Here at Skepchick HQ, we are busy planning to make next summer’s SkepchickCON the biggest and best EVER. One way of doing that is to pack it with panels and events that YOU want to see and be a part of. Don’t think you can make it this year? Think again! We’re offering travel grants this year! More info after the jump.
What is SkepchickCON? It’s the skeptic track at CONvergence, a sci-fi/fantasy convention held in the Minneapolis area every year around July 4th. This year, the event will be held July 4–July 7, at the Doubletree in Bloomington, MN. The theme? British Invasion!
The conference is full of panels, speakers, gaming events, costumes (including a huge costume ball), art shows, music and dancing, live demonstrations, and two floors of cabana room parties every night, including the Skepchick party room and the Freethought Blogs party room, where you can come drink and chat with the Skepchicks and the FTB bloggers—all in the name of SCIENCE!
Every year, the SkepchickCON panels offer an extra helping of science, and we’re brainstorming next year’s panels and speakers as you read this. So skeptics, we need your BRAINS. Let us know in the comments what you would like to see next year. If we end up using your idea, we’ll send you a prize! The button of your choice from Skeptical Robot.
- What panel topics do you want to see?
- What speakers would you love to see on these panels?
- What other ideas do you have for mini-events at the CON involving the Skepchicks and Freethought Bloggers?
To get an idea of what these panels are like, you can check out the CONvergence schedule from last year. Some of the topics we’ve tackled in the past are saving money through skepticism about beauty products and other pseudoscience targeted at women; comparison of art and the scientific method; artists and inspiration from geek culture; navigating childhood and parenthood in an online world; sexism, mysogyny, and trolls on the Internet; Ask a Scientist; science and myths related to drugs and alcohol; evolution and the female orgasm—and I’ll just stop there, because you probably won’t read a thing I say after that one.
We will be setting up a travel grant system similar to the one Skepticon used this year. So if the travel costs are keeping you from even considering SkepchickCON, stay tuned for more information on these grants and how you can apply for one.
Image credits: Christopher Jones © Convergence Events (featured image), Maria Walters.