Who is speaking at QED?
Stevyn is a former member of the Met Police Problem Solving Unit, which developed creative and innovative approaches issues that did not respond to traditional policing methods. He is an expert on problem-oriented policing has lectured extensively throughout the UK and US. Stevyn is also an artist, writer and contributor to the popular TV series QI.
Helen is a physicist and oceanographer. She regularly gives talks around the country as well as working on several projects for television and radio, most recently appearing on Dara Ó Briain’s Science Club. She has also appeared in several documentaries for the BBC including Orbit: Earth’s Extraordinary Journey, Operation Iceberg and The Transit of Venus part of the Horizon strand.
She is currently working on her own series on bubbles to be broadcast on BBC4 in 2013. Helen is also Honorary President of Winchester Skeptics.
Richard is a household name in science, with best-selling books like The Greatest Show on Earth and The Selfish Gene firmly establishing him as one of the most recognisable evolutionary biologists and science writers in the world. Never afraid to be seen as outspoken or controversial, Richard has made it his mission to teach evolution to the masses and root out religious dogma or magical thinking.
Rachael is a full time researcher in heart disease and a Vice President of the Australian Skeptics. Working alongside past QED speaker Richard Saunders as part of the Mystery Investigators, Rachael has brought critical thinking to classrooms across Australia. With a primary interest in pseudomedicine and quackery, Rachael has regularly spoken out in the media against the anti-vaccination movement in Australia.
Ben is a best-selling author, broadcaster, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking dodgy scientific claims from drug companies, newspapers, government reports, PR people and quacks. Ben's Bad Science book and associated newspaper columns quickly became essential reading for the skeptical and scientific minded, and his new book Bad Pharma threatens to do for the pharmaceutical industry's dubious methods and questionable ethics what his previous work did for quackery.
Natalie Haynes is an English comedian and writer, having performed stand-up comedy since 1994. Her book The Ancient Guide To Modern Life examines what lessons the civilisations of Rome and Greece can teach society today. Natalie has written for The Guardian, The Times and The Independent, as well as having contributed essays to The Atheist Guide To Christmas and Serenity Found - a book about Joss Whedon's cult sci-fi show Firefly.
Recently described by Daniel Dennett as deserving to be included in the original Four Horsemen grouping, Lawrence Krauss is a theoretical physicist and Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration. He is also director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, a leading centre for research and outreach on origins issues, from the beginnings of the universe, to human origins, to the origins of consciousness and culture.
He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Physics of Star Trek and A Universe from Nothing.
Mark is an environmental activist and author, whose books Six Degrees and The God Species detail the effect of man-made climate change on the global ecosystem. In 2009 he was appointed advisor on climate change to the President of the Maldives and was involved in the Maldives' effort to be the first carbon neutral country on Earth. He is a frequent speaker around the world on climate change science and policy.
Brooke is a scientist and author, whose book The Sex Myth examines sociological research in the effects of adult entertainment and sex work. Perhaps best known for her alternate persona Belle De Jour, Brooke is a popular public speaker on the themes of biometric and forensic science, sexualisation and popular culture, and internet anonymity and identity.
Carrie is an actress and performer whose podcast Oh No! Ross and Carrie investigates fringe claims from within, to meet with believers and proponents on their own terms. Past investigations have seen Carrie convert to Mormonism and Raelianism, as well as engaging in numerous pseudomedical practices.
Adam is a science broadcaster, author, and in his own words 'professional geek'.
Adam has presented several documentaries for the BBC; In The Gene Code he explored the decoding of the human genome while The Cell investigated the scientific quest to discover the secrets of the cell. He has also presented the episode Playing God as part of the Horizon series, and several programmes on BBC Radio 4.
Adam writes for The Guardian as well a being a full time editor at the science journal Nature.
His new book Creation: The Story of Life on Earth and How We Are About to Start It Again will be published in 2013.
Richard Saunders is one of the stars of the Australian 'psychic' TV game show The One. He is best know to UK audiences as presenter of the popular Skeptic Zone podcast, and as president of the Australian Skeptics NSW. You might also have seen him in Home and Away
Rose Shapiro is a writer and journalist, whose became interested in alternative medicine while working as a health writer for women's magazines. Her interest led to the book Suckers: How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools Of Us All, which details the harm done by a wide range alternative medicine practitioners and the dangers posed by pseudomedicine.
Brian is a podcaster whose shows have helped promote scientific skepticism through humour and entertainment. An experienced host and speaker, Brian is a semi-regular guest on skeptical panel show Inkredulous - a popular staple of past QED events - and works as Field Coordinator at the JREF. Brian will be the Master of Ceremonies for 2013.
Helen Dale is a lawyer qualified in two jurisdictions (Australia and England), currently working in Scotland. She studied her Australian law at the University of Queensland, her English law at Brasenose College, Oxford, and graduated LLB with distinction from the University of Edinburgh in June 2012. She won the Law Society of Scotland's annual essay prize in 2012 for her paper 'A Plea in Law for Equal Marriage'.
Helen has worked on social media policy development for both public and private sector clients.
Jeff is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Manchester, specializing in the physics of elementary particles. He was awarded the Institute of Physics Maxwell Medal in 1999 for outstanding contributions to theoretical physics. He has collaborated with Professor Brian Cox on a number of publications, including the international bestsellers Why Does E=mc2 and The Quantum Universe: Everything That Can Happen Does Happen. If that wasn’t enough Jeff is also an occasional science columnist for the Guardian.
Andy Lewis' writing at the Quackometer blog has seen him become one of the country's leading experts in alternative medicine, Anthroposophy and Steiner Schools. His Quackometer website explores the pseudoscientific claims of alternative medicine websites and their impact on society.
Brendan is the editor of Spiked, the magazine that wants to make history as well as report it. He is a columnist for The Big Issue in London and The Australian in, er, Australia. He also blogs for the Daily Telegraph and has written for a variety of publications in both Europe and America. He is the author of Can I Recycle My Granny And 39 Other Eco-Dilemmas and he is currently researching a book on snobbery.
Tannice Pendegrass is an Assistant Editor for The Skeptic magazine and the Press Officer for the South East Skeptics Society. She moonlights as a lecturer on subject of autism and has been running Guildford Skeptics in the Pub since November 2011.
Sid Rodrigues is the award winning organiser of London Skeptics in the Pub. He is part of the production team behind the Little Atoms podcast and radio show, a member of the Good Thinking Society advisory panel and the Programme & Marketing Officer for the Conway Hall Ethical Society.
Ian Rushton is a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West Area. He has responsibility across the North West for relationships with the self-employed Bar and has operational responsibility for the county of Greater Manchester. Ian is appearing in place of Nazir Afzal, who was previously announced as taking part in the Social Media and the Law panel.
Simon Singh is a science writer and TV producer who has specialised in writing about complex scientific topics in an accessible manner, with work including Big Bang and Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial. It was while promoting the latter that Simon found himself on the wrong end of a libel suit from the British Chiropractic Association. (He won.)
Mitch Benn is a musician, song-writer and comedian. He makes regular appearances on The Now Show for BBC Radio 4, and hosts the Mitch Benn Music Podcast. In 2010, Mitch released the popular single "I'm Proud Of The BBC", for which he received the Media Blog Media Hero Of The Year Award. In March 2013 he wrote, recorded and released an entire album in just 24 hours, raising over £4,000 for Comic Relief.
Chris Coltrane is a stand-up comedian and activist, with a keen interest in civil liberties, tax justice, feminism, evidence-based politics, and joy. His first solo show Activism Is Fun was in the top 20 best-reviewed shows at the Edinburgh Festival. He writes for the New Internationalist, and runs Lolitics, a monthly political comedy club in Camden, London.
Michael is a stand-up comedian, who has written for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, MTV, VH1 and other media. He managed to trend on Twitter with the news that Gregg Jevin, a character he created, had died. Many of the online tributes that followed failed to appreciate the fictional nature of said character.
Guests appear subject to work commitments.