The CASTrm is a place where everyone is welcome (without exception). Our goal is to create a friendly, safe and welcoming environment independent of gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, background, religion (or its absence) as well as social and economic status. As a conference we try to explicitly address women*, queer people as well as parents with children and contributors with diverse backgrounds.

For this reason we have adopted this code of conduct and require all those wo participate to agree and adhere to these guidelines in order to create a safe and positive conference experience.

Expected Behaviour

We ask that you value each others ideas, styles and viewpoints. We may not always agree but disagreement is no excuse for poor manners. Be open to different opinions and to being wrong.

Be kind in all interactions and communication, especially when debating the merits of different opinions. Be aware of your influence and how your actions may be affecting people. Be direct, constructive and positive but do not try to dominate the discussion. Take responsibility for your impact and your mistakes – if someone says they have been harmed through your words or actions, listen carefully, apologize sincerely, and correct the behaviour going forward.

Intolerable Behaviour

Intolerable behaviour includes, but is not limited to: personal attacks, intimidation, harassment and abusive, discriminating, insulting or humiliating language and behaviour by any conference participant. This applies to all related events, personal conversations and discussions within the context of the conference - online and offline.

Harassment includes: hurtful or harmful language or written comments related to gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, background, family status, religion or disability; inappropriate use of nudity or unwelcome sexualized imagery (including sexualized presentation material), inappropriate touching, groping, or sexual advances; deliberate intimidation, stalking, persecution; permanent interruption of lectures, talks or other events.

Consequences of Intolerable Behaviour

Unacceptable behaviour of any participant at the conference including sponsors and decision-makers will not be tolerated. Should refraining from unacceptable behaviour be requested, this is to be followed immediately. If a conference participant acts in an unacceptable manner, it is within the right of the hosts to resort to any measure they see fit including a temporary or permanent exclusion from the conference (without refund of expenses given it is a paid event).

Reporting Intolerable Behaviour

If you’re experiencing or observing intolerable behaviour or have other concerns, please contact one of the designated people for the conference as soon as possible. Contact persons will be announced during the conference and can be found here on the website.

The organising team will do everything to find a solution which allows you to feel safe at the conference again. In addition to that, the organisers offer help in contacting the local law enforcement.

Handling of Complaints

If you feel you have been unfairly accused of violating these guidelines, please refer to one of the contact persons with a detailed description of your complaint. Your complaint will then be checked by the CASTrm Awareness Team.

Should you have any questions concerning this Code of Conduct or suggestions for improving the social climate of the conference, you can also contact the Awareness Team.

Scope of Application

We expect that all participants of the conference (paid or unpaid contributors, sponsors, organisers as well as other guests) abide by this code of conduct at all times and locations - online or offline - as well as in all personal conversations within the context of this conference.

Licence and References

This Code of Conduct is based on the Berlin Code of Conduct which is attributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. The original can be found at http://berlincodeofconduct.org/.

It is further based on Mozilla’s Community Participation Guidelines (Version 2.3, Mai 2017) which can be found at https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/about/governance/policies/participation/.



~ last edited on the 8th of September 2018