Figshare Fest Code of Conduct

Figshare Fest asks all attendees to commit to creating safer spaces. Spaces that make the event as accessible and comfortable as possible, and that foster compassionate innovation. Spaces where people different of experiences, backgrounds and bodies feel not only included but centred.

Our Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for all attendees of Figshare Fest, including organisers, participants, guest speakers and experts, regarding activities in relation to the event. This code also details steps for reporting unacceptable behaviour. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the programme. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

The organisers of Figshare Fest are committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or work experience.

What we ask of you

We will not accept the following behaviours at Figshare Fest:

  • Violence or threats of violence toward another person
  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm
  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neurotype, physical appearance, body, age, race, ethnicity, nationality, language or religion. Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment
  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names
  • Conversations or presentations that involve racism, ableism, misogyny, misogynoir, transphobia, transmisogyny, transmisogynoir, homophobia, biphobia, classism, fatphobia, body shaming or colourism
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, taking pictures or recording without permission
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact or sexual attention
  • Inappropriate social contact, such as requesting or assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others
  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect other members or other vulnerable people from intentional abuse
  • Sharing non-harassing private communication without permission

Consequences of unacceptable behaviour

Bad behaviour from any Figshare Fest attendees will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately. Violation of these guidelines can result in you being asked to leave an event or online space, either temporarily or for the duration of the event, or being banned from participation in spaces, or future Figshare events and activities in perpetuity.


If you believe you’re experiencing unacceptable behaviour that will not be tolerated as outlined above, please email Alan Hyndman, or Tracey Flashman HR Director, Digital Science,

After receiving a concise description of your situation, Alan or Tracey will review and determine next steps(provided neither of them are involved in the dispute). They will involve other colleagues or outside specialists (such as legal counsel), as needed to appropriately address each situation.

Please also report to us if you observe a potentially dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of these guidelines, even if the situation is not happening to you.


For all feedback and questions regarding this Code of Conduct, please email Alan at

License and attribution

This set of guidelines is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

These guidelines have been adapted with modifications from Mozilla’s Community Participation Guidelines (CC-BY-SA Mozilla) and the Afro Tech Fest code of conduct.