Skepticism Conventions Guide

@Tim Farley @Skeptic Conventions @Leon Korteweg @Nathan Miller @Lei Pinter and 2 others

Skeptics gather to discuss critical thinking, irrationality, science, pseudo-science and the paranormal and their effect on society. This guide lists conferences, unconferences, symposia, workshops and other multiple speaker events that cover skeptical topics in whole or in part.

In the US many of these events are sponsored or co-sponsored by the Center for Inquiry / Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CFI/CSI), Secular Student Alliance (SSA) or Skeptics Society / Skeptic Magazine. In Europe many are sponsored or co-sponsored by ECSO, the European Council of Skeptic Organizations or one of its member organizations.

  1. Skeptrack 2016

    Live entertainment and topical discussion panels for the throngs of science lovers, free thinkers, and skeptics who come each year to keep the flame of critical thought alive in the midst of Dragon Con

    United States United States, Atlanta

    2nd5th September 2016

    added to guide by Tim Farley

    10th year of skeptical programming at Dragon Con, a huge science fiction/fantasy/comic book/pop culture convention on Labor Day weekend in the US.

  2. [CANCELLED] Gateway to Reason II

    St. Louis' annual skeptic/freethought/science convention.

    United States United States, St. Louis

    12th14th August 2016

    added to guide by Tim Farley

    2nd annual event in St. Louis with skeptic as well as freethought, science, atheism speakers.

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    First Skepticamp in Canberra, Australia!

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    3rd skepticamp for Brisbane, Australia

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    7th annual version of this award-winning event

  6. SkepchickCon 2016 at Convergence

    SkepchickCon is the collection of science and critical thinking panels and activities that Skepchick hosts at CONvergence, a four-day science fiction and fantasy conference held every summer in the beautiful Minneapolis area.

    United States United States, Minneapolis

    30th June to 3rd July 2016

    added to guide by Tim Farley

    Science/skeptic track at Convergence sci-fi con in Minneapolis, sponsored by

  7. Skepticamp(ing)

    Skepticamp usually takes place in a bar on an afternoon. This will take place in a lovely house in the wooded mountains of Berkeley Springs, WV.

    United States United States, Berkeley Springs

    26th30th June 2016

    added to guide by Tim Farley

    Multi-day Skepticamp / retreat organized on the SGU Forum.

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    2nd Reason Rally in Washington, DC

  9. Skeptical Thinking at Balticon 50

    Skeptic programming at Maryland's regional science fiction convention by the National Capital Area Skeptics (NCAS)

    United States United States, Baltimore

    27th30th May 2016

    added to guide by Tim Farley

    Skeptics track of programming at Balticon, one of the older science fiction conventions.

  10. Imagine No Religion 6

    INR6 features an international cast of renowned speakers in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.

    Canada Canada, Vancouver

    20th22nd May 2016

    added to guide by Tim Farley

    6th annual event in British Columbia for skeptics, atheists and humanists.

  11. SkeptiCal 2016

    SkeptiCal is the Northern California conference of science and skepticism, a day-long event with speakers, panels, and discussions on a wide array of subjects.

    United States United States, Oakland

    15th May 2016

    added to guide by Tim Farley

    7th annual skeptic conference for northern California

  12. Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism (NECSS)

    NECSS explores the intersection of science, skepticism, the media, and society for the purpose of promoting a more rational world.

    United States United States, New York

    12th15th May 2016

    added to guide by Tim Farley

    8th annual event sponsored by New York City Skeptics, the SGU Podcast and the Society for Science-Based Medicine.

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    Annual convention for GWUP, Germany's national skeptic organization.

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    6th annual event for umbrella group of Orange County, California skeptic, atheist, humanist and freethought groups.

  16. Rationalist International Conference

    An unparalleled opportunity to listen some of the most brilliant minds of our times. Rationalists, Freethinkers, Skeptics, Humanists, Atheists and Secularists come together.

    Estonia Estonia, Tallinn

    23rd24th April 2016

    added to guide by Tim Farley

    Sponsored by Rationalist International (Sanal Edamaruku).

  17. Freethought Festival 5

    One of the largest free, student-run atheist conferences in the country

    United States United States, Madison

    8th9th April 2016

    added to guide by Tim Farley

    Atheist/freethought convention at UW Madison which has multiple skepticism guests this year.

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  19. Edinburgh International Science Festival

    Join us from 26 March–10 April as we venture forth to explore possible brave new worlds and science, technology, engineering and design’s ability to help improve our lives.

    Scotland Scotland, Edinburgh

    26th March to 10th April 2016

    added to guide by Tim Farley

    Once again the Edinburgh Skeptics sponsoring a track of sessions weekday evenings at The Banshee Labyrinth.

  20. ThinkCon 2016

    An afternoon of talks from some of the best science speakers across the UK to get you thinking.

    England England, Cambridge

    19th March 2016

    added to guide by Tim Farley

    One-day free event arranged by the group that does Cambridge Skeptics in the Pub, in conjunction with the Cambridge Science Festival.