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:

Wed. Oct. 24
  • Nerd Nite v38: Linguistics, Cannabis, and Neuroscience
    Wed. Oct. 24, 7:00pm at Fox Cabaret

    In 1957, the month of October would change the world forever. On the 4th of that month Sputnik 1 was launched into orbit around planet Earth, our first artificial satellite. It orbited for three weeks among the heavens and in doing so ushered an era of human exploration of the cosmos. Does the month of October affect you in anyway? Do you think of the kids from October Sky and how Sputnik changed their lives? (Is Jake Gyllenhaal cute? Do we like him?) Perhaps you're one that celebrates the lead up for all Hallows' Eve? Perhaps we should heed the advice of the one Albert Einstein which on this day Oct.24th, and his theory of happiness, which he wrote on a napkin, was sold at an auction. It reads as follows:

    "A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness."

    With that to ponder we bring you another Nerd Nite, one which it's co-founder Kaylee Byers makes her return. You think she's going to talk about rats. Hell yeah. You think she's going to tell us what she was up to in Sri Lanka? Hell to Sputnik yeah. But that's just the start, as we have three amazing speakers to launch Nerd Nite back for another season. Let's drink and science!

    1. Sadhvi Saxena - "More Than Words"

    Imagine you want to say “I love you,” but you can’t actually speak the words. Imagine you have a gluten allergy, but you can’t read the ingredient list. Imagine that this happens all of the time, despite the fact that your intelligence, thoughts and consciousness are intact. Some stroke and brain injury survivors have to deal with this frustration everyday, because they have what is known as aphasia. Aphasia hinders one’s ability to speak, write and understand both written and verbal language. This talk will introduce the audience to the diversity of aphasia, it will discuss the brain and aphasia research from a clinical perspective, and it will delve into innovative methods for aphasia treatment.

    Bio: Sadhvi is a shameless lover of broken brains. For 8 years, she has been researching brain injury, dementia, and the use of noninvasive brain stimulation to study and treat brain disorders. She also develops personalized, continued, and affordable rehabilitation for speech and cognition. She received her M.S. in Clinical Investigation from Boston University and her M.H.S at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

    1. Emma Andrews - "Cannabis"

    Bio: Natural Health + Cannabis Strategy Consultant, Educator & Speaker | New Product Development Professional (NPDP), Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN)

    1. Amanda Bakkum - "Learning the Hard Way: How the Brain Controls Movement in an Uncertain World"

    In a world that’s constantly changing, how is it that we are able to navigate our environment with relative ease? Well, our nervous system has an awesome ability to adapt how we move to the changing world around us, and it does so with seemingly little effort. It’s often only when we experience a significant change that affects or impairs our movement, that we become fully aware of how complex this system actually is. I will be discussing how the brain learns and adapts our movement to changes in the environment. And like most things in life, sometimes we have to learn the hard way.

    Bio:

    Amanda completed her undergraduate and master’s degree in South Africa, where she specialized in physical rehabilitation and gained a great appreciation for the resilience of the human body. She later moved to Vancouver, with her dog, Dudley, to pursue her academic career aspirations at Simon Fraser University. Amanda's chosen field for her PhD research is sensorimotor control and learning. She investigates the factors that affect how the human body adapts to our environment to gain a better understanding of how the brain learns.

    While at SFU, Amanda has developed a passion for science communication and has subsequently started a neuroscience blog called Dudley Describes: Neuroscience in a Muttshell. Her blog describes basic neuroscience concepts using her dog, Dudley, to help make this field more accessible, fun and relatable to the general public. It also allows her to take copious amounts of pictures of her dog… for science, of course.

    Poster by: Armin Mortazavi

    IG: armin.scientoonist

    https://www.facebook.com/events/307720883352080/


Tue. Oct. 30
  • Oct. Café Sci with Dr. Vikramaditya Yadav on synthetic biology
    Tue. Oct. 30, 7:30pm at Yagger's Downtown Restaurant and Sports Bar

    Dear Café Scientifiquers,

    Our next café will happen on Tuesday, October 30th at 7:30pm in the back room at Yagger's Downtown (433 W Pender). Our speaker for the evening will be Dr. Vikramaditya G. Yadav from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC. His topic will be:

    Solving some of Canada's grandest challenges with synthetic biology

    A warming climate, unrepressed mining and logging, contamination of our water resources, the uncertain price and tight supply of crude oil and the growing threat of epidemics are having a profound, negative impact on the well-being of Canadians. There is an urgent need to develop and implement sustainable manufacturing technologies that can not only meet our material and energy needs, but also sustain our quality of life. Romantic and unbelievable as it sounds, Nature posses all the answer to our challenges, and the coming decades in science and engineering will be typified by our attempts to mimic or recruit biology to address our needs. This talk will present a vivid snapshot of current and emerging research towards this goal and highlight some cutting-edge technologies under development at the University of British Columbia.

    Biography: When he joined the University of Waterloo as an undergraduate student in chemical engineering, Dr. Vikramaditya G. Yadav coveted a career in Alberta's burgeoning petrochemical sector. He even interned at Imperial Oil during his first summer break from university. Then, one fine evening during second year, he stumbled upon a copy of Juan Enríquez's As the Future Catches You in the library and became instantly captivated with biological engineering. His journey over the past few years has taken him to Sanofi Pasteur, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and finally, the University of British Columbia, where he now leads a wonderful group of researchers working on wide-ranging topics at the interface of biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine and economics.

    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/1890781744309271/


Sat. Nov. 3
  • Science Slam YVR
    Sat. Nov. 3, 8:00pm at Cafe Deux Soleils

    Science Slam YVR is back with our first full slam of the 2018-2019 season! If you're not in a Halloween candy hangover haze (or even if you are) come on out and learn something new!

    For those of you who have never experienced the wonder of Science Slam, welcome! We are Vancouver’s most epic science showdown. Watch as our competitors battle to share science with their captive audience. What's on the line? Pride, fame, eternal glory, and occasionally a prize or two.

    What exactly is a science slam? Based on the format of a poetry slam, a science slam is a competition brings together researchers, students, educators, artists, and communicators 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 engagement, and scientific accuracy. Props and creative presentation styles are encouraged!

    If you're interested in competing, please apply using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/HsnB2M3S6Z7zmUcU2 or email us at scislamYVR@gmail.com. If you're not sure about an idea, just ask!

    Doors open at 8pm, event begins at 8:30pm. Tickets available at the door $6-10 sliding scale. We'll see you there!

    Accessibility Notes: Cafe Deux Soliels is has multiple single stall gender neutral washrooms The space is not scent reduced, but attendees are encouraged to limit their use of perfumes, colognes, and other fragrances in respect for those with allergies and scent sensitivities.

    Science Slam acknowledges that this event takes place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Squamish, Sto:lo, Musqueam, and Tsleil Waututh Nation. Many of our attendees, Science Slam included, are are guests of these territories and must act accordingly.

    Science Slam is an inclusive event, as a result hate speech and abuse will not be tolerated. This includes anti-blackness, anti-indigenous, transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, islamophobia, xenophobia, fatphobia, ableism, transmisogyny, misogyny, femmephobia, cissexism, and anti-immigrant attitudes.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/334960710645288/


Wed. Nov. 7
  • Skeptics Trivia Night at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Wed. Nov. 7, 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 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. 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.


Tue. Nov. 13
  • North Vancouver Skeptics in the Pub
    Tue. Nov. 13, 6:00pm at The Gull Bar and Kitchen, 175 1st St E, North Vancouver, BC V7L 1B2, 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.


Thu. Nov. 15
  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics Meetup
    Thu. Nov. 15, 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.


Sat. Nov. 17
  • Skeptics Brunch at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Sat. Nov. 17, 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.