A celebration of science in everyday life.


What is NECSS?

NECSS (pronounced “Nexus”) is the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism. It’s an annual gathering celebrating human ingenuity, the modern world, and the methods that have contributed to reaching our current place in history.

What is Skepticism?

Skepticism is a way to figure out how likely something is to be true. An additional method to come to an answer for the question — “Why should I believe this?”. By learning about different kinds of evidence, how the mind works, and how we can trick ourselves into believing things that aren’t true, skepticism creates a framework for asking questions that help move us forward in the search for truth and for figuring out when someone is attempting to fool us, something more important now than ever.

Who is NECSS for? (What type of people will you meet at NECSS?)

NECSS is for everyone! NECSS attracts hundreds of people, from all different walks of life, from around the world. With an age range between 16 and 90, NECSS is a forum for the general public to mingle with scientists, educators, philosophers, medical professionals, students, and many other people that you might not ordinarily meet . Everyone can find something of interest during these four days of conversation!

Besides Lectures, what else is there to do at NECSS?

NECSS is as much a meeting of minds as it is a lecture series. Every day there are breaks between lectures to talk with your fellow attendees and nightly meetups at a local venue (21+) to mingle and discuss the topics of the day. There are hands-on workshops on Thursday, An  Evening with James Randi* on Friday and a social mixer with the speakers Saturday night. Resources will also be available to connect and communicate with your fellow attendees before, during, and after the conference!

*Some events require an additional purchase.

Who organizes NECSS?

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