International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement

Code of Conduct for ESEM conferences

ESEM Conferences are dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. As a conference-series that thrives on the sharing of ideas and freedom of thought and expression, it is essential that the conference environment foster respect for all present.


ACM Policy

In participating, I acknowledge ACM's Policy Against Harassment at ACM Activities and agree that behavior such as the following will constitute grounds for actions against me:

  • Abusive action directed at an individual, such as threats, intimidation, or bullying
  • Racism, homophobia, or other behavior that discriminates against a group or class of people
  • Sexual harassment of any kind, such as unwelcome sexual advances or words/actions of a sexual nature

See Policy Against Harassment at ACM Activities for the complete Policy.


IEEE Policy

IEEE prohibits discrimination, harassment, and bullying against any person for any reason, for example, because of age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religion, gender, sexual or affectional orientation, gender identity, appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

See IEEE Policies, Section 9.27 – IEEE Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment (45 KB PDF) for the complete Policy.



Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the conference without a refund, at the sole discretion of the conference organizers. In addition, attendees are subject to the IEEE Code of Ethics and ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.


Report an Incident

If you have questions about our Code of Conduct policies, or are involved in or witness harassment, please any member of the conference's organizers or any member of the ESEM Steering Committee.

Conference organizers are requested to report incidents to any member of the ESEM Steering Committee. If you hear an inappropriate remark, intended or misjudged, this list of comebacks may prove useful in the moment. A useful resource is the Geek Feminism Wiki, which includes models for public announcements and guidance for conference staff.


International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering and Measurement