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.

January 16 2017 Skeptics Café

Tim Harding in suit

Tim Harding
Scientific Skepticism vs Philosophical Skepticism

The Clyde Hotel, cnr Elgin & Cardigan Streets Carlton

Meal from 6pm, talk at 8 pm

$4 entry

February 12 2017


Charles Darwin

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February 20 2017 Skeptics Café

Dr Penny Whetton

Honorary Fellow, CSIRO Ocean and Atmosphere, University of Melbourne

Impact of climate change on Victoria

The Clyde Hotel, cnr Elgin & Cardigan Streets Carlton

Meal from 6pm, talk at 8 pm

Over the past twenty-five years, CSIRO has led the provision of national climate change projections for Australia designed to serve the needs of climate change mitigation and adaptation planning.

In 2015, CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology released new national projections for Australia based on extensive analysis of the latest climate modelling results, thus providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date projections currently available for Australia. With high confidence continued warming is projected throughout the century for all regions of Australia. The projected warming averaged across Australia is 0.6-1.3°C by 2030, and by 2090, 2.8-5.1°C is projected under global high emissions and 1.4 to 2.7°C under a more moderate emission scenario.

Other aspects of Australian climate will also change. In addition to temperature, the projections cover a range of other variables, such as changes to precipitation, sea level rise, humidity, radiation and fire weather, including many aspects of extremes, such as hot/cold days, drought, fire-weather, tropical cyclones, strong wind, extreme rainfall and extreme sea level.

The seminar will describe the scientific basis for the projections and summarise key aspects of the projected future climate, with a particular focus on Victoria. The full set of projection information and guidance material is available from the associated website (, which will also be demonstrated in the seminar.

Dr Whetton is an Honorary Research Fellow with CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship, and with the University of Melbourne. Dr Whetton led CSIRO’s national climate change projection work from 1992 until 2014 and was a Lead Author of Assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2001, 2007 and 2014.

$4 entry

Saturday February 25 2017

Surfcoast Summer Skepticamp VIsplitpoint_0102


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March 20 2017 Skeptics Café


Apps & Hacks for Skeptical Research

The Clyde Hotel, cnr Elgin & Cardigan Streets Carlton

Meal from 6pm, talk at 8 pm

$4 entry

April 17 2017 Skeptics Café


Ian Bryce:

The Quantum World Made Visible
Quantum mechanics is a foundation of our universe, and yet to study it is to threaten one’s grounding in reality. This practical demonstration makes many aspects readily apparent. We view a range of light sources through diffraction gratings, which reveals the details of the spectra. The accompanying slide show explains the quantum effects in everyday terms.

The talk will include an attempt to measure the elusive Planck’s Constant. And culminate in a challenge: Can anyone identify a non-quantum light source, ie one explained entirely by classical physics?
Ian Bryce qualified in physics and engineering. He then worked and lectured in aerospace engineering. Revisiting fundamental physics has provided new insights. He is Chief Investigator for Australian Skeptics.

Pre-reading is not essential, but there is one book which stands out in its clarity: The Quantum Universe: Everything that Can Happen, Does Happen, by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw.

Venue to be announced

May 15 2017 Skeptics Café



Venue to be announced


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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