European Skeptics Congress 2019
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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.

Program Overview:

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.

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