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2022 Winter Biology Virtual Symposium

June 6-8 2022

We expect all symposium attendees to communicate openly with respect and consideration for others, valuing a diversity of views and opinions. By attending the Winter Biology virtual symposium, all attendees are assumed to agree to abide by the following code of conduct. 

 Presentation ethics and respecting intellectual property

All authors associated with a presentation must agree on all information contained in the presentation. Attendees are expected to not fabricate, falsify, or suppress results, deliberately misrepresent research findings, or otherwise commit scientific fraud. 

Presenters and attendees cannot screenshot, capture, or otherwise share images or presentation data without a presenter’s expressed written permission. Presentations should be considered privileged and should not be shared outside the virtual platform. 

 General Behaviour

We want this symposium (and winter biology writ large) to be a positive, safe, hospitable, and productive environment for everyone, regardless of age, gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, colour, cultural background, religion, place of origin, pregnancy or parental role, sexual orientation, ability, or socio-economic situation. A community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is neither healthy nor productive.

 Expected Behaviours

 Unacceptable Behaviours

The following behaviors will not be tolerated:

This Code of Conduct is not intended to be all inclusive, and it is likely there will be conduct issues that it does not specifically address. In that event, as in all others, participants are expected to follow the direction of the organisers, who will take appropriate action to ensure the safety, security, comfort, and well-being of participants.


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

 The organisers reserve the right to reprimand or exclude from events any individual who breaches the code of conduct. Severe ethical or harassment breaches will be reported to the offending individual’s institution.

 Reporting Unacceptable Behaviour

 This code of conduct is modified with permission from those used by the Canadian Society of Zoologists and the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting.