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 events@vancouverskeptics.org to submit items for the calendar.

For any other questions or comments email info@vancouverskeptics.org.

Upcoming events:

Thu. Mar. 23
  • Anecdotal Evidence VII
    Thu. Mar. 23, 7:00pm at Anza Club, 3 W 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC

    https://www.facebook.com/events/608716555986082/

    Come down to The Anza Club for the seventh edition of Anecdotal Evidence! We took some time off, but we are back with a new location and we've missed you!

    Anecdotal Evidence is a storytelling series about the human side of science. The rapture in the research and humanity behind the abstract. How science impacts our lives on a personal level. Stories are filled with humour, humanity, and sometimes even science.

    The stories are true, 7(ish)-minute tales told live, onstage, without notes.

    Anecdotal Evidence will take place on Thursday, March 23rd, 7:00pm at The Anza Club on 3 W 8th Ave, Vancouver.

    Are you interested in telling a story? We have a slots open for this event. Get in touch here, or at anec.evidence@gmail.com!

    ***TICKET INFO****

    Pre-sale ticket link is up! Make sure to get your tickets early!

    Online tickets are selling for $7.50 a piece in advance.

    We will be terminating online sales at noon Thursday. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $10 on a first come first served basis.


Fri. Mar. 24
Tue. Mar. 28
  • Café Sci: Trade, Borrow, or Steal: How Life Exceeds its Metabolic Potential, with Dr. Holly Moeller
    Tue. Mar. 28, 7:30pm at Yagger's Downtown Restaurant & Sports Bar, 433 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1V2, Canada

    https://www.facebook.com/events/664802123723751/

    Dear Café Scientifiquers,

    Our next café will happen on Tuesday February 28th, 7:30pm in the back room at Yagger’s Downtown (433 W Pender). Our speaker for the evening will be Dr. Holly Moeller, Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology

    Trade, Borrow, or Steal: How Life Exceeds its Metabolic Potential

    Living organisms are fundamentally constrained by their metabolisms: The ways that they get and use energy affect where they can live, how they respond to changing environments, and how they interact with one another. We usually think of metabolisms as fixed, permanent features of each species, fundamentally set by the genes encoded in their DNA. But what if metabolisms could be changed, within an individual’s lifetime, by borrowing (or stealing!) from other species? My talk will describe examples of this “acquired metabolism,” exploring how organisms from microbes to humans to trees extend their metabolisms and transform their ecological roles and evolutionary paths.

    From Dr. Moeller:

    I am a community ecologist and biological oceanographer studying acquired metabolic potential (AMP). When organisms acquire metabolism (i.e., gain access to metabolic pathways that aren’t hard-wired into their own DNA), they fundamentally change their ability to interact with the living and non-living components of their environment. Examples of AMP surround us: bacteria gain antibiotic resistance by incorporating DNA from their environment; corals gain the capacity to turn sunlight into energy by incorporating algal endosymbionts. Even we humans, with our vast complement of gut microbiota, benefit by playing temporary host to other metabolisms.

    I use a combination of mathematical models, field observations, and lab experiments to figure out how AMP changes the dynamics of living communities and understand what ecological pressures lead to the evolution and maintenance of AMP.


Wed. Mar. 29
  • Nerd Nite v26: Time Travel, Gender Performance, and Crispr
    Wed. Mar. 29, 7:00pm at Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T, Canada

    https://www.facebook.com/events/234700583659956

    The Earth is equalizing. We all know March marks the Equinox, this year it is March 20th, but perhaps you were one of those geeks that loved staring at sunrise and sunset tables, and realized that the equinox doesn't correlate with a day of equal day and equal night. Do you remember the day that you figured this out, that it was your latitude on Earth that determined which day brought equal day and night, which we now call Equilux (for Vancouverites it's March 17th)? If you do remember, or perhaps you remember when someone shared that information with you, or maybe you just learned it now. Do you remember that feeling when you did? That excitement, and giddy shake you get when you learn something cool? There is a place where you can go and nerd out with weird, wonderful, nerdy tidbits to share, learn and help you feel that feeling which we call "The Nerdering". That place is called Nerd Nite.

    This month's speakers:

    Jared Stang -"Modern Physics and Past Regrets: Practical Time Travel Tips

    The seasons change, years pass by, and time pushes us inexorably forward. Wouldn't it be nice to slow it all down and take a break from the constant march toward the future---or even go back? Take a minute to find out how Einstein showed that the reality of time may be more personal than you think.

    Bio: Jared Stang is a researcher and instructor at UBC and an instructor at Langara College. He spent years solving equations on his computer as a student at UBC, and eventually received his PhD in theoretical physics. Now, Jared spends his time teaching, studying how people learn physics, and wondering how we can help people overcome their acute fear of what he believes is a friendly and interesting subject. Also, he likes learning new things, and can sort of pretty much juggle.

    Paige Frewer - "Gender Peformance"

    Paige "Ponyboy" Frewer is a gender fluid glam king and the producer-host of Man Up, a drag show and queer dance party that is celebrating its 9th anniversary this month. Paige studied Environmental Science and Dialogue at SFU.

    Scott Pownall - "CRISPR Bacon and Fun Things with Genome Editing"

    Hailed as the biggest biotech breakthrough of the century, scientists have co-opted the CRISPR microbial immunity system for use in genome editing. Sixty four years after the discovery of the structure of DNA, CRISPR gene editing is causing a major upheaval in biomedical research and it's discovery has lead to a gargantuan patent war at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Let's explore CRISPR, what it is and where are we going with it.

    Bio: Scott Pownall is a scientist, biohacker and entrepreneur who is passionate about breaking down the barriers people face when trying to engage with DNA technologies. In June of 2015, with the help of an awesome bunch of citizen scientists, he co-founded Open Science Network; a BC incorporated non-profit society, and established Vancouver's first community biolab. He has a lifelong passion and curiosity for the world around him particularly in the areas of biology. In the early 1980s he switched focus from electronics engineering to studying biotechnology after reading an article in the Melbourne Age on the then new Gene Machines. This lead him to complete his doctoral research in Genetics from the University of British Columbia. His academic research focus was on (old-school) genome editing in mice. Scott received numerous awards and scholarships including from the Australian Society of Microbiologists, the Canadian Arthritis Society, the Medical Research Council of Canada and the National Cancer Institute of Canada. He participated in the first human genome jamboree at Celera - the company that sequenced the human genome.

    Poster image by: Armin Mortazavi

    Photos by: lindsaysdiet.com

    Music by: DJ Bürger

    https://www.facebook.com/events/234700583659956/


Fri. Mar. 31
  • Science Slam
    Fri. Mar. 31, 8:00pm at Cafe Deux Soleils

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1271422522892849/

    Welcome to Science Slam, Vancouver’s most epic science showdown. Watch as scientists (researchers, students, etc.) battle communicators (actors, poets, etc.) to share their science topic. What's on the line? Only pride, fame, and eternal glory.

    Our competitors are selected from a slew of applications before our event. Our judges are a mashup of scientists and entertainers from Vancouver’s top institutions.

    Competitors have 5 minutes to present on any science topic without the use of a projector and slides. They are judged on their ability to communicate science in an engaging, entertaining, and concise way.

    Cost is on a sliding scale of $6-$10 cash per person. Seating is limited on a first come, first served basis so arrive early,

    If you want to compete, please email us at scislam@litscientist.com for your application.

    Let the games begin!


Sun. Apr. 2
  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics in the Pub - Brunch
    Sun. Apr. 2, 11:00am at Edith + Arthur Public House, 8410 160 St., Surrey, BC

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1794840667509578/

    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!


  • James Randi In Conversation With Matt Dillahunty
    Sun. Apr. 2, 7:00pm at Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

    https://www.facebook.com/events/219139755201090/

    Conjure The Night

    Conjure The Night will start with a live conversation with The Amazing James Randi. Matt Dillahunty will converse with Randi about his career in Magic & Skepticism. Then, prepare to be amazed by this stellar lineup of MAGICIANS!

    The Magicians

    James Randi established his career as a stage magician and escape artist. Inspired by the legendary Harry Houdini, he performed stunts like being sealed in an underwater coffin in 1956 and freeing himself from a straitjacket suspended over Niagara Falls in 1976. As his fame grew, he was nicknamed "The Amazing Randi" and he began to appear regularly on television and radio, from children's programs to The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

    Shawn Farquhar is a two time world magic champion. Shawn has been entertaining audiences around the globe for over two decades. His magic has been seen on Television shows like the X-Files and Highlander, in Motion Pictures like Spooky House and the Fly II, for corporate clients like IBM and Konica, and on the most luxurious cruise vessels such as Norwegian Star and Radiance of the Seas.

    Murray Hatfield, over the last decade, has thrilled audiences around the globe. He brings to the stage over three decades of training and experience in drama, dance, music and theater – and combine them with breath-taking magic, contemporary music, interactive comedy and some of the newest, most exciting, and most up-to-date illusions in the world today. Whether a smaller after dinner performance or a full scale stage show, his magic is a compelling, unique and absolutely world class.

    Matt Dillahunty is well known for his role in the secular community, specifically for his prominent role on the hit internet show The Atheist Experience. But he also dabbles in magic! Matt has been perfecting his magic craft for over 30 years and rarely performs these talents. This will be a rare opportunity to see Matt perform!


Tue. Apr. 4
Wed. Apr. 5
  • Skeptics' Trivia Night at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Wed. Apr. 5, 7:00pm 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. Apr. 11
  • North Vancouver Skeptics in the Pub
    Tue. Apr. 11, 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.


Wed. Apr. 12
Sat. Apr. 15
  • BC Humanists Blood Drive
    Sat. Apr. 15, 10:00am at Canadian Blood Services

    https://www.facebook.com/events/270823409996489/

    We have booked 8 spots for 10 am. Email exdir@bchumanist.ca AT LEAST A WEEK IN ADVANCE to confirm one of these spaces if you want to donate with our group.

    The BC Humanist Association has partnered up with Partners for Life – a national program committed to saving lives through blood donations.

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

    Come out for our blood donation day and put your Humanist values in action!

    Not sure if you're eligible to donate? Take the eligibility quiz: https://blood.ca/en/eligibility-quiz


  • Skeptics' Brunch at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Sat. Apr. 15, 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. If turnout is good, we hope to make this a new monthly event. Hope to see you there!


Tue. Apr. 18
  • Skeptics in the Pub Downtown
    Tue. Apr. 18, 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. Apr. 20
  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics in the Pub
    Thu. Apr. 20, 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. Apr. 22
  • March for Science Vancouver
    Sat. Apr. 22, 10:00am at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 650 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5N6, Canada

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1747338538915653

    Are you ready to walk out of the lab and into the streets for science?

    Whether you're a scientist or a science enthusiast, we want you to join us on April 22nd, 2017 to celebrate the very important role science plays in our lives. This movement is taking place globally because thousands of people who value science in their lives have realized that staying silent is no longer an option. There are over 300 marches being planned across Canada and internationally.

    DONATIONS If you'd like to help fund the march, visit our GoFundMe page and donate. We would so appreciate the help and will be using donations for permits, a sound system, equipment rentals, clean up gear, promotional materials, our website & domain name, banners, and travel costs for guest speakers. Donations made in excess of our costs will be given to a science-oriented charity [TBA].

    https://www.gofundme.com/sciencemarchyvr

    MARCH ROUTE & SPEAKERS [TBA]

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENT This event takes place on the traditional, unceded, occupied territories of the səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

    ACCESSIBILITY & DIVERSITY We plan to make this march as inclusive and accessible to as many people as possible. We value diversity and equality. Scientists and people who care about science are an intersectional group, embodying a diverse range of race, sexual orientation, (a)gender identity, ability, religion, age, and socioeconomic and immigration status. We come together under a shared passion for pursuing and sharing knowledge.

    We are also working on accessbility options for people that may need assistance during the march.

    SOCIAL FB: http://www.facebook.com/groups/sciencemarchyvr/ Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sciencemarchyvr Website: Coming soon!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1747338538915653/