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Code of Conduct

IUGA Commitment

IUGA is committed to providing a safe and productive meeting environment that fosters open dialogue and the exchange of scientific ideas, promotes equal opportunities and treatment for all participants, and is free of harassment and discrimination. All participants are expected to treat others with respect and consideration, follow venue rules, and alert staff or security of any dangerous situations or anyone in distress. Speakers are expected to uphold standards of scientific integrity and professional ethics. This includes notifying IUGA staff in advance of the meeting about any possible conflicts of interest. IUGA recognizes that there are areas of science that are controversial. The IUGA Annual Meeting can serve as an effective forum to consider and debate science-relevant viewpoints in an orderly, respectful, and fair manner. The policies herein apply to all attendees, speakers, exhibitors, staff, contractors, volunteers, and guests at the Annual Meeting and related events.

IUGA prohibits any form of harassment, sexual or otherwise. Harassment includes speech or behavior that is not welcome or is personally offensive, whether it is based on ethnicity, gender, religion, age, body size, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other reason not related to scientific merit. It includes stalking, unnecessary touching, and unwelcome attention. Behavior that is acceptable to one person may not be acceptable to another, so use discretion to be sure that respect is communicated. Harassment intended in a joking manner still constitutes unacceptable behavior. Retaliation for reporting harassment is also a violation of this policy, as is reporting an incident in bad faith. Harassment should be reported immediately to IUGA Meetings staff.

Conflict of Interest

IUGA requires clear disclosures from all presenters at its Annual Meeting regarding any financial holdings, funding sources, or affiliations that might raise questions of bias or be perceived to have potentially influenced presentation content. IUGA requires that all Annual Meeting speakers, organizers, and moderators are committed to full, forthright, and transparent disclosure of any potential conflicts of interest.

Social Media

Live-tweeting and sharing of IUGA Annual Meeting content on social media is welcomed as a way to spread information throughout social networks. For Twitter, please consider using the IUGA Annual Meeting hashtag #IUGAmeeting. The IUGA Annual Meeting provides an international forum where scientific information is communicated among diverse fields, as well as more broadly among scientists, the media, policymakers, and the public. Please note that Annual Meeting content is under embargo until the time of the scientific session, poster session, or lecture, or the related news briefing (whichever comes first). Therefore, the substantive research content of events (i.e., the “news punch lines”) should be communicated online only when that research information is presented, during the scientific session or related news briefing.

If a meeting speaker does not wish to have his/her research shared by Twitter, Facebook, or other social networks, he/she should make an announcement before and during his/her presentation. Courtesy in communications is encouraged by IUGA. Speakers should be aware that most IUGA Annual Meeting events are open to the news media, and some may also be open to the public. IUGA strongly encourages compliance with speaker requests regarding social-media sharing but cannot guarantee it. Concerns and questions about this policy should be directed to IUGA Meetings staff.