Speakers

Dr Richard Wiseman

Looking back & moving forward in skepticism Join Richard Wiseman in an autobiographical journey into the heady world of skepticism. Focusing on innovative techniques for encouraging skeptical thinking, he will

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Dr Alexander Panchin

Parasitic ideas and their adaptations What makes certain pseudoscientific ideas so popular? Dr Panchin uses a metaphor of comparing ideas and biological viruses to explain how the human mind is

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Dr Siouxsie Wiles

Caught in a COVID conspiracy Dr Siouxsie Wiles is a microbiologist and bioluminescence enthusiast. She and her team make nasty bacteria glow in the dark to better understand how infectious

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Annie McCubbin

Wellness, women and woo Annie McCubbin will discuss how the pandemic has given wellness marketers the perfect platform to sell woo, especially to women. From COVID-resistant exercise pants, positive affirmations

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Dr Helen Petousis-Harris

Panel – (Mis)information in the time of Covid Helen is a scientist with an interest in vaccines. She has been investigating a range of vaccine-related topics for twenty-three years and

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Dr Marc Wilson

Why don’t people believe the science? An overwhelming majority of scientists argue that anthropogenic climate change is real, that human beings evolved from simpler organisms, that GM foods are safe,

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Dr Ken Harvey

10th anniversary of Friends of Science in Medicine Dr Harvey will look back at the Friends of Science on Medicine: ten years of pushing science and scepticism Dr Ken Harvey

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Lina Yassin

Making science relatable Communicating climate change is not just about delivering the science to people but it is also about making it relatable to them. The narratives used for climate

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Dr Mahmood Hikmet

The trolley problem problem: Ethics in self-driving and autonomous vehicles How does an autonomous vehicle decide who to collide with when faced with two unescapable options? This is the autonomous

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Dr Johanna Nalau

Adaptation to climate change: the what, why, and how Adaptation to climate change is inevitable given many climate impacts have already been locked in and will continue to unfold. But

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Sherrie D’Souza

Escape from a cult … the JWs Sherrie D’Souza will look at religious cults, and specifically the Jehovah’s Witnesses, of which she was a former member. Can an organisation as

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Dr Thomas Lumley

Per capita, in mice.  StatsChat (statschat.org.nz) is the blog of the University of Auckland Department of Statistics, centred around statistics in the media. The blog was started in 2013, aiming

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James Gilberd

A Paranormalist’s Journey Through Skepticism.  After a talk on the paranormal in photography presented at the 2009 NZ Skeptics Conference in Wellington, Gilberd says “a young guy from the audience

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Dr Sathana Dushyanthen

COVID conspiracies untangled! Taking on the biggest news stories and social media conspiracies relating to COVID-19 over the last two years and debunking them with scientific facts. Dr Sat

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Susan Gerbic

Panel – Activism and presenting science information in the face of pseudoscience Based in California, Susan Gerbic heads up the infamous Guerrilla Skeptics of Wikipedia (GSoW). She also catches

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Richard Saunders

Que Sera, Sera. Is the future ours to see? The Great Australian Psychic Prediction Project. For more than 10 years, Richard Saunders has been compiling and researching psychic predictions made

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Professor Dave

Panel – Activism and presenting science information in the face of pseudoscience Dave Farina, better known online as Professor Dave, is an American YouTuber and educator who primarily makes

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Dr Rachael Dunlop

Big Bad Pharma, the FDA, and the reasons why a new Alzheimer’s drug should never have been approved.  The recent approval by the US Food and Drug Administration of the

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Tim Mendham

Panel – Activism and presenting science information in the face of pseudoscience Tim Mendham is executive officer of Australian Skeptics Inc, and editor of their journal The Skeptic. He

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Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz

The Ivermectin scandal – drugs, dopes, and dodgy data Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz is an epidemiologist who communicates science as the Health Nerd. He writes a regular blog, as well as

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Dr Ben McNeil

Panel – Activism and presenting science information in the face of pseudoscience Ben McNeil has had a career in scientific research, climate change,  innovation and technology. For 20 years he

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Dr Ashley Bloomfield

Panel – (Mis)information in the time of Covid Dr Ashley Bloomfield is the NZ Director-General of Health and Chief Executive. He was qualified in medicine at the University of

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Dr Jan Feld

The mixed bag of science: which scientific studies should you trust? Imagine a well conducted study showing that homeopathy works. What do you do as a good skeptic? Welcome homeopathy

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Joanne Benhamu
MC

Jo Benhamu is a Senior Clinical Research Nurse at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre with twenty years of experience in clinical nursing. She has a Masters in Bioethics and teaches

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Craig Shearer
MC

Craig Shearer is current Chair of NZ Skeptics. and has been involved in skepticism since the mid 90s. Craig has attended, and helped organise many skeptics conferences in New

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Sanjana Hattotuwa

Panel – (Mis)information in the time of Covid Sanjana Hattotuwa is an Ashoka, Rotary World Peace, and TED Fellow, and is a pioneer in the use of technology for

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