Everyone participating in PLATIAL’23 is required to agree and adhere to the following code of conduct. The code of conduct below has been adapted from the widely used Berlin Code of Conduct.


We are committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, political orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion (or lack thereof).

This Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our symposium, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behaviour.

We invite all those who participate in our events to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.

Expected behaviour

  • Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this symposium.
  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Attempt collaboration before conflict.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.

Unacceptable behaviour

Unacceptable behaviours include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning speech or actions by any participant in our symposium, including all related activities and in one-on-one communications carried out in the context of the symposium. Symposium venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

Harassment includes: harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images (including presentation slides); inappropriate depictions of violence (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; abuse of the symposium for inappropriate political agitation or otherwise intimidating political behaviour; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Consequences of unacceptable behaviour

Unacceptable behaviour from any symposium participant, including members of the local support team and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately.

If a symposium participant engages in unacceptable behaviour, the symposium organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the symposium without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event).

If you witness or are subject to unacceptable behaviour

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns, please notify a symposium organiser as soon as possible. Community organisers are available to help community members engage with local law enforcement or to otherwise help those experiencing unacceptable behaviour feel safe.

Addressing grievances

If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify one of the symposium organisers with a concise description of your grievance. Your grievance will be handled in accordance with our existing governing policies.


We expect all symposium participants (speakers, participants, paid or otherwise; and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all symposium venues as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to the event.