CW20 - Code of Conduct

The Collaborations Workshop brings together researchers, developers, innovators, managers, funders, publishers, leaders and educators to explore best practices and the future of research software.

We value the participation of each stakeholder and want all participants to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all participants are expected to show respect and courtesy to other participants throughout the workshop and through all communication channels, including but not limited to the Google documents, CW20 Slack channel and Zoom. 

To make clear what is expected, all participants, speakers, exhibitors, organisers and volunteers at Collaborations Workshop 2020 are required to conform to the following Code of Conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the workshop.


Collaborations Workshop is dedicated to providing a harassment-free workshop experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of workshop participants in any form.

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. 

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees.

Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and exclusionary jokes are not appropriate at the Collaborations Workshop. Do not send any unprofessional messages to other participants, including but not limited to private messages in Slack and Zoom.

Participants violating these rules may be asked to leave the workshop without a refund at the sole discretion of the workshop organisers.

Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.


Harassment includes offensive communication related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that words can be offensive to those around you. Offensive jokes are not acceptable at the Collaborations Workshop. Excessive swearing is not appropriate at the workshop.

If a participant engages in behaviour that violates this code of conduct, the workshop organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the workshop with no refund.

Contact Information

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact any member of the Code of Conduct Committee:

The Code of Conduct Committee is happy to assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the workshop. We value your participation.

Procedure for Reporting Harassment

You can find the Attendee Procedure for incident reporting here.


This Code of Conduct was adapted from the example policy at the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers, which is under a Creative Commons Zero license.


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