New Zealand Skeptics Conference 2013

It's now only three weeks to go before this year's Skeptics Conference.

With a central theme of science communication, we've got a wide range of speakers and workshops lined up: from astronomy and psychology to climate change, statistics, skeptical activism and citizen science!

There's the usual Saturday night dinner, plus a blind auction for a VIP dinner on Friday evening with a selection of the weekend's speakers.

Here's our line-up of speakers for this year:


Dr Pamela Gay - Astronomer, citizen science leader, Astronomy Cast host and author of the Star Stryder blog.

Kylie Sturgess - Teacher, host at the Token Skeptic, prolific interviewer, writes for Patheos and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

Dr Matt McCrudden - Associate Professor of Psychology, currently on the editorial board of five scientific journals.

Dr Siouxsie Wiles - Microbiologist, CUSP podcast host. Loves bioluminescence, not so keen on the Ponsonby News.

Prof Martin Manning - founding director of the NZ Climate Change Research Institute, and co-author of several IPCC assessment reports.

Loretta Marron - Skeptical activist and CEO of Friends of Science in Medicine, Loretta has twice been voted Australian Skeptic of the Year.

Elf Eldridge - Amateur Astronomer and pirate, he’s also the president of the Wellington branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

aimee whitcroft - Has worked in science communication, driven the Mongol Rally and is the founder and host of Wellington’s Nerd Nite.

Emmeline Haymes - Coordinator for the National Fluoridation Information Service - arch nemesis of the Fluoride Action Network.

Dr David Bulger - A senior lecturer in Statistics, David works with quantum computation and music modelling. He also battles numerical illiteracy.

Vicki Hyde - Veteran New Zealand skeptic and the face of NZ Skeptics Society (she’s the one you see on TV).

Sue Nicholson - Well-known psychic, star of Sensing Murder and regular guest on TVNZ’s Good Morning. No, really.

Ticket sales and further details can be found at our website:

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  • James K.

    I thought it went brilliantly, though in the interest of full disclosure I was the MC, so I may have a conflict of interest.

    September 8, 2013

  • Hugh Y.

    Excellent. Perhaps a little much emphasis on skeptical outreach, not enough on case studies. I think it was Denis Dutton who warned against inviting people making paranomral claims to speak, unless they were prepared to be tested. I think he'd had an experience like ours, with a self-deluded creature who was quite out of their depth and was neither entertaining nor challenging. Both the Skepticamp and the dinnfer should have started earlier, and the dinner entertainment come between main and dessert. Was there coffee/tea? I saw none. Excellent food otherwise.

    September 8, 2013

  • Steven

    Was looking forward to this, but managed to commit to something in Christchurch before I realised the dates clashed.

    September 6, 2013

    • Gold

      Nuts. You missed a good night.

      September 7, 2013

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