In addition to the main conference programming Friday, Saturday and Sunday NECSS will offer educational (and fun!) workshops on Thursday July 11. Two concurrent tracks will be offered, comprised of four workshops each. Space is strictly limited and these workshops WILL sell out!

Main conference registration is required to register for workshops.


  • Date: Thursday July 11
  • Time: 10:00AM – 05:00PM (lunch from 12:45PM – 2:15PM on your own)
  • Location: 9th floor of the FIT Feldman Center, located on 27th Street between 7th and 8th Ave. Enter through the main entrance under the blue arch. Tell the security guard you are attending NECSS/the skeptics conference and they will direct you to the elevators. Go to the 9th floor and a NECSS representative will direct you to the conference area.
9:30AM - 10AM
12:45PM - 2:15PM
LUNCH (on your own)
Steven Novella & George Hrab
Jay Novella & Brian Wecht
8PM - 12AM
Drinking Skeptically
7:00PM – 9:00PM
Real/Fake Science

Real/Fake Science

NECSS ventures into Brooklyn for this interactive performance. Real/Fake Science features six presenters and six topics, some will be fabricated and some factual, some scientists and some charlatans. Faced with uncertainty can you sort the fact from the fiction?.


  • Date: Thursday July 11
  • Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM (doors open at 6:30PM)
  • Registration: ($35 early bird pricing)
  • Location: The Pine Box (12 Grattan St, Brooklyn, NY 11206)*

At this one-of-a-kind interactive mystery science event participants are invited to surf the line between fact and fiction. Cunning presenters will confound you with their alternate facts and surprising truths. Join fellow skeptics and prepare to be regaled with tales of real and fake science, recounted by knowledgeable presenters hailing from a range of scientific disciplines. Participants will compete for the distinction of Most Discerning! The science will be fantastic and some will be phony! Be prepared to listen closely and keep your smartphones and internet gadgets stowed away.

*Located a short 15 minute ride across the river into Brooklyn!

11AM - 1PM
1:10PM - 1:55PM
David Gorski: Science Based Medicine: Cancer Quackery and Fake News: Targeting the Most Vulnerable
2PM - 2:45PM
Odaelys Walwyn: Illusion of Accessibility in STEM
Host: Brian Wecht, with George Hrab (more tba)
8:00PM - 10:00PM
SGU Extravaganza

Located in Katie Murphy Amphitheater

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe
10:00PM - 12:00AM
Drinking Skeptically
10AM - 12PM
SGU Private Show

SGU Private Show (Friday July 12) – FIT Feldman Center, Room D-207. Please enter at the main entrance to the FIT Feldman Center under the blue arch, located on 27th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. A NECSS representatives will then direct you to D-207.

Steven Novella, Bob Novella, Jay Novella, Evan Bernstein, Cara Santa Maria
8AM - 9AM
9:10AM - 9:55AM
Paul Offit: Science Based Medicine presents: The Vaccine Wars
10AM - 10:45AM
Debbie Goddard
Mary Roach & Cara Santa Maria
12PM - 1:30PM
LUNCH (on your own)
Steve Novella, Bob Novella, Jay Novella, Evan Bernstein, Cara Santa Maria
4PM - 5PM
Carl Zimmer KEYNOTE: Heredity: Its Powers, Perversions, and Potential
8PM - 10PM
NECSS Social
8AM - 9AM
9:05AM - 9:50AM
Steven Novella: Science Based Medicine: The Truth about the Opiate Crisis
9:55AM - 10:40AM
Andrea Jones-Rooy: Why Democracy is Mathematically Hard
10:50AM - 11:35AM
Randi Hutter Epstein: Aroused: A History of Hormone Healers & Hucksters
12:40PM - 2PM
LUNCH (on your own)

Including special guest Matthew Rosenberg

Russ, Yelena, Nathan Lents, Aaron Rabinowitz, and special guest Matthew Rosenberg
Steve Novella, Neville Sanjana, Matthew Liao, Franklin Abrams
4:30PM - 5:15PM
Brant MacDuff: A Brief History of Taxidermy