The Joy of Skepticism
18th European SKeptics Congress 2019
Every other year skeptics from all over Europe come together to meet at a Skeptics Congress. They listen to talks about a variety of subjects, participate in debates, exchange experiences with colleagues from abroad, while having a great time together. This year we are meeting in Ghent, one of the great historical cities of Belgium, home to one of its main universities, with a preprogram Skeptics in the Pub event in the center of Brussels. Come and join us for 3-4 days of fun and learning, and don’t forget to sample Belgium’s fine beers and chocolates while you’re here.
See Program page for more details for each event
Thursday August 29
14:00-16:30 – Preprogram – Skeptics in the Pub in Brussels – Location: Het goudblommeke in Papier/La Fleur en Papier Doré, Cellebroersstraat/rue des Alexiens 55, 1000 Brussels
17:00-18:00 – Travel by train to Ghent
20:00-24:00 – Fun welcome evening at the music pub “Charlatan”, Vlasmarkt 6, 9000 Ghent
Friday August 30 - Academieraadzaal, Ghent University, Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Ghent (map)
9:00-12:00 – “European skeptics – a 30 years retrospective”
14:00-17:30 – “The never-ending struggle against quackery”
20:00-… – Selection of evening activities
Saturday August 31 - Academieraadzaal, Ghent University, Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Ghent (map)
9:00-12:00 – “Anomalistic Psychology”
14:00-17:30 – “Green skepticism”
19:00-22:00 – Banquet at “Carlos Quinto”, Kammerstraat 20, 9000 Ghent
Sunday September 1 - Academieraadzaal, Ghent University, Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Ghent (map)
9:00-12:00 – “How con men operate”
Friday through Saturday: visit the book stand in the Perystilium during coffee and lunch breaks.
It is set up by “Paard van Troje” (Trojan Horse), a fun, independent, off-line only bookshop in the center of Ghent: https://www.paardvantroje.be/ - address: Kouter, Gent. If you want more than what the book stand offers: it just takes 350 m to walk from the congress venue to the shop. Open: 10-18 Mon-Sat, 9-13 Sun.