NZ Skeptics Conference 2016

Queenstown, 2nd-4th December

Amazing Speakers!

We have lined up some amazing speakers from the USA and Australia, as well as home grown talent from around New Zealand.
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Andrew Digby

Andrew Digby is a scientist working for Kākāpō Recovery; he is responsible for providing scientific advice to guide their conservation efforts. This involves reviewing research, organising data collection and designing field trials, and crunching the numbers with...

Mark Hanna

Mark Hanna is a consumer advocate and science communicator based in Auckland. He writes about healthcare regulation in New Zealand and other topics on his blog, Honest Universe. Mark won the New Zealand Skeptics’ Skeptic of the Year award in 2014 for “tirelessly...

Tania Lineham

Tania Lineham has taught science at James Hargest College in Invercargill for the last 25 years. She is the 2015 winner of the Prime Minister's Science Teacher Prize, and is passionate about making science fun for kids to learn. She also likes blowing things up!

Scott Kennedy

Scott Kennedy is a Queenstown based Artist, Writer, Photographer, Filmmaker and Musician. He is involved in a variety of projects that revolve around his passions of creativity and collaboration.  He is the Music Editor of The Source Magazine, the co-founder of Source...

Mark Bryan

Mark Bryan is a director of VetSouth, one of two clinical research clinics in the South Island. Mark has a Masters Degree in Epidemiology, and heads up VetSouth's research group. He has a share in a 600 cow dairy farm, and runs 1800 sheep and 3 kids at home.

Catherine Low

Catherine Low is a science teacher who currently teaches Science and Practical Ethics in at high school. She also volunteers for Charity Science and Students for High Impact Charity. Catherine is passionate about Effective Altruism, and talks on how to apply...

Loretta Marron

Loretta Marron is the CEO of the Friends of Science in Medicine. She has promoted an evidence-based approach to medicine since being diagnosed with cancer herself. In the media, she has presented exposés of unproven treatments, some of which have resulted in...

Richard Saunders

Richard Saunders is an Australian skeptic and podcaster. He founded Sydney Skeptics in the Pub, has represented the Australian Skeptics on television and radio shows, and is the co-host of the Skeptic Zone podcast.

Susan Gerbic

Susan Gerbic is a skeptical activist from California. She is the co-founder of Monterey County Skeptics, founder of Skeptic Action and the head of Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW).

Action Packed Weekend

We've managed to fill the weekend with great talks, workshops and a round table discussion with influential skeptics.
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Beautiful Location!

Join us by the lake in breathtaking Queenstown, nestled in the Remarkables mountain range in the South Island.
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Cheap Tickets!

A full weekend will cost you less than a day at a Divine Soul Retreat *

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We all know that testimonials can't be trusted, but here are some from last year's conference anyway...

The conference was easily one of the friendliest and most accommodating events I’ve attended in a long time.

Grant Jacobs

Thanks to the organisers of the conference. It’s been fun listening to some great speakers.

Siouxsie Wiles

Excellent conference, excellent choice of speakers, excellent organisation. I thoroughly enjoyed the weekend.

Jon Tyce

Great time at the conference. Well done on a seriously professional job.

Colin Gavaghan

I found the speakers all really fascinating and thought provoking, the conversation very engaging and the food delicious.

Catherine Low

The weekend would have to be amongst the top 5 conferences I’ve attended over the last 20 years.

Craig Bunt

* $240 for a one day Divine Soul Retreat that is “dedicated to nurturing your soul, energising your body and learning something new and inspiring that will leave you feeling Divine”. However, don’t take this smallprint as an endorsement! We’d much rather you came to our conference, as that retreat seems a bit newage. Session names like “Therapeutic Yoga Session”, “Creative Art Therapy”, “Angel Intuitive Reading” and “Meditation for the Soul” send shivers down our spine.

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