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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. Apr. 18
  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics Meetup
    Thu. Apr. 18, 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.


  • Science World After Dark
    Thu. Apr. 18, 7:00pm at Science World

    Join us on April 18 for Science World After Dark, featuring our new exhibition, A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature! Are you up for the challenge?

    Date: April 18, 2019 Time: 7pm–10pm (OMNIMAX® film at 6pm) Location: Science World at TELUS World of Science

    Inside the exhibition is the Lower Mainland’s largest mirror maze, a visually stunning web of repeating, mirrored triangles that create an infinite array of patterns that are beautiful to look at, but challenging to navigate.

    Situated in the maze is a hidden room. Challenge your friends! Who will find it first?

    Add a movie adventure! Enhance your evening by upgrading to an ultimate combo ticket that includes our new OMNIMAX® film Great Bear Rainforest. Journey to a land of grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters, humpbacks and the fabled all-white spirit bear—one of the rarest animals on Earth. Great Bear Rainforest is set on Canada's rugged Pacific coast in one of the most exquisite and secluded wildernesses in the world. View the trailer.

    Showtime: 6pm.

    Combo tickets are an additional $6.50 (before tax).

    $28 Early Bird Pricing (available until April 8, 2019) $34 Regular Pricing

    Prices subject to GST

    This is a 19+ event

    Beer, wine and refreshments will be available for purchase. Triple O’s will also be open until 9pm.

    A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature was created by the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) in Chicago.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/2090546617690328/


Sat. Apr. 20
  • Skeptics Brunch at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Sat. Apr. 20, 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.


Wed. May. 1
  • Skeptics Trivia Night at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Wed. May. 1, 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.


Fri. May. 3
  • Star Wars Show - Astrochemistry, Accelerators and The Apocalypse
    Fri. May. 3, 7:00pm at Nerd Nite North Vancouver

    Our May 3 show is a Star Wars themed, all-women in STEM episode - our last show before we break for summer. Feel free to come as your favourite Star Wars character and may the force be with you!

    We'll be back this fall with some amazing line-ups and more unicorn science, so follow our social media over the summer and stay tuned for shows on radon, astroNOTs, physics, astronomy and tons of other cool topics.


    TALKS & SPEAKERS:

    "Apocalyptic Party Planning" Geophysicist & Disaster Researcher Mika McKinnon

    Apocalyptic skills are a must for a modern Nerd, any gamer or zombie movie fan will tell you that. Who better to teach us the basics than an actual disaster researcher and science fiction writer, specializing in tsunami, earthquakes and asteroid impacts -- pretty much all the heart-pounding, doom-riddled science.

    Mika received her BA in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2005, attending the College of Creative Studies. There, she re-launched the Society of Physics Students and lead a student colloquia on science fiction, creating an environment for an exchange of views. She received her MSc in Geophysics from UBC in 2010 where her graduate work centered on assessing and managing risk of landslides using statistical models.

    Mika is a field geophysicist and science communicator with joint appointments at SETI and FEMA. She is currently a co-investigator with NASA's Project ESPRESSO, lending her expertise towards the project's goal of characterizing extraterrestrial target surfaces - asteroids, comets and moons. Mika has produced the largest published collection of data on landslides in space!

    Mika is also a United Nations Delegate for Hazard and Risk Reduction, and a science adviser to TV shows like Doomsday, No Tomorrow, Madame Secretary, Star Trek: Discovery and Stargate, where she adds science to their fiction. She has been a contributing editor for Gawker Media and a science writer for Gizmodo. Like all Nerds, Mika is irrepressibly curious about our wonderfully weird universe and loves the outdoors.


    “From Atom to Alien - The Universe As A Chemistry Lab” Astronomer & Nerd Nite Victoria Host, Dr. Nienke Van Der Marel

    We are all made of star-stuff! Everything on Earth consists of molecules built out of atoms, but what is the origin of these elements in the Universe? What molecules can we find in the regions where stars and planets are forming? How is it possible that molecules can form in those extreme environments of cold and emptiness? And how can we even observe those molecules? In this talk,

    Nienke will takes us on a tour through the most exotic chemistry lab ever…The Universe.

    Nienke was born and raised in The Netherlands where she got her PhD cum laude in Astronomy at Leiden University in 2015, followed by a two-year fellowship at The University of Hawaii in Honolulu. In November 2017, she moved to Victoria for a fellowship at the NRC Herzberg Institute for Astrophysics. She is the Host of Nerd Nite Victoria (shows are the third Wednesday of every month at the Victoria Event Centre).

    Nienke loves to travel and has some pretty mad latin/african dance skills! You may remember Nienke from her appearance at the January show for our thought experiment "What is a Nerd?"

    "Searching for New Particles at CERN" Project ATLAS Researcher and PhD Physics Student (UBC/TRIUMF), Robin Hayes

    Buried beneath the border of France and Switzerland, nearly 100 metres underground, CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the largest and most powerful particle accelerator on the planet. The LHC collides particles at 99.999999% of the speed of light, recreating conditions that existed shortly after the Big Bang. In this talk, you'll hear about how scientists study such intense conditions, and about some of the mind-blowing discoveries they've already made. Protons at the LHC collide about 800 million times every second! All the data from these collisions would fill enough CD-ROMs to stretch from the earth to the moon four times over the course of a single year. Don't miss this rare access to all things CERN.

    Robin is a PhD student at UBC and TRIUMF. She works on the ATLAS experiment, studying data collected at the LHC. When she's not doing physics stuff, she enjoys cycling to school at 0.000002% of the speed of light and working hard to perfect her baba ghanoush recipe.


    Each "nite" features three 15 minute "TED Talks" on subjects across all branches of science, in language anyone can understand. We do it in a fun, bar environment with beer and as much comedy as our Nerds can deliver, which makes this a 19+ event (sorry “nearly nerd-nite” teens we’ll see you soon). Be ready for an interactive question & answer period, social media competitions and prizes! Meet other nerds & the speakers during breaks.

    With over 80 locations worldwide, Nerd Nite is taking over! We're an all-volunteer community outreach devoted to Science Communication for adults who yearn to learn more about the amazing discoveries being made in science every day. We're always looking for more nerds to join our herd, so if you're interested in getting involved hit us up on our social media!

    We'll play "What Are You Nerding Out On?" North Van style and have our Twitter Competitions where you can win tickets to Nerd Nites North Van, Vancouver & Victoria and of course our Nerd Nite tool cards and bookmarks.

    Location: Eagles Club Event Room 170 West 3rd Street at Chesterfield (just east of 7-11). Fully licensed bar. No minors. 3 blocks from Lonsdale Quay, straight up Chesterfield.

    Transit: We're just 3 blocks from the seabus so don't learn and drive.

    Social Media: Website: http://www.northvan.nerdnite.com Facebook: Nerd Nite North Vancouver Instagram: @NerdNiteNorthVan Twitter: @NerdNiteNV

    FAQs Doors open at 6:45pm. Show at 7:00pm. Must be 19yrs or older, no minors. You can bring food to this event! Just 3 blocks from Lonsdale Quay, straight up Chesterfield.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1219032504925908/


Sat. May. 4
  • Pints, Pinnipeds and Rescue Stories: Special Edition After Hours
    Sat. May. 4, 6:30pm at Vancouver Aquarium

    Raise a glass of suds in celebration of charismatic harbour seals, sea lions and fur seals – collectively known as pinnipeds – at a special edition of After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium®, an Ocean Wise® initiative. On Saturday, May 4, learn about these fascinating animals and their incredible rescue and rehabilitation stories through never-seen-before programs, all with a drink in hand. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket go to the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, which rescues, rehabilitates and releases more than 150 sick, injured or orphaned marine mammals each year.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1094508297418081/


Mon. May. 6
Tue. May. 14
  • North Vancouver Skeptics in the Pub
    Tue. May. 14, 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.


Thu. May. 16
  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics Meetup
    Thu. May. 16, 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. May. 18
  • Skeptics Brunch at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Sat. May. 18, 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.