Speakers

The following is a full list of speakers.

PROFESSOR JIM AL-KHALILI
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Professor Jim Al-Khalili will give a keynote address on Friday morning. 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.

EMERITUS PROFESSOR EDZARD ERNST
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Emeritus Professor Edzard Ernst, formerly Professor of Complementary Medicine at the University of Exeter, will give a presentation on integrative medicine.

Professor Ernst’s presentation will be followed by a panel debate on ‘Skepticism in Medicine’. So far, in addition Professor Ernst, we have the following panellists:

PROFESSOR SUSAN BEWLEY
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Susan Bewley is a Professor of Complex Obstetrics at Kings College London (having been an NHS consultant for 17 years at Guys’ and St Thomas’ Hospitals) and is a trustee of Healthwatch (‘for science and integrity in medicine’) in her spare time.

DR JAMES MAY
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Dr James May is the chair of Healthwatch. James has a Masters in Bioethics and an interest in the history and philosophy of science. He has been a GP partner in London for 12 years.

DR CATHERINE DE JONG
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Dr Catherine de Jong is an anaesthetist and addiction specialist, President of the Dutch Society against Quackery.

DR MACIEJ ZATONSKI
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Dr. Maciej Zatonski is a surgeon and researcher. He is actively involved in encouraging people to trust in scientifically proven therapies rather than fairies, myths, and tricksters. He is a founder of the Polish Skeptics Club. He lives and works in the UK.

MARK LYNAS
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Well-known science writer, journalist and environmental activist Mr Mark Lynas will be speaking on science and the environment.

DEBORAH HYDE
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At various times in history people have sincerely believed in the existence of fairies, but the characteristics, behaviour, and even the appearance of the supernatural creatures were very changeable, reflecting the changing circumstances and environment of the humans who recounted the tales. So Deborah will ask: what can we learn about people from the fairies? Deborah Hyde is editor of the skeptic (skeptic.org.uk) and writes about belief in the malign macabre at www jourdemayne.com

PROFESSOR RICHARD WISEMAN
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Professor Richard Wiseman is giving a talk entitled Spreading Skepticism via Youtube. Professor Wiseman is well-known to all skeptics and holds the Chair in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.

PROFESSOR CHRIS FRENCH
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Professor Chris French and his colleagues will present accounts of their work at the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit, Goldsmiths College. Speakers are as follows:

DR ROSIE WATERHOUSE
waterhouseDr Rosie Waterhouse will speak on 'Satanic Panics' and related topics.

ALASDAIR HOPWOOD
hopwoodAlasdair Hopwood will give a talk on False Memory.

CARLA MacKINNON
mackinnonCarla MacKinnon will give a presentation on Sleep Paralysis.

DAN DENIS
denisDan Denis is co-presenting with Carla MacKinnon (above).

ROB TESZKA
teskaRob Teszka will give a talk on ‘The Psychology of Magic’.

BARBARA ROWLANDS
rowlandsBabara Rowlands will give a presentation on 'Media Coverage of Complementary Medicine'.

CHRISTOPHER THRESHER-ANDREWS
ctaChristopher will give a presentation on 'The Psychology of Belief in Conspiracies'.

DR CAROLINE WATT
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Dr Caroline Watt is giving a talk on the work that she and her colleagues have been conducting at the University of Edinburgh’s Koestler Parapsychology Unit which this year is marking the 30th anniversary of its inception.

DR MARTIN MAHNER
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Dr Martin Mahner will 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.

DR MARK NEWBROOK
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Dr Mark Newbrook will present a talk entitled ‘Linguists (and others) who should Know Better’. Mark Newbrook is a professional historical and general linguist, and the author of Strange Linguistics (2013), the first ever general linguistically-informed skeptical survey of non-mainstream ideas about language.

DR ANTONIN PAVLICEK
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Dr Antonin Pavlicek of the University of Prague and the Czech Skeptical Society Sysyfos will describe the testing of paranormal claims in the Czech Republic.

KLAUS SCHMEH
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Klaus Schmeh, a computer scientist and member of the German Skeptical Society GWUP, will give a presentation on Parascientific Codes.

There will be a panel debate (with audience participation) on 'Skepticism Humanism and Religion'. The panel will consist of:

DR STEPHEN LAW
SLawDr Stephen Law, Provost of Centre for Inquiry UK and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London

ANDREW COPSON
ACopson Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association

PROFESSOR ADAM DINHAM
ADinhamProfessor Adam Dinham, Director, Faiths & Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths College

RABBI PETE TOBIAS
TobiasRabbi Pete Tobias, speaker and writer on Liberal Judaism.

MARYAM NAMAZIE
MaryamMaryam Namazie is a political activist, campaigner and blogger. She is Spokesperson of Fitnah - Movement for Women's Liberation, Equal Rights Now, One Law for All and Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. She hosts a weekly television programme in Persian and English called Bread and Roses.

The campaigning organisation Sense About Science are conducting an ‘Ask for Evidence’ project at the congress (with the participation of delegates).

PRE-CONRESS MATHS EVENT
A fun look at maths with Simon Singh, Chris French, Helen Wilson and Alex Bellos.


CHRIS FRENCH
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Chris French is a Professor of Psychology and Head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths. His latest book (with Anna Stone) is Anomalistic Psychology: Exploring Paranormal Belief and Experience.

SIMON SINGH
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After completing a PhD in particle physics, Simon Singh joined the BBC Science Departments as a producer and director. After directing a documentary about Fermat's Last Theorem, he wrote a book on the subject and has since written four more books. He has been interested in skepticism for several years and founded The Good Thinking Society, a UK-based charity that promotes good science and challenges pseudoscience.

ALEX BELLOS
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Alex Bellos is the author of Alex’s Adventures in Numberland and Alex Through the Looking Glass. He is also the Guardian’s maths and puzzles blogger and a regular presenter for Radio 4.

HELEN WILSON
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Helen Wilson is an applied mathematician, and deputy head of UCL’s Maths department.

GUSTAV KUHN
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On Friday night there will be a special Skeptics in the Pub event at the Goldsmiths Student Union in which Gustav Kuhn will give a presentation (with demonstrations) on the Science of Magic. Dr Kuhn is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths University. This is a separate event to the main congress.