QED 2016: With Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Susan Blackmore, Cara Santa Maria, Alexis Conran and more
We’re pleased to announce that for our sixth consecutive year we’ve been able to keep the cost of attendance low, with tickets costing £99 for the full weekend (£69 for students and under 18s).
As usual, every single ticket entitles the holder to entry the full programmes for Saturday 15th October and Sunday 16th October, including our popular Saturday night entertainment.
Joining over 600 attendees at QED 2016 for your entertainment and enlightenment will be:
- Susan Blackmore: psychologist and lecturer who was one of the earliest figures of the UK skeptical movement. Her work has explored the transmission of memes in culture, investigated paranormal phenomena and examined reports of ‘out of body’ experiences.
- Michael Blastland: freelance writer and broadcaster who created the BBC radio series ‘More or Less’, examining statistical errors in the news. His books ‘The Tiger That Isn’t’ and ‘The Norm Chronicles’ quantify the role of risk and probability in our lives.
- Petra Boynton: Social Psychologist whose work in International Health Research focuses on sex and relationships during pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and parenthood. She has been an Agony Aunt for the past 14 years, the last three of which have been at The Telegraph.
- Alexis Conran: actor, magician and presenter whose show ‘The Real Hustle’ showed viewers how easy it is to be conned, and how to spot a scam. He has worked with the Office of Fair Trading in exposing fraud, and has a weekly radio show where he uncovers scams.
- Captain Disillusion (aka Alan Melikdjanian): independent filmmaker examining viral videos to expose hoaxes and special effects. With over 8,000,000 cumulative views, he debunks the most widely spread hoax viral videos, demonstrating techniques involved in producing them.
- Timandra Harkness: comedian, writer and presenter whose work for the BBC has covered the psychology of ideology, the role of technology in future-proofing our lives, and the challenges of Big Data. Her first book ‘Big Data: Does Size Matter’ will be out later this year.
- ‘Dr Karl’ Kruszelnicki: one of Australia’s most recognisable broadcasters and science communicators, his BBC Radio 4 show ‘Up All Night’ sees him answering science questions from listeners on almost any topic, with focus on his specialisms of physics, medicine, surgery, and engineering. In 2002 he won an Ignobel prize for research on belly button fluff.
- Sally Le Page: host of the ‘Shed Science’ YouTube series exploring the world of biology, from genetics to behaviour, produced from her garden shed. Her video ‘Without Evolution’, won the national The Guardian and Oxford University Press Very Short Film Competition in 2013. Sally also teaches life science to children at the Oxford Museum of Natural History.
- Cara Santa Maria: broadcaster, podcaster and science communicator whose podcast ‘Talk Nerdy’ interviews figures from the world of science. She has worked for the Huffington Post, Al-Jazeera America and Fox, as well as appearing on the ‘Skeptics Guide to the Universe’.
- Mark Stevenson: writer and comedian whose book ‘The Optimist’s Tour of the Future’ took him in search of the technological breakthroughs which could help tackle the biggest threats of our age, from climate change and disease to energy and food security.
- Matt Parker: comedian and mathematician who appeared at the very first QED, and will be returning this year as host and MC.
- And much more, soon to be announced.
If you’re still hungry for more of the QED experience, or if you’re not able to make it to the full weekend, Friday 14th October will be a free full-day event, open to all. Further details of this, and other additions to the QED programme, will be announced in due course.
So, don’t delay – grab your QED ticket today and we’ll see you in October!
The QED team