It’s three weeks until QED, and we hope you’re looking forward to it as much as we are! If you’ve been keeping an eye on our website, you’ll have seen new additions to the line up appearing over the last few weeks, including: - Main stage talks from Pixie Turner, Michael Marshall, Heather Ellis, and Claire Benson - Panel sessions on Mormonism, Social Media, Podcasting, and a look at the Skepticism under the Microscope - A workshop for Skeptics in the Pub groups, a comedy show about medieval sieges, and a discussion between Robin Ince and aviation pioneer Wally Funk
And we still have lots more to announce!
The QED Fringe
While the official QED programme starts at 9am on Saturday 13th October, over the years a fun and varied series of fringe events have grown up around the QED weekend, which this year offers a little something for everyone:
Thursday 11th October
- The Skeptics Guide to the Universe are hosting their own live evening show, A Skeptical Extravaganza of Special Significance, hosted by George Hrab. The event is co-organised by the Greater Manchester Skeptics Society, and it will take place at The Stoller Hall in Manchester from 7pm to 9pm. Tickets for their show can be bought from the SGU via their Eventbrite page.
- Elsewhere, the Greater Manchester Humanists are hosting an evening with American atheist and YouTuber Aron Ra. The event will take place at the University of Manchester from 7pm to 9pm, and is free to attend, though registering attendance is preferred – you can do so via their Eventbrite page.
- Rounding out a fun-packed Thursday evening is the QED Fringe Gathering and Social, organised by the Greater Manchester Skeptics Society. The event will take place at Kro Bar on Oxford Road, is free to attend, and officially starts at 9pm… though we imagine a few skeptics may be gathering there even earlier to hang out and chat. Details are available on the Facebook event page.
Friday 12th October
- Starting at 1pm will be the fifth annual Skepticamp, the free event that sees volunteer speakers giving fifteen minute presentations on the subject of their choice. The event takes place in the QED venue, and is free for anyone to attend, whether they're coming to QED or not.
- From 6pm will be the annual QED pub quiz – graciously and expertly hosted once again by the lovely folk at Cosmic Shambles. Themed this year as “Space Shambles”, the quiz will cover everything from moon landings and nonsense conspiracy theories to science fiction and space stations. There are still a handful of spaces left for the quiz, so you can still register a team and take part.
- Starting in the bar of the QED venue at 7pm will be the QED Mixer – our ever-popular social session where people can meet, chat and get to know their fellow QED attendees.
Saturday 13th October
- For those not attending the charity dinner, Oxford Skeptics in the Pub have once again arranged the Rebel Dinner. This year, the Rebel Dinner will be at TOPS Restaurant for their all-you-can-eat buffet, which will cost is £16.99 pp plus drinks and tips. There'll be a sign-up sheet available during Saturday for people to sign-up, and they’ve very charitably decided to organise a whip-round on the night, with proceeds going to the Good Thinking Society.
Keep an eye on the QED website for further schedule announcements, and we’ll see you in a few weeks!