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Code of Conduct

Schloss Dagstuhl’s Code of Conduct

Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik GmbH is committed to creating an environment where all staff, guests, contractors, exhibitors, and participants feel safe and welcome. In all activities that take place at the Schloss Dagstuhl facilities and in relation to a Dagstuhl event, it is of highest priority that an atmosphere is created where everyone is encouraged to express themselves and to exchange their ideas openly and freely. To this end, Dagstuhl supports and includes guests and staff of every age, belief or religion, body size, color, cultural background, economic class, gender, gender identity or expression, immigration status, labor union membership, marital status, mental and physical ability, national or ethnic origin, neurodiversity, physical appearance, race, sex, or sexual orientation. It is also important to the optimizing of this exchange of ideas that equity, diversity, and inclusion are facilitated and promoted and that all sectors of society and all levels of research seniority are appropriately incorporated; that the full participation of all individuals is encouraged. Schloss Dagstuhl expects everyone to treat everyone equally with respect, dignity, and consideration. 

The meetings at Schloss Dagstuhl are premised on the assumption that sequestering a group for a few days in the same place in a favorable environment fosters research or completion of a common goal in a special way that is difficult to achieve otherwise. These unique circumstances and the closeness bear risks of misconduct. As an employer and as a host to many thousands of visitors from all over the world, Schloss Dagstuhl is committed to protecting all staff and all guests from any form of violence, harassment, discrimination, or condescension. Behaviors that undermine the respect, self-esteem, dignity, and productivity of its guests or staff will not be tolerated. All persons working in and around Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik are called upon to take personal responsibility to ensure its welcoming environment. This includes exercising consideration in word and deed, refraining from acts of misconduct in speech and behavior, being mindful of surroundings and of people nearby, and taking appropriate action in the event that unacceptable behavior is observed or experienced.

Participation, in any capacity, at Schloss Dagstuhl is dependent on the agreement to abide by this code of conduct.

Upon Experiencing Unacceptable Behavior

  • speak with a person of authority that you trust, for example: a seminar organizer, a team leader, a group manager, or one of the administrative staff;
  • contact Dagstuhl anonymously via our web form;
  • contact the Administrative Director, Heike Meißner:;
  • contact the equal opportunity officer, Stephanie Meier:; and/or
  • contact the current designated person of trust, Prof. Anja Feldmann, Ph.D.: +49 681 9325-3501,

All complaints are to be taken seriously and to be responded to promptly. Confidentiality will be maintained unless disclosure is legally required.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

If a guest or employee engages in unacceptable behavior and they are requested to stop, then they are expected to comply. Schloss Dagstuhl reserves the right to take any action it deems appropriate, including expelling a participant from Schloss Dagstuhl's facilities and/or banning a guest from participating in future events at Dagstuhl. Many forms of misconduct and harassment are punishable by German criminal law and Dagstuhl will not hesitate to contact the relevant public authorities.

Specific forms of conduct or behaviors that are unacceptable anywhere on the premises of Schloss Dagstuhl or in relation to a Dagstuhl activity are:

  • offensive, intimidating, coercive, harassing, abusive, exclusionary, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning speech or actions by any staff or guest in a Dagstuhl activity or related event, including using a form of online media;
  • harassing or unwanted photography or recording;
  • unwelcome and uninvited attention or contact;
  • sustained disruption of talks or other events.
  • Abuse: Any action directed at a guest or employee that interferes substantially with that person’s participation or work; or causes that person to fear for their personal safety. This includes real or implied threats of physical/professional/financial damage or harm, intimidation, bullying, mobbing, stalking or deliberate following, other types of abuse, or derogatory or demeaning speech or actions.
  • Discriminatory Harassment: Direct or indirect conduct (verbal or written comments or content) that offends, disadvantages, degrades, humiliates, harms, discriminates, or denigrates staff or guests on the basis of age, belief or religion, body size, color, cultural background, economic or social class, gender, gender identity or expression, immigration status, labor union membership, marital status, mental or physical ability, national or ethnic origin, neurodiversity, physical appearance, race, sex, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics.
  • Sexual Harassment: unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome verbal/physical conduct of a sexual nature; Examples include (but are not limited to):
    • unwelcome advances or propositions, particularly when one individual has power or authority over the other;
    • inappropriate touching of an individual’s body or physical assault (including unwelcome touch or groping);
    • inappropriate or gratuitous use of nudity, sexual images, or stereotyped images including using a form of online media to display or distribute sexually explicit or otherwise offensive or discriminatory images or messages.