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Geological Society Code of Conduct for Meetings and other Events

The Geological Society of London is a professional and learned society, which, through its members, has a duty in the public interest to provide a safe, productive and welcoming environment for all participants and attendees of our meetings, workshops, and events regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, or career level.

This Code of Conduct applies to all participants in Society related activities, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, staff, service providers, representatives to outside bodies, and applies in all GSL activities, including ancillary meetings, events and social gatherings.


The Society values participation by all attendees at its events and wants to ensure that your experience is as constructive and professionally stimulating as possible. Participants are expected to behave in a respectful and professional manner - harassment and, or, sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate and will not be tolerated. 

Harassment includes:

  • sustained disruption of talks or other events, 
  • inappropriate physical contact,
  • sexual attention or innuendo, 
  • deliberate intimidation, 
  • stalking, and intrusive photography 
  • or recording of an individual without consent. 
  • It also includes discrimination or offensive comments related to age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, language, citizenship, ethnic origin, race or religion. 
The Geological Society expects and requires all participants to abide by and uphold the principles of this Code of Conduct and transgressions or violations will not be tolerated.

Breach of the Code of Conduct

If an incident of proscribed conduct occurs either within or outside the Society’s premises during an event, then the aggrieved person or witness to the proscribed conduct is encouraged to report it promptly to a member of staff or the event’s principal organiser.

Once the Society is notified, a member of staff or a senior organiser of the meeting will discuss the details with the individual making the complaint. Any witnesses who have been identified, and then the alleged offender will be consulted before determining an appropriate course of action. 

Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent that it does not compromise the rights of others.