Netiquette for digital communication at TRON 

TRON as an employer is committed, pursuant to its Gender Equality and Diversity Plan (see also here) to provide a safe, open, respectful, and creative work environment for all of its employees, regardless of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, political beliefs, or economic, medical, or social status and to ensure equal opportunities for all of its employees.

By actively participating in discussions and by interacting with each other in a factual, respectful and friendly manner, everyone contributes to maintaining an appreciative, open-minded and trusting climate of discussion and to constructively promoting scientific discourse.

This principle also applies to digital communication in all internal and public communication platforms of TRON. With our social media performance, we enter into dialog with people both within and outside of TRON. In doing so, we value respectful and friendly interaction.

The digital communication areas, such as Zoom or similar, are protected environments. Anyone who shows him or herself - and possibly also his or her private surroundings - and interacts in these spaces must be able to trust that this is done in a secure environment. It is therefore explicitly forbidden to record, store, film or photograph online events and publish them on online platforms of any kind without the consent of all participants.



All TRON employees and their guests are obliged to observe the following rules in all forms of digital communication, including their presence in social media, and to conduct their behavior accordingly. Failure to do so is a breach of trust and violates legal and moral principles.

• We are always aware that we communicate with people, also in digital areas.

• We treat other users and the event management as we would like to be treated ourselves.

• We always communicate respectfully and without violence.

• We remain appreciative, polite, respectful and on topic.

• We provide factual evidence to support our verbal contributions. Comments, feedback and criticism should be relevant to the topic, factual and constructive.

• The opinions of others are tolerated and not suppressed.

• In all contexts, vulgar, violence-glorifying, discriminatory, racist, sexist, hateful and/or unlawful statements or content are not permitted and will not be tolerated. Aggression in any manner (for example, through written communication in capital letters or aggressive emojis) is to be refrained from. Insults, slander, defamation, threats, provocations and incitements to violence against persons, institutions or companies are punishable by law and must also be refrained from.

• Our digital communication spaces are not to be used for the commercial or private offering of goods or services. This applies to both graphical and written content. Other content that appears inappropriate or irrelevant should also be avoided.

• We refrain from sending the same content multiple times in a disruptive manner, for example in chats or social media.

• We respect at all times the protection of privacy and confidential data. We refrain from publishing personal data such as address, e-mail address and telephone number as well as private correspondence (letters, e-mails and the like) as well as full quotes without the express permission of the owners of the rights.

• The publication of pictures, videos and similar data of third parties without their permission is punishable by law and therefore also to be refrained from in the TRON communication areas.

• The rights of third parties, including copyright, personal rights, image rights and trademark rights, must be respected in all cases.



Violations of this netiquette can manifest themselves in the form of cyberbullying and cause profound mental damage to the people affected. Cyberbullying is defined as insulting, threatening, exposing or harassing people using communication media. Further information on cyberbullying can be found here.


TRON reserves the right to take the following measures in case of disregard or violation of the above mentioned rules:

• Deletion or hiding of corresponding comments and postings.

• Regulatory conversations

• Exclusion from the use of (certain) channels or programs

• Initiation of formal proceedings to investigate the allegations and, if necessary, initiation of further measures against the accused person(s) or the institution by the management


In cases of personal or witnessed cyberbullying, the supervisor, confidants or management should be contacted.