AGU meetings, open to AGU members and those interested in the geosciences, are among the most respected scientific meetings in the Earth and space science community. AGU is committed to providing a safe, productive and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and AGU staff. All participants including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, AGU staff, service providers and others are expected to abide by this AGU Meetings Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct applies to all AGU meeting-related events including those sponsored by organizations other than AGU but held in conjunction with AGU events, in public or private facilities.

In addition, AGU members and authors of AGU publications must adhere to the AGU Scientific Integrity and Professional Ethics Policy.

Expected Behavior

  • All participants, attendees, AGU staff, and vendors are treated with respect and consideration, valuing a diversity of views and opinions.
  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
  • Communicate openly with respect for others, critiquing ideas rather than individuals.
  • Avoid personal attacks directed toward other attendees, participants, AGU staff and suppliers/vendors.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.   Alert AGU staff if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
  • Respect the rules and policies of the meeting venue, hotels, AGU contracted facility, or any other venue.

Unacceptable Behavior

  • Harassment, intimidation or discrimination in any form will not be tolerated.
  • Physical or verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AGU staff member, service provider or other meeting guest.
  • Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AGU staff member, service provider or other meeting guest.
  • Recording or taking photography of another individual’s presentation without the explicit permission of AGU is not allowed.
  • Disruption of talks at oral or poster sessions, in the exhibit hall or at other events organized by AGU at the meeting venue, hotels, or other AGU contracted facilities.


  • Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.
  • AGU staff (or their designee) or security may take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund.
  • AGU reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting.
  • Other consequences as set forth in the AGU Scientific Integrity and Professional Ethics Policy, as applicable.

Reporting Unacceptable Behavior

  • If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior , please immediately notify an AGU staff member or AGU volunteer in a leadership position.
  • Notification should be done by contacting an AGU staff person on-site or e-mail your concern to,, or
  • Anyone experiencing or witnessing behavior that constitutes an immediate or serious threat to public safety is advised to contact 911 and locate a house phone and ask for security.