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BioC 2020: Where Software and Biology Connect

When: July 27 - 31, 2020
What: Community/Developer Day, Main Conference
Where: Virtual Conference
Slack: Bioconductor Team (#bioc2020 channel)
Twitter: #bioc2020

Code of Conduct

This code of conduct is developed for the virtual Bioc2020 conference.

Social media policy

Images and content from talks, workshops, and posters may be shared publicly through social media unless the presenter asks for it not to be. To avoid confusion, presentations not to be shared should be labeled “Do Not Share” on each slide, as should be posters.

The Bioconductor conference aims to provide a supportive, collegial, and harassment-free environment

Bioconductor is dedicated to providing a supportive, collegial, and harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of:

The Virtual Event Code of Conduct applies to Bioc2020 virtual events and communications, including but not limited to the virtual platform, talks, workshops, poster sessions, social activities, slack, online and social media communications. We do not tolerate harassment, intimidation, or bullying of conference participants. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate in presentations, communications, in online venues, including chats.

Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference with no refund, at the discretion of the conference organizers. Our anti-harassment policy can be found at

Examples of unacceptable harassment, intimidation, and bullying behavior

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

Intimidation and bullying include, but are not limited to:


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

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

Event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related online activities.


If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place.

You can make a report either personally or anonymously.

Anonymous or Non-anonymous Report

You can make an anonymous or non-anonymous report here: It is a free-form text box that will be forwarded to conference organizers.

We can’t follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.

Personal Report

You can make a personal report with any of the conference anti-harassment committee: Aedin Culhane, Levi Waldron, and Laurent Gatto.

When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we’ll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won’t be asked to confront anyone, and we won’t tell anyone who you are.

Our team will be happy to help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Code of Conduct violation reports

Code of Conduct Committee

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Aedin Culhane
Levi Waldron
Laurent Gatto