This year the convention returns to The Concourse Chatswood in Sydney’s northern suburbs. Attendees at the 2014 convention will recall that it is a great venue, close to transport and accommodation, as well as a huge number and variety of food outlets.
The line-up of speakers covers medicine, astronomy, education, belief systems, linguistics, classic skeptical topics, not to mention some of the best local and international podcasters and science communicators.
For starters, international podcasters include Carrie Poppy from Oh No, Ross & Carrie; Sawbones’ Dr Sydnee and Justin McElroy; and Dr Alice Howarth from Skeptics with a K.
Others include Dr Susan Blackmore, one of the world’s leading researchers into consciousness and out-of-body experiences; astronomers Dr Pamela Gay and Alan Duffy in a fire-side chat (Pamela will also give her own presentation); science communicator Dr Karl; Dr Susan Knight, leading campaigner for teaching ethics and reasoning in schools; magician and doctor Vyom Sharma; panels on ‘medicine’ on the internet and classic Skeptics topics; and many more.
Convention tickets are available for the two days (including concession tickets) and one-day tickets for either Saturday or Sunday. Final scheduling of speakers is still underway, but a preliminary program of when some are due to appear can be found on the program page.
A first for a Skeptics convention will be an on-site crèche. For a minimal fee, parents will be able to drop off their littlies and enjoy the convention while their children are entertained by professional child-minders. (Note that the availability of the crèche will depend on having a small but sufficient number of users.)
There will be a gala dinner on Saturday, October 13, with food, drinks, entertainment, Skeptics awards, conviviality and fun. This will take place at the Civic Pavilion, adjacent to the convention venue.
There is ample accommodation in the Chatswood area for regional, interstate and overseas visitors at a variety of standards and prices.
And to round off the fun, a welcome social evening will be held on Friday, October 12, at the Occidental Hotel, York Street, in the city (the usual Sydney Skeptics in the Pub location). This will be on two floors from 6pm – one floor for drinks and chat, and the other for meals and competitions.
It truly will be a festival exploring science, reason, critical thinking … and fun.
See you there!
UPDATE: Unfortunately Justin and Sydney McElroy of Sawbones have had to pull out of the convention due to family health issues. We hope that they will able to return to Australia in the near future.