Code of Conduct

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation is a multidisciplinary organization representing a great diversity of individuals who study and manage the structure and functions of estuaries and the effects of human activities on these fragile environments. The Federation's members are dedicated to advancing human understanding and appreciation of the Earth's estuaries and coasts and to the wise use and management of these environments. CERF’s Conferences and sponsored meetings play a central role in making the results of member’s research and management actions available to their colleagues and to the public. CERF is committed to providing a safe, productive and welcoming environment for all meeting participants in order to best achieve its key values.

Therefore all participants are expected to abide by this CERF Meetings Code of Conduct as well as by the CERF Code of Ethics. This Code of Conduct applies to all CERF meeting-related events including those sponsored by organizations other than CERF during the CERF Conference.

Expected Behavior

  • All participants are treated with respect and consideration, in the spirit of valuing a diversity of views and opinions.
  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative towards all participants, and critique ideas rather than individuals.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.  Alert CERF staff if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
  • Respect the policies of the meeting venue and hotels.

Unacceptable Behavior

  • Harassment, intimidation or discrimination of participants, including verbal or physical abuse in any form, will not be tolerated.
  • Disruption of talks at oral or poster sessions.
  • Failure to comply with requests of CERF staff or venue personnel.

Reporting and Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

  • Immediately notify a CERF staff member if you are subject to or observe unacceptable behavior.
  • Anyone failing to stop unacceptable behavior when requested may be immediately removed from the meeting without refund.
  • Anyone observing a serious threat to public safety at a CERF meeting is advised to immediately contact security.

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