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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!

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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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NECSS 2015 Registration is Open!

Posted: January 8th, 2015

Join us at NECSS 2015

Registration for the seventh Northeast Conference of Science and Skepticism is now open! NECSS 2015 will take place April 9-12, 2015 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Join us as we welcome fantastic speakers and panelists to the Northeast’s largest conference dedicated to critical thinking and science education.

We’re thrilled that NECSS has expanded to 3 full days of conference programming, including one full day of science-based medicine content on Friday April 10 (our ever-popular workshops have moved a day earlier to Thursday April 9). This year’s NECSS is shaping up to be the best yet; we hope you’ll join us!

Conference tickets are available at General Admission, student, and member rates for the New England Skeptical Society, New York City Skeptics, and the Society for Science-Based Medicine (coupon codes will be emailed directly to NESS, NYCS, and SfSBM members). Thanks to our Student Sponsorship Program we are able to offer a limited number of student registrations at a significantly discounted rate (over 50% off the General Admission Price). We also have a limited number of single-day passes available.

The Speakers

Presenting this year year are Mark Crislip, Jann Bellamy, Harriet Hall, and David Gorski of the Society for Science Based-Medicine along with George Hrab, Deborah Berebichez, Steven S. Hall, John Rennie, Brian Wecht, Heather Berlin, Yelena Bernadskaya, Latasha Wright, and returning emcee Jamy Ian Swiss. As always, the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe and Rationally Speaking podcasts will record live shows. Stay tuned for more speaker announcements in the future.

The Venue

NECSS 2015 will be held at FIT’s Haft Auditorium, a 600-seat space that offers free wifi and 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 Workshops

A full day of workshops will be available on Thursday, April 9 from 10am-5pm. Workshop leaders include Steve Novella, Jay Novella, Brian Wecht, Latasha Wright & more. These workshops are limited to 25 attendees each and require separate registration. Register early for these as they will certainly sell out.

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!

Register sooner rather than later as NECSS often completely sells out. We hope you can join us at NECSS 2015!

NECSS 2015 Hotel Discount Info

Posted: December 18th, 2014

We have secured a group rate at the Hilton New York Fashion District just for NECSS attendees. The Hilton is located one block from the conference hall and, who knows, you might just run into a speaker or three during your stay!

To book your room visit the Hilton NECSS 2015 Group Rate Page and click “Book a Room.” You can also contact the Hilton Fashion District directly using the below information and book over the telephone.

Group Name: NECSS 2015
Group Code: NECSS2
Hotel: Hilton New York Fashion District, 152 W. 26th St., NY, NY 10001
Phone Number: (212) 858-5888

The group rate is good for check-in and check-out dates between April 8 and April 12, and will only be available until March 10, 2015 or until the rooms are sold out.

Note: You will be unable to book dates before April 8 and after April 12 using this booking page. If you would like to do so please contact ivan.cortez@hilton.com.

Save the Date for NECSS 2015

Posted: November 20th, 2014


The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism will be bigger than ever in 2015 with fabulous presenters, exciting panels, and engaging workshops.

We’re thrilled to announce that NECSS 2015 will be co-sponsored by the Society for Science-Based Medicine and will expand to include a third full-day of programming! Friday’s schedule will be curated by the team at SfSBM and feature content available exclusively at NECSS 2015. Saturday and Sunday schedules will once again feature the best of science and skepticism.

NECSS weekend also includes a special evening performance on Friday, two workshop tracks on Thursday for the early-birds, our popular “Drinking Skeptically” socializers, and more!

The full NECSS speaker line up will be announced shortly, but, as always, Rationally Speakingand the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe will record live podcasts during the conference.

We have secured discounted room rates at the Hilton Fashion District, located one block from the main conference hall. These rates are available exclusively to NECSS attendees and we will be available shortly.

Conference registration will open in December, but you can like the NECSS Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for updates.

See you in April!