Vancouver SkeptiCamp

Vancouver SkeptiCamp feels that there is significant enough risk of damaging winds and considerable rainfall from the weather system moving through the lower mainland this weekend (October 15, 2016) to warrant cancelling our event on Saturday. With the anticipated impact of this system still very unpredictable we feel that the safety of our participants must be our first consideration.

 

About Skepticamps

Don’t let the “camp” fool you. SkeptiCamp is NOT a kid’s camp. Nor does it involve the outdoors.

Rather, SkeptiCamp stands as a new model for conferencing among skeptics — a model that focuses on providing each of us a rich avenue to gain proficiency in the skills and knowledge of this domain.

Like the traditional lecture-oriented events that have dominated skepticism for decades, SkeptiCamps also feature talks — typically a day’s worth. But the similarity ends there.

To mount a traditional event typically requires the resources and expertise of an established organization. By contrast, the SkeptiCamp model places substantive events within reach of informal groups of skeptics anywhere around the world.

Traditional events often require the hassle and costs of travel to attend. With SkeptiCamp you can host a local event each year.

SkeptiCamps are typically free to attend — you ‘pay’ by helping to organize the event or ideally by offering a short talk to your peers on a topic that drives your passion for science and skepticism. At the very least we ask that you engage with and interact with your fellow participants.

SkeptiCamp events will normally take place at low-cost venues, such as a meeting room at one’s local library, community center or university campus. You can also find them in the back rooms of pubs and restaurants.

SkeptiCamps are open events, meaning that anyone can organize an event and participate, including giving a talk. No hurdles of permission or politics need be overcome to host an event. We do however encourage simplicity and collaboration in organizing to ensure that an inordinate burden does not fall upon the few and allow events to recur from year to year.

To keep these events substantive, the SkeptiCamp model does make two important requests of us. First, those of us giving talks must take questions during our talks when prompted by the politely raised hands of our fellow participants. Second, SkeptiCamp asks that speakers be prepared to provide a source on any claim likely to be challenged. We must guard against the damage that misinformation can wrought.

Tearing down the barriers to events that can make us better skeptics is what SkeptiCamp is all about. Join with us in this ambitious experiment to share what your know and to learn from your peers. You might even have fun doing so!

Anti-Harassment Policy

Vancouver SkeptiCamp is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or belief in homeopathy (yes, even homeopathy). We do not tolerate harassment of event attendees or organizers in any form. While some important and relevant issues discussed at events such as SkeptiCamp may touch upon sexual issues, please keep all presentations and discussions professional and in an academic context. Explicit sexual language and imagery is considered inappropriate at Vancouver SkeptiCamp events. Attendees or speakers violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the organizers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in behaviour that constitutes harassment, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including issuing a verbal warning or expelling the offender from the event. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an event coordinator or a Vancouver SkeptiCamp volunteer immediately.

The organizers will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of any Vancouver SkeptiCamp event. We value your attendance.

You can contact Vancouver SkeptiCamp at vancouverskepticamp@gmail.com.

To report an emergency, please call 911.

Adapted from Winnipeg Skeptics’ Anti-Harassment Policy, which was adapted from SkeptiCamp Ohio’s Anti-Harassment Policy, which was in turn blatantly copied from the Geek Feminism Wiki Conference Anti-Harassment Policy. If you’re curious as to why an anti-harassment policy is necessary at these events, we recommend reading the rationale presented by the Ada Initiative.