Announcing SkeptiCamp 2023 with Skeptics in the Pub Online!

We’re thrilled to announce that the traditional pre-QED SkeptiCamp will be returning this year with your friendly (virtual) neighbourhood Skeptics in the Pub Online team as returning hosts, and YOU as the star speakers!

Apply to speak at SkeptiCamp here

Note: The deadline for submissions is Sunday 30th of July

What is SkeptiCamp?

SkeptiCamp is a free conference that celebrates the incredible work and enthusiasm of the grassroots skeptics and activists who attend, and it’s those very attendees who are responsible for creating and delivering the day’s content. Anyone is welcome to present a talk, with no requirement to be a published author, famous podcaster or professional communicator to get involved. SkeptiCamp is about providing an open and accessible platform for as many members of the Skeptic community as possible to share their ideas, collaborate, and discuss the topics they’re passionate about. For those not speaking at the event, you still get to have your say with time set aside for audience questions after each presentation.

Call for speakers

If you’d like to present a talk, you’ll need to register ahead of time by filling in the [application form]. As submissions come in we’ll liaise with those potential speakers, and put together a schedule, which will be published here in the lead-up to the event.

Each speaker will be allocated a fifteen-minute time slot, with ten minutes to present and five minutes for audience questions. Confirmed speakers will need to send us finalised content approximately ten days before the event to allow review and collation.

Ideally, your talk should focus on subjects related to; scientific skepticism, critical thinking, science, skeptical activism, an issue relevant to the community, or a relevant project that you’d like to raise awareness about.

If you’d like a reminder of the speakers and content for last year’s SkeptiCamp you can watch all the talks here.

When & Where

SkeptiCamp will occur on Friday, September 22nd at the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester. We will begin late morning, so there’s plenty of time to travel to the event. There will be a break for lunch, and then we’ll continue through to the late afternoon, giving you just enough time to change into your party clothes before the Friday evening festivities.

Tickets & Pricing

Thanks to the generous support of the QED organisers, SkeptiCamp will be free for everyone to attend, regardless of whether you’re planning to attend QED. There’s no need to book a ticket – you’re free to wander in and out of the event throughout the day.

What Next?

We’ll be announcing more details about the event in the lead-up to QED.

All of us at the Skeptics in the Pub Online team look forward to seeing you at SkeptiCamp in September!