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Event Schedule

We have five parallel tracks of content, spread across four floors of the hotel.

Our keynote talks take place on the Main Track, which is located in the International Suite on the third floor. On the fourth floor we have the Panel Track in the Park Suite, featuring in-depth discussions on skeptical topics, as well as the Movie Track located in Park Lane. You'll also find a Quiet Space here in Park Avenue, in case you need a time-out.

On the second floor is the Workshop Track in the Senate Suite. These are more intimate sessions and are strictly first-come, first-served. And finally, in the Portland Suite on the first floor (next to the lobby) is the Podcast Track.

Thursday 12th October

19:30

Liar Liar Pants on Fire

QED Fringe FREE TO ATTEND. Is it possible to spot lies? Using the latest research from the behavioural and psychological sciences, Dr Mike Drayton explores this question with video clips, examples from literature and audience participation. More information at gmss.uk.

The King's Arms, Bloom Street, Manchester.
Note: this event does not take place at the QED venue.

Friday 13th October

11:00 - 16:00

SkeptiCamp Manchester

QED Fringe FREE TO ATTEND. No ticket required, just turn up! More details at skepticamp.co.uk.

Park Suite, Fourth Floor
18:00 - 20:00

The QED Quiz

QED Fringe FREE TO ATTEND, REGISTRATION REQUIRED. We’ll be delving into the world of science, skepticism, science fiction, classics and more with the QED Quiz, presented by presented by The Cosmic Shambles Network. Hosted by Shambles producer Trent Burton with great prizes including books, event tickets and more!

Park Suite, Fourth Floor
19:00 - LATE

The QED Mixer 2017

QED Fringe FREE TO ATTEND. If you’re new to QED or attending on your own, the Mixer is the perfect opportunity to get the QED party started early, meet new friends, and introduce yourself to a guest speaker or two. You’ll also be able to pick up your name badge, saving valuable time on Saturday morning.

Level 3 Bar, Third Floor

Saturday 14th October

08:00 - 09:00

Registration

Pick up your name badge and take your seats, ready for a prompt event start. Doors open 8:30.

Third Floor
09:00 - 09:10

Opening Ceremony

Main Track Featuring Dave Alnwick.

International Suite, Third Floor
09:10 - 10:00

Emma McClure

Main Track The Phantom of Heilbronn and other Forensic Faux Pas. Prison lawyer Emma McClure examines issues with forensic techniques, highlighting the amusing, confusing and sometimes tragic consequences of failing to take a skeptical approach to evidence in the field of forensic science.

International Suite, Third Floor
10:10 - 11:00

Caroline Rance

Main Track Snake Oil! Frauds and Fakers from Quackery’s Colourful History. Caroline Rance explores how patent medicine vendors of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries attracted customers, and how anti-quackery campaigners attempted to put a stop to their lucrative activities.

International Suite, Third Floor

Crime and Punishment: the UK prison system

Panel Track A look at the factors that affect life on the inside, and what role prison ought to play in society. Featuring Emma McClure, Geoff Whelan, Phil Scraton and chair Nicola Throp.

Park Suite, Fourth Floor

Science Moms

Movie Track World Premiere! Giving a voice to the science-minded moms, the women who are too-often drowned out by fear mongers, shamers, and ‘CelebMoms.’ Introduced by director Natalie Newell and star Kavin Senapathy.

Park Lane, Fourth Floor
11:10 - 12:00

Carol Tavris

Main Track Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why Won’t They Listen to Us When We Have the Data? Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why are we unable to own up when we make mistakes? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell?

International Suite, Third Floor

Hungry Like the Wolfe: Dietary Pseudoscience

Panel Track Get the inside track on what should be tweaking your skeptical spider-sense with our panel of science foodies. Featuring Charlotte Hardman, Kavin Senapathy, Anthony Warner, and chair Andy Wilson.

Park Suite, Fourth Floor

Skeptics with a K

Podcast Track News, myths, and misconceptions, from the Merseyside Skeptics Society. Featuring Mike Hall, Alice Howarth, and Michael Marshall.

Portland Suite, First Floor

Filibuster

Workshop Track Comedian and environmental economist Matt Winning, describes how global warming is destroying both the planet and his life. Repeated Sunday at 11.10am.

Senate Suite, Second Floor

Here Be Dragons

Movie Track An introduction to critical thinking, written and presented by Brian Dunning.

Park Lane, Fourth Floor
12:00 - 13:00

Lunch

13:00 - 13:50

Kavin Senapathy

Main Track Why GMO is a Social Justice Issue. The scientific consensus on the safety of genetic engineering is clear. But some consumer rights advocates argue that shoppers have a "right to know" whether their foods are GMO. Does this right actually exist, and how does anti-GMO sentiment hinder social and environmental justice?

International Suite, Third Floor

Contemplating Cognitive Biases

Panel Track Experts benefitting from an authority bias to discuss these issues are Chris French, Carol Tavris, Richard Wiseman, and chair Deborah Hyde.

Park Suite, Fourth Floor

The Parapod

Podcast Track Barry Dodds is a comedian, and a believer in a host of paranormal claims. Ian Boldsworth is a skeptic, and exasperated by his friend’s acceptance of extraordinary claims.

Portland Suite, First Floor

Mathematical Life Hacks

Workshop Track Mathematical and geometric tricks to solve some of everyday life’s minor challenges. Featuring Katie Steckles and repeated Sunday at 1.00pm.

Senate Suite, Second Floor

Good Thinking Investigates... Palmistry

Movie Track The Good Thinking Society joins forces with the Merseyside Skeptics to investigate Blackpool’s famous palm readers. Followed by:

Science Moms

A second chance to see this new documentary, giving a voice to the science-minded moms, the women who are too-often drowned out by fear mongers, shamers, and ‘CelebMoms.’

Park Lane, Fourth Floor
14:00 - 14:50

Sophie Wilson

Main Track The Future of Microprocessors, considered from the perspective of instruction set design, and the two fundamental laws that define what has happened and limit what will happen.

International Suite, Third Floor

Quackery Comms and Science Moms

Panel Track How do pseudoscientific ideas past spread, and how can the skeptic movement adapt our approach? Featuring David Gorksi, Britt Hermes, Natalie Newell, Caroline Rance, and chair Michael Marshall.

Park Suite, Fourth Floor

Street Epistomology

Workshop Track Giving you the tools, and confidence needed to help a person reflect on a deeply-held belief without closing them down. Featuring Anthony Magnabosco, and repeated Sunday at 2.00pm.

Senate Suite, Second Floor

QED Presents... Jim Al-Khalili

Movie Track Is Time Travel Possible? Determinism, Relativity and the Arrow of Time. Presented at QED 2011.

Park Lane, Fourth Floor
15:00 - 15:50

Anthony Warner

Main Track The Truth About Fat: Why Anyone Who Says That Weight Gain and Obesity are Simple is Probably Trying to Sell You Something. This will cover the science of weight gain; the problem with weight stigma; the many people selling lies and false promises about it; our fear of fat; and how our deeply help prejudice against larger bodies leaves us susceptible to adopting false beliefs and believing those who peddle certainty.

International Suite, Third Floor

Fact-checking in the Fake News Era

Panel Track A look at the pressures within the media industry, how publications are (or aren’t) coping, and what issues those coping mechanisms can create. Featuring James Ball, Robin Brown, Clare Freeman, and chair Michael Marshall.

Park Suite, Fourth Floor

Z List Dead List

Podcast Track A look at some of history’s most obscure heroes, villains, and curiosities. Featuring Iszi Lawrence and guests.

Portland Suite, First Floor

Skeptics in the Pub

Workshop Track Facilitated by Brian Eggo and Sean Slater.

Senate Suite, Second Floor
16:00 - 17:00

Phil Scraton

Main Track Justice for the 96: Researching Truth, Delivering Justice, in the Aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster. Phil Scraton reflects on the long road to truth on Hillsborough, analyses the new inquests, their outcome (unlawful killing verdict, attribution of responsibility and exoneration of the fans), the ongoing Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation and the criminal prosecutions.

International Suite, Third Floor
17:00 - 18:30

Break

18:30 - 20:30

The Gala Dinner

For Gala Dinner ticket holders only.

International Suite, Third Floor
20:30 - LATE

Saturday Night at QED

All QED ticket holders are welcome at this event; entry is included in your overall QED ticket price.

International Suite, Third Floor

Sunday 15th October

10:00 - 10:10

Welcome Back

Main Track Featuring Dave Alnwick

International Suite, Third Floor
10:10 - 11:00

Helen Czerski

Main Track Coasts, Currents, Conflicts and Kings. The oceans are remote, inaccessible without ships or scuba gear, but they have a huge effect on our everyday life. We'll look at how we study the ocean, how our civilisation’s attitude to it could be different and what the future holds for the blue of our planet.

International Suite, Third Floor
11:10 - 12:00

Simon Singh

Main Track The Science of Secrecy. Simon Singh, author of the The Code Book, discusses the history of codes and codebreaking, from Ancient Egypt to the Internet. This talk will include a demonstration of genuine Enigma cipher machine.

International Suite, Third Floor

The Science of Game of Thrones

Panel Track Do dragons actually exist? Is it possible to crush a person’s head with your bare hands? Featuring Helen Keen, Gerardo García, Elio García, and chair Deborah Hyde.

Park Suite, Fourth Floor

InKredulous

Podcast Track The satirical, skeptical, panel show from the Merseyside Skeptics Society. Featuring Andy Wilson, and guests.

Portland Suite, First Floor

Filibuster

Workshop Track In case you missed it on Saturday, another chance to see Matt Winning’s comedy show and lecture about climate change.

Senate Suite, Second Floor

Principles of Curiosity

Movie Track Exploring the problem of misinformation and pseudoscience in popular culture. Written and presented by Brian Dunning.

Park Lane, Fourth Floor
12:00 - 13:00

Lunch

13:00 - 13:50

James Ball

Main Track Bathing in Bullshit: What’s Gone Wrong and What We Can Do About It. Almost everyone agrees we've got a problem with fake news, misinformation, pseudoscience and conspiracy theories. This talk tries to dissect what's gone wrong with our information ecosystem, who's to blame (spoiler: all of us), and what we can do to fight back.

International Suite, Third Floor

With a ‘Quack Quack’ Here: Veterinary Pseudoscience

Panel Track From shoeless horses to psychic telephone readings. Featuring Terry Ogdin, Alison Price, Alex Young, and chair Danny Chambers.

Park Suite, Fourth Floor

Book Shambles

Podcast TrackHost Robin Ince will be joined by Helen Czerski, Dean Burnett, Helen Keen, and Ginny Smith to talk science books. Introduced by Trent Burton.

Portland Suite, First Floor

Mathematical Life Hacks

Workshop Track A second chance to learn the mathematical tips and tricks to solve life’s minor challenges. Featuring Katie Steckles.

Senate Suite, Second Floor

A Medium at Large

Movie Track Film-maker and magician Gareth Shoulder’s award-winning investigation of the people who claim they can speak with the dead. Followed by:

The Vaccination Chronicles

From Australian Skeptics’ Richard Saunders, the Vaccination Chronicles are stories of people who’ve seen the effects of vaccine-preventable disease.

Park Lane, Fourth Floor
14:00 - 14:50

David Gorski

Main Track Integrative Medicine: The Best of Both Worlds? Academic medical centres have been embracing “integrative medicine,” which rebrands existing medical lifestyle interventions, such as diet and exercise, as “alternative” or “integrative” while integrating quackery into medicine. How did this happen, and can anything be done?

International Suite, Third Floor

Science: The Big Questions

Panel Track What is Dark Matter, and Dark Energy? Do protons decay? Are these really big questions of science? Featuring Helen Czerski, Jeff Forshaw, Tim O’Brien, and chair Rick Owen.

Park Suite, Fourth Floor

Street Epistemology

Workshop Track The final workshop of the weekend. Anthony Magnabosco gives you the tools, and confidence needed to help a person reflect on deeply-held beliefs.

Senate Suite, Second Floor

QED Presents... Nate Phelps

Movie Track Leaving Hate Behind. Featuring Nate Phelps, and presented at QED 2014.

Park Lane, Fourth Floor
15:00 - 16:00

Tim O’Brien

Main Track The Invisible Universe. Tim will tell the story of how technology has allowed us to extend our senses to see beyond the visible and reveal a universe stranger than we ever imagined.

International Suite, Third Floor
16:00

Closing Ceremony

Main Track See you next year..?

International Suite, Third Floor
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