Ig Nobel Spring EuroTour: The Schedule

This year’s Ig Nobel Spring Eurotour is near upon us:

NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY, UK — March 15
IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON, UK — March 17
EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland — March 21
UNIVERSITY OF OSLO, Norway — March 24
STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY, Stockholm, Sweden — March 27
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE, Stockholm, Sweden — March 27
FRI TANKE FÖRLAG, Stockholm, Sweden — March 27
ORF (television), Vienna, Austria — March 28
UNIVERSITY OF GRAZ, Austria — March 29
UNIVERSITY OF CATANIA, Italy — April 6
NATUURHISTORISCH MUSEUM ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands — April 8.
EDINBURGH, Scotland. Details TBA.

Shows will feature MARC ABRAHAMS (founder of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony) and different combinations of these Ig Nobel Prize winners:

  • MINNA LYONS (psychopaths and night owls)
  • KADER ALLOUNI (using speed bumps to diagnose appendicitis)
  • ELIZABETH OBERZAUCHER (mathematical analysis of the man who fathered 888 children)
  • RAGHAVENDRA RAU (some business leaders acquire a taste for disasters that do not affect them personally)
  • THOMAS THWAITES (living as a goat)
  • LUDWIG HUBER (absence of contagious yawning in tortoises)
  • ALESSANDRO PLUCHINO, ANDREA RAPISARDA, CESARE GAROFALO (organizations would become more efficient if they promoted people at random)
  • HYNEK BURDA (defecating dogs align their body axis with Earth’s north-south geomagnetic field lines)
  • NADIA DOMINICI (walking on water, on the moon)
  • KEES MOELIKER (homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck)
  • PIERS BARNES (how many group photos are needed to ensure at least one in which nobody blinks)
  • FREDRIK SJÖBERG (three-volume autobiographical work about the pleasures of collecting flies that are dead, and flies that are not yet dead)
  • LAURENT BÈGUE (people who think they are drunk also think they are attractive)
  • MARINA DE TOMMASO (measuring the relative pain people suffer while looking at an ugly painting, rather than a pretty painting, while being shot [in the hand] by a powerful laser beam)

Additional SURPRISING PERSONS AND THINGS will appear, here and there.

HAIR NOTE: The show at the University of Oslo, on Friday, March 24, will include the public introduction of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS) Woman of the Year. [Also: There will be a hair-centric, brief press event earlier that day, in Oslo.]

INCOMPETENCE NOTE: The tour will feature tributes to the Ig Nobel Prize-winning (in the year 2000) study of the Dunning-Kruger effect. That study is called “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments.”

LIVECAST: The Stockholm University show will be livecast.

DETAILS (which will be updated if/as details change) are on the Improbable Research events page.

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