Concerning Richard Dawkins

Posted: January 27th, 2016

The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism has withdrawn its invitation to Richard Dawkins to participate at NECSS 2016. We have taken this action in response to Dr. Dawkins’ approving re-tweet of a highly offensive video.

We believe strongly in freedom of speech and freedom to express unpopular, and even offensive, views. However, unnecessarily divisive, counterproductive, and even hateful speech runs contrary to our mission and the environment we wish to foster at NECSS. The sentiments expressed in the video do not represent the values of NECSS or its sponsoring organizations.

We will issue a full refund to any NECSS attendee who wishes to cancel their registration due to this announcement.

The NECSS Team

NECSS 2016 Registration is Open

Posted: January 19th, 2016

Early-bird Registration for the eighth Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism is now open! NECSS 2016 will take place May 12-15, 2016 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

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The Speakers

This year we are very proud to announce our Saturday keynote address will be given by Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology Richard Wiseman! He will be joined by over two-dozen other speakers, panelists, and workshop leaders for 2016’s best celebration of science and skepticism. Additional speakers include:
– Returning emcee Jamy Ian Swiss
– The full Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe “Rogue’s Gallery”
– Physicist Neer Asherie
– Physicist Deborah Brebichez
– Social scientist Shari Berkowitz
– Opera singer Hai-Ting Chinn
– “SciBabe” Yvette d’Entremont
– Host of “Rationally Speaking” Julia Galef
– Climate scientist Michael Mann
– From the Society for Science-Based Medicine: Jann BellamyScott Gavura, Harriet HallSaul HymesClay JonesSteve Novella, Grant Ritchey
– And many more!

The full NECSS speaker lineup is available here, and stay tuned for future announcements!

The Conference

NECSS 2016 will feature four full days of programming, including eight workshops on Thursday May 12, and a full day of science-based medicine content on Friday May 13. NECSS will also feature a number of after-hours events and performances, including:
– Our popular “Drinking Skeptically” socializers
– A Saturday evening social reception for conference attendees and speakers
– A performance of George Hrab’s “The Broad Street Score”
– The SGU “Skeptical Extravaganza”

– A NECSS-only performance of Baba Brinkman’s “Rap Guide to Religion”
– A special exhibition of Richard Wiseman’s “Experimental”

The full conference schedule will be announced soon, but suffice to say that this year’s NECSS is shaping up to be the best yet; register today!

Hotel Rooms

We have once again partnered with the Hilton Fashion District, located at 152 W. 26th Street (one block from the main conference hall), to offer discounted rooms to conference attendees. The number of discounted rooms is limited and our discounted conference pricing will end on March 28 or when the room block is sold out.

You may book using the online registration page or call the Hilton directly at 917-606-1355 and use the group code “NCSS2”. We encourage everyone tobook their reservations as soon as possible.

Registration Discounts

Joining us again as sponsors are the Skeptics’ Guide to the UniverseNew York City Skeptics, and the Society for Science-Based Medicine. Members of these organizations will enjoy discounted registration at the conference. Please consider joining to support these organizations and register at the discounted rate!

We are also pleased to offer significant registration discounts for students of up to 70% of the general registration price.

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Early bird conference registration will end on April 15, when prices will increase significantly. Don’t wait to register and secure the discounted rate!

Remember to ike our Facebook page or following us on Twitter to stay updated about conference happenings.

See you in May!

Save the Date for NECSS 2016

Posted: October 17th, 2015

NECSS 2016 logo

We are thrilled to announce the eighth annual Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism will take place May 12-15 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City!
Bill Nye at NECSS 2015
Over 500 attendees will gather for four full days of presentations, panels, and workshops featuring over thirty speakers from the world of science and skepticism.
Joining us again as conference co-sponsors are both the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe and the Society for Science-Based Medicine. Members of both organizations, as well as New York City Skeptics members, will enjoy discounted registration at the conference. Please consider joining!

NECSS weekend will also feature evening performances and social activities available to conference attendees as well as the general public. Already confirmed are the full Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe Rogues, who will present their “Skeptical Extravaganza,” as well as the renowned Richard Wiseman, who will present a special exhibition of his work “Experimental.

Eugenie Scott at NECSS 2011The Hilton Fashion District, located one block from the main conference hall, will offer discounted rooms to conference attendees. Details will be available shortly, but the number of discounted rooms will be limited, and we encourage everyone to book their reservations as soon as possible.

Early bird conference registration will open in just a few weeks. Until then, you can stay updated by liking the NECSS Facebook page or following us on Twitter.

See you in May!

Bill Nye to Headline NECSS 2015

Posted: February 18th, 2015

Bill Nye Head ShotWe are thrilled to announce that world-renowned science educator Bill Nye will headline NECSS 2015, taking place April 9-12 in New York City!

In addition to giving the conference keynote address on Saturday afternoon, he will join us as the special guest star of Friday night’s SGU Skeptical Extravaganza (a special show open to both conference attendees and the general public) and sign copies of his latest book, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation.

Bill Nye “The Science Guy” is a science educator, comedian, television host, actor, writer, and scientist, best known as the host of the Disney/PBS children’s science show Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993–98) and for his many subsequent appearances in popular media as a science educator. He  will join our already-fantastic speaker lineup at NECSS 2015, including:

– All of the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe “Rogues”
– The Society for Science-Based Medicine’s David Gorski, Harriet Hall, Mark Crislip, and Jann Bellamy
– Co-host of the Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science, Deborah Berebichez
– Returning conference emcee Jamy Ian Swiss
– Rationally Speaking co-hosts Massimo Pigliucci and Julia Galef
– Cognitive Neuroscientist Heather Berlin
– Host of The Weather Channel’s Hacking The Planet, John Rennie
– And many more!

NECSS is a four-day celebration of science and critical thinking held each year in New York City. Hundreds of attendees are informed and inspired by leading scientists, educators, activists, and performers from a variety of disciplines – each bringing their own perspective and passion to the goal of fostering a more rational world. Register today! NECSS 2015 will take place April 9-12, 2015 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

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New Speakers Announced

Posted: February 3rd, 2015

Additional Speakers Announced 

We are excited to announce that the following speakers will be joining us at NECSS this year:

Ann Reynolds Rachel Meyer Mark Siddall Jeanne Garbarino Simona Giunta Marty Klein

– Ann Reynolds – Senior Producer for ABC News

– Dr. Rachel Meyer – Evolutionary Botanist

– Dr. Mark Siddall– Curator at American Museum of Natural History

– Dr. Jeanne Garbarino – Director of Science Outreach at Rockefeller University

– Dr. Simona Giunta – Cancer Researcher

– Dr. Marty Klein – Sex therapist and policy analyst

But wait, we’ll soon be announcing more speakers! Stay tuned!

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NECSS Workshops Are Nearly Sold Out! 

Track B workshops have just a few spots remaining and Track A workshops have completely sold out. UPDATE! Due to unprecedented demand we have secured a larger room for the Track A workshops and we have made additional registration slots available, but they will not last!

This year’s workshops are set to be our most informative (and enjoyable!) yet, with offerings including:

– “The Science of Taste” with Rachel Meyer (attendees will have the opportunity to make their own cocktail!)

– “Science Using a Handheld Microscope” with Latasha Wright (last year’s most popular workshop is back!)

– “Ask a Biologist” with Yelena Bernadskaya (seriously, you can ask her weird questions about anything!)

– “Social Media, Science & Skepticism” with the SGU’s Jay Novella and physicist Brian Wecht

– “Viewing Futurism Skeptically” with John Rennie

– “Advanced Critical Thinking” with Steve Novella

We urge everyone interested in attending a workshop to register now, before it is too late!

The Venue

NECSS 2015 will be held at FIT’s Haft Auditorium, a 600-seat space that offers plenty of space to socialize with speakers, vendors, and your fellow attendees. We will again offer complimentary wireless internet access for all conference attendees.

The Weekend

As always, NECSS 2015 will include additional events after conference hours, including our popular Drinking Skeptically socializer, a private recording of the SGU podcast, our annual Fundraising Reception (all proceeds directly support NECSS), and a new Skeptical Extravaganza stage show by the SGU with George Hrab.

Last, but certainly not least, we encourage everyone to consider donating to the NECSS Student Sponsorship Program. Thanks to the SSP, this year we are able to offer a limited number of student registrations at a significantly discounted rate. But we want to make more student spaces available. For every student registration donated we can make an additional spot available at a discount. Best of all, your donation is fully tax deductible!

Connect with us on social media

Be sure to like the NECSS Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, or subscribe to the NECSS news feed for the latest updates.

Register sooner rather than later as NECSS has sold out in the past. We hope you can join us at NECSS 2015!

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