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Virtual Code of Conduct for the 19th European Conference on
Computational Biology (ECCB2020) and its satellite events

Main purpose

The ECCB2020 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 ECCB2020 Code of Conduct is applicable at all times during the ECCB2020 and by using any communication channel. By participating in the ECCB2020, participants indicate their acceptance of the procedures by which the ECCB2020 Organising Committee resolves any Code of Conduct incidents.


Application of the Code of Conduct

Whether any person needs to report issues or incidents related to the Code of Conduct, there are two information channels where it can be done in a confidential way:

  • The “LIVE SUPPORT” button on the top right of the OnAir Platform. 
  • Through a Rocket user “Code of Conduct” or reporting specific messages with the “Report” mouse right-click option in the same communications platform.

The ECCB2020 Organising Committee will take appropriate actions. Any incident of inappropriate behaviour will be taken extremely seriously and will be responded promptly. 


ECCB2020 values

An aim of the ECCB2020 is to provide a safe and respectful environment that allows everyone to feel respected and included, and receive equitable treatment.

The ECCB2020 Organising Committee works to offer and maintain an environment of safety, respect and inclusiveness, and equitable treatment of others. As a statement of principle, ECCB2020 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, ECCB2020 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 marginalizing individuals and communities. It also damages productivity and career advancement, and prevents the healthy exchange of ideas.

The ECCB2020 Organising Committee is committed to supporting a productive and safe environment for all who are participating in the ECCB2020, both the main conference and all its satellite activities, maintaining an inclusive environment where people value diversity and foster dignity and respect to everyone. 


Expected behaviour

All participants in the ECCB2020 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 ECCB2020 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 the Code 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 ECCB2020 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, suicide, 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. 


Based and expanded from ELIXIR and ISCB Codes of Conduct.