Biophysical Society Virtual Event Code of Conduct

The Biophysical Society (BPS) is committed to providing an environment that encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific ideas. As a global, professional Society, the BPS is committed to the philosophy of equal opportunity and respectful treatment for all, regardless of national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, veteran status, or any other reason not related to scientific merit.

All BPS meetings and BPS-sponsored activities, whether virtual or in-person, promote an environment that is free of inappropriate behavior and harassment by or toward all attendees and participants of Society events, including speakers, organizers, students, guests, media, exhibitors, staff, vendors, and other suppliers. If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, you can make a report through BPS’s secure website or via a dedicated hotline (phone numbers listed on the website) which will collect and relay information in a secure and sensitive manner. Or you may inform either Jennifer Pesanelli, Executive Officer, at [email protected] or 240-290-5613 or Dorothy Chaconas, Director of Meetings, at [email protected] or 240-290-5605.

Disruption of presentations during sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other events organized by BPS throughout the event are not tolerated. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and any BPS virtual event staff.

Audio or visual recordings of the meeting are not permitted in any form. Taking or distributing pictures of or copying any research posters or presentation materials is strictly prohibited unless explicit permission is granted.

BPS reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and BPS reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person.