About the 2006 Ig® Nobel Prize Ceremony and Lectures

The Ceremony (October 5)

........Tickets and Audience Delegations
........The 2006 Winners
........24/7 Lecturers

Ig Informal Lectures (October 7)

2005 winners
Previews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Previous years
Downloadable poster and program
Press contacts
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In the photo, winners and Nobel Laureates at the 2005 ceremony gather for a pointless photo opportunity. (Click on image to enlarge it) PHOTO: Kees Moeliker.

The 2006 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
Thursday, October 5, 2006, 7:30 pm.

(NOTE: the pre-ceremony event -- and the webcast -- begin at 7:20)

Sanders Theater
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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The 16th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony will announce and introduce the ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners. The winners are traveling to the ceremony, at their own expense, from several continents. The Prizes will be handed to them by a group of genuine, genuinely bemused Nobel Laureates, all before a standing-room only audience of 1200 people. Full details and action pictures will appear in the Nov/Dec 2006 issue of the Annals of Improbable Research. The ceremony also includes other wonders.

(Click here to see details and video of last year's ceremony.)

TICKETS were available from the Harvard Box Office at Holyoke Center.
AUDIENCE DELEGATIONS: Audience members who come to the ceremony with a group of six or more people can choose (by registering in advance) to be recognized as an official Delegation. Every delegation will be officially celebrated at the beginning of the Ceremony, and the very most colorful delegations will be chosen to parade ostentatiously into the theater.

FIRST, purchase your tickets.
THEN, register with Louise Sacco, the Grand Panjandrum of the Delegations, at 781-444-6757, or by email.

The registration deadline was Friday, September 29, 2006.

WEBCAST: The ceremony was webcast live, beginning at 7:15 pm U.S. Eastern time, here at www.improbable.com. Watch the YouTube archive of the webcast by clicking below.

RADIO: The ceremony was recorded for later broadcast, on Friday, November 24, the day after Thanksgiving, on National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation/ Science Friday with Ira Flatow."

THEME: Every year, the ceremony has a new theme. (The theme pertains to some of the goings-on at the ceremony, though not necessarily to any of the year's prize-winning achievements). This year's theme: INERTIA.

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: In addition to the awarding of the Prizes, the ceremony will include a variety of momentously inconsequential events. Among them:

(NOTE: The KEYNOTE ADDRESS will not be given this year, because the eminent keynote speaker was overcome with inertia.)

* Time limits to be enforced by Mr. John Barrett, the Ig Nobel Referee

IgBill and POSTER

Click on the images for (left) a downloadable PDF of IgBill 2006, the official printed program; or (right) a downloadable 2006 Ig Nobel Ceremony Poster.

2004 Peace Prize winner Daisuke Inoue -- the inventor of karaoke -- was serenaded at the 2004 Ceremony by Nobel Laureates Dudley Herschbach (left), Richard Roberts and William Lipscomb, and by Karen Hopkin. Dr. Hopkin is, among other things, famed for creating the Studmuffins of Science Calendar. Photo: Kees Moeliker. (Click on image to enlarge it)

Two days after the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, a related event:

The Ig Informal Lectures
Saturday, Oct 7, 2006. 1:00 pm.

The Ray and Maria Stata Center
Kirsch Auditorium
MIT Building 32, Room 123
32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

(Click here for a map and directions)

FREE ADMISSION -- but to guarantee a place, pick up a free ticket in advance at the MIT Press Bookstore.

A half-afternoon of improbably funny, informative, brief (5 minutes each, plus a few questions & answers with the audience), high-spirited public lectures, in which the new Ig Nobel Prize winners will attempt to explain what they did, and why they did it.

The new winner's talks will be preceded by brief (2 minutes each) talks by past winners Kees Moeliker (Ig Nobel Biology Prize 2003) and Stefano Gherlanda (Interdisciplinary Research Prize 2003); and by Guelph University adventurer/food scientist Massimo Marcone. Each will discuss their most recent discoveries.

This free event is organized in cooperation with the MIT Press Bookstore, and will be accompanied by refreshments provided by the Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology.


All Ig Nobel Prizes activities are organized by the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR). The ceremony is co-sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association (HRSFA), and the Harvard-Radcliffe Society of Physics Students (SPS), and the new book The Man Who Tried to Clone Himself, published by Plume Books, New York, ISBN 0452287723.

The Ig Informal Lectures are co-sponsored by the MIT Press Bookstore.


About the Ceremony:
Annals of Improbable Research editor Marc Abrahams (+1) 617-491-4437.
[On October 5, the day of the ceremony, if you can't reach anyone at Improbable Research, please instead call the Harvard News Office, (+1) 617-495-1585.]

About the Book:
The Man Who Tried to Clone Himself, published by Plume Books; contact Liz Keenan, (+1) 212-366-2245.

RETURN OF A SWEEPING SUCCESS: Roy Glauber, who for ten years humbly swept paper airplanes on the stage at the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, will be making his first Ig appearance since being awarded a 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics. Roy Glauber sweeps
In this photo taken at the 1998 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, Professor Glauber serenely sweeps while Nobel Laureates (left to right) Dudley Herschbach, William Lipscomb, and Richard Roberts wear gigantic shoes in tribute to the 1998 Ig Nobel Statistics Prize winners. Nobel Laureate Sheldon Glashow can be seen in the distance at left as he rushes to join his colleagues. [Photo by Eric Workman] (Click on image to enlarge it)