Conference Policies

Code of Conduct

The Conference on Beneficial Microbes is committed to providing an environment a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, or other protected characteristics. We expect all attendees, media, speakers, volunteers, organizers, venue staff, guests, and exhibitors to help us ensure a safe and positive conference experience in which participants can discover, examine critically, preserve, and transmit knowledge, wisdom, and values that will improve the quality of life for all. If you witness or experience conduct that violates the code of conduct, the conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, and otherwise assist those experiencing harassment, to enable them to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance and want to make your experience as productive and professionally stimulating as possible.

The Conference on Beneficial Microbes meeting is dedicated to the open sharing of scientific ideas.  Thus, we support a respectful environment for all participants in this conference.  By attending this meeting, participants agree to:

1. Treat all participants with respect and without bias based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or any other personal characteristic.

2. Please respect others with social media postings. Refrain from photographing, recording, or videotaping during oral presentations or during poster sessions. Violators may be asked to leave the session. Please do not post images with data or people without express permission. 

3. Abide by University of Wisconsin and venue rules, including policies for alcohol consumption.

4. Participants should report any concerns, including experiencing or witnessing harassment, to Conference staff (at registration or by email at and/or Conference Organizers (Nichole Broderick, Eric Martens). Additional reporting mechanisms can be found at

Additional Code of Conduct language may be found at