Friday, October 12th, 2018
1:00pm to 5:00pm

Mercure Piccadilly Hotel
Portland Street
M1 4PH

Skepticamp is returning to Manchester for the fifth year as part of QED 2018, and registrations for speaking slots are now open. Click here to register your talk.

What Is Skepticamp?

A Skepticamp is a free conference that celebrates the incredible work done by grassroots skeptics and activists.

At Skepticamp, it’s the attendees who are responsible for the creation and delivery of the day’s content, and anyone is welcome to present a talk. You don’t need to be a published author, celebrity podcaster or professional communicator to get involved. Skepticamp is about providing an open and accessible platform for all members of the skeptical community to share their ideas, collaborate and discuss the topics they’re passionate about.

Here’s How It Works

If you’d like to present a talk, you’ll need to register ahead of time (click here to register your talk) – as talks come in we’ll put together a schedule, which will be published online in the lead up to the event.

Each speaker will be allocated a fifteen-minute time slot – ten minutes to present and five minutes for questions from the audience. As in previous years, we’re adopting the Ignite presentation model of “lightning talks” – presentations will be capped at ten minutes, and each slide in your presentation will be set to automatically advance after 20 seconds (you’ll need to submit your presentation roughly a week prior to the event so we can get it configured).

Ideally your talk should focus on skeptical activism, an issue that’s relevant to the community or a project that you’d like to raise awareness about.

If you’re not up for getting up on stage, there’s no pressure! The audience is as crucial a part of Skepticamp as the speakers – just come along prepared to listen, learn something new and to meet new friends.

When & Where

Skepticamp will take place on Friday, October 12th, 2018 at Mercure Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester. We will begin at 1:00pm, giving you plenty of time to travel to the event, and run through until about 5:00pm, giving you just enough time to change into your dancing shoes before the Friday evening mixer.

Tickets & Pricing

Thanks to the generous support of the QED organisers, Skepticamp Manchester will be free for everyone to attend, regardless of whether you’re planning to attend QED. There’s no need to book a ticket – you’re free to wander in and out of the event throughout the day.

What Next?

If you’d like to register a talk, fill in the form at the bottom of this page and someone from the Skepticamp team will be in touch with you shortly. We’ll be announcing more details closer to the event. For more information about QED 2018, visit or check out the event page on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you at Skepticamp Manchester in October!

Register Your Talk

Thanks for your interest. All of our Skepticamp Manchester speaking slots are now full. We look forward to seeing you at the event!