2022 CMBE Policies

Important Dates & Deadlines Invited & Keynote Speakers
Code of Conduct & Covid Procedures

CMBE Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, staff, and volunteers at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering (CMBE) Conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everyone.

BMES is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, social events, and all online social media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the conference chairs or a member of the conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they'll be wearing BMES shirts and staff badges.

Conference staff is available to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance and want to ensure a safe environment for everyone at the meeting.

CMBE COVID-19 Code of Conduct (click the image to enlarge or download)

In addition to putting together an outstanding scientific program, the safety of all participants is at the forefront of our minds. We believe that we can organize an in-person meeting that is safe (despite concerns about the Delta variant and breakthrough infections) because of several safety measures put into place to protect conference attendees:

  • ·Many California hotels, bars, and restaurants require proof of full vaccination for entry, and this mandate is being rapidly adopted across the entire state. CMBE cannot guarantee that unvaccinated registrants will be able to participate in the in-person meeting.
  • ·We require that all in-person attendees wear a mask while in closed rooms (except meals).
  • We are asking the conference venue to allow us to have meals outside as much as possible (weather permitting).
  • We ask that social distancing be practiced as much as possible. Please be mindful that attendees have varying degrees of sensitivity to proximity.
  • Out of a shared desire to keep each other healthy, we strongly recommend that all participants do a COVID-19 test < 48 h before the meeting and pledge that they will not attend the meeting if the test is positive or they have symptoms consistent with COVID- 19.

The state of California has mandated masks must be worn at all indoor events, which includes the CMBE conference. All breakfasts, luncheons, the Opening Reception, and the Gala will be held outside, barring inclement weather, to ensure a safer networking space.

We will continue to monitor all health and safety guidelines provided by the federal and state governments and will work closely with our conference venue to ensure all necessary precautions are in place. We look forward to welcoming you to the 2023 CMBE conference!