17. What will the format of your event be?:
18. Please give any details about the format of your event you feel are relevant.:
We plan to use a tried and tested format, which we have used successfully for the last 2.5 years. Events are held in a pub. This provides a more relaxed venue from traditional science events, which we think would complement other more formal science events throughout the festival. We start with a talk of 40-60 minutes and break for about 15 minutes, to give people a chance to stretch their legs and get a drink, if they would like. We then open the floor for a discussion or Q&A. The pub setting is conducive to a sociable atmosphere and people often stay to chat and mingle afterwards.
Venue and location to be allocated by the Festival team
20. Venue requirements:
We usually hold our events in an upstairs room in the Bridge Hotel (however this has no lift access). We have on occasion used larger venues, such as Hyena Comedy Club. Events usually attract an audience of about 50-70 people, but with extra publicity of the festival we would anticipate a larger audience. 200 people attended our largest event to date. We would like a venue with a bar and, if the room is large, a microphone. We would prefer a city centre location.
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub want to promote critical thinking; to encourage people to question things and ask for evidence – that is our core message. We invite people to gather in the relaxed environment of a pub to hear from an invited speaker. We then open the floor for a Q&A and give people a chance to reflect on what has been presented. We aim to cover a range of topics, which are linked by the theme of the festival: Making Waves. So far we have approached Sophie Scott to speak about the neuroscience of laughter, Ben Goldacre to speak about his new book "Bad Pharma", Simon Singh to speak about libel laws, and Petra Boynton to speak about her engagement work "Sense about Sex".
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
We do not anticipate any particular press interest in our events. We have been approached by a local radio station in the past, which was interested in the concept of Skeptics in the Pub and wanted to hear about what it involved.
I am the event manager:
I am the event manager
24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
We have been hosting events in Newcastle for the past 2.5 years - our aim is to provide a setting for people to gather together and consider evidence for a variety of topics. In the past we have considered the use of cognitive behavioural therapy for treatment of severe mental disorder (Prof Keith Laws), the ethics of stem cell research (Prof Alison Murdoch), and GM foods (Prof Keith Lindsey). We would really like to be involved in the festival and to be a part of Newcastle's science community. We would also welcome the opportunity for some additional publicity for the group. We have a core group of attendees and we are keen to reach out to a broader audience. We are a sustainable group, which is run from donation only. Our website contains details of past and upcoming events http://newcastle.skepticsinthepub.org/Default.aspx/70/Past-Events. Please feel free to contact us for any further details. We look forward to hearing from you.
1. Event Manager Organisation:
Newcastle Skeptics in the Pub
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4. Event Manager Address line 1:
Flat 1, 6 Granville Road
5. Event Manager Address line 2:
Newcastle upon Tyne
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8. Event Manager Telephone number:
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11. Do you have a preferred day for your event to take place on?:
Sunday 8 September 2013
Monday 9 September 2013
Tuesday 10 September 2013
Wednesday 11 September 2013
Thursday 12 September 2013