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Calling All Volunteers!

Posted by QED at 6:00pm on August 14th 2017

At QED we couldn’t make our event work without the excellent help of our volunteers who help us make sure the conference runs smoothly for all our speakers and attendees.

With this year's event just two months away, we’re putting out a call to all our attendees to ask that anyone who would like to volunteer gets in touch.

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QED to screen premiere of Science Moms

Posted by QED at 6:00pm on August 9th 2017

This October, QED will be the host of the premiere of new documentary Science Moms. The film, which was inspired by the ‘Moms4GMOs’ movement, gives a voice to science-minded mothers. In a world where too often the ‘mommy instinct’ can be used as a trump card over evidence and fact, Science Moms highlights the work done by pro-science women to stand up to the fear mongers, the shamers, and the feted celebrities.

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Childcare and accessibility at QED

Posted by QED at 6:00pm on July 26th 2017

We are always looking for ways to make QED as accessible as possible for as many people as possible. At every QED since 2013 we have offered a crèche facility, helping make our event more accessible to parents who would like to attend QED.

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Skepticamp is returning to QED in 2017!

Posted by QED at 6:00pm on July 21st 2017

A SkeptiCamp is a free conference that celebrates the incredible work done by grassroots skeptics and activists. At SkeptiCamp, it’s the attendees who are responsible for the creation and delivery of the days content, and anyone is welcome to present a talk. You don’t need to be a published author, famous podcaster or professional communicator to get involved.

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Video: Cara Santa Maria (QED 2016)

Posted by QED at 6:00pm on July 12th 2017

Subtitled “My Modest Attempt to Improve the American Media Landscape”, this funny and engaging talk from Cara Santa Maria was presented at QED 2016.

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Magician Dave Alnwick to MC QED 2017

Posted by QED at 7:30pm on June 28th 2017

Over the last six years, we have been fortunate enough to have had some exceptionally talented MC’s overseeing the QED weekend – including performers, musicians, stand-ups and magicians. Each brought their own style, energy and exuberance to proceedings… and we’re very pleased to be able to announce that this year will be no exception, with Dave Alnwick taking up the MC mantle for QED 2017.

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The QED Podcast Track: featuring the Parapod, InKredulous and Skeptics with a K

Posted by QED at 6:00pm on June 23rd 2017

Last year, for the first time, we added a dedicated podcast track to QED, featuring some of the biggest skeptical, atheist and science podcasts around. The track proved hugely popular, with standing room only for some of the recordings of shows like God Awful Movies, Cognitive Dissonance, Talk Nerdy and more.

This year, the track promises to be just as exciting, and we’re pleased to announce our first three live podcasts–including an exclusive first ever live show from the host of The Parapod!

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Video: Dame Sue Ion - The Future of Energy (QED 2015)

Posted by QED at 6:00pm on June 21st 2017

Dr Dame Sue Ion is a leading figure in the UK’s nuclear industry and an internationally recognised expert on fuel recycling. During Tony Blair’s Labour government Sue was responsible for bringing about a change in policy on nuclear power, and remains a vocal advocate for nuclear power’s role in a future energy landscape.

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Three more QED 2017 speakers announced

Posted by QED at 12:00pm on June 15th 2017

With four months to go until QED 2017, we are working hard to put together an interesting, entertaining and thought-provoking line up for our attendees. Today, we can announce three more speakers to join our line-up: Tim O’Brien, Carol Tavris and Sophie Wilson!

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Video: Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics (QED 2015)

Posted by QED at 12:00pm on June 14th 2017

Natalie Haynes is a comedian, author and humanist whose appearance at QED 2013 was noted by many as their highlight of the event. She’s a regular contributor to the Guardian and has written for The Times and The Independent. Before retiring from stand-up comedy in 2009, Natalie became the first female nominee for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her 2014 novel ‘The Amber Fury’ served as a fiction-based follow-up to her previous non-fiction book ‘The Ancient Guide to Modern Life’ – exploring the lessons the modern world can learn from classical societies.

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Video: Harriet Hall (QED 2015)

Posted by QED at 12:00pm on June 7th 2017

Dr Harriet Hall is a retired family physician and former Air Force flight surgeon who writes about medicine, alternative medicine, science, quackery, and critical thinking. She is one of the founders and editors of the ‘Science Based Medicine’ blog, a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and co-author of the textbook ‘Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions’.

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Video: Why Not? A Six-Legged Solution to Food Security (QED 2015)

Posted by QED at 12:00pm on May 26th 2017

Professor Marcel Dicke is professor of Entomology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. His book ‘The Insect Cookbook: Food for a Sustainable Planet’ argues that the Western world undervalues the contribution insects could make to our lives... and to our nutrition. In 2007 he was awarded the NWO-Spinoza award for his work researching the defence mechanisms of plants..

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Video: God Awful Movies (QED 2016)

Posted by QED at 12:00pm on May 17th 2017

Noah, Heath and Eli dispense a comedic and withering critique on the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Great fun as a podcast. Unforgettable as a video.

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Video: Captain Disillusion - Heroic Feats of YouTube Debunkery (QED 2016)

Posted by QED at 6:00pm on April 26th 2017

It’s less than a week until tickets go on sale for QED 2017, and so to get you in the mood for the next instalment of the UK’s biggest conference of science and skepticism we thought we’d remind you of one of the excellent talks from QED 2016. Last year was our biggest ever year, with a sell-out crowd of more than 650 attendees and five whole tracks of skeptical goodness, and we kicked the weekend off with a superb talk from the internet’s only video-hoax-slaying alien superhero, Captain Disillusion.

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QED Returns for 2017

Posted by QED at 10:23am on April 5th 2017

Last year’s QED saw more than 650 attendees converge in Manchester for our celebration of science, reason and critical thinking. We had pub quizzes, optical illusions, magic, music, films, comedy and five rooms filled to the brim with skeptical entertainment. It was the biggest and best QED so far... but don’t worry, we’re deep into plans for making this year’s event even better!

With that in mind, we can officially announce the date of QED 2017–get out your marker pens, and draw a big red circle around the 14th-15th October, 2017.

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