All speeches will be kept delightfully brief, thanks in part to eight-year-old Miss Sweetie Poo. This short video shows highlights of various Miss Sweetie Poos at previous ceremonies.
- THE CEREMONY (September 18)
- Ceremony Details
- The Opera (What's Eating You)
- Ceremony Poster
- IG INFORMAL LECTURES (September 20)
- Previous years
- Info for the press
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
Thursday, September 18 at 6:00 pm*
Sanders Theater, Harvard University
*Pre-ceremony concert —and the webcast —begin at 5:40 pm (US Eastern Time)
The ceremony proper begins at 6:00 pm
The 24th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony will introduce ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners - Each has done something that makes people laugh then think.
Winners travel to the ceremony, at their own expense, from around the world to receive their prize from a group of genuine, genuinely bemused Nobel Laureates, in Harvard's historic and largest theater. 1100 improbable persons fill the theatre, and the whole affair is broadcast live.
The Ceremony will include many other delights - Stay tuned here AND to the Improbable Research Blog.
The ceremony will be webcast live. We will post details here, soon.
In the meantime, feel free to tide yourself over with this brief teaser.
Ig Nobel-watching parties will happen in many places. Please feel free to organize your own party. If you would like to invite the public, please send us details, and we will add it to this list: Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
(Two days after the ceremony, the third annual gala event at a theater in Leiden, The Netherlands will feature live performances — including the presence of one of the new, 2014 Ig Nobel Prize winners — and a big-screen projection of the recorded Ig Nobel Prize ceremony.)
Tickets for Sanders Theater are sold out. There's a chance that a very few seats will become available shortly before the ceremony. If that happens, we will announce it via the @ImprobResearch twitter stream and on the Improbable Research Facebook page. Those tickets would be available exclusively from the Harvard Box Office, online and at Holyoke Center.
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Each year's ceremony includes many improbable things, an increasing number of which will be mentioned here as the ceremony date approaches.
- Ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners, announced and introduced
The winners physically receive their prizes, and a handshake, from these genuine, genuinely bemused Nobel laureates:
FIRST : a complete technical description in TWENTY-FOUR (24) SECONDS**
AND THEN: a clear summary that anyone can understand, in SEVEN (7) WORDS
- music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, story and words by Marc Abrahams
- directed, arranged and orchestrated by Henry Akona
- starring Maria Ferrante, Scott Taylor, and The Microbe Choir
- backed by the Forces of Nature, an orchestra composed of Boston-area biomedical researchers plus one lawyer: Thomas Michel (accordion and impresario), David E. Fisher (cello), Elizabeth Henske (flute), Abby Schiff (clarinet), Ben Steinhorn (bassoon), David Gootenberg (percussion), Marla Rubinson (violin), Paul Glenn (double bass), Omar Arnouk (trumpet).
The ceremony also celebrates the publication of two new books: This Is Improbable Too, and The Ig Nobel Cookbook (volume 1)
** Time limits will be enforced by the the referee, Mr. John Barrett
Download your very own PDF copies of the 2014 Ceremony's Spiffy Poster, identical to the ones we print for the ceremony. The poster in particular is a great way to increase Ig Nobel and universal awareness among friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and complete strangers.
The Ig Informal Lectures
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014, 1:00 pm
MIT, Building 26, Room 100
A half-afternoon of improbably funny, informative, informal, brief public lectures and demonstrations:
- The new Ig Nobel Prize winners will attempt to explain what they did, and why they did it
- The new winners will be available for you to talk with, both before and after the lectures
The Ig informal Lectures are a free event, organized in cooperation with the MIT Press Bookstore.
(What happens at the Ig Informal Lectures? Here's a spectator's report from last year, 2013.)
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).