Frequently Asked Questions
Why do you spell skeptic with a 'k' rather than a 'c'?
The correct British spelling of sceptic is indeed with a 'c', rather than 'k', with skeptic being the US spelling of the word. Skepticism as a movement is thought to have largely grown in popularity through the work of many American influencers, so the use of the word skeptic, when in context of the skeptics movement, is generally spelled with a k internationally.
Are you associated with 'Climate Change Sceptics'?
Unfortunately the word sceptic (or skeptic) is often colloquially used as an alternative word to denier. Whilst doubt is certainly a part of a healthy skeptical position, we are not deniers (which would carry a burden of proof anyway). To find out more about what a skeptic is, check out our What Is A Skeptic page.
Do I need to be a member to attend your events?
No, absolutely not. There is no membership to Cambridge Skeptics. All of our events are open to all who wish to attend, skeptic or not. You do not need to be affiliated with any school, college, university or any other organisation. If you want to come, we'd love to welcome you.
Why do you charge for tickets?
All funds received go towards to speaker expenses, any advertising / hosting / ticket service costs, venue hire costs (where applicable), equipment hire (where applicable) and any other purchases that are required for the group to fulfil its commitments. All the groups activities operate on a not-for-profit basis, and all of the organisers operate on a volunteer basis. If you would like a more detailed breakdown of how received funds are allocated, you are welcome to attend our annual general meeting (AGM).
What time should I arrive?
Many of our talks are very popular so we recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before advertised talk start time. Our talks aim to start promptly, so you may miss a portion of the talk if you arrive on or after the advertised start time.
How long are your lecture events?
Unless otherwise advertised, lectures are between 30 to 60 minutes. After a short break, most lectures will be followed by a Q&A which aims to finish by the advertised finish time.
Can I photograph or video your events?
As we rely on ticket sales to fund the group's activities, we do not grant permission to anyone wishing to video our events. Any film or photography will be by our volunteers only, acting on behalf of Cambridge Skeptics.
I do not want to be filmed or photographed at your events. What do I do?
Let one of our organisers know upon arrival and they will guide you to seating which will not be featured in any recording or photography.
Can I advertise my event at your event?
Yes, of course - if you check with us first. If you turn up and hand out flyers without checking with us first, you could jeopardise our organisation by breaching prior agreements we have in place with the venue.
Please contact us to obtain permission.
Are your events wheelchair accessible?
Most of our events are wheelchair accessible and it is our policy to ensure that accurate information is provided in all event descriptions online. Please check the event description for full details which will confirm the wheelchair access information. If in doubt, please feel free to contact us or the venue directly.
If you find that information provided by ourselves or the venue is inaccurate, please do contact us so that we can update our records accordingly.
In addition, if you have any comments for improvement, please contact us with your feedback.
I can no longer attend. Can I have a refund for my ticket?
Unfortunately not. We incur a fee for all refunds processed, so unless an event is cancelled we do not offer refunds. However, your ticket is transferable so you are welcome to sell or gift it to another to attend in your place. They will need to bring a copy of the ticket confirmation with them.