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

Surfcoast Skepticamp VII

Surf Coast Spring Skepticamp VII
Aireys Inlet Community Centre
10.30 am – 4.00 pm
Saturday 14th September
Cost: Free!!!! Thanks to the Vic Skeptics and Dr Mick Vagg

Tickets are available from Eventbrite. Search for ‘Surf Coast Spring Skepticamp’; or click here.

We usually adjourn to the Aireys Inlet Pub at the conclusion of proceedings.


Ken Harvey (Serial TGA complainant): Shayna Jack, sports supplements and regulators
Stuart Jones (Guerrilla Skeptics on Wikipedia): Scamming the scammers
Mal Vickers (Long term skeptics investigator): Is the TGA making Australia unwell?
Don Hyatt (Mordi Skeptics): As a skeptic, how does my knowledge of the world stack up?
Ross Finlay (Long time vocally concerned skeptic): Trouble at Cochrane?
Chris Guest (Vic Skeptics President): James Mellaart – the Inventive Archaeologist
Michelle Bijkersma (Vic Skeptics Secretary): A Skeptical Look at the Naplan Controversy
Terry Kelly (Vic Skeptics Past President): You Can’t Argue With A Sick Mind
Les Allan (Rational Realm > Is Free Will an Intuition or an Illusion? Or Neither?
Monica Quijano (Vic Skeptics Committee member)
Tony Pitman (podcaster)
Peter Hogan (Past Vice President, Vic Skeptics)

We look forward to seeing you there. Please don’t forget to book your place as soon as possible. It helps with planning.

September 16 2019 Skeptics Café

Video Night

Dan O’Connell Hotel

$4 entry

October 21 2019 Skeptics Café

Bernie Mace

The Link Between Native Forests and Global Warming.

Bernie’s background is in metallurgical research and materials engineering, with a parallel life devoted to natural history with very broad interests from forest ecology to paleontology.

Dan O’Connell Hotel

$4 entry

November 21 2019 Skeptics Café

               Dr David Vaux

Researchers Behaving Badly

Over twenty European countries, Canada, the US, UK, Japan, and China have national bodies responsible for promoting research integrity by providing oversight and advice, or conducting investigations into allegations of possible research misconduct. Australia is one of the few OECD countries that does not have a national Office for Research Integrity – here, research institutions self regulate. As illustrated by the Church, financial institutions and the police, self-regulation sometimes leads to mismanagement due to bias or conflicts of interest. This talk will provide examples where research integrity in Australia would have been improved by the presence of an Australian ORI.

Professor David Vaux is Deputy Director of The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI). He studied medicine at Melbourne University, then obtained a PhD from WEHI, where he began his research on the molecular biology of cell death. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Science, and the Australian Academy of Science, and was awarded their highest award for life sciences, the Burnet Medal, in 2010.

Suggested reading:

Dan O’Connell Hotel

$4 entry


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

SKEPTICON 2019 has its own dedicated website, Information about Call for Papers, venues, ticket sales, speakers etc will be announced there first.

Exciting news about our speaker line-up: 

It’s official. The SGU are appearing at Skepticon!

We are thrilled to announce that the entire team from the acclaimed international podcast The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe are to be the keynote speakers at Skepticon 2019.

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, or SGU as it is known, is one of the most popular and respected podcasts on critical thinking, reason and the public understanding of science. The first episode of the SGU podcast went online on 4th May 2005 and is today one of the most popular science podcasts on iTunes.

The SGU team is also the authors of bestselling The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: How to Know What’s Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake.

As well as listening to the SGU speak, delegates will have the opportunity to mix with the team at the conference social events including the Friday night meet & greet and Saturday night’s conference dinner.

Also attending: 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

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

Jo Thornely

Skepticon 2019 will include a range of other speakers from the local and international Skeptic community. Further announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

Early bird tickets for Skepicon 2019 are now available: See main article

Important SKEPTICON 2019 dates:

1st June: Early Bird ticket sales
3rd June: Call for Papers deadline
29th June: General ticket sales
5th December: Skeptics Trivia Night at The Clyde Hotel
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

December 16 2019 Skeptics Café

Speaker and topic to be advised


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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