The RSE Conference is a community conference intended for networking and collaboration in the RSE community. We value the participation of each member of our community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the conference and at all conference events, whether officially sponsored by UK RSE or not.

To make clear what is expected, all delegates/attendees, speakers, exhibitors, organisers and volunteers at any RSE event are required to conform to the conference Code of Conduct [add link to the code of conduct page]. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event.

Minorities in the community

It’s not simply iniquitous that the minorities of our community – for example, women, people of non-European descent, people with disabilities – find it harder to participate in it: their participation is vital to its health and needed now more than ever.

If you belong to one of these or any other under-represented groups, we’re especially keen to have you at the RSE Conference.  We want to help redress the imbalance, make a clear statement about your value to the community and affirm your position as a first-class citizen of it.

Conference diversity

We’re actively seeking to increase the diversity of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors through our calls for proposals, other open submission processes, and through dialogue with the RSE community.

This is an ongoing process. We are talking to our program chairs, program committees, and various innovators, experts, and organizations about this goal and about ways they can help us achieve it.

Help Encourage Diversity

Here are some ways you can help us build a more diverse conference experience:

  • Recommend appropriate speakers and/or program committee members to the conference chairs. You may also send an email to the RSE conference committee.
  • Forward our call for proposals to relevant affinity groups with the message that we are looking for a diverse speaker roster.
  • Suggest to potential speakers that they submit a proposal during our Call for Proposals conference phase (see the speaker page for details).
  • Suggest ways that the onsite conference experience can be more welcoming and supportive, free from intimidation and marginalization.
  • Share your ideas and best practices for how we can realize our vision.

Is something missing?

We will be adding further details in respect to Mobility and Visual Impairments in the next week. Have we neglected something you need, or is there something not mentioned here that would make your attendance possible, or improve your experience of the event? Please let us know. We’ll do what can to provide it.