Code of Conduct



The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference and other professional meetings and conferences organized by ASTC are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone in attendance. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.

This Code of Conduct is part of ASTC’s mission to bring together museums, science centers, and cultural and informal learning institutions rich in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)—organizations serving communities around the globe. Our world is rich in diversity, and ASTC embraces those differences, including in ability, age, color, ethnicity, race, family or marital status, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy and related medical conditions, language, national origin, political affiliation, religion, socioeconomic status, veteran status, health status and other dimensions of diversity.

As an attendee, exhibitor, or sponsor at the ASTC Annual Conference and other events organized by ASTC, I will:

  • Conduct myself with integrity, respect, honesty, and credibility.
  • Approach all events in accordance with the highest ethical standards of professionalism and personal conduct.
  • Avoid all activities that will cause damage to or discredit to my organization, ASTC, or myself.
  • Embrace our diverse community of professionals and learners, and be inclusive of all audiences in my presentations, demonstrations, and conversations.

This Code of Conduct is in place to protect the safety of all attendees. Contact, language, or imagery of a violent, threatening, sexual, discriminatory, demeaning, or disruptive nature is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter, and other online media.

Attendees asked to stop any harassing or discriminatory behavior are expected to comply immediately. ASTC staff may take action to redress anything disrupting the event or making the environment unsafe for participants, including asking participants to leave the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.