The EGU is committed to providing a safe, open, and respectful environment for participants to its General Assembly. The EGU encourages all geoscientists to pursue integrity, honesty, respect, courtesy, responsibility, rigour, and equity in their professional activities.

All participants at EGU's General Assembly are expected to follow EGU's Code of Conduct and the virtual General Assembly rules of conduct that are outlined here. Should you observe violations against these rules, please contact the vEGU21 person of trust (links available from the entrance hall and the information desks in all other virtual rooms and floors) and/or send an email to Messages to this address are treated confidentially. They are read by the EGU president and EGU's person of trust. Finally, you can also contact the General Assembly programme committee chair at Violations to the rules of conduct will be taken seriously and appropriate actions will be taken where necessary.

Respectful behaviour

  • Professional and respectful conduct of all attendees is expected.
  • Bullying, harassment, intimidation, and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated.
  • These rules are valid for all kinds of content and interaction during vEGU21: Gather Online: display materials, presentations, discussions, text-based chats, online commenting on display materials, as well as social gatherings online.

Recording and screenshots

It is prohibited to take screenshots or record live online presentations in any sessions unless the presenter authorizes it. Presenters are encouraged to inform the audience if they welcome screenshots or sharing on social media: sharing is encouraged | sharing is permitted.

Social media

The EGU encourages open discussion on social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and blogging platforms during the General Assembly. The following rules aim to provide means by which General Assembly participants can embrace social media, while at the same time remaining respectful of presenting authors’ work and protecting their research output:

  • Never post any images or video online without the authors’ explicit permission.
  • The default assumption is to allow open discussion of General Assembly presentations on social media. However, please respect any request from an author not to disseminate the contents of their presentation. Icons will be available for download from the EGU General Assembly website for inclusion on slides or videos to clearly express when an author does or does not want their results posted on any social media networks or blogs.
  • If you will be presenting your work at a press conference after your scientific presentation, please ask those in the online session not to post about your research until after the press conference has taken place.
  • Be sure to include the official hashtag, #vEGU21, when sharing snippets of your time at the conference on Twitter and elsewhere on social media.

Person of trust at vEGU21

The person of trust at vEGU21: Gather Online is trained to help you directly at the conference. You can have a chat discussion directly with the person of trust, finding someone to listen. The vEGU21 person of trust is in regular contact with the responsible conduct persons of the EGU (the EGU President and the EGU Person of Trust, at least one of whom identifies as female). One of the responsible conduct persons will follow up on any perceived conduct violations within approximately 24 hours. You can contact the person of trust through the link in the entrance hall (next to the general EGU information desk) or through all information desks in the virtual conference centre. The person of trust is available Monday to Friday, 08:00–17:00.