And our MC for NECSS 2020


NECSS 2020 will be an all digital live stream that you can watch from any device.

NECSS 2020: We plan on having a Friday night conference kick off on July 31st and a full day schedule on Saturday August 1st.
NECSS 2021 will be held in Atlantic City with details following soon!

Come join us this year from the comfort of your own virus free home.

Not able to attend in person?
Then watch the livestream!

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What is NECSS?

The Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism (pronounced “nexus”) is a science and critical thinking conference held annually in New York City. NECSS welcomes leading scientists, educators, activists, and artists who educate and engage conference attendees through individual presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and performance pieces. NECSS is as much a meeting of minds as it is a conference, and social events and mixers are organized throughout the weekend to allow attendees the opportunity to mix and mingle in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

Who is NECSS for?

NECSS is for everyone! NECSS attracts hundreds of people, from all different walks of life, from around the world. It 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!

What Else?

NECSS is produced by New York City Skeptics, the New England Skeptical Society, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and The Society for Science-Based Medicine. NECSS attracts hundreds of people from all walks of life from around the world. Presenters include scientists, educators, philosophers, entertainers, activists, and authors from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, each of whom will share their unique perspective with conference attendees.

7:30 PM
Welcome Room - Friday Stream Start
8:00 PM
Game Show
9AM - 10AM
Livestream Begins!
10:00 AM
10:30AM - 11:15AM
Speaker - Professor Scott E. Page
11:15 AM - 12 PM
Speaker - Richard Wiseman

Slau, Joey Fabian, Scott Haskitt, Milton Mermikides

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
SGU Quiz Show
  • Mod: Brian Wecht
  • Ernestine Briggs-King
  • Janice Kessler
  • Jocelyn Novella
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Leighann Lord
5:45 PM - 6:00 PM
Next Slide Please: The Game
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Keynote - Ann Druyan
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Closing Remarks

All times are Eastern Timezone (UTC-4)

George M. Church, PhD

Professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School

A founding member of the Wyss Institute, and director of, the world’s only open-access information on h

    Dr. Leena Tripathi

    Plant Biotechnologist

    Director for Eastern Africa, Leader of the Biotechnology research group at the International Institute of Tropical Agricultur

      Paul A. Offit, MD

      Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

      Paul A. Offit, MD is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the

        Imari Walker

        Environmental Engineering PhD Candidate at Duke University

        Imari Walker is a PhD Candidate at Duke University investigating the fate, occurrence, and transformation of plastic additive

        Kevin M. Folta

        Professor Horticultural Sciences Department & Graduate Program in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology

        His research is in the discovery of novel disruptive chemistries from random DNA information, the genomics of flavor and arom

          Peter Etchells

          Psychologist and Science Communicator

          Professor Pete Etchells is a psychologist and science communicator based at Bath Spa University, UK.