GSA meetings and events foster the exchange of scientific ideas through open and respectful dialogue at oral and poster sessions, fellowship at sponsored events, field trips, short courses, mentorships and other GSA-supported programs. Over more than 35 years attending GSA meetings and events, I have personally learned so much about our science and how it is practiced. I hope all of you can say the same. The success of professional events depends on many things, but especially a professional and respectful atmosphere where all can engage. GSA promotes, provides and expects a professional and respectful atmosphere at its events. To this purpose, Council has approved a GSA Events Code of Conduct that outlines specific expectations for participants in our events. This new Code of Conduct will work hand-in-hand with our Member Code of Conduct and Field Safety Code of Conduct, already in place. Beginning with the Section Meetings this Spring, all meeting participants—from registrants to exhibitors, guests to staff, and even service providers—will be required to affirm their commitment to the GSA Event Code of Conduct for all GSA-sponsored events. GSA Staff have been preparing to support the Code of Conduct, with processes in place to report and manage the rare occasions of unacceptable behavior outlined in the Code and will be available, together with GSA Officers and Section Meeting management, to answer your questions or assist you with any issue. Commitment to the Code of Conduct will help assure that everyone present at our events finds it a safe, positive and scientifically-productive experience.
See you soon at the Section Meetings!