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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:

Wed. Aug. 21
  • Art Science Hybrids
    Wed. Aug. 21, 8:00pm at Pizzeria Barbarella

    ColliderCafe is a space for artists, scientists, makers, and anyone interested in art+science. Meet. Discover. Connect. Create. Are you curious? Join us at "Collider Cafe: Art. Science. Hybrids." to explore how art and science intersect in the exploration of curiosity.

    //Special thanks to Pizzeria Barbarella for hosting the upcoming Collider Cafe!//

    • Heather Talbot (ecosystem, embroidery and felt art): Studying complex systems with thread
    • Katrina Vera Wong (botanical and climate research informed art): Flower Power
    • Kat Wadel (projection sculpture & plastic waste): Polymer Legacy
    • Lucas Kavanagh & Jesse Lupini; Avocado Video (science communication & video storytelling): Experiments in Digital Scientific Storytelling

    The event starts promptly at 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm). $5.00-10.00 (sliding scale) cover at the door. Proceeds will be used to cover the cost of running this event, and to fund future Curiosity Collider events. Curiosity Collider is a registered BC non-profit organization.

    (Banner Image: Frankenflora series by Katrina Vera Wong)

    https://www.facebook.com/events/2440423902859070/


Thu. Aug. 22
  • Cosmic Nights - AI: The Changing Face of Technology
    Thu. Aug. 22, 6:30pm at H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

    Grab a friend and join us for Cosmic Nights – AI: The Changing Face of Technology. Learn more about current missions and hot topics in astronomy and space exploration in this fun evening of science and socializing. We’ll have a custom planetarium show, guest lecturer, music, drinks, science demonstrations and trivia at this 19+ event.

    Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are all around us. From chatbots and Gmail filters to product recommendations on Amazon, AI is changing the face of technology. Join us as we explore the social impact, ethics, science and uses for artificial intelligence with a leading expert in the field. We will also be looking at AI’s role in Canada’s new space strategy including the Lunar Gateway project.

    Tickets available for 7:30pm or 9:00pm planetarium star theatre shows. This is a 19+ event.


    TICKETS: $20 early bird tickets until August 8th, $25 after.

    Beer from Red Truck Beer Company, wine from Hester Creek Estate Winery will be available for purchase.

    This is a 19+ event. All attendees will be required to provide photo ID upon entry.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/2047020132273048/


Tue. Aug. 27
  • August Café Sci with Dr. Georgina Butler on protease research
    Tue. Aug. 27, 7:30pm at Yagger's Downtown Restaurant and Sports Bar

    Dear Café Scientifiquers,

    Our next café will happen on Tuesday, August 27th at 7:30pm in the back room at Yagger's Downtown (433 W Pender). Our speaker for the evening will be Dr. Georgina Butler from the Centre for Blood Research at UBC.

    From tadpole tails to diagnosing disease - the evolution of protease research

    Proteases are enzymes that cut other proteins. Humans have 560 different proteases - why so many? what are they doing? We know that too much protease activity can be detrimental in diseases such as cancer and arthritis, but failed efforts to stop cancer spread by blocking proteases has contributed to the realization that some cuts are essential. In the era of “big data”, at UBC we have developed new techniques (degradomics) to study proteases on a global scale to determine what they really do in health and disease. Hopefully this information will enable us to identify new drug targets as well as novel biomarkers to diagnose or monitor disease.

    Dr. Butler completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry (with Studies in Italy) at the University of Kent at Canterbury, and her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Leicester in the UK. She came to UBC as a Wellcome Trust Travelling Fellow in 1999 for 2 years. Still here, she is a Research Associate at the Centre for Blood Research and in Oral, Biological and Medical Sciences at UBC, where she studies novel roles of proteases in health and disease.

    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/741346079654849/


Wed. Aug. 28
  • Nerd Nite Goes to the Movies(4) Evolution According to Hollywood
    Wed. Aug. 28, 7:30pm at Vancouver International Film Festival

    Our final episode in VIFF and Nerd Nite's summer movie series takes us into the world of genetics with Dr. Greg Bole who teaches Evolution, Ecology, and Genetics at the University of British Columbia! Tonight he'll join Michael from Nerd Nite and special guest host Dr. Carin Bondar to discuss the sci-facts in a variety of clips from movies about genetics and evolution!. We'll be discussing the science of classics like Gattaca and Jurassic Park, but also more recent films like Annihilation.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/486576882101607/


  • Gattaca (VIFF Vancity Theatre)
    Wed. Aug. 28, 9:30pm at Vancouver International Film Festival

    Nothing if not prescient, this sci-fi thriller from writer-director Andrew Niccol (best known, still, for his Truman Show screenplay) has no shortage of ideas. If geneticists can design perfect babies for those that can afford them, what will that mean for the rest of us? Ethan Hawke is the "in-valid" passing himself off as a superior genetic specimen with the help of Jude Law's DNA in this smartly conceived slice of futurism from way back in 1997. Tickets only $5 with Nerd Nite

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1982420891858593/


Wed. Sep. 4
  • Skeptics Trivia Night at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Wed. Sep. 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 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. Sep. 10
  • North Vancouver Skeptics in the Pub
    Tue. Sep. 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. Sep. 17
  • Skeptics in the Pub Downtown
    Tue. Sep. 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. Sep. 19
  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics Meetup
    Thu. Sep. 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.