Canberra Skeptics Lecture: Communicating skepticism – pass or fail?

Speaker: Tim Mendham

Date: Saturday, 16 March 2013

Time: 1:30 – 3:00pm

Location: Lecture Theatre, CSIRO Discovery Centre, Clunies Ross Street, Acton, ACT

Free Admission

The ways that Skeptics have communicated their message has changed dramatically in the 30+ year period that Australian Skeptics has been around.

We will examine the history of skeptical communication in Australia – from a sole medium of reaching the burgeoning skeptical community, gradually evolving into the age of social media – and how these changes have impacted on how effective skeptics have been.

We will also look at how skeptics cope with the media, how successful have we been and how receptive have the media been in their willingness or even ability to appreciate the message and its importance.

Finally, “we’’ get a few tips for how to get the message across with the media … and what to avoid.

Tim Mendham is the executive officer and editor for Australian Skeptics Inc. He has been a member of the Skeptics since its inception, and was the third Skeptic to receive a life membership. As well as being an experienced journalist dealing with technical, business and professional issues for both magazines and newspapers, he has also had wide experience of being on the “receiving end” of the media in print, radio, TV and online.


Canberra Skeptics Incorporated is a non-profit association incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory for the purpose of promoting critical thinking. For further information about us, including our podcast “The Hansard – Canberra Skeptics Record of Reason,” please visit our website

There will be a networking function following the lecture.  This will be held in King O’Malley’s Irish Pub, 131 City Walk, Civic.