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)
- Live Webcast
- Tickets and Delegations
- Download the Ceremony Poster and IgBill
- Ceremony Details
- The Opera (What's Eating You)
- Who's Who
- If you are coming to Sanders Theatre...
- 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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Downloadable Poster & Program
Download your very own PDF copies of the 2014 Ceremony's Spiffy Poster and IgBill (program), 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.
|FIGS (Friends of the Ig) — Generous supporters of the 2014 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, who are helping the world laugh then think:|
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:
A trailer for "The Invention of Dr. Nakamats", a documentary on the improbable career of our keynote speaker.
FIRST : a complete technical description in TWENTY-FOUR (24) SECONDS**
AND THEN: a clear summary that anyone can understand, in SEVEN (7) WORDS
- Martin Chalfie (Nobel laureate, chemistry): BIOLUMINESCENCE
- Carol Greider (Nobel laureate, physiology or medicine). Topic: TELOMERES
- Eric Maskin (Nobel laureate, economics): ECONOMICS
- Rob Rhinehart (founder, Soylent). Topic: TBA
- Corky White (Professor of Anthropology, Boston University). Topic: FOOD
- and maybe one or two others to be announced
- music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, story and words by Marc Abrahams
- directed by Maria Ferrante, arranged by Henry Akona, conducted by Paul Glenn, costumed by Catherine Quick Spingler
- starring Maria Ferrante, Scott Taylor, and The Microbe Choir (Kelsey Calhoun, Delphine Gabbay, Paul Goodwin, Clia Goodwin, Erika Hutchinson, Andrew B. Jones, Julia Lunetta, Sylvia Rosenberg, Daniel Rosenberg, Abby Schiff, Ted Sharp, Patrick Yacono, and the Nobel laureates)
- backed by the Concentrated Forces of Nature, a distilled orchestra composed entirely of biomedical researchers Patrick Yacono and Thomas Michel
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
If You Are Coming to Sanders Theatre...
WHERE: If you are walking, driving, T-ing, biking, or running to Sanders Theatre, you may want some directions. Here are: (1) a map and directions; and (2) the secret of how to pahk your cah near Hahvud Yahd.
WHAT TO WEAR: We suggest you wear clothing. Clothing that is, like you, colorful. People like yourself (or in some cases, very unlike yourself) in distant places, watching the broadcast and seeing occasional glimpses of the Sanders Theatre audience, will thrill to the panoply of colors, styles, and improbable accoutrements. This is the night to unearth your old wedding gown, uniform, suit of armor, labcoat or longjohns.
WHAT TO BRING: Paper, paper, paper. Paper to make into paper airplanes. Additional paper to give to those around you who may have forgotten to bring their own paper, and who as a consequence of their own neglect are forlornly wishing they could join in the thrill and intellectual romance of making and throwing paper airplanes. SAFETY FIRST, please! Paper airplanes should only be thrown at the safety-equipment-laden individual onstage who is the Designated Paper Airplane Target. Paper airplanes may only be made of paper.
NOTE: There will be two (2) designated Paper Airplane Deluge periods, one at the very start of the ceremony, the other at the ceremony's midpoint.
The Ig Informal Lectures
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014
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
- Special appearance by Dr. Yoshiro Nakamats (winner of the 2005 Ig Nobel Prize for nutrition, and keynote speaker at this year's Ig Nobel Prize ceremony)
- The Ig Nobel Prize 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. Seating is limited, so we suggest you arrive a bit early.
(What happens at the Ig Informal Lectures? Here's a spectator's report from last year, 2013.)
Special Thanks To...
All Ig Nobel Prize 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).