The RSE Conference is a community conference intended for networking and collaboration in the RSE community. We value the participation of each member of our community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees throughout the conference and at all conference events, whether officially sponsored by UK RSE or not.

To make clear what is expected, all delegates/attendees, speakers, exhibitors, organisers and volunteers at any RSE event are required to conform to the conference Code of Conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event.

Minorities in the community

It’s not simply iniquitous that the minorities of our community – for example, women, people of non-European descent, people with disabilities – find it harder to participate in it: their participation is vital to its health and needed now more than ever.

If you belong to one of these or any other under-represented groups, we’re especially keen to have you at the RSE Conference.  We want to help redress the imbalance, make a clear statement about your value to the community and affirm your position as a first-class citizen of it.


The RSE UK venue is fully Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) compliant, fully wheelchair-accessible and has:

  • step-free access from the street and car-parks
  • smooth paths connecting all the buildings for easier pram and wheelchair access
  • step-free access to all floors, halls and meeting rooms
  • toilets suitable for wheelchair users

Please contact us about any mobility assistance needs you may have during your stay in Manchester.

Additional facilities at the venue

The MOSI is a breast-feeding friendly museum. In addition it has a prayer room. If you need using either of these, please contact a committee member or a MOSI staff member.

Visual impairments

Preferred seating will be provided and reserved for the visually-impaired. Please contact us about any lighting requirements you may have, and we will do our best to meet them.

Similarly, if you would benefit from having a close-up display of presenters’ slides and screens, or from the provision of any assistive technology, just let us know.

Guide dogs are welcome at the conference and social events (please ask for a water bowl at the venue reception).

Conference diversity

We’re actively seeking to increase the diversity of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors through our calls for proposals, other open submission processes, and through dialogue with the RSE community.

This is an ongoing process. We are talking to our program chairs, program committees, and various innovators, experts, and organisations about this goal and about ways they can help us achieve it.

Help Encourage Diversity
Here are some ways you can help us build a more diverse conference experience:

  • Recommend appropriate speakers and/or program committee members to the conference chairs. You may also send an email to the RSE conference committee.
  • Forward our call for proposals to relevant affinity groups with the message that we are looking for a diverse speaker roster.
  • Suggest to potential speakers that they submit a proposal during our Call for Proposals conference phase (see the speaker page for details).
  • Suggest ways that the onsite conference experience can be more welcoming and supportive, free from intimidation and marginalisation.
  • Share your ideas and best practices for how we can realise our vision.

Is something missing?

Have we neglected something you need, or is there something not mentioned here that would make your attendance possible, or improve your experience of the event? Please let us know and we’ll do whatever we can to help you.