Welcome to the site for information about Vancouver Skeptics in the Pub and other science- and skepticism-related events and groups around Vancouver, BC, Canada. Vancouver Skeptics is a casual social group for local science enthusiasts who value reason, critical thinking, and skepticism. See our "What is Skepticism?" page to get an idea of what the group is all about.  
To be notified about each new Vancouver Skeptics in the Pub event, go to our Facebook page and be sure to click the "Subscribe" button at the bottom left of the page. You can also join our Google+ community. Alternatively, you can subscribe to our RSS feed in your favourite RSS reader to see a new post about each upcoming event. To see all the skepticism-related events around Vancouver, visit the Event Calendar page or add them to your own calendar by clicking on the calendar's URL and using the "+Google Calendar" link in the bottom corner, or by copying its ICAL/ICS link and pasting it into your browser or app's "add calendar" setting.
Email events@vancouverskeptics.org to submit items for the calendar. For any other questions or comments email info@vancouverskeptics.org.

Upcoming events:

Wed. Feb. 10
  • KPU Speaker Series - Laura Weir - Birds Do It, Bees Do It...and Fish Do It, Too! The underwater world of fish mating
    Wed. Feb. 10, 7:00pm at Science World at TELUS World of Science, 1455 Quebec St., Vancouver, BC

    https://www.kpu.ca/scienceworld

    Fish use a huge variety of mating systems and strategies that are all geared toward the same goal: passing on genes to the next generation. With fish, anything goes. Crazy courtship behaviour, meticulous parenting, and males living like parasites on females; you name it, fish do it! From the fish on your plate to the ones in your aquarium, this talk will focus on the weird and wonderful world of fish reproduction.

    Dr. Laura Weir grew up in Montréal and did her undergraduate degree at Concordia University where she was introduced to the exciting world of fish behaviour. She went on to explore the rivers in the Maritimes, investigating mating interactions in Atlantic salmon. After receiving her Ph.D. from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Laura’s interest in fish brought her to Vancouver and Simon Fraser University, where she expanded her understanding of fish behaviour and evolution. Dr. Weir is now a biology instructor at KPU where she introduces her students to the ecology and evolution of many organisms, and where she talks about fish every chance she gets.

    Free event, but RSVP at the link is required. Future events in the series are also listed at the link.


Fri. Feb. 12
Sat. Feb. 13
  • BC Humanist Adopt a Clinic Blood Drive
    Sat. Feb. 13, 11:00am at Canadian Blood Services, 4750 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC

    http://www.bchumanist.ca/blood_drive

    Starting in 2016, the BC Humanist Association has partnered up with Partners for Life – a national program committed to saving lives through blood donation.

    We’ve got it in us to work together to help contribute to Canada’s blood supply.

    Come out for our Adopt-A-Clinic day and put your Humanist values in action!

    We have booked 10 spots for 11 am. Email exdir@bchumanist.ca to confirm one of these spaces if you want to donate with our group.

    We will be adopting the Vancouver clinic on Oak Street several times per year. Drop in at any point during the day, let them know you're with us and your donation will go toward our annual total!

    http://www.meetup.com/BC-Humanists/events/227843910/


Tue. Feb. 16
  • Skeptics in the Pub Downtown
    Tue. Feb. 16, 7:00pm at The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver, BC

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1689686107938658/

    Join us on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm for another evening of skeptical fun, food, drinks, and conversation in the Railway Club's back bar. Come out and discuss skepticism-related activities in Vancouver with your fellow science enthusiasts, rationalists, and critical thinkers, and maybe meet some new friends.

    If you arrive late and they're collecting a cover charge at the door, just tell them you're with the skeptics' group to get in for free.


  • Postdoc Talks: "A Genetic Prescription" and "Liberalism as Utopia"
    Tue. Feb. 16, 7:00pm at The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver, BC

    https://www.facebook.com/events/597752230393155/

    Postdoctoral researchers are critical to the research performed at academic institutions. UBC ‘Postdoc Talks’ is a public forum that will allow you to learn more about what postdocs do in an engaging, informal and fun atmosphere. Everyone is welcome, so share the word with your friends and family!

    Our first "Postdoc Talks" event of the year ("A Genetic Prescription" and "Liberalism as Utopia") will be held Tuesday, February 16th at 7:00pm at the Railway Club – 579 Dunsmuir St. Talks will be given by Dr. Timo Schaefer, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History, and Dr. Britt Drögemöller, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Pediatrics.


Thu. Feb. 18
  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics in the Pub
    Thu. Feb. 18, 7:00pm at Central City Brewing Co Ltd, 13450 102 Ave., Surrey, BC

    Join us for drinks and food in a friendly atmosphere with Surrey/Langley area science enthusiasts who value critical thinking and skepticism. It's a great place to meet local skeptics, make new friends, and get involved and informed about new events and activities. We meet on the second Thursday of the month at Surrey Central City Brewing.


Tue. Feb. 23
  • February Café Sci: Up close and personal with human-robot collaboration, with Dr. Elizabeth A. Croft
    Tue. Feb. 23, 7:30pm at The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver BC

    https://www.facebook.com/events/569979126500675/

    Dear Café Scientifiquers, our next café will happen on Tuesday February 23rd, 7:30pm at The Railway Club. Our speaker for the evening will be Dr. Elizabeth A. Croft. The title of her talk is:

    Up close and personal with human-robot collaboration

    Advances in robot control, sensing and intelligence are rapidly expanding the potential for close-proximity human-robot collaborative work. In many different contexts, from manufacturing assembly to home care settings, a robot’s potential strength, precision and process knowledge can productively complement human perception, dexterity and intelligence to produce a highly coupled, coactive, human-robot team. Such interactions, however, require task-appropriate communication cues that allow each party to quickly share intentions and expectations around the task. These basic communication cues allow dyads, human-human or human-robot, to successfully and robustly pass objects, share spaces, avoid collisions and take turns – some of the basic building blocks of good, safe, and friendly collaboration regardless of one’s humanity. In this talk we will discuss approaches to identifying, characterizing, and implementing communicative cues and validating their impact in human-robot interaction scenarios.


Wed. Feb. 24
  • Atheist/Theist Discussion about Masturbation: Helpful, Harmful, Good or Bad?
    Wed. Feb. 24, 7:00pm at The Network Hub, 422 Richards St., Vancouver, BC

    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/masturbation-helpful-harmful-good-or-bad-tickets-20305449145

    Let's Talk About Masturbation: helpful? harmful? good? or bad?

    Join us and our panel as we discuss masturbation. We will have perspectives from an atheist, a humanist, a Christian pastor and a neuroscientist followed by break out discussions, open mic and Q&A. RSVP below. Cost $6. Coffee, tea, water and cookies provided.

    (Note: do you want to be part of the speakers' panel? Let Jonathan know at jonathan@companyofdisciples.com)

    Company of Disciples and Centre for Inquiry Canada present a Meeting of the Minds event on "Masturbation" a discussion and debate on whether masturbation is helpful, harmful, good or bad.


Thu. Feb. 25
  • Richmond Skeptics in the Pub
    Thu. Feb. 25, 7:00pm at Harold's Bistro & Bar, 7551 Westminster Hwy., Richmond, BC

    Richmond Skeptics in the Pub is a casual social event for local science enthusiasts who value critical thinking and skepticism. Join us for drinks and food in a friendly atmosphere. It's a great place to meet local skeptics, make new friends, and get involved and informed about new events and activities.

    We meet on the fourth Thursday of the month at Harold's Bistro & Bar inside the Sheraton Hotel, a few minutes from the Brighouse SkyTrain station and Richmond Centre.


Sun. Feb. 28
  • Skeptics' Brunch in New Westminster
    Sun. Feb. 28, 1:00pm at The Met Bar and Grill, 411 Columbia St., New Westminster, BC

    Every fourth Sunday of the month we meet for brunch at the Met Bar & Grill next to the Columbia SkyTrain Station in New Westminster. We're pro-evidence, pro-science free thinkers. Join us if that sounds appealing to you. Breakfast is served all day. Eggs Benny is served until 2 pm so don't be late. If the weather is good we'll be on the patio, otherwise we'll sit inside.

    Be there or b²


Tue. Mar. 1
Wed. Mar. 2
  • Skeptics in the Pub in Kitsilano
    Wed. Mar. 2, 7:00pm at The Billy Bishop Legion, 1407 Laburnum St., Vancouver, BC

    Join us on the first Wednesday of the month for an evening of skeptical fun, food, drinks, and conversation by the fireplace at the Billy Bishop Legion. Come out and discuss skepticism-related activities in Vancouver with your fellow science enthusiasts, rationalists, and critical thinkers, and maybe meet some new friends.

    The Billy doesn't serve meals, but you are welcome to bring in food from the nearby restaurants, or go in with a few others and have pizza delivered.


Sun. Mar. 6
  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics in the Pub - Brunch
    Sun. Mar. 6, 11:00am at Edith + Arthur Public House, 8410 160 St., Surrey, BC

    Surrey/Langley Skeptics' in the Pub - Brunch happens on the first Sunday of each month.

    $4 for breakfast in a welcoming environment. Come out and hang with us!


Tue. Mar. 8
  • North Vancouver Skeptics in the Pub
    Tue. Mar. 8, 7:00pm at Rusty Gull Neighbourhood Pub, 175 E. 1st St., North Vancouver, BC

    Join us in North Vancouver on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm for another evening of skeptical fun, food, drinks, and conversation at The Rusty Gull. Come out and discuss skepticism-related activities with your fellow science enthusiasts, rationalists, and critical thinkers, and maybe meet some new friends.