Code of Conduct

Main purpose

The ECCB2022 Code of Conduct has been created to guarantee a safe and respectful environment to everyone and to have avenues to turn in case someone believes there has been a breach to the Code of Conduct. 


The ECCB2022 Code of Conduct is applicable not only to the conference itself but also during the event social activities, satellite meetings and online forums associated with the event – such as (but not limited to) GitHub, Twitter, OnAir platform and the event app.  

By participating in the ECCB2022 conference, participants indicate their acceptance of the procedures by which the ECCB2022 Organising Committee resolves any Code of Conduct incidents.

Application of the Code of Conduct

The ECCB2022 Allies is a group of participants designated by the ECCB2022 Organising Committee responsible for enforcing the Code of Conduct and visibly identified from the beginning of the conference.

Whether any person needs to report issues or incidents related to the Code of Conduct to the ECCB2022 Allies, there are three confidential ways to do it:

  • By writing an email to a dedicated email address that will reach the CoC Allies:
  • By using the “Live Support” channel enabled at the ECCB2022 online platform. 
  • By contacting personally a member of the ECCB2022 Allies or by reaching the organisers of the event during the face-to-face activities of the conference.

The ECCB2022 Allies and the ECCB2022 Organising Committee will take appropriate actions. Any incident of inappropriate behaviour will be taken extremely seriously and will be responded promptly.

ECCB2022 values

An aim of the ECCB2022 is to provide a safe and respectful environment that allows everyone to feel respected and included, and receive equitable treatment.

The ECCB2022 Organising Committee works to offer and maintain an environment of safety, respect and inclusiveness, and equitable treatment of others. As a statement of principle, ECCB2022 rejects discrimination and harassment by any means, based on factors such as ethnic or national origin, race, religion, citizenship, language, political or other opinion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, pregnancy, age or socio-economic class.

Moreover, ECCB2022 opposes all forms of bullying including threatening, humiliating, coercive or intimidating conduct that causes harm to, interferes with or sabotages scientific activity and careers. Discrimination, harassment and mobbing create a hostile environment that reduces the quality, integrity, and pace of the advancement of science by marginalising individuals and communities. It also damages productivity and career advancement, and prevents the healthy exchange of ideas.

The ECCB2022 Organising Committee is committed to supporting a productive and safe environment for all who are participating in the ECCB2022, both the main conference and all its satellite and social activities, maintaining an inclusive environment where people value diversity and foster dignity and respect to everyone. 

Expected behaviour

All participants in the ECCB2022 are expected to show respect and courtesy to others. All interactions should be professional. In order to foster a positive and professional learning environment we encourage the following kind of behaviours:

  • Use welcoming and inclusive language.
  • Be respectful of different viewpoints and experiences.
  • Foster scientific and technical rigour and curiosity with constructive and facts-based critique.
  • Gracefully accept constructive criticism.
  • Show courtesy and respect towards other ECCB2022 participants.
  • Be mindful of your own biases and do not let them get in the way of respectful interaction.
  • Speak up if you believe the spirit of this Code of Conduct has not been upheld. 
  • Adjust the behaviour where it was seen to be short of the requirements indicated in this Code. 

Unacceptable behaviour

Unacceptable behaviour by participants at ECCB2022 include:

  • Written or verbal comments which have the effect of excluding people on the basis of membership of any specific group.
  • Violent threats or language directed against another person.
  • The display of sexual or violent images.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Sustained disruption of talks, events or communications.
  • Insults or put downs.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or exclusionary jokes.
  • Excessive swearing.
  • Incitement to violence or self-harm.
  • Continuing to initiate interaction with someone after being asked to stop.
  • Publication of private communication without consent.
  • Deliberate false accusations – the purpose of this Code of Conduct is to protect participants against misconduct, it is not in place to resolve personal disagreements. 

ECCB2022 Code of Conduct version 1 – published on the 25th of January 2022.

Based and expanded from ELIXIR and ISCB Codes of Conduct.