The 2014 Ig® Nobel Prize Ceremony & Lectures

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 2014 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
Thursday, September 18 at 6:00 pm*
Sanders Theater, Harvard University
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*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.

Tickets will go on sale TUESDAY, JULY 8, at NOON (US eastern time), exclusively from the Harvard Box Office, online and at Holyoke Center.

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Official Delegations
Groups of five (5) or more persons attending the Ig Nobel prize ceremony can be officially recognized during the ceremony as Official Delegations. If you would like your group regonized in this way at a future Ig Nobel prize ceremony, first obtain tickets, then register with Louise Sacco, Official Overseer of the Delegations (phone: 781-690-6621, email: LouiseSacco AT The deadline for registering as a delegation is a week before the ceremony.

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FIGS (Friends of the Ig) — Generous supporters of the 2014 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, who are helping the world laugh then think:
(your logo/link here) Microsoft Research
Redbones CS50
Toscanini's Museum of Bad Art

Ceremony Details

Each year's ceremony includes many improbable things, an increasing number of which will be mentioned here as the ceremony date approaches.

** 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.


Special Thanks To...

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).