Conference Guide and FAQ

The big picture

NCNGT has three main components:

What happens where?



Getting started

Recommended first steps:


Q: Why this format?

A: While in-person conferences certainly have many virtues, some of which we can't hope to duplicate, we believe this format has strengths of its own. (Ken Hiltner's Nearly Carbon Neutral Conference guide was a formative influence on our perspective.)

Q: Who's in charge?

A: Martin Bobb, Tam Cheetham-West, Sally Collins, Siddhi Krishna, and Allison N. Miller are the organizers for the overall conference. If you have any questions about plenary talks, how Discord works, or any other conference-wide events, feel free to contact them at ncngt(dot)organizers(at)gmail(dot)com. 

Each topic group has organizers listed on their page, and noted in Discord. The topic organizers are good people to ask about things like speaker office hours, topic group events like tea times, and so on. 

Q: Can I see the Community Agreement again?

A: Of course! 

NCNGT is dedicated to providing a positive experience for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, religion, national origin, or any other aspect of their identity. This event attracts individuals across time zones, career stages, and cultural backgrounds, and we would like all participants -- especially those from marginalized backgrounds -- to have the best possible experience.

We expect all participants to maintain a respectful and professional environment. We do not tolerate harassment or abuse of any participants in any form. Our code of conduct applies to all NCNGT spaces, including the Discord server, office hours, teas, plenary talks, and any other events. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be removed from these spaces at the discretion of the organizers. 

Big picture:

We appreciate your contributions to a positive environment. If you have questions about any of the above or concerns about your own safety and well-being at NCNGT, please don’t hesitate to email us at

What constitutes inappropriate conduct?

The following list is not intended to be exhaustive. It includes behavior that we have seen in the past; we wish to emphasize it is unacceptable at NCNGT:

Reporting and consequences

If you are being harassed by a member of the community, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the NCNGT lead organizers at (or via Discord/individual emails). We will do our best to take care of the situation as quickly as possible. If a participant engages in harassing and/or abusive behavior, we may take any action deemed appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the conference.

We take all reports of harassment by community members, including leadership, seriously. We reserve the right to reject any report believed to have been made in bad faith. We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse, and will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

By applying to participate in NCNGT, you are agreeing to abide by all parts and aspects of this community agreement in good faith, and to the best of your ability. You are also agreeing to afford every participant reasonable respect and dignity, whether or not such behavior is directly dictated by this community agreement.

Q: How do I use Discord?

A: A short version of Discord instructions follows, but you can also consult the longer version or the video version.

Discord basics: