Detailed Program – Australian Skeptics National Convention 2012

The detailed program for the upcoming National Convention has been released.

Updated, 12 Nov

Australian Skeptics

Convention 2012, Program

Thursday, 29 Nov

6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Fund Raising Dinner

Venue: Royal Society of Victoria: 9 Victoria Street, Melbourne (entrance from 8 La Trobe Street)

MC: Matt Kippen

Guests of Honour: James Randi, DJ Grothe, Brian Thompson, Rebecca Watson

Limit: 25 people (tickets sold separately)

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Friday, 30 Nov

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Meet and Greet

Venue: Melbourne Immigration Museum, Old Customs House, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne (Between Queen and William Sts.)

Early convention registration will be followed by the official convention welcome and a cocktail party.

What a great opportunity to socialise, mingle, chat and catch up with fellow skeptics. We will even throw in a little live music.

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Saturday, 1 Dec

Venue: Spot Theatre, University of Melbourne, Building of Economics and Commerce, 198 Berkeley Street, Carlton

8:00 am Registration (for those who have not registered the previous day at the Meet & Greet)

Morning MC: Terry Kelly (President, Victorian Skeptics)

9:00 am Welcome: Don Hyatt (Convention Convenor)

9:05 am James Randi My Skeptical World

9:50 am Adam vanLangenberg Teenagers, Lunchtime and Scepticism

10:20 am Morning Tea

11:00 am Active Skepticism: An Evidence-Based Approach to Medical Treatment

Panel discussion chaired by Richard Saunders
Panel members: Dr Ken Harvey, Dr Mick Vagg, Dr Steve Basser, Loretta Marron

12:20 pm Dr Krissy Wilson SOAP – The Science of Anomalistic Phenomena

1:00 pm    Science Drama Award winning students from Lyndale Greens Primary School performance.

1.10  pm  Lunch  

Afternoon MC: Paulie Stehlik (Convention Planning Committee)

2:10 pm Lynne Kelly A Skeptic Tackles Stonehenge

2.50 pm Paul Gallagher Case Study: Active Skepticism: Using Social Media Effectively

3:00 pm Afternoon Tea

3:30 pm Loretta Marron (Friends of Science in Medicine) Exposing CAM as a Sham

4.15 pm Rebecca Watson Effectively Using Social Media to Promote Skepticism

5:00 pm Finish

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Saturday Evening

Convention Gala Dinner

Venue: The Arts Centre Melbourne

Arrive at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start – until 11.30 pm

MC: Simon Taylor

Presentation by Brian Thompson Skeptical Observations of a Downunder Nature


Skeptic of the Year
Bent Spoon Award
Thornett Award (“The Fred”) for the Promotion of Reason

Tickets for the Gala Dinner sold separately.

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Sunday, 2 Dec

Venue: Spot Theatre, University of Melbourne, Building of Economics and Commerce, 198 Berkeley Street, Carlton

Morning MC: Brad Kendall (Mordi Skeptics)

9:00 am Welcome to Day Two

9.05 am DJ Grothe Active Skepticism Around The World

9:50 am Lawrence Leung The Unbelievable Truth: Comedy and Scepticism in Life and on Television

10:50 am Morning Tea

11.20 am So You Want to be an Active Skeptic? Effectively Spreading the Message.

Panel discussion chaired by Richard Saunders
Panel members: Dr Meredith Doig (Australian President, Rationalists Assn. of Australia), Stephen Mayne (Media Commentator), Dr Krissy Wilson (psychologist), Brian Thompson (Outreach Coordinator, JREF)

12:40 pm LunchYoung Skeptics Lunch with Rebecca and DJ

Afternoon MC: Matt Kippen (Convention Planning Committee)

1.40 pm Dr Ken Harvey Confessions of a Serial Complainant: Why Take On the Therapeutic Goods Industry?

2.20 pm Dr Rachael Dunlop Skepticism in Science: A Help or a Hindrance?

3:00 pm Afternoon Tea

3:30 pm Randi With Friends: Reflections on the Importance of Being an Active Skeptic.

Mal Vickers (Chair, Vic. Skeptics) and Friends: Jack Scanlan (Young Australian Skeptics), Russell Kelly (Borderline Skeptics), Don Hyatt (Skeptic Groups of Victoria).

4.10 pm Shane Greenup rbutr – Enhancing the Quality of Internet Conversation

4.20 pm Rebecca Watson Twitter Quiz

4:50 pm Closing

5:00 pm Finish

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Please note, the program is subject to change.

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