What is NECSS?

Each year NECSS (pronounced “nexus”) welcomes over 400 attendees to New York City for a celebration of science and critical thinking. 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.

Founded in 2009, NECSS is a not-for-profit conference run by a staff of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. Conference activities take place during “NECSS weekend” and include workshops, panel discussions, individual presentations, live podcasts, social gatherings, and entertainment.
In addition to the thousands of people who have attended NECSS in person, conference proceedings are shared with the world via the NECSS YouTube channel and its participating podcasts, The Skeptics Guide to the Universe and Rationally Speaking (listenership 225,000+).

Past conference presenters include: Bill Nye, Mariette DiChristina, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Susan Jacoby, Lawrence Krauss, Leonard Mlodinow, Paul Offit, John Allen Paulos, Massimo Pigliucci, Phil Plait, James Randi, Jon Ronson, Eugenie C. Scott, Simon Singh, Michael Shermer, Seth Shostak, Richard Wiseman, and Carl Zimmer.

When and where is NECSS?

NECSS 2017 will take place the weekend of June 29-July 2, 2017 in and around FIT’s Manhattan campus.

Who will be speaking at NECSS?

The full speaker lineup is available here (but check back often; new speakers are added all the time!).

Who organizes NECSS?

NECSS is produced by two 501(c)3 educational not-for-profit organizations: New York City Skeptics and the New England Skeptical Society. The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe and The Society for Science-Based Medicine are also major sponsors.