SkepchickCON is the science and skepticism track of CONvergence, a four-day science fiction and fantasy conference held every summer in the beautiful Minneapolis area. This year, we’ll have panels on everything from food science and mythology, science vs. religion, and penises of the animal kingdom to a live riffing on Prometheus with Rebecca, PZ, and MST3K’s Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett.
We’re also hosting more interactive workshops than ever—bioluminescence with microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles, hands-on astronomy with Nicole Gugliucci, and geek art with Mad Art Lab.
Plus, every night, you can meet the Skepchicks and other scientists and skeptics in the Skepchick Sideshow party room, where we’ll have more info on science and skepticism as well as delicious chemistry demonstrations by mixologist Anne Sauer.
You get four days of science, skepticism, and all-around geektasticness for the cost of a CONvergence badge—$60 for all four days if you register by May 15, 2013. In addition to SkepchickCON events, the badge gives you access to everything happening at CONvergence, including all panels and workshops, multiple themed parties, the costume masquerade, and more.
Our lineup this year is incredible: neuroscientist Indre Viskontas of Point of Inquiry, microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles, science writer and filmmaker Shawn Otto, Desiree Schell of Skeptically Speaking, journalist and blogger Amanda Marcotte, biological anthropologist Greg Laden, natural resources scientist Emily Cassidy, cultural geographer Kirsten Valentine Cadieux, plus PZ Myers (Pharyngula), Stephanie Zvan (Almost Diamonds), and Jason Thibeault (Lousy Canuck) of Freethought Blogs.
All of these amazing people will be joined by a ton of Skepchick Network contributors: Rebecca Watson, Amy Davis Roth, Bug Girl, Debbie Goddard, Nicole Gugliucci, Heina Dadabhoy, Melanie Mallon, Jamie Bernstein, Emily Finke, Ryan Consell, Anne Sauer, Olivia James, Lux Pickel, and Mindy Townsend.
Find out more about our panelists!
We don’t charge admission to the panels or get any cut of ticket sales from CONvergence, so 100% of the cost of flying in guests and putting them up in the hotel is covered by donations. We also use the funds we raise to print up informational flyers and host the nightly after-hours Skepchick room where all CONvergence attendees can stop by and find out more about science and skepticism. If you can spare some cash, paypal your donation to skepchick (at) skepchick.org or by clicking the widget below. You can also help us by spreading the word!
Photographs by GiGi Chickee. Banner design by Donna Mugavero, Sheer Brick Studio.