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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 20:01

University Hall, Auckland will be offering summer stay accommodation later this year from 24 November – 15 February 2015.

With the Skeptics Conference is being held 5-7 December 2014 this works out well for us. Should you be looking for affordable accommodation, University Hall is pleased to offer the following room rates:

Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 17:02

The Skeptics Guide to the Universe and George Hrab and will be arriving in Wellington on December 1st and travelling north for the following week before attending the conference.  While in Wellington there will be an opportunity for an exclusive VIP dinner with Geo, Steve and the Rogues.

Last year we ran the VIP dinner as a Blind Auction where people would place a bid and the top bids won. The trick here is that no one else knows how they are doing until after bids close.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 22:00

We can now announce the following confirmed speakers for the conference. More to come soon.

In no particular order:

- Steve Novella - The neuroscience of skepticism
- Evan Bernstein - The woo in martial arts
- Helen Petousis-Harris - Antivaccination in NZ 
- Steven Galbraith - Mathematical cranks
- Nicola Gaston - Why science is sexist 
- Michelle Dickinson (Nanogirl) - How to be a superhero
- Toby Ricketts - Pennies from heaven - tax and religion. 
- Ben Albert - How safe are supplements?
- Ngaire McCarthy - Atheism from a Maori perspective

In addition we're planning a couple of panels:

- "Skeptical Parenting" - featuring Karen (Toast) Conger, Darcy Cowan, Siouxsie Wiles and Jay Novella

- "Are women less skeptical?" - featuring Vicki Hyde, Rebecca Watson and Nicola Gaston.

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