Programme

The current plan is for the congress to begin on the Friday morning (delegates will be able to register on the Thursday afternoon) and end at lunchtime on Sunday. It is now very likely that we will have a pre-congress event on Thursday form 4.00 until 6.00 p.m. There may also be an extra event on Thursday evening and there will definitely be one on Friday evening (speaker and discussion) organised by a local ‘Skeptics in the Pub’.

It is early days yet but this page will be regularly updated as the congress programme takes shape. At present we are able to make the following exciting announcements:

Professor Jim Al-Khalili has accepted our invitation to give a keynote address on the Friday of the congress. He is Professor of Theoretical Physics and Chair in the Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey, a well-known presenter of science programmes on radio and television, author of several popular books on science, and currently President of the British Humanist Association.

We have had a positive response from Sense About Science, who are interested in conducting an ‘Ask for Evidence’ project at the congress (with the participation of delegates).

Professor Chris French and his colleagues will be presenting accounts of their work at the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, Goldsmiths College.

We have accepted Dr Caroline Watt’s offer of a presentation on work that she and her colleagues have been conducting at the University of Edinburgh’s Koestler Parapsychology Unit which will be marking the 30th anniversary of its inception in 2015.

Dr Martin Mahner has accepted our suggestion to present a talk on tests of paranormal claims undertaken by GWUP, the German skeptical organisation. He is a biologist and philosopher of science and is GWUP’s Head of the Centre for Science and Critical Thinking.

Emeritus Professor Edzard Ernst, formerly Professor of Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter, has accepted our invitation to give a presentation on integrative medicine.

Science writer, journalist and environmental activist Mr Mark Lynas will be speaking on science and the environment.

There will be a panel debate (with audience participation) on 'Skepticism Humanism and Religion'. So far, the following have accepted our invitation to appear on the panel:

Dr Stephen Law, Provost of Centre for Inquiry UK and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London

Dr Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association

Professor Adam Dinham, Director, Faiths & Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths College

Rabbi Pete Tobias, speaker and writer on Liberal Judaism.

Keep an eye on the programme!