
  • Repeated unsolicited sales and promotional messages.
  • Physical contact without consent or after a request to cease.
  • Homophobic, biphobic, transphobic, racist or misogynist slurs or comments.
  • Sustained disruption of discussion.
  • Stalking, following.



Consequences

Festival participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to stop immediately.

Festival participants engaging in harassing behaviour may be asked to leave the Festival without warning and may be banned temporarily or indefinitely.

If a ticket was purchased for an in-person or online event, we reserve the right not to issue a refund. At our discretion, we may contact local security or the police.



Reporting

If you are being harassed or made to feel unsafe or unwelcome, or if you witness unacceptable behaviour, please report it as soon as possible.