This is a conference organized by and for real people, even if we might not meet face-to-face (this time). It is therefore self-evident, that the same good manners apply for the virtual Nanosafety 2020 conference as for any in-person event. In addition we want to point out some rules that apply only for the virtual format.

    We will not tolerate:

  • Screen-shotting or screen-recording at any point of the conference without the expressed permission from video or poster speakers
  • Spam in chat windows, including reposting the same word/content repeatedly in order to disrupt the conversation
  • Harassment, bullying, and intimidation
  • Negative comments about race/ethnicity, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, physical appearance, citizenship, or other protected categories
  • Intimidation or threats, including of the moderators
  • Misusing screen-sharing capabilities
  • Sharing images especially to threaten or sexually harass
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Any activity meant to convey or cultivate hostility
  • Ad hominem insults or other attacks
  • Encouraging the above behaviour
  • Interrupting speakers and fellow attendees
  • Use of any GIFs but especially flashing GIFs in the chat

    In order to facilitate the discussions and contribute to an including and welcoming athmosphere, we encourage you to:

  • Use your real name
  • Use a small profile picture of your face
  • Turn on your camera during group discussions

Please note that this is not mandatory.


If you violate the code of conduct we retain the right to make you leave the session and you will not be permitted to rejoin.
Reports of harassment through our contact form will connect you directly to the conference office. All reports will be kept confidential and may be done anonymously.