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 recognize that our events are better for it. We want to provide an environment that is free from discrimination, vilification, harassment, bullying and victimization and is characterized 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 organizers.

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 organizer/symposium chair/or equivalent delegate.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, cutting short their presentation or expulsion from the event (with no refund). The ACIS Board may consider additional action as appropriate under Section 14 of the Constitution. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact one of the event organizers immediately.

Event organizers, or any member of the 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.

We value your attendance and appreciate your active support in making our conference inclusive.

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

Additional organizing committee members: Maggie Zhai

For all emergencies please call: 000
National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service: 1800 RESPECT

We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events.