Event Code of Conduct


Phil Up On Science (PUOS) aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for all participants and audience in PUOS events. PUOS will not tolerate any sort of discrimination, harassment or victimisation.

This code of conduct intends to provide guidance to presenters and participants engaged in activities for, or on behalf of, PUOS in their interactions with other presenters and the general public.

This code is a set of general principles rather than detailed prescriptions. It stands besides but does not exclude or replace the rights and responsibilities of members to their employing organisations, under Common Law or any Commonwealth and State legislations.

To achieve an optimal environment we support education to improve understanding of the issues, in the recognition that societal standards in this space have changed rapidly.

Guidelines to Participants’ Responsibilities

All participants should be aware of all policies on discrimination, harassment and victimisation at their employing organisations.

Personal and Professional Conduct

Participants at PUOS activities and events should:

  • refrain from all forms of discrimination, harassment and victimisation;
  • treat other members and members of the public with dignity, courtesy and respect; and
  • give due credit to the contributions of others.

Special note on use of humour

It is recognised that PUOS events promote creative presentation styles, including humour, which could lead to unintentional breaches of this code. We ask that you do not shy away from this light-hearted approach, but consider the following when including jokes.

·     Focus on kindness.

·     Do not direct jokes at disadvantaged groups or minorities. A way to use this approach is to focus on yourself – self-deprecating humour can be very disarming.

·     Choose situational humour, rather than jokes based on people’s characteristics.

·     Avoid stereotypes, e.g. gender, races, religions.

·     Avoid jokes based on ridicule, embarrassment or sarcasm.

·     Check your language for any bias, discrimination, or drawing attention to characteristics unnecessarily. Aim for inclusion. For example, use “Hello Everyone!” instead of “Hello Ladies and Gentlemen!”

·     Remember that a shared laugh is one of the strongest and fastest ways to build connection with an audience.

If in doubt, leave it out – please contact Phil Up On Science to discuss. If possible we will help craft humour that will lift your presentation to higher level.

Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Discrimination is treating, or proposing to treat, someone unfavourably because of personal characteristics which includes a disability, parental status, race, colour, descent, national origin, age, sex, industrial activities, religion, pregnancy, breastfeeding, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, political opinion, social origin, medical record, or an association with someone who has or is assumed to have one of these personal characteristics or may have it at some time in the future.

Sexual Harassment is a specific and serious form of harassment. It is unwelcome sexual behaviour, which could be expected to make a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated. Sexual harassment can be physical, spoken or written. It can include:

  • comments about a person’s private life or the way they look;
  • sexually suggestive behaviour, such as leering or staring;
  • sexually suggestive comments or jokes;
  • displaying offensive screen savers, photos, calendars or objects;
  • repeated unwanted requests to go out;
  • sexually explicit posts on social networking sites;
  • insults or taunts of a sexual nature;
  • intrusive questions or statements about a person’s private life;
  • sending sexually explicit emails or text messages;
  • inappropriate advances on social networking sites; and
  • behaviour that may also be considered to be an offence under criminal law, such as physical assault, indecent exposure, sexual assault, stalking or obscene communications.

Any participants at PUOS activities are asked to:

  • not discriminate against anyone in connection with any PUOS activities/events on any personal characteristics;
  • not engage in any form of sexual harassment; and
  • ensure all communication is appropriate for a professional audience including people from different backgrounds and personal characteristics. Sexual language and imagery in presentations is not appropriate.


Victimisation is subjecting or threatening to subject someone to a detriment because they have asserted their rights under equal opportunity law, made a complaint, helped someone else make a complaint, or refused to do something because it would be discrimination, sexual harassment or victimisation.

It is also victimisation to threaten someone (such as a witness) who may be involved in investigating an equal opportunity concern or complaint.

Members of PUOS and any participants at PUOS activities are asked to not engage in or encourage any forms of victimisation.

Breaches of Code of Conduct

Breaches of this Code of Conduct will not be tolerated and should be reported. Anyone who wishes to report a violation of this Code of Conduct is asked to speak, in confidence, to Dr Phil Dooley phil@philuponscience.com.au (0414945577), or to the manager at the event’s venue.

At any PUOS event or workshop, participants will be asked to stop any inappropriate behaviour immediately. Participants may be asked to leave the event.

Further response to a breach of the Code of Conduct

Every report will be documented securely and confidentially. The report-raiser’s consent will be obtained before sharing confidential information with other people or organisations, except in circumstances where PUOS is obliged by duty of care to disclose certain information or report notifiable incidents.

Each incident will be mediated on a case-by-case basis. If desired, the report-raiser can choose for PUOS to arrange for third-party mediation of a dispute via trained mediators.

If a participant at a PUOS event is unsure of how to proceed with an issue and would like to discuss potential resources available to them or seek further information, please contact Dr Phil Dooley phil@philuponscience.com.au (0414945577).