2012 Australian Skeptics Convention

The 2012 Australian Skeptics National Convention is being organised by the Victorian Skeptics and will be held at the Spot Theatre in Melbourne University from November 30-December 2.

With the theme of Active Skepticism – changing for the better, featured speakers include James “The Amazing” Randi, D.J. Grothe (president of the James Randi Education Foundation), Brian Thompson (Outreach Coordinator of JREF), Rebecca Watson (SGU blogger), Lawrence Leung, Dr Rachael Dunlop, Richard Saunders, Lynne Kelly, Dr Krissy Wilson, Dr Ken Harvey (Choice Magazine consumer of the year award),  Adam vanLanganberg, Cam Martin (Friends of Science in Medicine), Dr Meredith Doig (President of Rationalist Society of Australia), Stephen Mayne plus many others.

An Australian Skeptics tradition at our conventions for just on 30 years is the awarding the famous “Bent Spoon”  to  the perpetrator of the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudo-scientific piffle.  This year’s contenders rage from pushers of homeopathy to those selling magical power bands.  There will also be other awards for those who through their efforts have promoted good science and good thinking.

Cost of the convention, covering the first night cocktail event plus the full two-day conference, is $280 (concession $220), with a gala dinner to be held at the Arts Centre Melbourne for $110.

The ‘meet and greet’ function on the Friday evening (November 30) will be at the historic Melbourne Immigration Museum.

Tickets are on sale from the TryBooking website.

Details of the Convention 2012 can be found on the Victorian Skeptics website and you can follow all recent happenings on the Facebook page.

This is sure to be the major event on the Skeptics calendar for 2012. But if past experience is anything to go by, you may very well need to book your tickets early. You’d hate to miss out.

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