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. 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.

For questions, comments, or to submit items for the calendar, email Vancouver.Skeptics@gmail.com.

Upcoming events:

Tue. Feb. 25
  • Feb. Café Sci with Dr. Nick Wong on Local Invasive Species
    Tue. Feb. 25, 7:30pm at Yagger's Downtown Restaurant and Sports Bar,

    Dear Café Scientifiquers,

    Our next café will happen on Tuesday, February 25th at 7:30pm in the back room at Yagger's Downtown (433 W Pender). Our speaker for the evening will be Dr. Nick Wong, presenting:

    Invasive Species of the Lower Mainland 101

    The Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is a collaborative-based organization committed to reducing the spread and impacts of non-native species within BC. My role focuses on educating and informing a diverse range of audiences on current and “watchlist” invasive species in British Columbia. Nick will give details about the key invasives species in the lower mainland, describe some of the ISCBC programs and share things you can do to preserve BC’s amazing biodiversity.

    Bio: Nick is the Research and Projects Coordinator with the Invasive Species Council of BC. He received his BSc from Western University and an MSc and PhD in Marine Ecology from the University of Auckland.

    Nick is passionate about teaching and creating engaging opportunities for people to learn and understand the role they can play in the prevention and mitigation of invasive species.

    We hope to see you there!

    • Your Café Sci Vancouver Organizers

    @cafescivan blogs.ubc.ca/cafesci/ facebook.com/groups/cafescivan/ cafesci.vancouver@gmail.com

    https://www.facebook.com/events/210270053459573/


Wed. Feb. 26
  • Nerd Nite v50: Space Poop, Movie Making, and Our Drinking Water
    Wed. Feb. 26, 7:00pm at Fox Cabaret,

    Nerd Nite Vancouver is a lot like the sugar molecule sucrose. Sucrose is a disaccharide meaning that it is made up of two molecules – glucose and fructose. Your Nerd Nite hosts are much the same – while they’re both nerd molecules, they’re passionate about very different things but are stuck together by the glycosidic bond that is Nerd Nite. And that sweet little bond has now existed for 6 years! So, we’ll be celebrating our 6 year Nerdaversary and 50th event with a little sugar! Joining us for our anniversary show are three amazing nerds, who will be talking about water, space poop, and film making. Celebrate your 50th with us an bring your sweet tooth (teeth?).

    Hosted by: Kaylee Byers and Michael Unger

    Poster by: Armin Mortazavi

    Music by: DJ Burger

    1. Alina Kunitskaya - “Astroplastic: From Colon to Colony” aka Plastic from Space Poop

    Waste management and the development of on-site manufacturing capabilities are two major challenges for future manned missions to Mars. To address both challenges, “Astroplastic” process was developed to turn astronauts’ fecal waste into bioplastic using genetically engineered bacteria. The produced bioplastic could be used to 3D print tools for astronauts. This talk will explore why recycling of waste and providing on-site manufacturing capabilities will be crucial for long-duration human spaceflight and how the “Astroplastic” project aims to address these challenges. The speaker will share personal experiences of conducting space-related research including experiencing microgravity on a parabolic flight (aka “Vomit Comet”) and making a poop simulant based on a recipe from NASA.

    Bio: Since high school, Alina’s dream has been to become an astronaut. With no clear career path to becoming an astronaut, Alina has focused on finding a field she is passionate about and striving to excel in that field. She graduated with a BSc in Chemical Engineering with Biomedical Engineering specialization from the University of Calgary. Her passion for solving space exploration challenges led to her involvement in developing a process to recycle astronauts’ fecal waste into 3D-printable bioplastics, developing and flying a scientific payload in microgravity, developing an oxygen production process on Mars, and completing a simulated sub-orbital spaceflight in a centrifuge-based flight simulator to help scientists examine the physiological and psychological impacts of g-forces associated with spaceflight. Alina is currently pursuing a MASc degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of British Columbia focusing on bioprocess development for cell-based therapies with a goal of completing a PhD in this discipline. Learn more about her projects at kunitskaya.com and by following her on Twitter at @akunitsk.

    Ed Douglas - "“The Why, What and How of Movie-Making”

    Bio: Ed Douglas is a videogame developer and filmmaker from Vancouver, BC, with passion for sci-fi and an obsession with astrophysics. He’s worked on some great game series like Mass Effect and Need for Speed, and some terrible movies like “Lightning: Bolts of Destruction” (where killer lightning chases our heroes while scientists come to the rescue), and “Belly of the Beast” (where Steven Seagal chases his career straight into the direct-to-DVD bin). After ambling around the world telling stories with companies like EA and Ubisoft, he’s back in BC refocusing back on film & TV.”

    1. Alan Shapiro - A User's Guide to Water in Vancouver

    What exactly is (and isn't) in your tap water? How does bottled water compare? Why do we keep hearing about boil water advisories, lead contamination, and chemicals with multiple syllable names, and what does it all mean for you? In this talk, Alan will explore all these topics, as well as the age-old question: "How long does it take to boil a cup of water by shouting at it?"

    Bio: Alan Shapiro is a water, sustainability, and science communication professional who spends much of his time thinking and drinking water. Alan is the co-founder of Science Slam Canada and Scientific Communications Manager at STEMCELL Technologies. He is an instructor at SFU and BCIT and an advisor for Toronto's Climate Ventures Earth Tech incubator.

    Hosted by: Kaylee Byers and Michael Unger

    Poster by: Armin Mortazavi

    Music by: DJ Burger

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1585785964906313/


Sat. Feb. 29
  • Science Slam and Beaty Museum Present: An Extra Day of Science
    Sat. Feb. 29, 7:30pm at Fox Cabaret,

    Leaping lizards! On February 29, join Science Slam Vancouver and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the Fox Cabaret to celebrate the leap day, or as we're calling it, 'an extra day of science'. To celebrate this special day, we've handpicked a selection of fantastic talks about rare, unusual, misunderstood, overlooked, or cyclical events.

    For those of you who have never experienced the wonder of Science Slam, welcome! This is Vancouver’s most epic science showdown. Sit back, relax, and watch as our competitors battle to achieve science communication fame and glory.

    What exactly is a science slam? Based on the format of a poetry slam, a science slam is a competition where speakers gather to share their science with you - the audience. Competitors have five minutes to present on any science topic without the use of a slideshow and are judged based on communication skills, audience impact and scientific content. Props and creative presentation styles are encouraged!

    Whether you're a researcher, student, educator, artist, or communicator, our stage is open to you. If you've got a science topic you're researching, or just a topic you're excited about, send in an application! If you're not sure about an idea, just ask.

    Application link: https://forms.gle/y5nQZwLzVUcRiHZT9

    YouTube channel (for creative inspiration): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWmI8llf3pAW5xtbvnXmsog

    Science Slam is excited to collaborate with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum to host this event. Vancouver’s natural history museum, the Beaty Museum holds UBC’s spectacular biological collections. The museum has 20,000 square feet of exhibits with two million treasured specimens, including a 26-metre-long blue whale skeleton suspended in the atrium, dinosaur trackways from BC’s early Cretaceous period, and myriad fossils, mammals, reptiles, and plants from around our region and across the planet.

    Doors open at 7pm, event begins at 7:30pm. General admission $12, first 30 tickets sold get the $10 early nerd rate!

    We'll see you there!

    Accessibility Notes:

    This event takes place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil Waututh nations, and we are grateful for the opportunity to meet, learn, and connect on this land. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people and thanks the Musqueam for their ongoing partnership with the museum in furthering our understanding of culturally diverse ways of knowing our world.

    Science Slams are open, respectful, and inclusive event. If you have any questions or concerns around accessibility, please don't hesitate to reach out.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/193872361665977/


Wed. Mar. 4
  • Skeptics Trivia Night at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Wed. Mar. 4, 6:00pm at Storm Crow Alehouse, 1619 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6J 1W9, Canada

    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. 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. If you can, please arrive early to help us get a big table for our group.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.To be notified on Facebook about our future events, be sure to click the Subscribe button on the lower left side of the Vancouver Skeptics Facebook page.You can always find the latest event information on the Vancouver Skeptics Event Calendar on VancouverSkeptics.org.


Thu. Mar. 5
  • Talent Time: Truth Convention
    Thu. Mar. 5, 8:00pm at Paul Anthony's Talent Time,

    Paul Anthony's Talent Time presents THE TRUTH CONVENTION.

    ✔ FLAT EARTH: The band, the mission. ✔ ORIGINAL SONG & DANCE: CAPRI EVERITT! ✔ REAL CONSPIRACIES? ✔ REAL SCIENTISTS? ✔ CO-HOST Ryan Beil! ✔ HOUSE BAND led by Kristy-Lee Audette! ✔ YOUR CHANCE TO WIN $100!

    ⚑ ⚑ THUR MARCH 5th ⚑ ⚑ THE RIO THEATRE 1660 E Broadway @ Commercial. $12 in advance ☞ $14 at the door 7:15 Doors / 8pm Show ● All Ages (possible language warning) ● 19+ w/ID for bar service.

    "Talent Time is the most innovative, raucus, totally silly and inspired show I have seen in years. Watching it is like freebasing sheer fun!"

      • Matthew Hays, Globe & Mail/CBC Arts Online

    "A cult phenomenon that’s been flying under the radar...since 2008. A true comedy original. Talent Time defies genre. You have to experience it to truly appreciate it." - Guy MacPherson, The Georgia Straight

    PREVIOUS SEASON NOW STREAMING ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO AND OUR WEBSITE http://www.TalentTime.biz


    This event takes place on the traditional, unceded, occupied territories of the Coast Salish peoples: the mi ce:p kʷətxʷiləm (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/634038943755245/?event_time_id=634038957088577


Tue. Mar. 10
  • North Vancouver Skeptics in the Pub
    Tue. Mar. 10, 6:00pm at Queens Cross Pub, 2989 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7N 3J3, Canada

    Join us in North Vancouver on the second Tuesday of the month at 6pm for another evening of skeptical fun, food, drinks, and conversation at Queen's Cross Pub. Come out and discuss skepticism-related activities 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.To be notified on Facebook about our future events, be sure to click the Subscribe button on the lower left side of the Vancouver Skeptics Facebook page.You can always find the latest event information on the Vancouver Skeptics Event Calendar on VancouverSkeptics.org.


Tue. Mar. 17
  • Skeptics in the Pub Downtown
    Tue. Mar. 17, 7:00pm at Yagger's Downtown Restaurant & Sports Bar, 433 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1V2, Canada

    Join us on the third Tuesday of the month for an evening of skeptical fun, food, drinks, and conversation in Yagger's back room, at 433 W. Pender St. 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.To be notified on Facebook about our future events, be sure to click the Subscribe button on the lower left side of the Vancouver Skeptics Facebook page.You can always find the latest event information on the Vancouver Skeptics Event Calendar on VancouverSkeptics.org.


Thu. Mar. 19
  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics Meetup
    Thu. Mar. 19, 7:00pm at Browns Socialhouse Surrey Centre, 9666 King George Blvd A1, Surrey, BC V3T 2V4, Canada

    Join us on the third Thursday of the month at 7pm 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.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.To be notified on Facebook about our future events, be sure to click the Subscribe button on the lower left side of the Vancouver Skeptics Facebook page.You can always find the latest event information on the Vancouver Skeptics Event Calendar on VancouverSkeptics.org.


  • Qwalena: The Wild Woman Who Steals Children
    Thu. Mar. 19, 7:00pm at H.R. MacMillan Space Centre,

    Indigenous storytellers @3CrowProductions return to perform their scary multimedia story of “Qwalena: The Wild Woman That Steals Children” in the Planetarium Star Theatre. @3 Crow Productions

    Indigenous storyteller Dallas Yellowfly tells a scary story of a girl named Qwalena who is born disfigured and bullied. She runs away to the forest where she stays hidden from the children who bullied her. Over time Qwalena becomes the wild woman who makes whistling sounds and steals children who search for her in the woods. Yellowfly later explains how Qwalena is an allegorical creature who represents the Indian agents who stole Indigenous youth from their families and forced them to attend an Indian Residential School. Yellowfly's father was one of these children.

    In this unique theatrical performance Yellowfly blends Oral Tradition, multimedia and a bit of humour to explore the intergenerational impact of Indian residential schools. Dallas Yellowfly is a member of the Siksika First Nation, who was born and raised on Sto:lo territory practicing coastal cultures. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Anthropology he pursued both stand up comedy and music professionally. Yellowfly blends his experience in stand up comedy, music, and film making to create engaging multimedia storytelling performances. Qwalena provides an opportunity to bridge Indigenous and non-Indigneous communities by creating awareness and understanding about the problems still faced today by Indigenous Peoples.

    After the performance there will be time for questions, and to continue the conversation.

    Recommended for ages 13+.

    This performance contains some coarse language and mature subject matter. Strobe lighting effects will be used during this performance. Patrons that may have epilepsy or are affected by visual light stimulation please be advised.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/488064628525708/


Sat. Mar. 21
  • Skeptics Brunch at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Sat. Mar. 21, 11:00am at Storm Crow Alehouse, 1619 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6J 1W9, Canada

    Join us on the third Saturday of the month for brunch at the back of the nerdtastic Storm Crow Alehouse, 1619 W. Broadway, a block and a half west of Granville. 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.To be notified on Facebook about our future events, be sure to click the Subscribe button on the lower left side of the Vancouver Skeptics Facebook page.You can always find the latest event information on the Vancouver Skeptics Event Calendar on VancouverSkeptics.org.