Pint of Science is a three-day series of science talks around Manchester. I’ve seen and spoken at them in the past and they’ve always been excellent. Several of them are already sold out and the Wednesday talks clash with our next speaker event, but if you want to attend the others then visit their website.
QED is the two-day skeptical conference run by Greater Manchester and Merseyside’s respective Skeptics Societies, and regularly sees hundreds of attendees gather to watch fascinating talks, have engaging discussions, and drink enough alcohol to reliably surprise the hotel bar management.
You can get your ticket from the QED website. The aim of QED isn’t to make money, so tickets are just £109 (or £75 for students and the under-18s). That said, if you’re local and can’t spare the ticket price, the Friday’s entertainments will be entirely free (save for the bar tariffs, of course).
There will doubtless be a fuller announcement once more details are released, but I’ve just posted our listing for QED 2017. It’s happening.
Long-standing members will be familiar with QED as it’s been held Manchester every year since 2011 (although in that time it has drifted from February to October, like Ramadan but with significantly more beer). It’s a joint venture between GMSS and Merseyside Skeptics Society, and prices are kept as low as possible with any inadvertent profit being reinvested or donated to charity.
By tradition, the day or two before QED are filled with free mixers and satellite events but there’s no word yet on what is happening this year. Watch this space, or perhaps better still, this one.
When the lizard conspiracy let its guard down and allowed David Icke to come and give a talk in Manchester, GMSS member and soapbox speaker Claire went along with a notebook. And sandwiches, because he does tend to go on a bit…
Occasional Skeptics attendee Katie Steckles is this year’s science communicator in residence, and is running the Megapixel project, which aims to demonstrate how a computer display works using pens and a massive window. She also gave the Josh Award lecture (which you can’t go to because it’s in the past).