Ig Nobel Prize Tour of the UK and Ireland 2004


2004 Ig™ Nobel Tour of the UK and Ireland

WHAT: The Ig Nobel Tour of the UK and Ireland

WHEN: March 11-22, 2004

(To see details and photos, click on the name of each city)
Oxford, Nottingham, Belfast, Dublin (and then some), Glasgow, Exeter, Manchester, London, and Warrington.

WHY: To celebrate National Science Week


The tour included appearances by members of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS) (Click on image to see an enlargement)

WHO: Marc Abrahams (organizer of the Ig Nobel Prizes, and editor of the Annals of Improbable Research), and many Ig Nobel prize winners, and surprise guests. At most events, there was a performance of the Ig Nobel mini-opera "Atom and Eve." A mallard duck assisted in the proceedings. In some cities there was also a dog.

COMPETITIONS: There were also two competitions in which you could have taken part (for details click here):

  • Science Limerick Contest (the winner received a free trip for two to the 2004 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony at Harvard, courtesy of the Times Higher Education Supplement).
  • Science-Barnet-of-the-Year Competition (conducted in stylish cooperation with the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists).

  • Ig Nobel Prizewinner Kees Moeliker's duck was a popular figure during the shows, and afterwards, too.

    TICKETS: Are all gone; the tour events have already happened.

    FURTHER INFO: Click on a link to reach the BA's Ig Tour site.

    SPONSORED BY: The Times Higher Education Supplement and The British Association for the Advancement of Science.

    DOWNLOADABLE FLYERS (in PDF format): Click here and here.


    Ig Nobel 2004 UK & IrelandTour Events

  • Thu 11th March, OXFORD: Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Clarendon Laboratory, OXFORD UNIVERSITY, 8:00 PM
  • Fri 12th March, NOTTINGHAM: John Clare Lecture Theatre 6, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane (A453), NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY, 7:00 PM
  • Sat 13th March, BELFAST: W5@Odyssey 2 Queen's Quay, 3:00 PM
  • Sun 14th March, DUBLIN: Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge, 3:00 PM
  • Mon 15th March, GLASGOW: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, 232-242 St Vincent Street, 7:00 PM
  • Tue 16th March, EXETER: Parker Moot Room, Amory Building, EXETER UNIVERSITY, 7:00 PM
  • Wed 17th March, MANCHESTER: Staff House Lounge, Refectory Building, Burlington Street (off Oxford Road), UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER, 7:30 PM
  • Thu 18th March, LONDON: Institute of Electrical Engineers, Savoy Place, 6:30 PM
  • Mon 22nd March, WARRINGTON, CHESHIRE: CCLRC Daresbury Laboratory, Keckwick Lane, Daresbury, nr Warrington, 7:00 PM

  • Master of ceremonies Marc Abrahams, at the London show. The small box next to him contains a Bow-Lingual, the automatic dog-language-to-human-language translation device that was honored with the 2002 Ig Nobel Peace Prize. The device was demonstrated in the London show and several others on the Tour.

    Winners on the Tour

    Here are some of the Ig Nobel Prize winners who appeared at one or more Tour events.

  • Charles Deeming (Biology Prize 2002), Courtship Behaviour of Ostriches Towards Humans Under Farming Conditions in Britain
  • Chris Frith, (Medicine Prize, 2003), The Impressive Brains of London Taxi Drivers
  • David Gadian (Medicine Prize, 2003), The Impressive Brains of London Taxi Drivers
  • Andrey Geim (Physics Prize, 2000), Using Magnets to Levitate a Frog
  • Harold Hillman (Peace Prize, 1997), The Possible Pain Experienced During Execution by Different Methods
  • Chris McManus (Medicine Prize 2002), Scrotal Asymmetry in Man and in Ancient Sculpture
  • Kees Moeliker (Biology Prize, 2003), The First Scientifically Recorded Case of Homosexual Necrophilia in the Mallard Duck
  • Charles Paxton (Biology Prize 2002), Courtship Behaviour of Ostriches Towards Humans Under Farming Conditions in Britain
  • Karl Schwärzler (Economics Prize, 2003), How to Rent the Entire Country of Liechtenstein for Corporate Conventions, Weddings, and Bar Mitzvahs
  • Pek Van Andel (Medicine Prize, 2000), Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Male and Female Genitals During Coitus and Female Sexual Arousal

    For more details about any of them, see the list of all Ig Nobel Prize Winners