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Event Schedule

The bulk of the QED activities take part in the Alan Turing Room, sponsored by Gloo Communications. This is located in the Grand Room of the Palace Hotel. Panel sessions take place in the Supergrizzly Room, located in the Buckingham Suite.

Thursday 23rd April

19:30

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics: How We Get Science Coverage Wrong

QED FRINGE. Dr. David Robert Grimes will investigates the glaring disconnect between the actual findings of science and media reporting of such topic. Hosted by the Greater Manchester Skeptics. No ticket required, just turn up! More details are available on Facebook.

Bar21mcr, Thomas Street, Manchester.
Note: this event does not take place at the QED venue.

Friday 24th April

11:00 - 17:00

SkeptiCamp

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

The Buckingham Suite
17:00 - 19:00

The Cosmic Genome Quiz

FREE TO ATTEND. Register at cosmicgenome.com/qed.

The Buckingham Suite
19:00 - LATE

The QED Mixer 2015

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, meet new friends, and introduce yourself to a guest speaker or two. You’ll also be able to register and pick up your name badge, saving yourself valuable time on Saturday morning.

Tempus Bar & Restaurant

Saturday 25th April

08:00 - 09:00

Registration

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

09:00 - 09:10

Opening Ceremony

Featuring Mitch Benn.

The Alan Turing Room
09:10 - 10:00

Marcel Dicke

Why Not? A Six-Legged Solution to Food Security

The Alan Turing Room
10:10 - 11:00

Harriet Hall

Puncturing the Acupuncture Myth

The Alan Turing Room

Every Cloud-based Video Service has a Silver Lining

Skepticism and YouTube. Featuring Myles Power, Hayley Stevens, and Richard Wiseman. Chair: Rick Owen.

The Supergrizzly Room
11:10 - 12:00

Rosie Waterhouse

Satanic Abuse, False Memories, and Multiple Personalities: Anatomy of a 25-year Investigation

The Alan Turing Room

InKredulous Live

Live Podcast Recording. Featuring Kate Smurthwaite, Natalie Haynes, Dr*T, and Michael Marshall. Produced and presented by Andy Wilson.

The Supergrizzly Room
12:00 - 13:00

Lunch

13:00 - 13:50

Natalie Haynes

Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics

The Alan Turing Room

Scapegoats, Cults, and Moral Panics.

What we can learn from witch-hunts and ‘satanic panics’. Featuring Victoria Stiles, Martin Poulter, Rosie Waterhouse, and Christopher French. Chair: Deborah Hyde.

The Supergrizzly Room
14:00 - 14:50

Ryan Bell

The Slow Death of God: Lessons from a Year Without God

The Alan Turing Room

Pseudo-medicine and the ‘C’ Word

The temptations and dangers of treating cancer with pseudo-medcine. Featuring Harriet Hall, Laura Thomason, and Emily Jesper. Chair: Alice Howarth.

The Supergrizzly Room
15:00 - 15:50

Bruce Hood

Why We Fail to Reason & How to Speak Easily

The Alan Turing Room

How to Silence Those Who Disagree with You

The friction between potential for offence and freedom of speech. Featuring Kate Smurthwaite, Paul Fitzgerald, Stephen Knight, and Andrew Copson. Chair: Geoff Whelan.

The Supergrizzly Room
16:00 - 17:00

Matt Dillahunty

Peddling Reason: Thoughts on a Decade of Debating with Theists

The Alan Turing Room
17:00 - 18:30

Break

18:30 - 20:30

The Gala Dinner

For Gala Dinner ticket holders only.

The Alan Turing Room
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.

The Alan Turing Room

Sunday 26th April

10:00 - 10:10

Welcome Back

Featuring Mitch Benn

The Alan Turing Room
10:10 - 11:00

Michael Marshall

Homeopathy in the UK

The Alan Turing Room
11:10 - 12:00

Dame Sue Ion

What chance for meeting climate change targets without nuclear power?

The Alan Turing Room

Daring to Disagree

How should we go about engaging with people we disagree with? Featuring Matt Dillahunty, Aron Ra, Michael Marshall, and Mitch Benn. Chair: Mike Hall

The Supergrizzly Room
12:00 - 13:00

Lunch

13:00 - 13:50

Lucie Green

What has the Sun ever done for us?

The Alan Turing Room

Skeptics in the Pub Forum

An open forum to discuss running a Skeptics in the Pub. Featuring Ian Scott, Kash Farooq, Alice Howarth, and the audience!

The Supergrizzly Room
14:00 - 14:50

Jennifer Michael Hecht

The History of Doubt and the Poetics of Atheism

The Alan Turing Room

Competing with Lady Gaga: the Relevance of Science in Society

Can science compete for attention with the distractions of popular culture? Featuring Dame Sue Ion, Lucie Green, Harriet Hall, and Sheena Cruickshank. Chair: Marit Simonsen.

The Supergrizzly Room
15:00 - 16:00

A C Grayling

Varieties of Skepticism

The Alan Turing Room
16:00

Closing Ceremony

See you next year..?

The Alan Turing Room
This information may be subject to change, though we will endeavor to keep this page up to date.