AHS National Convention 2013

This is an external event to which many of our members are attending, hope to see you there. Below is the information on the website, and here is the link to the event website


The annual convention of the AHS - National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies – will be held in London on the weekend of 1 – 3 March 2013, and it’s going to be awesome! You can book tickets here.

Our incredible speakers this year include:
- physicist, author and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili, who has just been appointed President of the British Humanist Association
- Guardian journalist Polly Toynbee, well known for her support for secularism and humanism
- Robin Ince, atheist comedian and organiser of 9 Lessons and Carols for Godless People
- Natalie Haynes, teacher turned comedian, author and guest contributor for the Independent
- Andrew Copson, chief executive of the British Humanist Association
- Executive Director of the National Secular Society Keith Porteous Wood
- Gita Sahgal, founder of Southall Black Sisters, Women against Fundamentalism and the Centre for Secular Space
We also have a performance by the BHA Choir, who have delighted us in previous years with their alternately touching and amusing non-religious songs.

There will be an End of Convention Party at the Enterprise pub after the speakers day, when you’ll get plenty of opportunity to socialise with your fellow heathens.

We will be meeting on Friday from 7.30pm onwards for Welcome Drinks at the Knights Templar pub on Chancery Lane. This is a great chance to meet new people and get into the secular swing of things!

On Saturday, you will have the opportunity to listen to lots of interesting speakers on a variety of atheism, humanism and secularism related topics, not to mention meet loads of awesome new people.

Time Speaker 10.30 Opening address by AHS President 10:45 Andrew Copson 11:30 Gita Sahgal 11:40 Natalie Haynes 12:00 Lunch 13:00 Professor Jim Al-Khalili 13:45 Break 14:00 Polly Toynbee 14:40 Robin Ince 15:10 Break 15:20 Chris Jenord – Ancestor’s Trail 15:30 Keith Porteous Wood 16:15 Break 16:25 Sue Cox – Survivor’s Voice Europe 16:30 BHA Choir 16:50 Closing address by AHS President 17:00 End of Convention Party – The Enterprise pub

We will also have stalls run by a range of non-religious organisations which might be of interest to our members, which you can visit in breaks between speakers.

Sunday will be a day of workshops and discussions aimed at current and prospective committees, kindly hosted by UCL. Workshops are a mixture of fun and usefulness, plus we will be giving out a number of awesome awards to societies – make sure to be there to pick yours up!

Book tickets here - £10 for students, £12 for non-students.

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  • Steve C.

    I hope that the BHA choir are going to sing a song including the words
    Deoxyribonucleic acid

    February 27, 2013

    • stells d.

      Other lyrics you might like: "parthenogenesis"­ and "Schrödinger's­ feline".

      2 · March 1, 2013

    • Steve C.

      Like it,

      March 1, 2013

  • Hoogendoorn W.

    be careful don't forget a red nose protector

    1 · February 28, 2013

  • Jim

    Very sorry I can't come owing to family commitments. It looks to be a very interesting (and enjoyable) meeting.

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why didn't someone let CLHG members know about this before? Regrettably I have arranged to go away this weekend and will miss it.

    February 27, 2013

  • stells d.

    Absolutely, especially dedicated to you Steve!

    1 · February 27, 2013

  • Sanch

    Martin you can buy tickets from http://humanism.org.uk/events/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/register&id=8&reset=1 See you all at the Pre Drinks on friday night! (and on Saturday too)

    February 27, 2013

  • Martin D.

    I intend to attend. Do we buy tickets at the door on the day?

    February 27, 2013

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