Edinburgh Skeptics is run by dedicated volunteers. If you are new to the society or interested in helping out please get in touch or come along to one of our committee meetings which are held in central Edinburgh on the 1st Thursday of each month.
Chair & acting Treasurer, Fringe Coordinator
Ewan Leeming @champnav
Science Festival Coordinator,
David Frank @theDF
|Skeptics in the Pub Coordinator
Stephen Makin @woollymammoth
Vice Chair, Podcast Producer, Tech
|Film Night Coordinator, Newsletter
Sean Slater @TheTrueScotsman
|Executive Assistant, Skeptics Underground Coordinator
Website: Ben Makin @BenMakin42
Design: Terry Rodgers
Ash Pryce @AshPryce
Alex Buque @excitablecell
Keir Liddle @Endless_Psych
|Grateful thanks to previous Committee members Lynsey-Jane Gray, Lottie Hayes, Joanna Hockey, Stephen Makin, Dawn Gyles, Alison Metcalfe, Beth Turner and Diane Waugh|
The Committee and Volunteers – The New Generation(s)
Volunteer organisations are vulnerable when the first generation of organisers can no longer give their time. Ed Skeptics has survived three generations of leaders “retiring” because we try to ensure everyone who wants to be involved gets a chance to do something they are good at and enjoy.
The post-Fringe review session in September is a natural break point in our year and the main changes to the Committee have always taken place then. Helping with the Fringe is a great way to join in but you can get involved at any time.
Edinburgh Skeptics in the Pub was established by Ash Pryce in 2009 following a suggestion by Chris French and we’re proud to be the 5th Skeptics in the Pub established in the UK. Ash organised the first talks with help from Lloyd McAlpine but after a few months Lloyd’s work took him away from Edinburgh.
Our Skeptics in the Pub nights continue on the 3rd Thursday of every month.
Skeptics on the Fringe
In 2010 Ash was joined by Alex Buque and Keir Liddle and the three of them formalised the group as Edinburgh Skeptics Society and organised the first season of Skeptics on the Fringe.
The centre piece of Skeptics on the Fringe each year is the season of Skeptics in the Pub style talks, a different one each night. We promote grass-roots speakers as well as popular and established speakers such as A C Grayling, Simon Singh, PZ Myers and Richard Wiseman. Our 2010 and 2011 fringe seasons featured Devil’s Advocate a panel game devised by Ash Pryce and Keir Liddle. Other events have included skeptical and historical walking tours of Edinburgh and events co-hosted with the Observatory. Skeptics on the Fringe 2012 won Skeptic Magazine’s 2013 Ockham Award for Outreach and the 2013 season received a Four Star review from Three Weeks.
The Science Festival
Since 2012 Edinburgh Skeptics have put on a line-up of Skeptics in the Pub events at the annual Edinburgh International Science Festival.
Discussion Group and other events
As well as the formal meetings in the pub, we have a monthly Discussion Group, a Pub Social, and we sometimes have a Pub Quiz team. These are sociable ways to meet and join Ed Skeptics. At various times we have also run a book group and cafe social, and days out. We would love to do so again and are looking for a volunteer to organise any or all of these on a regular basis.