At the IET we include everyone. Our EDI strategy demonstrates our commitment to building an inclusive culture that inspires, engages and celebrates the diversity of our members, volunteers, colleagues and the wider engineering and technology community. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment at all our events, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, race & ethnicity, beliefs or any other characteristic.
This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behaviour, as well as the consequences for breaching the code of conduct.
We expect all attendees including delegates, exhibition visitors, speakers, volunteers, press & media, organisers, venue staff, sponsors and exhibitors to adhere to the code of conduct and to ensure a welcoming and positive experience for all.
Consequences of breaching the code of conduct
Unacceptable behaviour of any attendee including, delegates, exhibition visitors, speakers, volunteers, press & media, organisers, venue staff, sponsors and exhibitors will not be tolerated.
Those asked to cease unacceptable behaviour are expected to comply immediately. If a participant breaches the code of conduct, the conference organisers will take action, this may include expulsion from the conference without warning or refund.
Legal action may be considered if a criminal offence is suspected and may be reported to the Police or other relevant authorities.
Unacceptable behaviour during virtual events including teaching courses
Delegates are required to follow the expected behaviour in point 2.
Delegates should not use the chat inappropriately, this may include:
- Use of inappropriate language - expletives / swearing.
- Sharing links about commercial products / services / advertising.
- Verbally attacking a speaker or delegate.
- Delegates should not impersonate another person.
- Delegates should not use the Q&A to have conversations.
Consequences of unacceptable behaviour during virtual events including teaching courses
Inappropriate messages will be deleted. The delegate responsible will be contacted privately informing them why their message has been removed and will be issued a warning. If the delegate continues to send inappropriate messages they will be removed from the event.
Breaches of a severe nature will result in removal from the event. This is at the discretion of the moderator. The delegate will be informed via email why they’ve been removed from the event.
The chat may be removed for the duration of the event.
What to do if you witness or experience unacceptable behaviour
If you experience or witness unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns, please notify a conference organiser as soon as possible. All reports will remain completely confidential.
Event staff will be available to help participants and when appropriate contact venue security or local police. It is our objective to ensure that all participants feel safe throughout the conference. You can report unacceptable behaviour to any member of staff. Staff can be found at the registration desk onsite or you may email the contact below.
A participant should never knowingly make a false or misleading accusation.
We expect all conference participants (staff, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, speakers, attendees – conference & exhibition, press & media and other guests) to abide by this code of conduct at all conference venues and conference-related social events.
Filming and photography may take place at our events. Written consent will be sought for photographs that highlight specific individuals.
Registration forms and signs will clearly state when filming and photography is taking place allowing the IET to film and take group and crowd shots.
If an attendee does not want to be filmed or photographed please contact the conference organisers.