Welcome to the Greater Manchester Skeptics Society!

We've run well over a hundred events since 2009, including the Manchester Skeptics in the Pub events, which are held twice each month. A bunch of Mancunian skeptics get together in the pub to discuss science, history, maths or whatever — sometimes with a guest speaker, sometimes without. If the pub's not your thing, keep an eye out for our occasional other events.

You don't have to be a member to come to our events, everyone and anyone is welcome — even if you disagree with the speaker. If you're in Manchester, come along!

Below are some links to what's going on at the moment — we'd love to extend our offerings, so if you have any ideas, suggestions or requests then please get in touch.

Recent news

  1. Black Lives Matter

    The goal of any Skeptics group should be to fight against beliefs that are both false and damaging, a category that clearly includes all forms of racism.

    We are therefore taking the following actions to help do our part:

    • The next Skeptics in the Pub Online talk will be about the resurgence of race science. This is a talk we had planned before the recent protests.
    • The talk on 2 July will turn the lens on the Skeptics movement itself, examining issues of diversity within our community.
    • During the 4 June talk, we did not ask for donations towards Skeptics in the Pub Online’s running costs or wider goals, and instead collected for a Black Lives Matter charity. Between the audience (including GMSS members), Skeptics in the Pub Online itself, and local groups (including GMSS), we raised around £2700.

    And here is a story about a nice local statue from @hollyzonehistory.

    9:00PM Thursday 2 July 2020

Upcoming Events

  1. Kavin Senapathy: What the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Can Teach Skeptics About White Supremacy

    As one of the most visible skeptical organizations in the world, CSI owes a heightened duty to uphold skeptical ideals. Kavin will cover race, and, more broadly, diversity, equity, and inclusion as it pertains to the Skeptics community, with examples from her time working with CFI. Grab your beverage of choice and join Kavin as she takes you through crucial lessons for all skeptics and skeptical organizations — yes, even you, the one who doesn’t get involved in politics.

    7:00PM Thursday 2 July 2020 Twitch
  2. Ariane Sherine: How to Live to 100

    Could drinking green tea really prolong your life? How about gardening? Is regular sex more about pleasure than health? Why does standing up a lot make a difference to longevity? And is it worth cutting out red meat or even turning vegan in order to blow out 100 candles on your birthday cake? This funny and potentially lifesaving talk will reveal the answers to all these questions and more.

    7:30PM Thursday 10 December 2020 The King's Arms