European Skeptics Congress

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European Skeptics Congresses (ESCs) – a series of congresses now supported by the European Council of Skeptical Organisations (ECSO), in which skeptical organisations from many different European countries participate. They have been held ever since 1989, the conferences are often held in the month of September, and may last from two up to four days. The ECSO was formed at the 6th ESC on 25 September 1994 in Ostend, Belgium, since its foundation, the ECSO co-ordinates in the organisation of new ESCs that take place (on average) every other year, and is hosted by a different member organisation each time. Skeptical organisations that are non-ECSO members may also send their delegations. Past ESCs are enumerated below.[1][2]

1st European Skeptics Congress[edit]

Date: 5–7 May 1989

Place: Bad Tölz, West Germany

2nd European Skeptics Congress[edit]

Date: 10–11 August 1990[3]

Place: Brussels, Belgium

3rd European Skeptics Congress[edit]

Date: 4–5 October 1991[4]

Place: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

4th European Skeptics Congress[edit]

Date: 17–19 July 1992[5]

Place: Saint-Vincent, Italy

5th European Skeptics Congress[edit]

Date: 29–31 August 1993

Place: Keele, UK

Theme: "Science for Life: Health, Medicine and Well-Being". Organised by the UK Skeptics.

6th European Skeptics Congress[edit]

Date: 23–25 September 1994

Place: Ostend, Belgium

Theme: "Science, Pseudoscience and the Environment".[6]

During this congress the European Council of Skeptical Organisations was formed.[7]

7th European Skeptics Congress[edit]

Date: 4–7 May 1995

Place: Roßdorf, Germany

8th European Skeptics Congress[edit]

Date: 4–7 September 1997

Place: A Coruña, Spain

9th European Skeptics Congress[edit]

Date: 17–19 September 1999

Place: Maastricht, The Netherlands

Hosted by Stichting Skepsis[8]

10th European Skeptics Congress[edit]

Date: 7–9 September 2001

Place: Prague, Czech Republic

Theme: "Rise and Development of Paranormal Beliefs in Eastern Europe"[9]

11th European Skeptics Congress[edit]

Date: 5–7 September 2003

Place: London, UK

ECSO Board and CSICOP members meeting at the 11th European Skeptics Congress in London.

12th European Skeptics Congress[edit]

Date: 13–15 October 2005

Place: Brussels, Belgium

Theme: "Pseudoscience, Alternative Medicine and the Media"[10]

13th European Skeptics Congress[edit]

Date: 7–9 September 2007

Place: Dublin, Ireland

Theme: "The Assault on Science: Constructing a Response"[11] 100+ attendees.[12]

14th European Skeptics Congress[edit]

Date: 17–19 September 2010

Place: Budapest, Hungary[13]

Speakers at the 14th European Skeptics Congress in Budapest.
Front row, from left to right: Chris French, J. Beth Ciesielski, Michael Heap, György Kampis, Amardeo Sarma, István Vágó, Klára Sándor, Massimo Polidoro, Iván Almár, Luigi Garlaschelli.
Back row, from left to right: Gergely Röst, Andy Wilson, Wim Betz, Tomasz Witkowski, Attila Nyerges, Maciej Zatonski, Simon Singh, Gerald de Jong, Klaus Schmeh, Joe Nickell.

15th European Skeptics Congress[edit]

Date: 22–25 August 2013

Place: Stockholm, Sweden

Theme: "ESCape to Clarity!"[14][15]

Tomasz Witkowski lecturing at the 15th European Skeptics Congress 2013.

16th European Skeptics Congress[edit]

Date: 10–13 September 2015

Place: London, UK

Organised by Association for Skeptical Enquiry and Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit[16]

Meeting of the representatives of ECSO member organisations at the European Skeptics Congress 2015 in London

17th European Skeptics Congress[edit]

Date: 22-24 September 2017

Place: Wrocław, Poland

To be organised by Klub Sceptyków Polskich and Český klub skeptiků Sisyfos[17]

The speakers will include:[18]

There will also be free workshops organised for the public.[41]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Earlier European skeptic events". HSS website. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "European Skeptic Congress and ECSO Events". Lanyrd. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Michels, Hans (1990). "Over de frontlijn. De European Skeptics Conference 1990". Skepter (in Dutch). Stichting Skepsis. 3 (4): 30–31. 
  4. ^ Hulspas, Marcel (December 1991). "Van APE-mensen tot wijntherapie. Het derde Euroskeptics Congres". Skepter (in Dutch). Stichting Skepsis. 4 (4): 30–31. 
  5. ^ Koene, Bart; Nanninga, Rob (September 1992). "Quali prove? Het vierde EuroSkeptics congres". Skepter (in Dutch). Stichting Skepsis. 5 (3): 1–3. 
  6. ^ Poley, Stephen (December 1994). "Bijeen in Oostende. Het zesde EuroSkeptics congres". Skepter (in Dutch). Stichting Skepsis. 7 (4): 8–10. 
  7. ^ de Jager, Kees (December 1994). "Een Europese Skeptische organisatie". Skepter (in Dutch). Stichting Skepsis. 7 (4): 11. 
  8. ^ Ted de Hoog (6 October 1999). "Sceptici aller landen...". De Groene Amsterdammer (in Dutch). Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Mahner, Martin (February 2002). "10th European Skeptics Congress: Rise and Development of Paranormal Beliefs in Eastern Europe". Skeptical Inquirer. CSICOP. 26 (1). Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "European Skeptics Congress 2005". University of Hasselt. 11 October 2005. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "13th Congress of the European Council of Skeptical Organisations (ECSO)". ISS website. 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Shane Hegarty (7 September 2007). "Surely it's not the sceptics?". The Irish Times. 
  13. ^ Hall, Mike; Marshall, Michael; Harris, Colin (23 September 2010). "Skeptics with a K: Episode #031". Skeptics with a K. Episode 31. Merseyside Skeptics Society. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Agnes Tieben (27 May 2013). "15th European Skeptics congress, 23 – 25 augustus 2013, Stockholm, Sweden" (in Dutch). Klopt Dat Wel?. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  15. ^ Frazier, Kendrick (16 September 2013). "Three Days of Science and Skepticism in Stockholm". CSI website. Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  16. ^ European Skeptics Congress
  17. ^ "Congress – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Archived from the original on 2017-07-20. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  18. ^ "Speakers – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Archived from the original on 2017-07-20. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  19. ^ "Deborah Hyde – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  20. ^ "Diego Fontanive – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  21. ^ "Eran Segev – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-09-18. 
  22. ^ "Gerald Ostdiek – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-09-18. 
  23. ^ "Holm Gero Hümmler – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  24. ^ "Jakub Kroulik – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  25. ^ "James "The Amazing" Randi – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  26. ^ "Konrad Szolajski – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  27. ^ "Konrad Talmont-Kaminski – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  28. ^ "Leo Igwe – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  29. ^ "Marcin Rotkiewicz – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  30. ^ "Mariusz Błochowiak – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  31. ^ "Mark Lynas – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  32. ^ "Massimo Polidoro – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  33. ^ "Ovidiu Covaciu – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  34. ^ "Petr Jan Vinš – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-09-18. 
  35. ^ "Scott Lilienfeld – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  36. ^ "Sophie Vanthournout – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  37. ^ "Susan Blackmore – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  38. ^ "Susan Gerbic – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  39. ^ "Tomáš Moravec – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-09-18. 
  40. ^ "Zbynek Vybiral – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 
  41. ^ "Workshops for the Public – European Skeptics Congress". ESC Wrocław. 17th European Skeptics Congress. Retrieved 2017-07-20. 

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