Skepticamp Returns

Posted by QED at 11:30am on July 30th 2018
Claire Klingenberg at Skepticamp Manchester 2017

For the fifth year running, we are pleased to be hosting a Skepticamp at QED, taking place on Friday 12th October. Skepticamp is a free conference that celebrates the incredible work done by grassroots skeptics and activists, where the attendees 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.

Skepticamp is about providing an open and accessible platform for all members of the skeptical community to share their ideas, collaborate and discuss the topics they’re passionate about.

Here’s How It Works

If you’d like to present a talk, you’ll need to register ahead of time – as talks come in we’ll put together a schedule, which will be published online in the lead up to the event.

Each speaker will be allocated a fifteen-minute time slot—ten minutes to present and five minutes for questions from the audience. As with last year, we’re adopting the Ignite presentation model of “lightning talks”—presentations will be capped at ten minutes, and each slide in your presentation will be set to automatically advance after twenty seconds (you’ll need to submit your presentation roughly a week prior to the event so we can get it configured).

Ideally your talk should focus on skeptical activism, an issue that’s relevant to the community or a project that you’d like to raise awareness about. If you’re not up for getting up on stage, there’s no pressure! The audience is as crucial a part of Skepticamp as the speakers. Just come along prepared to listen, to be challenged and to meet new friends.

When & Where

SkeptiCamp will take place on Friday, October 12th at Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester. We will begin after lunch, so there’s plenty of time to travel to the event, and continue through to 5.00pm, giving you just enough time to change into your dancing shoes before the Friday evening mixer.

Tickets & Pricing

Skepticamp Manchester will be free for everyone to attend, regardless of whether you’re planning to attend QED. There’s no need to book a ticket, you’re free to wander in and out of the event throughout the day.

What Next?

If you’d like to register a talk, fill in the form at and someone from the Skepticamp team will be in touch with you shortly.