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Save the Date for NECSS 2017

Posted: December 20th, 2016

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NECSS 2017 will take place June 29 – July 2, 2017

at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City


 

We are thrilled to announce the ninth annual Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism will take place June 29-July 2, 2017 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City!

NECSS 2017 will feature four full days of conference presentations, panels, and workshops hosting dozens of speakers from the world of science and skepticism. NECSS weekend will also include evening performances and social activities available to conference attendees as well as the general public.

NECSS is co-sponsored by the New England Skeptical Society, the Society for Science-Based Medicine, and New York City Skeptics. Members of all organizations will enjoy discounted registration at the conference, so please consider joining!

Early bird conference registration will open soon. Until then, you can stay updated by liking the NECSS Facebook page, following us on Twitter, and signing up for email updates.

See you in June!

Free Show Added

Posted: April 18th, 2016

“The Rap Guide to Religion” is Now FREE to NECSS Attendees

We’re thrilled to announce that, due to the generosity of our sponsors, Baba Brinkman’s Sunday evening performance of “The Rap Guide to Religion” is now FREE to NECSS attendees! The show will be held in the main conference hall on Sunday May 15 at 8PM.

NECSS registrants who have already purchased a ticket to the show will receive a full refund.

If you have registered for NECSS but did not purchase a ticket to The Rap Guide to Religion and would like to attend the show, please e-mail us at registration@necss.org. We will register you accordingly.

Of course, tickets to the show are still on sale to the general public.

There is still space remaining in our Thursday workshops, and don’t forget about our evening performances featuring George Hrab, the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe & Bill Nye, and Baba Brinkman (main conference registration is not required to attend)!

 

This year our keynote address will be given by Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology Richard Wiseman! He will be joined by world-renowned science communicator Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” the full Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe “Rogues,” and over two-dozen other speakers, panelists, and workshop leaders for 2016’s best celebration of science and skepticism. Additional speakers include:

The full NECSS speaker lineup is available here, and stay tuned for future speaker announcements — we’re not done yet!


 

The SGU Extravaganza

George Hrab and the SGU once again bring their hit stage show to NECSS! Special guest star Bill Nye joins the Novellas, Evan Bernstein, Cara Santa Maria (and a surprise or two!) for a celebration of science, skepticism, and everything geeky! Best of all, tickets are open to the general public; conference registration is not required to attend!

  • Date: Friday May 13
  • Time: 7:30PM
  • $15 NECSS attendees / $25 general public
  • Location: Haft Auditorium, 227 W. 27th St., NY, NY 10001
  • PURCHASE TICKETS NOW

 

The Broad Street Score

For over twenty years George Hrab has been writing songs about science, skepticism, love, life, loss, and interesting animals. The Broad Street Score is a newly created retrospective arranged for string quartet and voice featuring these very songs. With brand new orchestrations by Veikko Rihu and Slau Halatyn, the song-cycle covers such varied subjects from the ridiculousness of pining for the “Good Ol’ Days” and questioning whether or not heaven would be boring, to the grief non-believers deal with after a loss…and even includes the subject of how great the TV show Mission Impossible was. Featuring George’s trademark humor, wit, and lyrical dexterity, The Broad Street Score is an unique musical experience not to be missed.

  • Date: Thursday, May 12
  • Time: 7:30PM
  • $15 NECSS attendees / $25 general public
  • Location: Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, 227 W. 27th St., NY, NY 10001
  • PURCHASE TICKETS NOW

 

The Rap Guide to Religion

Recently nominated for a Drama Desk Award in the category “Unique Theatrical Experience,” The Rap Guide to Religion is a new species of theatre, part hip-hop concert, part stand up comedy, and part TED Talk, exploring one of the most heated subjects of our age. Taking a scientific approach, Canadian hip-hop artist Baba Brinkman performs faith-illuminating songs inspired by the best of evolutionary and cognitive science, seeking the natural origins of our supernatural beliefs.

  • Date: Sunday, May 15
  • Time: 8:00PM (NEW TIME)
  • Free for attendees / $25 general public
  • Location: Haft Auditorium, 227 W. 27th St., NY, NY 10001
  • PURCHASE TICKETS NOW

Early Registration Ends Friday

Posted: April 13th, 2016

NECSS Prices Increase in 2 Days

 

Early-bird pricing for NECSS ends on Friday, April 15. After April 15 registration prices will increase 25% — we encourage everyone to register today and secure your registration at the early-bird rate!

There is still space remaining in our Thursday workshops, and don’t forget about our evening performances featuring George Hrab, the Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe & Bill Nye, and Baba Brinkman (main conference registration is not required to attend)!

 

This year our keynote address will be given by Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology Richard Wiseman! He will be joined by world-renowned science communicator Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” the full Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe “Rogues,” and over two-dozen other speakers, panelists, and workshop leaders for 2016’s best celebration of science and skepticism. Additional speakers include:

The full NECSS speaker lineup is available here, and stay tuned for future speaker announcements — we’re not done yet!


 

The SGU Extravaganza

George Hrab and the SGU once again bring their hit stage show to NECSS! Special guest star Bill Nye joins the Novellas, Evan Bernstein, Cara Santa Maria (and a surprise or two!) for a celebration of science, skepticism, and everything geeky! Best of all, tickets are open to the general public; conference registration is not required to attend!

  • Date: Friday May 13
  • Time: 7:30PM
  • $15 NECSS attendees / $25 general public
  • Location: Haft Auditorium, 227 W. 27th St., NY, NY 10001
  • PURCHASE TICKETS NOW

 

The Broad Street Score

For over twenty years George Hrab has been writing songs about science, skepticism, love, life, loss, and interesting animals. The Broad Street Score is a newly created retrospective arranged for string quartet and voice featuring these very songs. With brand new orchestrations by Veikko Rihu and Slau Halatyn, the song-cycle covers such varied subjects from the ridiculousness of pining for the “Good Ol’ Days” and questioning whether or not heaven would be boring, to the grief non-believers deal with after a loss…and even includes the subject of how great the TV show Mission Impossible was. Featuring George’s trademark humor, wit, and lyrical dexterity, The Broad Street Score is an unique musical experience not to be missed.

  • Date: Thursday, May 12
  • Time: 7:30PM
  • $15 NECSS attendees / $25 general public
  • Location: Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, 227 W. 27th St., NY, NY 10001
  • PURCHASE TICKETS NOW

 

The Rap Guide to Religion

Recently nominated for a Drama Desk Award in the category “Unique Theatrical Experience,” The Rap Guide to Religion is a new species of theatre, part hip-hop concert, part stand up comedy, and part TED Talk, exploring one of the most heated subjects of our age. Taking a scientific approach, Canadian hip-hop artist Baba Brinkman performs faith-illuminating songs inspired by the best of evolutionary and cognitive science, seeking the natural origins of our supernatural beliefs.

  • Date: Sunday, May 15
  • Time: 8:00PM (NEW TIME)
  • Free for attendees / $25 general public
  • Location: Haft Auditorium, 227 W. 27th St., NY, NY 10001
  • PURCHASE TICKETS NOW

Exhibit at NECSS

Posted: February 23rd, 2016

Exhibiting at NECSS is a fantastic way to increase your organization’s exposure to the scientific and skeptical communities. Exhibition spaces are located in the main conference lobby and entry foyer and will be open to conference attendees during breaks and throughout the conference. If you are interested in exhibiting at NECSS please complete our Exhibitor Request Form.

EXHIBITOR DETAILS

Exhibitor times: 9:30AM – 6:30PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Exhibitor rates: Friday, Saturday or Sunday: $175; All three days: $450
Exhibit space includes: One 6′ table, two chairs, one identification sign, electrical outlet available (must notify in advance)

Please note:

• Exhibition space is limited, and we cannot guarantee space will be available at the time of your request.
• We reserve the right to limit exhibitor space to groups and organizations whose missions are consistent with NECSS.
• Exhibition space rental does not include admission to optional conference events.
• A limited number of registration slots are available to NECSS exhibitors for optional conference events.

New Workshop Announced

Posted: February 19th, 2016

Our latest NECSS 2016 workshop has just been announced! Join veteran skeptical activist Steve Lundquist and learn how to help stamp out online misinformation. Bring your computer and be ready to connect; this is a hands-on activity! The workshop will take place Thursday May 12 from 10AM-11:15AM. Register today!

Title: Activism for Anyone

Abstract: As a member of the community that advocates for scientific skepticism, have you ever wondered how to be more involved? Do you find yourself groaning or rolling your eyes as you surf the web? Do you want to do something about the vast amount of misinformation out there? This workshop will show you how anyone can get involved in skeptical activism, and have an effect on the type of information that is available on the internet. This workshop will provide attendees with practical information they can use immediately, and on a daily basis. The workshop will consist of both information provided to attendees and practical exercises. Please bring an internet connected device with robust browsing capability (laptop recommended).