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Latest update: February 9, 2020

The local organizing committee (LOC) of HCV2020 and the International organizing committee (IOC) of the “International Symposium on hepatitis C virus and related viruses” have a zero-tolerance policy towards harassment of any kind.

We are dedicated to providing an engaging and inclusive environment at the Symposia and any associated events including affiliated workshops, welcome receptions, and conference dinners. We expect positive, constructive and professional discussion, that values diversity and inclusion. No participant should be subjected to harassment of any kind when participating in our events.

For purposes of this policy, harassment means unwelcome and offensive comments made directly, indirectly or via social media or behaviour pertaining to the participant's sex, race, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, or other status protected under applicable law. Harassment can include, for example, unwelcome attention, comments or jokes that focus on gender differences or sexual topics, and that distract from the professional topics under discussion, unwelcome advances or requests for dates or sexual activities, and the use of language or images that demean or degrade persons of particular gender, racial, ethnic, religious or national identity.

By registering for HCV2020, it is expected that participants will maintain these values and avoid harassment of others participating in our Symposia and associated events. Anyone who has experienced harassment, or who has witnessed such behaviour, should notify the Convenor of the Symposia and the chair of the IOC.  In the event that a registrant has made a formal complaint involving another registrant (outside the Symposia forum) and this complaint is active or proven, we ask that this is brought to the attention of the chair of the IOC with a request for recommended action. Such action may include that the complainee is excluded from participating in the Symposia.

Persons who act contrary to these values and expectations may be warned or asked to leave the event in which the behaviour occurred, and, maybe excluded from access to future Symposia.




Naglaa Shoukry

Convenor HCV2020

Brett Lindenbach

Chair IOC 2020-



The local organizing committee (LOC) of HCV2020 and the International organizing committee (IOC) of the “International Symposium on hepatitis C virus and related viruses” are committed to diversity, inclusiveness and equity and seek to prevent discrimination of any kind at its Symposia and related events. This includes ensuring appropriate inclusion within the program and consideration towards people of different ethnicity, genders, and career stage at its symposia and related events.