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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.

Craig Shearer
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 Dickenson (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.

Craig Shearer
Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 21:50

Detailed planning of the conference is well underway - planning speakers and panels and how it's all going to fit together.

For now, we can reveal a general outline of the conference.

Friday Night - conference starts with a special event with the SGU crew, probably to be held in a bar on the University of Auckland campus.

Saturday - conference talks and panels, probably until 5pm.

Saturday evening - the conference dinner, featuring entertainment including George Hrab,

Saturday night - after the dinner and entertainment - a special private recording of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast - a limited number of tickets are being sold separately on the Eventfinda site. There are a few tickets left - get in quick if you want to come along.

Sunday morning - Live SGU podcast recording as part of the conference.

Sunday until 3pm - further talks and panels.

 

We'll fill in deails over the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

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