Code of Conduct

We are looking forward to welcoming you at our interim online event for the Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference 2020, which will be hosted on Teams. This is our first online event, and as such we would ask for your patience and support as we navigate these new waters together.

The spirit of the Horizons in STEM Conference has always been one of community, collaboration and collegiality. That culture relies on our excellent speakers and contributions from delegates. We set out below a code of conduct to ensure this is an enjoyable event for all. In joining the event, you agree to abide by this code of conduct.

Event Links

We ask that you do not send meeting links or invites to those who have not registered for the event or post them on the internet. This is both to protect the security of the event and to avoid exceeding the maximum capacity on Teams. By sharing links with people who have not registered, you may prevent someone who has registered from accessing the event.

Teams Etiquette

  • Mute your audio on entry into the Teams meeting.
  • Do not share your screen unless you are the presenter or organiser.
  • If you are a delegate (i.e. not the presenter or chair), please raise any technical queries or issues in the Helpdesk channel – there will always be a member of staff “live” in this channel.
  • If you would like to make a comment or ask a question verbally, please type “C” for comment or “Q” for question into the chat function rather than raising your hand. This is because Teams does not show the order that hands are raised in, whereas the chat function will allow us to come to people in turn.
  • You can also switch off incoming video, i.e. video from the presenters and other delegates, by clicking the three dots at the bottom of the screen. This can allow you to reduce bandwidth while keeping your own video on if you wish to.


We are committed to making the Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference 2020 a safe and inclusive space for everyone. We value the diversity of background, experience and career stage of our presenters and delegates. We want everyone to enjoy the sessions and contribute their ideas to discussions, and we will treat each other with dignity and respect. We will ensure the tone of our messages is courteous and avoid commentary on anyone’s personal circumstances or experience.

All delegates agree to:

  • Be considerate, inclusive, respectful and collaborative
  • Refrain from intimidating, discriminatory, harassing or demeaning behaviour
  • Alert conference organisers if they notice someone in distress

Inappropriate Behaviour

The conference organisers will not tolerate inappropriate or offensive comments, and delegates sending such messages may be removed. Examples of unacceptable behaviour include intimidation, harassment, bullying, discrimination, derogatory or demeaning conduct related to age, gender, sexual orientation, race, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, disability, physical appearance, religion or other status.

If you see or experience any inappropriate comments or behaviour during the event, please alert one of the conference organisers, Cristina de Matteis or Jade Garratt. You can do this by sending them a private message on MS Teams, or you can email Cristina De Matteis directly.


We recognise that many presenters and delegates will be joining the conference from home. As such we will not be recording the conference sessions to allow speakers to feel more comfortable keeping their videos on if they wish to. We ask that delegates do not make their own recordings of the sessions.

Please remember that the posts you make will be visible to all attendees. Once the conference is finished, we will delete the MS Teams group.

The Horizons in STEM Local and National Committee, June 2020

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