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
- 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 begins 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.
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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, a Baritone-to-Be-Named-Later, and The Microbe Chorale
- 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).
** Time limits will be enforced by the the referee, Mr. John Barrett
The Ig Informal Lectures
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014, 1:00 pm
MIT, Building 10, Room 250
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.
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).