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10th European Malacological Congress Code of Conduct


The 10th European Congress of Malacological Societies (EUROMAL 2024) aims to disseminate knowledge and promote the exchange of scientific ideas; to provide a forum for the presentation of research; to enable participants to establish and renew collaborations and to network within an international community; and to facilitate the recruitment of students and staff to various institutions worldwide. Our aim is to create an environment in which all attendees can participate without experiencing any form of harassment, intimidation, discrimination or violence.

All EUROMAL 2024 participants and their allies must be treated with respect regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, ethnicity, ability, religion, language, professional status, institution, national origin, socioeconomic status or age. All meeting participants, including but not limited to members, volunteers, attendees, vendors, exhibitors, contractors and guests, are expected to abide by this Meeting Code of Conduct.

This Code of Conduct applies to all events at EUROMAL 2024, including all meeting related activities of attendees (e.g. excursions). Expected behaviour includes (but is not limited to)

* Treating all participants and meeting facilities with respect and consideration.

* Communicating openly with respect for others; critiquing ideas and hypotheses rather than individuals.

* Avoiding any form of personal attack on others.

* Respecting the rules and policies of the meeting venue, hotels or other contracted facilities.

* Adhering to the principles of academic integrity and ethical professional conduct.

Harassment or discrimination by or of any meeting participant will not be tolerated. Unacceptable behaviour includes (but is not limited to)

  • Behaviour that implies or suggests that someone does not belong at the meeting because of a personal or national characteristic or identity.
  • Any unwanted attention, sexual advances or comments about personal appearance.
  • Verbal harassment, including comments, epithets, slurs, threats or negative stereotyping that could be considered offensive, hostile, disrespectful or unwelcome.
  • Non-verbal harassment, including actions or the distribution, display or discussion of written or graphic material directed at an individual or group that ridicules, denigrates, insults, belittles or shows hostility, dislike or disrespect.
  • Bullying, intimidation, stalking, humiliation and assault.
  • Retaliation for reporting harassment.
  • Reporting an incident in bad faith.

Consequences: Local meeting organisers reserve the right to enforce this Code of Conduct in any manner they deem appropriate. Anyone found to be in violation of the Code of Conduct will first be asked to immediately cease the reported behaviour. Failure to comply will result in escalating consequences that may include (a) removal from the meeting, (b) banning from future meetings, and (c) reporting to the person’s Institution.

Reporting: If you are the subject of unacceptable behaviour or have witnessed such behaviour, please notify a member of the Congress team immediately. Reporting can be done by contacting a member of the local organising team (accessible at the Information/Registration desk) or by emailing

Anyone experiencing or witnessing behaviour that poses an immediate or serious threat to individual or public safety at EUROMAL 2024 should contact the venue Security or local law enforcement.