Skepticon Australia: The Australian Skeptics 33rd National Convention

City Recital Hall

Skepticon Australia: The Australian Skeptics 33rd National Convention

Performance Dates & Times

Two-day pass: Sat 18 & Sun 19 November
9:00am - 6:00pm
City Recital Hall

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Presented by City Recital Hall, Think INC. and Australian Skeptics

A two-day convention on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 november 

City Recital Hall and Think Inc. are proud to bring to you, Skepticon Australia: the Australian Skeptics 33rd National Convention this November.

Even in the 21st century there still appears to be countless cases of opportunistic people seeking to peddle and profit from their pseudoscientific claims – ‘carcinogenic’ meats, the resurgence of ‘cupping’ therapy, and the Paleo diet that refuses to return to its beloved Palaeolithic era, to name a few. One by one, they get debunked, and one by one, great skeptics arise to administer said debunking. Yet every now and then, it dawns on us that this may not be enough, and that we ought to call on many of these great skeptics at one time, in one place, with one common goal. Enter Skepticon Australia.

Skepticon Australia 2017 is a two-day convention that allows the public to question these claims with reason and rationality to get closer to the truth. With many exciting guests including Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Dr Alan Duffy, Captain Disillusion and more, this ideas festival is for anybody and everybody who seeks truth and is ready to question the most recent fad.  

Full convention program


Saturday 18 November
9:00am - 10:30am

Welcome to Skepticon ASI President Eran Segev
Introduction Lawrence Leung
Great Moments in Skepticism Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
Naturopathic Diaries: Confessions of a Former Naturopath Britt Hermes

Day One Session One kicks off the huge weekend with an address by the Australian Skeptics’ President Eran Segev. Beloved Australian scientist and national treasure, Dr Karl will start off the speakers, followed by former naturopath Britt Hermes.

Day 1 Session 2: Mythbusting & Guilty as Charged & Journey to Mars

Saturday 18 November
11:00am - 1:15pm

Credibility vs. The Incredible: The Professions Behind Mythbusting Dr Brad McKay, Sonya Pemberton, Alan Melikdjanian & Lawrence Leung
Guilty as Charged Kate Browne
Journey to Mars Alan Duffy (in collaboration with MAAS)

Day One continues with Session Two and Dr Brad McKay, Sonya Pemberton and Alan Melikdjanian a.k.a Captain Disillusion. They’ll be followed by The Checkout star Kate Browne, and Australia’s favourite astrophysicist, Alan Duffy.

Day 1 Session 3: Anti-Vax, Media panel, Liberalism & Cognitive Dissonance

Saturday 18 November
2:15pm - 5:45pm

Light for Riley: The Harsh Reality of the Anti-Vax Movement Catherine Hughes
The Trend is Mightier than the Pen: Defining Journalism Today Kathy Marks, Marcus Strom & Fauziah Ibrahim
On Betrayal by the Left Sarah Haider
Cognitive Dissonance On-Stage Cognitive Dissonance Podcast

Day One, Session Three rounds off the first day with vaccination campaigner Catherine Hughes and the Cognitive Dissonance podcast.

Day 2 Session 1: ADAM SPENCER, Leigh Nicholson & War on Waste

Sunday 19 November
9:00am - 11:05am

Introduction Lawrence Leung
The Number Games Adam Spencer
The Cure for Cancer is a Radioactive Shark on a Sugar-Free Diet Leigh Nicholson
The War on Waste Craig Reucassel, Stephen Oliver & Jodi Boylan

Day Two, Session One dives straight into more question and controversy with an introduction by host Lawrence Leung, followed by Mathematician and comedian Adam Spencer. Cancer researcher Leigh Nicholson, and The War on Waste’s Craig Reucassel, Stephen Oliver and Jodi Boylan will round off the session.

Day 2 Session 2: Energy panel & Cara Santa Maria

Sunday 19 November
11:35am - 1:20pm

The Future of Energy Ketan Joshi & Dr Oscar Archer
Science Communication in Post-Truth America Cara Santa Maria
Live Music Rhian Sheehan

Day Two, Session Two continues with Kathy Marks and Marcus Strom. They’ll be followed by international science communicator Cara Santa Maria, and a musical performance by Rhian Sheehan.

Day 2 Session 3: Captain Disillusion & Vyom Sharma

Sunday 19 November
2:20pm - 3:30pm

Skeptics Awards Announcements ASI President Eran Segev
The Unbearable Loneliness of Being Right on the Internet Captain Disillusion
Rewiring our Minds Dr Vyom Sharma

Day Two, Session Three begins with the Australian Skeptics and their Skeptics Award presentations. Then, jump straight from debunking viral videos with Captain Disillusion, to debunking pseudoscience with doctor and magician Dr Vyom Sharma.

Day 2 Session 4: Ruth Ellison & the Scathing Atheist Podcast

Sunday 19 November
4:00pm - 5:40pm

Growing Up in a Cult: A Journey to Skepticism Ruth Ellison
The Scathing Atheists: God Awful Movies Scathing Atheist Podcast
Closing Remarks ASI President Eran Segev

Day Two, Session Four propels Skepticon into the realm of religion and indoctrination. Cult survivor Ruth Ellison begins the session, setting the stage for the Scathing Atheist podcast to follow, with all their usual snark and satire. The Australian Skeptics’ President Eran Segev will provide the closing remarks. 

Ticket Info

Two-day pass Saturday 18 & Sunday 19

Standard $260.20
Concession $208.95
City Recital Hall Member $208.95

All tickets are General Admission

To purchase individual session tickets, please click on the session links above.

one-day pass for Saturday is also available
A one-day pass for Sunday is also available


A booking fee per transaction applies for this event as follows: Internet $6, Phone $8.
There is no booking fee for tickets purchased in person at the City Recital Hall Box Office.

Details are correct at time of publication

Performance Dates & Times

Two-day pass: Sat 18 & Sun 19 November
9:00am - 6:00pm
City Recital Hall

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