Our regular monthly event, Skeptics Café happens on the third Monday of each month. We commence with a drink and a meal from about 6pm, and there is usually a talk from 8pm. Skeptics Cafés are public events – everyone is welcome.
Skeptics Cafés are held at the Dan O’Connell Hotel, 225 Canning Street Carlton



The Australian Skeptics annual convention is being hosted in Melbourne from December 6 – 8.


The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe

Susan Gerbic: skeptical activist, founder of the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project, a regular contributor to Skeptical Inquirer, and a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry


Susan Gerbic

Mark Edward:

Mark Edward

Jo Thornely: author of Zealot and host of the podcast of the same name

Jo Thornely

Nicholas J Johnson

Nicholas J Johnson

5th December: Vic Skeptics Fifteenth Annual Trivia Night at The Clyde Hotel, corner Cardigan and Elgin Streets Carlton. This is a fundraiser at $15 per head with Quizmasters Tony Pitman and Ken Greatorex. It’s open to all; you don’t have to be attending the Convention, nor do you need to book. Eyes down at 7:15 pm or join us for a meal at reasonable pub prices from 6 pm. Come with your team of six or join one of the many “scratch” teams on the night.

6th December: Conference commencement and meet and greet at The Dan O’Connell Hotel
7th December: Two Day conference commences at Carillo Gantner Theatre, University of Melbourne Swanston Street
7th December: Conference Dinner (Sold Out!)
8th December: Final day of conference
International Speakers
Steven Novella, Jay Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Bob Novella, Evan Bernstein
Susan Gerbic
Mark Edward

Interstate Speakers
Dr Brad McKay
Sue Ieraci
Matt Nurse
Ross Balch
Jo Thornely

Victorian Speakers
Fiona Fidler
Brendan O’Brien
Tina Hanigan
Nicholas J Johnson
Lee Murray
Hannah Middleton

Details and Booking:

Monday December 16 2019 Skeptics Café

Ross Finlay: Trouble at Cochrane?

Ross is a Glaswegian Engineer, interested in Physics, armchair cosmology, organising Rocketfest Melbourne, chess and general Scepticism.

He came across Cochrane in Ben Goldacre’s great book “Bad Pharma” and was proud & ecstatic to see the forces for evidence-based Medicine fighting the battle against spin & Woo coming from his own country. Now however Cochrane, the old gold standard seems to have shot itself in the foot at least PR wise and through secrecy failed to squelch the odd conspiracy theory.

After starting in fibreoptics research on Transatlantic cable systems, Ross came to Australia in the early 80s and diversified into QA and Training. He has taught in Australia, the UK, Middle East, Japan and SE Asia. He has been Quality Mgr in a NATA Calibration Lab, checked NBN Designs for Telstra. And now helps Cylite make Instruments to Measure Eyeballs in frightening detail, very quickly.

Dan O’Connell Hotel

$4 entry

Monday January 20 2020 Skeptics Café

Karen Daws

Topic To Be Announced

Karen Daws is a registered nurse with a background in cardiac education, research and practice; outside of work one of her diversions is architectural history. Professionally one of Karen’s main areas of interests is around factors influencing practice.

These seemingly disparate elements have converged in a PhD candidature in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Melbourne titled “Framing the Capricious: the Built Response to Infectious Diseases in Victoria between 1850 and 1950”. The study reveals multiple and sometimes conflicting political, scientific and social influences on the number and type of buildings provided and some interesting differences in management strategies for certain infectious diseases. These revelations resonate within the contemporary practice setting in general and in ideas about infectious diseases in particular.

Dan O’Connell Hotel

$4 entry


Calendars of Free Public Lectures. 

(Link to lecture programs of ANZAAS, the University of Melbourne, the Royal Society of Victoria, and the Atheist Society)

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