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Announcing ‘QED: Question. Explore. Discover.’

QED: Question. Explore. Discover.

As part of the 2011 skeptical calendar in the North West, we are delighted to annouce ‘QED: Question. Explore. Discover.‘ – a new two-day skeptical science festival.

Taking place in Manchester in February 2011, the event will feature a host of well-known science and skeptical personalities, as well as providing a platform for grassroots organisations to promote their activities. Jointly run by members of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and Greater Manchester Skeptics Society, the conference will also be the stage for a new stunt from the 10:23 Campaign – the homeopathy-awareness group who in January 2010 organised a series of ‘mass homeopathic overdoses’ to show the treatments to be ineffective.

A spokesman for the event said, “The science and skepticism scene in the North West is really taking off, and the QED conference fits in perfectly with it. Showing people how accessible science can be, and how to tell real science from nonsense, is an increasingly important goal with the levels of information people are bombarded with on a daily basis. QED will provide an excellent opportunity for people to engage directly with experts in these fields, in a relaxed,informal and entertaining environment.”

With the speakers being announced over the coming weeks, the organisers aren’t skeptical about the quality of the guests:

“We know that every attendee will be as excited by our guest list as we are, but we’re keeping those cards close to our chest for a little longer. But we can however reveal that musician and podcast host George Hrab has agreed to fly over from the US to host the event – which gives a glimpse at the quality of guests we’ve lined up. QED promises to be a great chance for the grassroots skeptical community of the UK to come together for what should be a great weekend”

George Hrab is a musician and host of the Geologic Podcast – a highly-popular science and comedy show – and has performed for President Clinton at the White House as well as playing in front of 5000 fans at the Astrodome during Super Bowl XXXVIII’s festivities.

The QED event will be held on February 5th and 6th in the Manchester Piccadilly hotel. Tickets are on sale soon, available from All proceeds from the event will be split between Sense About Science and the National Autistic Society.

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