All participants at UKSTAR Conferences (and related events) including UKSTAR staff, exhibitor staff, volunteers, speakers and attending delegates are expected to abide by our anti-harassment policy, to ensure that all can enjoy a harassment-free conference.

Anti- Harassment Policy

Harassment includes verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination (related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion), sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate language and/or physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

Exhibitors in the Expo Hall, sponsor booths, or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender and/or expulsion from the conference (with no refund).

Reporting Behaviour to Us

If you are being harassed, if you notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. UKSTAR Conference staff can be identified as those dressed in black – they are also wearing head sets. A staff member is always available at the Conference Registration Desk (where you picked up your conference badge at the start of the event).

Conference management will be able to help participants contact venue security or relevant local law enforcement, provide escorts if requested, and/or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance and want UKSTAR and associated events to be a safe place for everybody.