European Skeptics Congress 2024 – press release

20th European Skeptics Congress in Lyon (France)
31 May to 2 June 2024

This year, the vibrant city of Lyon, France, will host the long-awaited 20th European Skeptics Congress, organised by the dedicated local committee of AFIS from 31 May to 2 June. We expect around 200 curious minds from across Europe to engage in stimulating round tables, insightful conferences, and thought-provoking debates.

For more information see the full press release here!

In Memoriam of Lisa-Maria Kellermayr

In Memoriam of Lisa-Maria Kellermayr, of those who came before and hopefully none that will come after


Dear skeptics in Europe and in the World,

it is with sorrow that we bring the news of the sudden death of Lisa-Maria Kellermayr.

Source: @drlisamaria

Dr. Kellermayr, an Austrian medical doctor and science communicator, committed suicide after relentless bullying from anti-vaccine activists and conspiracy theorists.

Her death has brought up a new wave of conspiracies, stating that her passing was linked to her discovering the “truth about vaccines.”

We are appalled and disgusted by the twisted way her death is being abused by those whose ilk drove her to it.

We know that many of you reading this have been the target of bullying, threats of bodily harm, sexual abuse, harm to your loved ones, and death threats. Please, we implore you to be vocal when this happens to you. Do not let this become your norm or your life – even if it often happens, repeat to yourself that this is not normal, this is not all right. Rely on your family, friends, and colleagues. Share this abuse online, so the abusers do not have the luxury of shadows. Report the abuse – to the social media provider, to the police, to whomever you can.

Please, if you feel overwhelmed, speak to those close to you. If that is not an option, here is a list of national crisis lines you can call.

Board of ECSO

Remember the 18th ESC?

If you want to remind yourself of all the thought-provoking talks and lectures delivered at the 18th ESC, or, if you weren’t there and want to know what was said, here’s your chance!

The talks are now on YouTube for your viewing enjoyment and education.

First worldwide manifesto against pseudosciences in health

A group of 2750 international experts from 44 countries have signed a manifesto against pseudotherapies.

The manifesto was organized with the help of people who belong to more than thirty worldwide scientific or skeptical associations from more than twenty countries. The organizations who help to coordinate the manifesto are:
• Association to Protect the Sick of Pseudoscientific Therapies: APETP – Spain
• Association of Pharmacists in Favor of Scientific Evidence – Spain
• Collectif Fakemed – France
• Comunidade Céptica Portuguesa: COMCEPT – Portugal
• Good Thinking Society – United Kingdom
• Red UNE – Spain
• Society for the Advancement of Critical Thinking: ARP-SAPC– Spain
• Skeptical Circle of Spain – Spain
• Healthwatch United – Kingdom
• Skeptica – Denmark
• Vetenskap och Folkbildning (VoF) – Sweden

The complete manifesto can be viewed here:
First worldwide manifesto against pseudosciences in health

For more information or to get in touch with some of the organizers worldwide, you can contact with Fernando Cervera Rodríguez at:

Date: 19th October 2020

Original news: link

Skepticism in the Time of the Coronavirus

Dear skeptical friends,

in accordance with the advisements of the World Health Organization (though we still disagree on CAM issues) and national officials, skeptical organisations across Europe are temporarily closing their doors.

However, please do check out your local organisation’s website – there is enough content to hold you over for at least a month.

If you are interested in knowing updates concerning the virus, check the following websites and remember, WASH YOUR HANDS:

World Health Organization
World Health Organization

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University