Welcome to Edinburgh Skeptics

Every month, Edinburgh Skeptics hosts a talk, a discussion group and a pub social night, and we have a lively Facebook Group.

Details of our coming events are on Meetup

Coming Events:

Skeptics Underground: Science in the age of alternative facts

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 2 April 2017 2:00 PM

Today's world is one more saturated with science than any other in history, with technology reaching into all aspects of life, understanding of our biology and origins greater than ever, and with humans able to affect the very climate of the Earth... Read More


The Science Behind the Fiction - Investigating with DNA on-screen and off

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 3 April 2017 7:30 PM

Dr Tunde Huszar  - The Science Behind the Fiction - Investigating with DNA on-screen and off-screen. 

Crime investigation drama series are ever so popular. We all enjoy watching the chase, but some may wonder how much of it is real, if a... Read More


Lies, Damn Lies, and MRIs: The search for truth-telling

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 4 April 2017 7:30 PM

Dr Faye Skelton - Lies, Damn Lies, and MRIs: The search for truth-telling

The ability to spot a liar is a useful skill, but of particular importance for police officers and other professionals working to establish the truth. It can save tim... Read More


Stevyn Colgan - The Skeptical Bobby

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 5 April 2017 7:30 PM

Stevyn Colgan was a police officer in Scotland Yard for 20 years, as part of the Problem Solving Unit finding imaginative solutions to quell tensions in communities, from dog shows to lollipops.

Stevyn Colgan is an author, artist, public s... Read More


The Phantom of Heilbronn and other forensic faux pas

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 6 April 2017 7:30 PM

Emma McClure -  The Phantom of Heilbronn and other forensic faux pas

In this talk, prison lawyer Emma McClure examines the issues with forensic techniques, highlighting the amusing, confusing and sometimes tragic consequences of fai... Read More


Dr Lorna Dawson - Death, Dirt and DNA

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 10 April 2017 7:30 PM

Soil forensic science as used in criminal investigations. 

Lorna Dawson is a Principal Soil Scientist in the Environmental and Biochemical Sciences group at the James Hutton Institute, and has over 25 years experience in managing and condu... Read More


Dr Lucina Hackman: Forensic Anthropology and its Use in Criminal Investigations

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 11 April 2017 7:30 PM

Dr Lucina Hackman: Forensic Anthropology and its Use in Criminal Investigation

Forensic anthropologists are crucial in helping to identify the deceased when there are limited clues to their identity. Dr Hackman's talk will examine how her w... Read More


Niamh Nic Daeid: Does Forensic Science have a Future?

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 12 April 2017 7:30 PM

Niamh Nic Daeid: Does Forensic Science have a Future?

Forensic science is in crisis and has recently been described as unfit for purpose, with no foundational scientific validity and in some cases, no better than witchcraft. This presentati... Read More


Ashleigh Whiffin - Maggots, Murder & Museums: The Sequel

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 13 April 2017 7:30 PM

Ashleigh Whiffin, Assistant Curator of Entomology at National Museums Scotland (NMS) will be back at Edinburgh Skeptics for round two: “Maggots, Murder & Museums: The Sequel”. 


She’ll be sharing her passion for insects, expl... Read More


Jess Spurrell: Cryogenics won't make you live forever but can do some cool stuff

Held by Edinburgh Skeptics Society on 20 April 2017 7:30 PM

Cryogenics is cool - seriously cool - typically working with liquid nitrogen (-196 degrees C or 77 K) and liquid helium (-268.8 degrees C or 4.2 K). Down at these te... Read More