Code of conduct

NEMO events and conferences refer to a code of conduct that outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our events, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behaviour. We invite all those who participate to help us create safer and positive experiences for everyone.

We want our events be as inclusive as possible to the largest number of contributors, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. We are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and religion (or lack thereof).

Open citizenship

An additional goal of this code of conduct is to increase open citizenship by encouraging participants to recognise and strengthen the relationships between our actions and their effects on our community.

Communities mirror the societies in which they exist and positive action is essential to counteract the many forms of inequality and abuses of power that exist in society.

Expected behaviour

  • Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you contribute to the health and longevity of this event.
  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Attempt collaboration before conflict.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert members of the NEMO team if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this code of conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.
  • Information received and everything said at the event can be cited and shared, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s) may not be revealed nor attributed to keep discussions at site safer and authentic.
  • Be mindful when taking photos and recording videos since some people do not want images/recordings of themselves to be shared online. At NEMO European Museum Conferences, NEMO organises a professional photographer and members of the team takes photos. However, since participants can get in touch with us to inform that they wish to not be photographed, we are able to adhere to their request and ensure that everyone feels comfortable although photos might be taken.

Unacceptable behaviour

Unacceptable behaviours include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning speech or actions by any participant in our community online, at all related events and in one-on-one communications carried out in the context of the event. Since event venues may be shared with members of the public, please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

Harassment includes: harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments related to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images (including presentation slides); inappropriate depictions of violence (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Consequences of unacceptable behaviour

Unacceptable behaviour from any event participant, including speakers, hosts, sponsors and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately.

If an event participant engages in unacceptable behaviour, the event organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the event without warning (and without refund in the case of a paid event).

If you witness or are subject to unacceptable behaviour

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns, please notify a member of the NEMO team as soon as possible. Additionally, the NEMO team is available to help event participants engage with local law enforcement or to otherwise help those experiencing unacceptable behaviour feel safe. In the context of in-person events, organisers will also provide escorts as desired by the person experiencing distress.

Addressing grievances

If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this code of conduct, you should notify one of the event organisers with a concise description of your grievance. Your grievance will be handled in accordance with our existing governing policies.


We expect all event participants (participants, paid or otherwise; speakers; sponsors; and other guests) to abide by this code of conduct in all venues—online and in-person—as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to the event.

License and attribution

The code of conduct is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license. It is based on the Berlin Code of Conduct.