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January 13, 2017, Friday, 9:00 pm. ARISIA, Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Improbable Dramatic Readings from genuine, seemingly bizarre research studies. The studies will all concern Friday-the-13th-related subjects, including of course triskadekophobiaDETAILS.
February 5, 2017, Sunday, 8:00 pm. 92nd Street Y, Buttenwieser Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St., New York, NY, USA. “Bang! Bang! The Big Bang Theory meets The Big Bang Theory”  — a discussion of humor in science, with Claudia Dreifus (New York Times), Eric Kaplan (The Big Bang TV program), Robert Wilson (Nobel laureate, co-discoverer of the cosmic microwave background), and Marc Abrahams.
February 18, 2017, Saturday. AAAS Annual Meeting, BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA. The annual Improbable Research session will feature, this year:

This evening special session is open free to the public.

March, 2017. Ig Nobel Spring EuroTour. Events at

  • Mon, Mar 13 — ORF, Vienna, Austria. Televised debate. — Details TBA.
  • Wed, Mar 15 — Nottingham Trent University, UK. — Details TBA.
  • Fri, Mar 17 — Imperial College London, UK. [TICKETS] — With Marc Abrahams / Ig Nobel Prize winners Elizabeth Oberzaucher (mathematical analysis of the man who fathered 888 children), Raghavendra Rau (business leaders who acquired a taste for disasters that do not affect them personally), Thomas Thwaites (living as a goat) / the QI Elves doing dramatic readings from research studies / Andrew George performing bad poetry by William Topaz McGonagall
  • Tue, Mar 21 — EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. — Marc Abrahams / Ig Nobel Prize winners Ludwig Huber (absence of contagious yawning in tortoises), Alessandro Pluchino (why politicians should be chosen at random), Hynek Burda (defecating dogs align their body axis with Earth’s north-south geomagnetic field line).
  • Fri, Mar 24 — University of Oslo, Norway — Details TBA.
  • Sun/Mon, Mar 26/27 — Stockholm, Sweden.  Details TBA.
  • Wed, Mar 29 — University of Graz, Austria. — Marc Abrahams / Ig Nobel Prize winners Elizabeth Oberzaucher (mathematical analysis of the man who fathered 888 children), Laurent Bègue (people who think they are drunk also think they are attractive), Kees Moeliker (homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck)
  • Date TBA — University of Catania, Italy. — Details TBA.
  • others To Be Announced

Details TBA.

April 23, Sunday, 7:00 pm, 2017. Bahfest, Kresge Auditorium MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Marc Abrahams will be the keynote speaker.
April 27, 2017, Thursday. Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation’s 37th Annual Scientific Meeting, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Marc Abrahams will do a talk about “Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes, and Cardiology”.
September 14, 2017, Thursday, 6:00 pm (US eastern time). 27th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Details TBA.
September 16, 2017, Saturday, 1:00 pm. The Ig Informal Lectures, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Details TBA.
October/November, 2017. Ig Nobel Autumn EuroTour. Details TBA.

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