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February 24,  2017, Friday, 5:00 pm. Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, UK — Professor Atsuki Higashiyama will give First Overseas Lecture in London on His Ig Nobel Prize-winning “Viewing the World Upside-Down From Between Your Legs” Perception Research.
February 26, 2017, Sunday. Chelsea Arts Club, 143, Old Church Road, Chelsea, London, UK — Performance of “The Homosexual Necrophiliac Duck Opera,” composed by Daniel Gillingwater, with words from Kees Moeliker‘s Ig Nobel Prize-winning biology study.
March 1, 2017, Wednesday. Harvard University — Science Communication Skills Workshop for biology grad students, with Carmen Nobel (Harvard Business School) and Marc Abrahams.
March 15-April 14, 2017. Ig Nobel Spring EuroTour. (hashtag: #IgNobel) Events at

  • NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY, UK —in Lecture Theatre 2, Newton building — [TICKETS] — Wednesday, March 15, 6:00 pm — With Marc Abrahams / Ig Nobel Prize winners Minna Lyons (psychopaths and night owls), Kader Allouni (using speed bumps to diagnose appendicitis), Elizabeth Oberzaucher (mathematical analysis of the man who fathered 888 children).
  • IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON, UK — in The Great Hall, the Sherfield Building, South Kensington campus — [TICKETS] — Friday, March 17, 6:00 pm —  With Marc Abrahams / Ig Nobel Prize winners Raghavendra Rau (some business leaders acquire a taste for disasters that do not affect them personally), Thomas Thwaites (living as a goat), Elizabeth Oberzaucher (mathematical analysis of the man who fathered 888 children) / the QI Elves doing dramatic readings from bizarre-seeming research studies / Andrew J.T. George performing bad poetry by William Topaz McGonagall
  • EPFL, Forum Rolex, Lausanne, Switzerland — [TICKETS] — Tuesday, March 21, 6:00 pm —  Marc Abrahams / Ig Nobel Prize winners Ludwig Huber (absence of contagious yawning in tortoises), Alessandro Pluchino (organizations would become more efficient if they promoted people at random), Hynek Burda (defecating dogs align their body axis with Earth’s north-south geomagnetic field line).
  • UNIVERSITY OF OSLO, Norway — Friday, March 24, 4:00 pm —  Marc Abrahams / Ig Nobel Prize winners Piers Barnes (how many group photos are needed to ensure at least one in which nobody blinks), Nadia Dominici (walking on water, on the moon), Kees Moeliker (homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck).
  • STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY, Stockholm, Sweden — Monday, March 27, noon — First of three (3) events, in different locations in Stockholm, all on the same day! — Marc Abrahams / Ig Nobel Prize winners Fredrik Sjöberg (three-volume autobiographical work about the pleasures of collecting flies that are dead, and flies that are not yet dead), Minna Lyons (evidence that “night owls” are, on average, more self-admiring, more manipulative, and more psychopathic than people who habitually arise early in the morning), Piers Barnes (how many group photos are needed to ensure at least one in which nobody blinks).
  • KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE, Stockholm, Sweden— Monday, March 27, 3:00 pm — Second of three (3) events, in different locations in Stockholm, all on the same day! — Marc Abrahams, Fredrik Sjöberg, Minna Lyons, Piers Barnes. Details TBA.
  • FRI TANKE FÖRLAG, Kungsgatan, Stockholm, Sweden — Monday, March 27, 5:30 pm —  Third of three events, in different locations in Stockholm, all on the same day! — Marc Abrahams, Fredrik Sjöberg, Minna Lyons, Piers Barnes. Details TBA.
  • ORF, Vienna, Austria — Tuesday, March 28 — Televised debate. Details TBA.
  • UNIVERSITY OF GRAZ, Austria. — Wednesday, March 29, 6:00 pm — 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)
  • UNIVERSITY OF CATANIA, Italy — Aula Magna, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Via S. Sofia 64, Catania — Thursday, April 6, 3:30 pm — Marc Abrahams, Ig Nobel Prize winners Marina de Tommaso (measuring the relative pain people suffer while looking at an ugly painting, rather than a pretty painting, while being shot [in the hand] by a powerful laser beam), Elizabeth Oberzaucher (mathematical analysis of the man who fathered 888 children), Cesare Garofalo, Alessandro Pluchino, Andrea Rapisarda (organizations would become more efficient if they promoted people at random). This event also celebrates the new book Abbiamo vinto l’ignobel. Con il principio di Peter, by Alessandro Pluchino, Andrea Rapisarda, and Cesare Garofalo.
  • NATUURHISTORISCH MUSEUM ROTTERDAM, Rotterdam, The Netherlands — Saturday, April 8. — Marc Abrahams and Ig Nobel Prize winner Kees Moeliker (discovery of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck). Details TBA.
  • EDINBURGH, Scotland. Details TBA.
  • other events To Be Announced

MUSICAL NOTE: The tour will feature, at some (but not all) events the European premiere of a new opera song about the Ig Nobel Prize-winning study of the Dunning-Kruger effect. That study is called “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments“.

April 23, 2017, Sunday, 7:00 pm. 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. TICKETS will go on sale in July.
September 16, 2017, Saturday, 1:00 pm. The Ig Informal Lectures, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
November, 2017. Ig Nobel Autumn EuroTour. Events in:

  • University of Manchester, UKWednesday, November 29
  • Other events To Be Announced
February 7, 2018, Wednesday, 3:40 pm. Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) Annual Conference, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA. Marc Abrahams will give the keynote address.

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