Code of Professional Conduct

SPNHC Conference 2022 with NatSCA & BHL

Code of Professional Conduct

The meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC), International Partner BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library) and National Partner NatSCA (Natural Sciences Collections Association) will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK and online from the 5th – 10th June 2022. By participating in this event, you agree to abide by this Code of Conduct.

SPNCH, BHL and NatSCA are committed to providing a safe, hospitable, and productive environment for everyone participating in this conference, regardless of ethnicity, religion, professional status, disability, physical appearance, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Everyone participating in conference events is asked to always maintain constructive and civil discourse with other attendees. This includes speakers honouring designated time limits, attendees being aware of balancing speaking and listening time, and especially welcoming attendees that are new to our community or early in their careers.

The conference organisers prohibit intimidating, threatening, or harassing conduct during this conference. This applies to presenters, volunteers, and attendees. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without warning or refund, at the discretion of the Local Organising Committee in liaison with representatives from SPNCH, NatSCA and BHL.

Authors and Presenters are expected to maintain the highest standards of scientific attribution and citation in their abstracts and presentations and are expected to accept professional responsibility for all their work and for the work of contributors. All authors connected to a presentation and its associated abstract must be aware of and agree with the information presented. Obtaining consent from all authors associated with the presentation is the responsibility of the lead author. The presenter of a submitted abstract must have intention of registering, attending, and participating in the meeting once the submission is accepted into the program.

This conference aims to reach as broad an audience as possible, abstracts are published, and presentations (audio/video, slides, and posters) may be streamed, recorded, and made publicly available. The conference organisers reserve the right to use photographs and videos taken and testimonials given during this event or in subsequent meeting surveys for informational and promotional purposes.

To file a complaint or report an issue. If you are being harassed, would like to file a complaint, or have other concerns about the safety of participants, do not hesitate to contact the Local Organising Committee at Complaints can be made on a confidential basis – this means you can ask that we do not share personal information you have provided to us (such as your name) with any other entities who are involved in the complaint.

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