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ATS Code of Conduct for ATS Conferences

ATS conferences provide an ideal opportunity for clinicians and researchers to come together to learn about and discuss the latest advances in treatment and care.  ATS is committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, or other protected characteristics. We expect all attendees, media, speakers, volunteers, organizers, venue staff, and exhibitors to help us ensure a safe and positive conference experience for everyone. This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behavior, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.


  • Be considerate, respectful and collaborative.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert ATS staff if you notice a dangerous or harassing situation or someone in distress.

Unacceptable behaviors include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any attendees at the event and related event activities. All who participate in the conference deserve respectful treatment, regardless of the capacity in which they are attending, whether a keynote speaker, vendor, staff member, exhibitor, volunteer, or ATS member. Discussion of opposing or different viewpoints is appropriate but is expected to be conducted in respectful tone and manner that avoids personal attacks.
ATS defines harassment to include: offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, national origin, gender identity, or disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or unwelcome following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention.
Physical or verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, efforts to annoy others, harassment, stalking, pushing, shoving or use of any physical force whatsoever against any person, which in any way creates a disturbance that is disruptive or dangerous, or creates reasonable apprehension in a person, is also unacceptable.
As at any conference, participants often combine professional activities with social interaction with other participants, venue staff, and other attendees.  While ATS encourages such networking and strengthening of connections between participants, ATS reserves the right to remove any participant whose social attentions become unwelcome to another and who persists in such attentions after their unwelcome nature has been communicated.  ATS also reserves the right to remove any participant or attendee who appears inebriated and who engages in conduct that interferes with the ability of other attendees to participate in and enjoy the conference.Attendees are not permitted to bring firearms to the conference.

Conduct in violation of this Code should be brought promptly to the attention of any ATS staff member at the event.

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated at the conference or related events, whether by attendees, media, speakers, volunteers, organizers, venue staff, sponsors or exhibitors.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

We expect all conference participants (staff, sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees and other guests) to abide by this code of conduct at all conference venues and conference-related social events as a condition of attendance or participation.  ATS, in its discretion, may bar those who violate this Code from continued attendance or participation in some or all of the conference, without refund of any fees paid, and may in appropriate circumstance bar violators of this Code from attendance or participation at future ATS-sponsored events.


Attendees at the ATS 2019 International Conference can be assured that ATS will follow its standard gun policy, restricting access of guns at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. There also will be clear signage onsite to that effect.