ACIS 2024 Code of Conduct

The Australasian Colloid and Interface Society, ACIS, is dedicated to providing a positive respectful conference experience for everyone regardless of their gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, socio-economic background or religion. We welcome diversity and recognise that our events are better for it. We want to provide an environment that is free from discrimination, vilification, harassment, bullying and victimisation and is characterised by respect. Therefore we do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Sexual references, language and imagery is not appropriate at any time during any ACIS event, including social events. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference (without a refund) at the discretion of the conference organisers.


All attendees are subject to the anti-harassment policy. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, behaviour such as offensive verbal or written comments (related to age, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion), sexual references, language and images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention and includes harassment by electronic (and social) media. Participants asked to stop behaviour considered as harassing are expected to comply immediately. Further they are expected to comply with any sanctions applied by the event organiser/symposium chair/or equivalent delegate.


If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the event organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, cutting short their presentation or expulsion from the event (with no refund). If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact one of the event organisers immediately.

The ACIS2024 organising committee chaired by Erica Wanless and any member of the ACIS Equity and Diversity Committee present at the conference, will be available and willing to assist participants in contacting police, providing escorts, or otherwise assisting those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference.  


ACIS Equity and Diversity Committee members present at ACIS 2024: Frank Sainsbury, Saffron Bryant, Aaron Elbourne, Livia Salvati Manni, Arlene McDowell

ACIS2024 Chair: Erica Wanless (0400748972,

ACIS Equity and Diversity Committee Chair: Frank Sainsbury (0437080007,


In Australia support can be found at the following phone numbers:

For all emergencies please call: 000

National Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence                   

Counselling, Information and Support Service: 1800RESPECT


We expect participants to follow these rules at the conference venue and conference-related social events. We value your attendance and appreciate your active support in making our conference inclusive.