Vancouver Skeptics

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 night, please join our Facebook group and/or 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 subscribe to our calendar feed URL or ICS link in Google Calendar or your favourite calendar program. Email to submit items for the calendar.

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Upcoming events:

Tue. Sep. 26
Wed. Sep. 27
  • Nerd Nite: Fractions And Ratios And Proportions, Oh My!
    Wed. Sep. 27, 7:00pm at Science World at TELUS World of Science, 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z7, Canada

    Nerd Nite is an event currently held in over 60 cities worldwide! The formula for each Nerd Nite is pretty standard – 20 minute presentations from three presenters each night, in a laid-back environment with lots to learn!

    Join us for a special themed Nerd Nite as we explore mathematics and check out our newest feature exhibition. Math Moves! uses hands-on activities to make experimenting with mathematical concepts fun.

    Talks by: Sophie Johns - "The Contagious Cancer Threatening Tasmanian Devils with Extinction and How Mathematics Can Help" Think back to your last mathematics class, you might have been left wondering how this information would possibly help you in adult life. You may be surprised how often mathematics is used to advise decision makers and how it is being used to better understand the world around us. For instance, epidemiology is an area of mathematics dedicated to understanding diseases. These models can be used to uncover many aspects of diseases such as - how they spread, immunisation requirements, and even how host and diseases evolve. Take the Tasmanian Devil for example. This Australian marsupial is being threatened with extinction by a transmissible cancer. The understanding and perspective provided by mathematical models of this disease will help conservation efforts and hopefully save the species from the brink of extinction. Sophie Johns is in her first year of a biology PhD. Rather than doing laboratory experiments or field research, Sophie is using mathematics to explore evolutionary and ecological dynamics. Her current PhD project is on the Tasmanian Devil’s facial tumour disease, a rare form of transmissible cancer. She’s based at the Australian National University but is current on exchange with Sally Otto at the University of British Columbia.

    Nikki Berreth - "Patterns of Choice" Sometimes it can feel impossible to make a decision. However, most of our choices are so simple, they are almost instinctual: like choosing a bathroom stall, crossing the road or picking a partner! Learn more about the mathematical patterns behind the choices we make. Nikki Berreth is an experienced science communicator and educator working in Vancouver, BC. When she is not entertaining the masses at with math and science, she is nerding out over new media for sharing science. Her most current endeavour – crocheted fractal patterns!

    Mark MacLean Mark MacLean is a professor of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia and is interested in how we learn to understand mathematics. Professor MacLean is the a co-creator of UBC's Science One Program and is the creator of animated children’s stories inspired by mathematics found in Aboriginal storytelling. In recognition of his contributions to mathematics education in Canada, Professor MacLean was awarded the Adrien Pouliot Award in 2015.

Sun. Oct. 1
  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics in the Pub - Brunch
    Sun. Oct. 1, 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.

    Brunch in a welcoming environment. Come out and hang with us!

Tue. Oct. 3
Wed. Oct. 4
  • Skeptics' Trivia Night at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Wed. Oct. 4, 6:00pm at Storm Crow Alehouse, 1619 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC

    Join us on the first Wednesday of the month for Skeptics' Trivia Night at Storm Crow Alehouse. The nerd trivia contest starts at 7pm and is put on by Storm Crow Alehouse and hosts Eric Fell and Mister Nickel. A few Vancouver Skeptics will arrive early to get a table and form a team, and then we'll combine our wits to compete against the other teams. All skill levels welcome.

Tue. Oct. 10
  • Metric Week
    Tue. Oct. 10, 12:00am

  • North Vancouver Skeptics in the Pub
    Tue. Oct. 10, 6:00pm 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 6pm 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.

Sun. Oct. 15
Tue. Oct. 17
  • Skeptics in the Pub Downtown
    Tue. Oct. 17, 7:00pm at The back room at Yagger's, 433 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC

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

    Frequent attendees: Please welcome any new attendees, and see if you share common interests in areas of science, skepticism, critical thinking, or life in general.

    New attendees: Please feel free to introduce yourselves if you wish, and join in any conversations that interest you.

Thu. Oct. 19
  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics in the Pub
    Thu. Oct. 19, 7:00pm at Browns Socialhouse, 9666 King George Hwy, Surrey, BC V3T 2V5, Canada

    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 third Thursday of the month at Browns Socialhouse, Surrey Centre.

Sat. Oct. 21
  • Skeptics' Brunch at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Sat. Oct. 21, 11:00am at Storm Crow Alehouse, 1619 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC

    Come out on the third Saturday of the month to join your fellow skeptics and science enthusiasts for Saturday brunch around the back tables at the new Storm Crow Alehouse on Broadway about a block west of Granville. Check out the venue's extensive science fiction, fantasy, comic book, board game, nerd, geek, etc. decorations and memorabilia, not to mention their menu of thematically related food and drink options. Hope to see you there!

Mon. Oct. 23