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Event Schedule

We have five parallel tracks of content, plus an exhibition, spread across three 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 and the Quirkology ‘Mind Tricks’ exhibition in Park Avenue.

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 13th October

19:30

Investigating the Impossible: Thirty Years at the Koestler Unit

QED Fringe FREE TO ATTEND. Join Professor Caroline Watt for a whistlestop tour of the highs and lows of three decades of research into paranormal claims. More details at gmss.uk.

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

Friday 14th October

11:00 - 16:00

SkeptiCamp

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 Pub Quiz

QED Fringe FREE TO ATTEND. Quizmaster Stevyn Colgan, QED regular and QI elf, puts you to the test. Registration is required. Register your team now.

Park Suite, Fourth Floor
19:00 - LATE

The Mixer

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

‘Arts’ Brasserie, Third Floor

Saturday 15th 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 Matt Parker.

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

Alan Melikdjanian

Main Track Captain Disillusion: Heroic Feats of YouTube Debunkery

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

Petra Boynton

Main Track How to be an Advice Columnist

International Suite, Third Floor

“Say Aaargh”: Dental Pseudoscience

Panel Track Featuring Sarah Farmer, Martin Law, Grant Ritchey, Laura Thomason, and chair Shaun Sellars.

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

Britt Hermes

Main Track The Right Detox: The Beginning of the Rest of Your Life in Five Easy Steps

International Suite, Third Floor

Team Spirit: Investigating the Paranormal

Panel Track Featuring Susan Blackmore, Hayley Stevens, Caroline Watt, and chair Deborah Hyde.

Park Suite, Fourth Floor

Skeptics with a K—Live!

Podcast Track Featuring Mike Hall, Alice Howarth, and Michael Marshall.

Portland Suite, First Floor

Magic 101, with Dave Alnwick

Workshop Track Learn a little magic with magician and mentalist Dave Alnwick. Repeated Sunday at 11.10am.

Senate Suite, Second Floor

UK Premiere: NUTS!

Movie Track Animated documentary about the eccentric Depression era quack, John Brinkley. Finishes at 12.30pm

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

Lunch

13:00 - 13:50

Mark Stevenson

Main Track The Future and What to do About It

International Suite, Third Floor

The Ethics of Magic

Panel Track What responsibility do magicians have to the truth? Featuring Dave Alnwick, Eli Bosnick, Richard Wiseman, Paul Zenon, and chair Michael Marshall.

Park Suite, Fourth Floor

Cognitive Dissonance

Podcast Track Foul-mouthed fun, featuring Tom Curry and Cecil Cicirello.

Portland Suite, First Floor

Investigative Journalism

Workshop Track Journalist and TV producer Meirion Jones teaches tricks of the trade. Repeated Sunday at 1.00pm.

Senate Suite, Second Floor

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Movie Track Paranoid Christian ‘documentary’ featuring Ben Stein. Finishes at 2.40pm; see the commentary from ‘God Awful Movies’ at 3.00pm.

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

Timandra Harkness

Main Track Big Data: Does Size Matter?

International Suite, Third Floor

Engaging Kids with the Wonder of Science

Panel Track How can we inspire the next generation? Featuring Dr Karl, Sally Le Page, Matt Parker, Ginny Smith, and Trent Burton.

Park Suite, Fourth Floor

Ask An Archaeologist

Workshop Track Seriously, ask him anything! Featuring Paul Duncan McGarrity. Repeated Sunday at 2.00pm.

Senate Suite, Second Floor
15:00 - 15:50

Susan Blackmore

Main Track The New Science of Out-of-Body Experiences

International Suite, Third Floor

Skeptical Activism Under the Microscope

Panel Track What makes a skeptical activist campaign a success? Featuring Salima Budhani, Andy Lewis, Jamie Potter, Simon Singh, and chair Michael Marshall.

Park Suite, Fourth Floor

God Awful Movies: Expelled

Podcast Track If there were really a god, would he inspire such god-awful cinema? Featuring Noah Lugheons, Heath Enwright, and Eli Bosnick.

Portland Suite, First Floor

Skeptics in the Pub

Workshop Track Meet to share ideas, frustrations, challenges, and successes.

Senate Suite, Second Floor

Cosmic Genome presents: The Quest for Wonder

Movie Track Brian Cox has lost his wonder, so together with Robin Ince, it’s a race against time to find it.

Park Lane, Fourth Floor
16:00 - 17:00

Dr Karl

Main Track Dr Karl’s Great Moments in Science

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 16th October

10:00 - 10:10

Welcome Back

Main Track Featuring Matt Parker

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

Cara Santa Maria

Main Track Science, Skepticism, and Atheism (Oh My!): My Modest Attempt to Improve the American Media Landscape

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

Sally Le Page

Main Track Sex Science’s Sex Bias

International Suite, Third Floor

Ask Dr Karl!

Panel Track The indefatigable Dr Karl Kruszelnicki tackles the science questions you’ve always wanted answers to.

Park Suite, Fourth Floor

InKredulous

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

Portland Suite, First Floor

Magic 101, with Dave Alnwick

Workshop Track In case you missed it on Saturday, here is another chance to learn a little magic with mentalist Dave Alnwick.

Senate Suite, Second Floor

Ghostbusters

Movie Track Three parapsychologists lose their jobs, and set up a paranormal investigation agency. Starring Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, and Harold Ramis. Finishes 12.50pm

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

Lunch

13:00 - 13:50

Paul Zenon

Main Track Secrets of the Psychics

International Suite, Third Floor

The March of Unreason?

Panel Track Are we living in a post-fact society? Featuring Michael Blastland, Hugo Dixon, Michael Dougan, Max Goldman, Emma Runswick, and chair Geoff Whelan.

Park Suite, Fourth Floor

Talk Nerdy—Live!

Podcast Track Cara Santa Maria interviews Susan Blackmore, one of the UK’s most prominent skeptics.

Portland Suite, First Floor

Investigative Journalism

Workshop Track A second chance to take part in this hour-long session on investigative journalism and techniques, hosted by Meirion Jones.

Senate Suite, Second Floor

The Ledge

Movie Track After an atheistic neighbour Gavin has an affair with his wife Shana, vengeful evangelical Joe offers Gavin a choice: kill yourself, or Shana Dies. Starring Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, and Patrick Wilson. Finishes 2.45pm

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

Michael Blastland

Main Track Trivia: Life’s Neglected Variable

International Suite, Third Floor

Legal Name Fraud: The Truth

Panel Track Is your birth certificate a sinister plot by the Government to trap you in debt? Featuring Emma McClure, Michael Dougan, Justin Stoneman, and chair Geoff Whelan.

Park Suite, Fourth Floor

Ask An Archaeologist

Workshop Track Another opportunity to quiz the comedian and archaeologist Paul Duncan McGarrity, about archaeology, or whatever else takes your fancy.

Senate Suite, Second Floor
15:00 - 16:00

Meirion Jones

Main Track How to Make $100 Million with a Bogus Bomb Detector

International Suite, Third Floor
16:00

Closing Ceremony

Main Track See you next year..?

International Suite, Third Floor
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