I’m at the Sixth World Skeptics Conference in Berlin, co-organised by the German GWUP and the US CSI. These conferences have been going on biannually since the mid-90s with a recent hiatus. It’s the first time I’m at a skeptical event in Continental Europe. With only 300 seats it’s not quite as planet-spanning as its name suggests, but it’s a good crowd anyway. Some impressions:
- I prefer to be a speaker at conferences.
- I’m doing some intensive networking for the Swedish Skeptics who sent me here.
- Also talent scouting for the European meeting we’re organising next year.
- It’s good to hear speakers who are not on the Anglophone circuit I’ve been following live and on podcasts in recent years.
- Good venue, good food, lovely greenery in the courtyard.
- Good schedule with ample opportunity to talk to people.
- Open day for the public is a good idea when you’ve paid speakers to fly in.
- Best talks so far: Eugenie Scott and Johan Braeckman, both on creationism.
- Looking forward to: Rebecca Watson and Chris French.