Some Past Events
Some Past Improbable Research Events
(Click here to see list of upcoming events.)
|For events prior to 2008, see various issues of mini-AIR, our monthly newsletter.|
|February 15, 2008, Friday||AAAS Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts 8:00 pm. Republic A room, Sheraton Boston Hotel. (Click here for a map.) “Update on Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes.” Annual special Improbable Research session. Featuring: AIR editor Marc Abrahams, Ig Nobel Prize winner Gauri Nanda (inventor of Clocky, the alarm clock that runs away and hides repeatedly); Steve Nadis (“Just How Many Holy Grails of Science Are There?”); Toscanini’s Ice Cream Propriety Gus Rancatore (Ig Nobel Chemistry Prize winner Mayu Yamamoto‘s discovery of how to extract vanillin from cow dung?and applications of this for making delicious ice cream; Gus will will also touch on the 89th Anniversary of the Great Boston Molasses Flood); Elaine Chew and Alexandre Francois (A technical analysis of the music of P.D.Q. Bach); David Kessler and Joshua Kroll (“Technical Secrets of the Ig Nobel Ceremony”); and eight-year-old Miss Sweetie Poo will help ensure that all the talks are delightfully brief. Open to the public — free.|
|March 6-16, 2008||Ig Nobel UK Tour (for National Science Week)Click here for details.|
|April 1, 2008||Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands16.00-17.30. Woudestein Campus, Zaal B-3, Burg. Oudlaan 50. Entrance free. Lof der Zotheid-lezing ?Is er leven na een dode eend?? (Is there life after a dead duck?). Ig Nobel prize winner and European Bureau Chief of Improbable Research Kees Moeliker will speak (in fluent Dutch) about ?Onwaarschijnlijk Onderzoek en de Ig Nobel prijzen?. He will highlight the achievement that won him an Ig Nobel prize and will talk about his recent quest to acquire specimens of the rapidly declining pubic louse. As a supporting act, medical ethicist Erwin Kompanje will reveal his discovery, in the 16th century medical literature, of a remarkable but forgotten device. Click here for general info, and here for a map.|
|April 21, 2008, Monday||Skeptics in the Pub, Asgard, Cambridge, MA7:00 pm. 350 Mass Ave.. Free. Marc Abrahams will discuss improbable research with a barful of skeptical people.|
|April 23, 2008, Wednesday||Brown Bag Lecture, Chemical Heritage Foundation, PhiladelphiaFree. 315 Chestnut Street, 6th Floor Conference Room.Marc Abrahams will discuss the Ig Nobel Prizes and, possibly, brown bags.|
|June 1, 2008, Sunday||American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) Annual Conference, Colorado Convention Center, Denver.7:00 pm. Marc Abrahams will give the opening plenary talk: “Improbable Research, Spectrometric and Otherwise.” Info: Gary Glish.|
|June 5, 2008, Thursday, 5:55 pm||Dead Duck Day. Natural History Museum Rotterdam, The Netherlands.Annual commemoration of the day the famous mallard duck crashed into the glass wall of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, precipitating the denouement of what became the first scientifically documented case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck. Ig Nobel Prize winner Kees Moeliker will preside, aided by the dead duck. For location and further information click here.|
|June 7, 2008, Saturday, 9:00 pm.||Cheltenham Science Festival, UKIn Town Hall. Ig Nobel Cabaret. Marc Abrahams will introduce Brian Witcombe and Dan Meyer (Ig Nobel Prize winner?medical effects of sword swallowing), Fiona Barclay (collaborator on the Ig-winning Periodic Table Table) and Charles Paxton (Ig winner?courtship behaviour of ostriches towards humans under farming conditions in Britain), and John Hoyland (New Scientist’s Feedback editor)|
|July 27, 2008, 3:00 pm||“QED,” Central Square Theater, Cambridge, Massachusetts.Marc Abrahams will lead an audience discussion after a performance of the play about physicist Richard Feynman.|
|August 1, 2008, Friday||Tickets go on sale for the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony.|
|August 23, Saturday 2008, 12:15 pm-1:15 pm||Alpbach Technology Forum, Alpbach, Austria.Marc Abrahams and Kees Moeliker will give a plenary talk: “Improbable Research and the Future of Europe”. The session will include a special guest appearance by a member of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists. This plenary session is open to the public, free.|
|September 24, 2008, Wednesday||Deadline to register Official Theme Delegations for the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. Details to be announced.|
|October 2, 2008, Thursday, 7:30 pm||Eighteenth 1st Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA7:30 pm. Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA. Tickets go on sale August 1. NOTE: The live webcast begins at 7:15 pm, with the pre-ceremony concert by Paul & Storm.|
|October 4, 2008, Saturday, 1:00 pm||Ig Informal Lectures, MIT, Cambridge, MARoom 10-250. Co-sponsored by the MIT Press Bookstore.|
|October 10,2008, Friday evening||Ohio-Region Section of the American Physical Society (OSAPS),Dayton, Ohio.Open to the public, free. Marc Abrahams will discuss the 2008 Ig Nobel Prize winners (who will have been announced just a few days earlier) and previous winners. Details to be announced. (This is a joint meeting of the Ohio-Region Section of the APS, the Southern Ohio Section of the AAPT, and the Dayton Section of the American Chemical Society, co-hosted by the Department of Engineering Physics, Air Force Institute of Technology and the Physics Department, Wright State University.)|
|October 22, 2008, Wednesday, 8:00 pm||KW-Cafe, SCC Muzeval, Eersel, Noord-Brabant, the NetherlandsIg Nobel prize winner Kees Moeliker will talk about Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel prizes, including his own prize winning achievement. Improbable investigator Erwin Kompanje will present forgotten discoveries in 18th century medicine. Language: Dutch (fluently) Tickets 8 euro. Click here for location.|
|October 24, 2008, Friday, 9:00 pm||Festival della Scienza, Genoa, ItalySala del Maggior Consiglio, Palazzo Ducale. Marc Abrahams will introduce several Ig Nobel Prize winners, and officiate at at special ceremony.Two Ig-winning teams will receive their Ig Nobel Prizes. (Both teams were unable to travel to the Ig Nobel Ceremony at Harvard.)2008 Ig Nobel Nutrition Prize winner Massimiliano Zampini will receive his (and Charles Spence’s) Ig Nobel Prize for their potato-chip-sound-modification work).2008 Ig Nobel Biology Prize winners Marie-Christine Cadiergues and Christel Joubert will receive their Ig Nobel Prize (for their comparative-flea-jumping work).2008 Ig Nobel Medicine Prize winner Dan Ariely will explain how he and his team demonstrated that high-priced fake medicine is more effective than low-priced fake medicine. [NOTE: Professor Ariely will also give a longer talk, earlier that evening, in the same room, about the full range of his research into irrational economic behavior.]2007 Ig Nobel Medicine Prize winners Brian Witcombe and Dan Meyer will then explain and demonstrate their prize-winning study “Swordswallowing and Its Side Effects.”David Gross, 2004 Nobel Laureate in physics, will be on hand to help honor the Ig Nobel Prize winners.|
|November 12, 2008||Congreso Nacional de Divulgacion de la Ciancia y la Tecnica Nayarit, Tepic, MexicoMarc Abrahams will discuss Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes.|
|November 22, 2008, Saturday, 10.00 – 11.45 am||SciCom08 Vienna, Technical University Vienna, AustriaKarlzplatz 13, 1040 Wien, AustriaIg Nobel prize winner Kees Moeliker will talk about: ‘Science communication with a laugh: Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes‘|
|November 28, 2008, Friday||“Science Friday” Ig Nobel radio specialClick here for broadcast time on your local station, or to listen to it on the web.Annual special broadcast—a specially edited version of the 2008 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. (“Science Friday’ is a two-hour program. The Ig special will be the first of those two hours.|
|February 13, 2009, Friday, 8:00 pm(Plus: press briefing earlier in the day, at 5:00 pm)||AAAS Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, USAChicago Fairmont Hotel (200 N Columbus Dr), in the Moulin Rouge Room. Annual special Improbable Research session. Marc Abrahams will review the past year’s improbable research and Ig Nobel Prize winners. Several Ig winners (and/or colleagues) will try to explain what they did and why they did it, and will field questions. Participants include: Joe Cychosz (world’s quickest barbeque ignition, using liquid oxygen); Theo Gray (the periodic table table); Dan Meyer (swordswallowing and its side effects).Also featuring: the introduction of the 1,000th Steve to join Project Steve. (And click here to download a copy of the AIR article “The Morphology of Steve“)Also featuring a performance of the mini-opera “Atom & Eve”, starring Genevieve Thiers and Opera Moda.Free, and open to the public.NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: A few hours earlier, there will be a special press briefing, including a swordswallowing demonstration — with most or all of the performers. The briefing is open only to newsroom registrants; it will happen at 5:00 pm, in the news briefing room.The opera performance is made possible by a generous grant from the Illinois Science Council.|
|March 7-12, 2009||Ig Nobel Tour of the UKAnnual tour for National Science and Engineering Week, with events in Oxford (March 7), Newcastle (March 9), Portsmouth (March 10), Bristol (March 11), and London (March 12). Click here for details.|
|March 25-26 2009, Wednesday-Friday||SciFest Africa, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South AfricaMarc Abrahams will give a lecture and a talkshop about “Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes.”Mar 26, Wed, 6:30-7:30 pm, at the Gary Butler TheatreMar 27, Thu, 9:30-10:30 am, at the Olive Schreiner Hall|
|April 22-25, 2009||Ig Nobel Tour of DenmarkHeld in conjunction with The Festival of Research.All events are free—but you must obtain tickets (click here for details, in Danish).Aarhus, April 22, 7:00 pm.Søauditorierne, Aarhus University, Wilhelm Meyers Alle 1251, 8000 Aarhus. (Click here for a map) (Click here to book tickets.)Odense, April 23, 2:00 pm.University of Southern Denmark, in the main campus restaurant, half an hour after the opening ceremony of the Days of Science. The campus is situated on the Campusvej 55, 5300 Odense M outside the city. (Click here for a map.)Copenhagen, April 24, 7:00 pm.Lundbeck auditorium Copenhagen, Ole Maaløes Vej 5, 2200 København N. (Click here for a map.) (Ticketscan be obtained at the Zoological and Geological Museum.)Odense(again), April 25, 11:30 am.Municipal hall in central Flakhaven, Odense.Kerteminde, Fjord&Bælt, April 25, 2:30 pm.Marine research station, University of Southern Denmark, Hindsholmsvej 11, Kerteminde. (This will be a special, and brief, show. Only about 200 ticketsare available—you are advised to get them in advance.)Participants: Marc Abrahams and Ig Nobel Prize winners Bart Knols (malarial mosquitoes are attracted equally to limburger chees and smelly feet), Kees Moeliker (homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck), Dan Meyer (sword-swallowing and its medical side-effects), Magnus Wahlberg and Håkan Westerberg(herrings apparently communicate by farting). Further details to be announced. (Info: Magnus Wahlburg, magnus AT fjord-baelt.dk)Each show will be a slightly different mix of performers. Click here for a preview.|
|May 2 , 2009, Saturday, 3:00 pm||Cambridge Science Festival, Massachusetts, USAImprobable Research Cabaret, Central Square Theater, 450 Massachusetts Avenue.Featuring Marc Abrahams, Ig Nobel Prize winners Lynn Halpern (why people dislike the sound of fingernails on a blackboard), and (Deborah J. Anderson (Is Coca-Cola an effective spermicide?). Also featuring Studmuffins of Science Calendar creator Karen Hopkin will explain why astrology is just as reliable for bacteria as it is for humans, Julia Lunetta performing songs from the Ig Nobel Operas accompanied by Neara Russell, the Performing Scientists from Harvard and MIT. Illumination will be provided by the Human Spotlights. Speeches will be kept to promptitude thanks to Miss Sweetie Poo.This event will be doing double duty — It’s a festival event, and also a fundraiser for the Central Square Theater, Greater Boston’s newest theatrical arts center in the heart of Central Square. TICKETS: Adults: $35. Students: $20. Tickets include post-performance reception with Cabaret scientists.To reserve tickets: buy online, or phone KC Forcier at 617.576.9278 x 208, or email her at [email protected]|
|May 4, 2009, Monday, 9:00 am||Council of Science Editors Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAHilton Hotel and Towers. Marc Abrahams will give a plenary talk on “Improbable Research—Less and More Than Meets the Eye.” Info: Diane Sullenberger (DSullenb AT nas.edu)|
|May 6, 2009, Wednesday, 6:30 pm.||Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWean 7500, School of Computer Science.Marc Abrahams will give a profusely illustrated talk: “Update on Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes.” Free, open to the public. (Click here to see a map.) INFO: Catherine Copetas ([email protected])|
|June 5, 2009, Friday||Dead Duck Day, Natural History Museum Rotterdam13th annual commemoration of the sudden and dramatic death on June 5th, 1995 of the mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) that entered the scientific literature as the first victim of homosexual necrophilia in this species. In 2003, the incident was also commemorated with the awarding of the Ig Nobel Biology Prize. Details to be announced.|
|June, 13, 2009, Saturday, 9.30 pm||De Nacht van Kunst en Wetenschap, Universiteitsmuseum Groningen, the NetherlandsKees Moeliker will explain how and why he won the Ig Nobel Prize. Entrance free.Click for location and details.|
|July 31, 2009, Friday||Tickets go on sale for the 2009 Ig Nobel Prize CeremonyTickets will be available at the Harvard Box Office in Holyoke Center, Harvard Square, and also online.|
|August 4, 2009, 7:00 pm.||“Summer in the City” series—Temple Israel, Boston 477 Longwood Avenue. (click here for directions). Marc Abrahams will discuss “Improbable Research and the Strangeness of Everyday Life.” Free to all.|
|October 1, 2009, Thursday, 7:15 pm||2009 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USASanders Theatre. Purchase tickets from the Harvard Box Office in Holyoke Center (Harvard Square) and online.|
|October 3, 2009, Saturday, 1:00 pm||2009 Ig Informal Lectures, MIT building 10, room 250, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USAMIT. The new winners each briefly try to explain what they did, and why.|
|October 10, 2009, Saturday, 5:00 pm||Parisscience International Film Festival, Paris, France.Auditorium of the Grand Galerie de l’Evolution, 36, rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire, Paris 5e.Improbable Research European bureau chief (and Ig Nobel Prize winner) Kees Moeliker will be part of a special debate on “Humor and Science” .|
|October 24, 2009, Saturday, 9:00 pm.||Genoa Science Festival, Genoa, ItalySala del Maggior Consiglio, Palazzo Ducale. Annual Ig Nobel special event featuring Marc Abrahams and Ig Nobel Prize winners Prof. Dr. Johanna E.M.H. van Bronswijk and Dan Meyer.|
|February 19, 2010, Friday, 8:00 pm.twitter: #igAAAS10||AAAS Annual Meeting, San Diego San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina, Seaview Room.Annual Improbable Research show at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting.With Marc Abrahams and Ig Nobel Prize winners Dr. Elena Bodnar (emergency bra/mask), Dr. Donald Unger (60 years of knuckle-cracking), Dorian Raymer (string inevitably tangles itself into knots); and Dr. Hagop Akiskal(romantic love is biochemically indistinguishable from obsessive-compulsive disorder) as well as:Miriam Sach, Ph.D., who will dance her dissertation; Dr. Beatrice Golomb(objects found in patients’ rectums); and others to be announced.[NOTE: We have invited 1998 Ig winner Deepak Chopra(quantum physics as it applies to life, liberty, and the pursuit of economic happiness), but do not yet know if he can join us.](Click here for a preview by Scott LaFee of the San Diego Union-Tribune, and here for a press account of last year’s show.)Free, open to the public.PRESS NOTE: Most of these individuals will also appear at a special press briefing at 5:30 pm in the Press Briefing Room, in theSan Diego Convention Center (restricted to registered journalists only)|
|March 11-19, 2010twitter: #IGUKTOUR||Ig Nobel Tour of the UKEighth annual tour for National Science & Engineering Week. Oxford, Dundee, Portsmouth, Liverpool, London, Bristol. See UK Tour page for details.|
|April 14, 2010, Wednesdaytwitter: #iguksg10||UK Serials Group Annual Conference, Edinburgh, ScotlandMarc Abrahams will talk about improbable research, for conference attendees.|
|April 17, 2010, Saturday, 6:00 pm.twitter: #igesf10||Edinburgh Science Festival, Edinburgh, ScotlandInformatics Forum, 10 Crichton St.Marc Abrahams will discuss some of the most spectacular Ig Nobel Prize winners.|
|April 20-24, 2010twitter: #IGNOBEL||Ig Nobel Tour of ScandinaviaShows in Gothenburg (April 20, several events), Copenhagen (April 22), Odense (April 23, 3:00 pm), Kerteminde (April 24, afternoon), Aarhus (April 24, evening).Click here for details of where, when, and who.Research opportunity: If time permits, we might conduct research on The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent.|
|May 1, 2010, Saturday.Four events: 10:00 a.m., noon, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm.twitter: #IGNOBEL||Cambridge Science Festival, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA., Cambridge Public Library.Improbable Readings from the Ig Nobel PrizesFour separate sessions, each with a different theme:
All four events are FREE. Ig Nobel Prize winners and other splendid persons will read short selections from their, our, and your favorite, juiciest Ig Nobel Prize-winning studies and books. Organizer: Katherine Meusey.
Click here for DETAILS.
|September 6, 2010, Monday, 7:00 pm||Coolidge Corner Cinema, Brookline, MA, USAMarc Abrahams (the man in the blue suit — an Ig Nobel Prize-winning self-perfuming business suit) will introduce a special showing of the classic Alec Guinness film “The Man in the White Suit“. Daniel Rosenberg (the man in the white lab coat) will add insights about the chemistry of the white suit. Special appearances by Human Spotlight Jim Bredt (the man in the silver suit) and Boston Globe Miss Conduct columnist Robin Abrahams (the woman in the little black dress).|
|September 23, 2010, Thursday, 4:30 pm||Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA,Bornstein Family Amphitheater.Marc Abrahams will do a talk for National Postdoc Appreciation Week. Details to be announced.|
|September 28, 2010, Tuesday, 11:00 am||MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA, USA,Dr. Elena Bodnar, 2009 Ig Nobel Public Health Prize winner, will hold a press conference to announce that her Emergency Bra is now available to the public.|
|September 30, 2010, Thursday, 7:30 pm.||Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USATwentieth 1st Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. The event will be webcast live on YouTube.|
|October 2, 2010, Saturday, 1:00 pm.||Ig Informal Lectures, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USAThe new Ig Nobel Prize winners (and also a few past winners) explain, as best they can, what they did and why they did it. Details to be announced.|
|October 23, 2010, Saturday, 1:30 pm||USA Science & Engineering Festival, Washington, D.C., USAAndrew W. Mellon Auditorium at 14th and Constitution St. NW. Marc Abrahams will do a talk about Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes.|
|October 31, 2010, Sunday||w00tstock, Boston, MA, USA Marc Abrahams will do something or other about Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes.|
|November 3, 2010, Wednesday, 6:00 pm||Agronomy, Crops, and Soil Science Societies International Annual Meetings, Long Beach, CA, USAMarc Abrahams will do a talk about the Ig Nobel Prizes, completely contradicting everything said by the previous speaker, Jared Diamond.|
|November 5, 2010,Friday evening||National Association of Science Writers 75th Anniversary Meeting, New Haven, Connecticut, USAMarc Abrahams will emcee the evening party that features star turns by some of America’s most performance-oriented science writers. Details to be announced.|
|November 10, 2010,Wednesday evening||Raytheon Employees Assn, Waltham, MA, USAMarc Abrahams will discuss the Ig Nobel Prizes.|
|November 26, 2010, Friday
||Ig Nobel Prize broadcast, Science Friday program, National Public Radio
Annual day-after-Thanksgiving broadcast — a specially edited version of the year’s Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. It will be the first hour of the two-hour “Science Friday” program. In most—but not all!—cities this will be from 2:00-3:00 pm. (Some NPR stations schedule it at other times.) Many stations also stream the broadcast online.
|February 12, 2011, Saturday, 4:00 pm.
||Capricon, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Panel discussion: “Ig Nobel Prizes / The Emergency Bra”, led by Improbable Research designer Geri Sullivan. Open to all con registrants.
|February 19, 2011, Saturday, 7:00-9:00pm
||AAAS Annual Meeting, Washington DC, USA
Renaissance Downtown Hotel (999 Ninth Street NW), in the Renaissance West AB room.Annual Improbable Research show at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Featuring:
Open to the general public. Free.
|March 10-20, 2011||Ig Nobel Tour of the UK
Ninth annual tour for National Science & Engineering Week, featuring Ig Nobel Prize winners and other improbable researchers. For details see the tour page. Shows in:
|April 9 (Saturday), and then a week later: April 17 (Sunday — two events, back-to-back, on same night), April 18 (Monday), 2011
Four events.twitter: #EdSciFest
|Edinburgh Science Festival, Scotland Four events. (Preview: BBC interview)
|April 29, 2011, Friday
||GEL Conference, New York, NY, USA —Marc Abrahams will do a talk about the Ig Nobel Prizes.|
|May 4, 2011, Wednesday, 5:30 pm
||UMass Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. Alumni Hall, 5:30 pm — Marc Abrahams will be the banquet speaker at the annual Physics Department banquet. INFO: Soumitra Satapathi <[email protected]>|
|Two events:May 2 (Monday), 7:30 pm andMay 7 (Saturday), 2011 , 11:00 pm||Cambridge (Massachusetts) Science Festival
Improbable research will present two events:1. Scientists (and friends) Sing Improbable Science Songs — MONDAY NIGHT, May 2, 7:30 pm. Central Square Theater.TICKETS are on sale at the Central Square Theater and online. This will be a benefit for the Catalyst Collaborative@MIT Science Theater Project.Some of the world’s great scientists (and some friends from the Boston area’s theater and music communities) perform songs by Tom Lehrer, songs from Ig Nobel Prize ceremony mini-operas, and other beloved and hated purportedly funny songs about science. Songs include: The Elements, Lobachevsky, Stress Analysis of a Strapless Evening Dress, the mini-opera Atom & Eve, The Coffee Diet, and much more. Featuring:
TICKETS are on sale at the Central Square Theater and online. This will be a benefit for the Catalyst Collaborative@MIT Science Theater Project and Improbable Research.
Dramatic, two-minute-long readings from studies and patents that have won Ig Nobel Prizes, performed by some of the Boston area’s leading scientists, actors, and journalists. These are studies that make people laugh, then think. WARNING: Do not come to this event if you are easily offended by anything. Studies include The Effect of Coca-Cola as a Spermicide; The Collapse of Toilets in Glasgow; The First Case of Homosexual Necrophilia in the Mallard Duck; and many more. Featuring:
|May 16, 2011, Monday,1:00 pm
||NIH Office of History, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA — Marc Abrahams will discuss some improbable medical research, and collect nominations for the Ig Nobel Prize. Info: Kristofor Langlais <[email protected]>|
|May 17, 2011, Tuesday, 1:00 pm
||NIH Eunice Shriver Kennedy National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) 7th Annual Fellows Retreat, Airlie Center, Warrenton, VA, USAMarc Abrahams will deliver the keynote address. Info: Kristofor Langlais <[email protected]>|
|June 4, 2011, Saturday
||De Nacht van Kunst & Wetenschap [The Night of Arts and Science], Groningen, The Netherlands Kees Moeliker will talk about ‘Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel prizes’at the Academiegebouw, Senaatskamer 21:45-22.15h.Then Kees will join the talkshow DWDD at Forum Images, Zaal 2, 23:45-00.15, with a concert of ‘Dead Duck Day’ after midnight|
|June 5, 2011, Sunday, 5:55 pm exactly
||Dead Duck Day, Natural History Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands — Join museum curator Kees Moeliker (who is also an Ig Nobel Prize winner and also Improbable Research’s European Bureau Chief) as he and other citizens of Rotterdam reenact the historic collision of a mallard duck with the side of the museum building, and the subsequent events that were later documented in the study “The First Case of Homosexual Necrophilia in the Mallard Anas platyrhynchos“, which was subsequently honored with the awarding of the 2003 Ig Nobel prize in biology. Afterwards, everyone will go to a restaurant to enjoy a good duck dinner.|
|June 29, 2011, Wednesday
||World Conference of Science Journalists, Doha, Qatar — Marc Abrahams and Reto Schneider and Jennifer Ouellette will argue strenuously in a special session on the theme: humor in science reporting.|
|August 2, 2011, Tuesday, 12:00 noon.
||Tickets will go on sale for the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony.Tickets will go on sale at noon(Cambridge, Massachusetts time) from the Harvard Box Office, in Holyoke Center and online.|
|August 28, 2011, Sunday, 9:00-11:30 am.
||American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting, Denver, Colorado —. Colorado Convention Center, Four Seasons Ballroom 4. Marc Abrahams will discuss the Ig Nobel Prizes as they pertain to chemistry, at a President’s Session panel discussion called “Empowering Tomorrow’s Science Super Heroes“.|
|September 4, 2011, Sunday, 5:30 pm.
||HUPO 10th Annual World Congress, Geneva, Switzerland — Marc Abrahams will give a plenary lecture, a little about translational proteomics and a lot about the Ig Nobel Prizes.|
|September 7, 2011, Wednesday, 7:00 pm
||Life Science Network Basel, Basel, Switzerland — The Transbarent bar, next to the Basel SBB station (Viaduktstrasse 3, CH-4051 Basel)Marc Abrahams will talk about the Ig Nobel Prizes. Info: Philipp Angerer, [email protected]|
|September 10, 2011, Saturday, 2:00 pm.
||Memorial event for William Lipscomb, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA — This will be at Memorial Church, on the Harvard campus. All are welcome.|
|September 25, 2011, Sunday
||Memorial event for Jerry Lettvin, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA — MIT room 32-123 (on the site of old building 20, where Jerry had his lab). A mix of Jerry stories and Jerry-ish technical talks.|
|September 29, 2011, Thursday, 7:30 pm
||Twenty-first 1st Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA — The Twenty-first 1st Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. Webcast live on YouTube begins at 7:30 pm (US Eastern time)|
|October 1, 2011, Saturday, 1 pm
||Ig Informal Lectures, MIT Building 26, room 100, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA — The new winners present brief public lectures. Free, but seating is limited. [Map and directions]|
|October 13, 2011, Thursday
||TEDx, Rotterdam, Nieuwe Luxor Theater, Rotterdam, The Netherlands — Improbable Research European Bureau Chief Kees Moeliker will discuss his research on homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck, the now-immortal Domino Day Sparrow, the decline of pubic lice, and other remarkable animal behavior.|
|November 25, 2011, Friday
||Ig Nobel Prize broadcast, Science Friday program, National Public Radio. — Annual day-after-Thanksgiving broadcast — a specially edited version of the year’s Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. It will be the first hour of the two-hour “Science Friday” program. In most—but not all!—cities this will be from 2:00-3:00 pm. (Some NPR stations schedule it at other times.) Many stations also stream the broadcast online.
|Saturday, January 14, 2012, 2:30 pm.
||ARISIA, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Westin Waterfront Hotel, 425 Summer Street. Room: Lewis (3E). With:
Highlights from Ig Nobel Prize winning studies and patents, presented in dramatic mini-readings by luminaries and experts (in some field). Between presentations, members of the audience will be challenged to divine the intended purpose of diagrams from certain research papers.
|February 18, 2012, Saturday, 7:00-9:00 pm||AAAS Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Mackenzie Room. — Annual Improbable Research show at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. [Read Pete McMartin's preview in the Vancouver Sun.] Featuring:
This event, unlike most of the AAAS Annual Meeting, is open free to the public. #AAASmtg
|March 8-17, 2012
||Ig Nobel Tour of the UK — This will be the tenth annual tour, in conjunction with the UK’s National Science Week. Events in:
Featuring Ben Wilson, Miriam Tuk, Charles Spence, Claire Rind, Mason Porter, Michael Lewis, Makoto Imai, John Hoyland, David Gadian, Desmond Donovan, Sergio Della Sala, Stevyn Colgan, Piers Barnes, and Many others. For details see the UK Tour page.
|March 17-18, 2012
||Ig Nobel mini-Conclave, APOGEE Festival, BITS, Pilani, India. With Ig Noobel Prize winners:
NOTE: The Ig Nobel winners are engaged in a spirited contest with India’s government bureaucracy, about visas and such. UPDATE: After a long war of attrition, the Ig Nobel winners won! All made it to India for the show.
|March 23-28, 2012
||Ig Nobel Scandinavia Tour — Shows in:
Featuring (in slightly different combinations in each city:
|Friday, March 30, 2012, 7 pm
||Texas A&M University, USA, Hawking Auditorium — Nobel Laureate Dudley Herschbach will speak about: “Silly Serious Science: Homage to Ig Nobel and Ben Franklin”, as part of the 2012 Physics & Engineering Festival. Free—no tickets required.|
|Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 4 pm
||Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA — Nobel Laureate Dudley Herschbach delivers the Annual Ferguson Science Lecture: “Silly Serious Science: Homage to Ig Nobel and Ben Franklin“|
|April 13, 2012, Friday
||“Science Friday” program on National Public Radio. — Marc Abrahams will make the first of a regular series of appearances, discussing improbable research. [On this occasion, the segment is scheduled to begin during the first hour of the live broadcast, at about 2:40 pm EST.]|
|April 16, 2012, Monday,8:00 pm
||“Vetenskapens Värld” program on Sweden’s Swedish SVT2 network. — A report about the recent Ig Nobel Tour of Sweden.|
|April 26, 2012, Thursday, 6:00 pm
||Cambridge [MA] Science Festival, Voltage Coffee & Art, 295 Third Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. — “Improbable Research Reports” — Dramatic 2-minute-long readings from bizarre studies and patents that resulted in Ig Nobel Prizes, recited by an all-star cast of scientists, journalists, and other enlightening entertainers. Performer include: Marc Abrahams, Robin Abrahams, Jean Berko Gleason, Gary Dryfoos, Corky White, Gus Rancatore, Marcia Bartusiak, Daniel Rosenberg, Katherine Meusey, David Kessler, Mary Carmichael, Jenny Gutbezahl, Carly Carioli and others TBA. DETAILS.|
|May 15, 2012, Tuesday, 6:00 pm (or so)
||Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. — Marc Abrahams will talk about the Ig Nobel Prizes. The event will also include a 24/7 Lecture competition for medical science writing students; The competition judges are Diana Sugg (Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist), Albert Wu (director of JHU’s Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research), and Marc Abrahams. Info: Mary Knudson.|
|May 18, 2012, Friday, 3:45 pm
||“Science Friday” program on National Public Radio. — Marc Abrahams‘s monthly appearance on the program to discuss some improbable research.|
|May 22, 2012, Tuesday
||Seoul Digital Forum, Seoul, Korea. — Marc Abrahams will talk about “Research that makes people laugh, then think”.|
|May 24, 2012, Thursday
||Kolon Company, Seoul, Korea. — Marc Abrahams will talk about “Creativity related to the Ig Nobel Prizes”.|
|June 1, 2012, Friday, noon.
||Langer Lab, MIT, 500 Main Street, Building 76 Room 661, Cambridge, MA, USA. — Marc Abrahams will talk about Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes. All welcome. Info: Tuli Saha <[email protected]>, 617.253.3123.|
|June 5, 2012, Tuesday.
||Dead Duck Day, Rotterdam, The Netherlands — Annual commemoration of the incident documented in the 2003 Ig Nobel Prize-winning report “The first case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard Anas platyrhynchos“, followed by traditional group walk to a nearby restaurant to enjoy a duck dinner. [Here's a look back at an earlier Dead Duck Day). Details TBA.|
|June 6, 2012, Wednesday
||Raytheon BBN Technologies, Cambridge, MA, USA. — Marc Abrahams will talk about Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes.|
|June 15, 2012, Friday (approx 3:50 pm EDT live)
||"Science Friday" program on National Public Radio. — Marc Abrahams's monthly appearance on the program to discuss some improbable research: This time: Chernoff Faces. It will be in Hour 2 of the program, in the final ten minutes.|
|June 28-29 2012#IgNobel||Ig Nobel Tour of the The Netherlands
|July 9, 2012, Monday
||Raytheon BBN Technologies, Columbia, MD, USA. — Marc Abrahams will talk about Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes.|
|July 13, 2012, Friday (approx 3:50 pm EDT live)
||“Science Friday” program on National Public Radio. — Marc Abrahams‘s monthly appearance on the program to discuss some improbable research: This time: Strange Effects of Various Things on the Flavor of Food. It will be in Hour 2 of the program, in the final ten minutes.|
|August 1, 2012 — Wednesday, NOON (US eastern time)
||Tickets for the 2012 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony will go on sale. — Tickets will be available exclusively from the Harvard Box Office, online, in person, and by telephone.|
|August 10 2012, Friday (approx 2:50 pm EDT live)
||“Science Friday” program on National Public Radio. — Marc Abrahams‘s monthly appearance on the program to discuss some improbable research. This time: the Tom Swift novels. It will be in Hour 1 of the program, in the final ten minutes.|
|September 6, 2012, Thursday
||Publication day for the new book This Is Improbable, in the UK and the US.|
|September 7, 2012, Friday
||“Science Friday” program on National Public Radio. — Marc Abrahams‘s monthly appearance on the program to discuss (1) some of the research in the new book This Is Improbable and (2) the upcoming Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. It will be the final 20-minute segment of Hour 2 of the broadcast.|
|September 20, 2012, Thursday, 7:30 pm.
||The 22nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA — Tickets are available exclusively from the Harvard Box Office. [NOTE: There will be webcast-watching events in other, distant including gala events in Leiden, The Netherlands, Paris, France, and elsewhere.] [TWITTER: #IgNobel]|
|September 22, 2012, Saturday, 1:00 pm.
||The Ig Informal Lectures, MIT, Building 10, room 250, Cambridge, MA, USA — Free, but seating is limited, so get there early. [TWITTER: #IgNobel]|
|September 28, 2012, Friday, 9:30 pm.
||France 5 TV — Premiere of Quand la Science Fait Rire, a documentary about the Ig Nobel Prizes. Episode 1 features French, Dutch, Swedish and American Ig Nobel Prize winners in their natural habitats, and an Ig Nobel visit to the Nobel Museum in Stockholm. TWITTER: #IgNobel|
|September 28-Oct 9
||Events in the UK to celebrate the new book This Is Improbable. [TWITTER: #IgNobel]
|October 19, 2012, Friday
||“Science Friday” program on National Public Radio. — Marc Abrahams‘s monthly appearance on the program to discuss a new batch of improbable research. This month: A professor’s obsessive research about annoying behavior. — The segment will be at the end of the program’s second hour.|
|October 27, 2012, Saturday, 1:00-2:00 pm
||Boston Book Festival, Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts, USA — Marc Abrahams will sign copies of the new book This Is Improbable, at the MIT Press Bookstore‘s booth. [TWITTER: #IgNobel]|
|November 5, 2012, Monday
||Museum of Curiosity, BBC Radio 4 — Marc Abrahams, Buzz Aldrin and Sara Pascoe are the guests, w hosts John Lloyd and Jimmy Carr. The broadcast will be repeated on November 11. [TWITTER: #IgNobel, @Curiositwitty, @TheRealBuzz, @sarapascoe, @jimmycarr]|
|November 13, 2012, Tuesday, 12:30
||Berkman Center Luncheon Series (and live webcast), Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West B room (on the 2nd floor), Harvard Law School, Cambridge Massachusetts, USA [map] — “Improbable Research Reports” — Marc Abrahams and an all-star lineup will do dramatic readings from bizarre studies featured in the book This Is Improbable. Featuring:
|November 14, 2012, Wednesday, 6:30 pm
||Churchill College, the Wolfson Hall, University of Cambridge, UK — Ray Goldstein, co-winner of the 2012 Ig Nobel Prize in physics, will discuss his research on the physics of pony tails. Free.|
|November 19, 2012, Monday, 7:00 pm
||University of Leeds, Western Lecture Theatre, Business School, Leeds, UK. — Patrick Warren, co-winner of the 2012 Ig Nobel Prize in physics, will discuss his research on the physics of pony tails. Free.|
|November 23, 2012, Friday
||Annual Ig Nobel Ceremony Broadcast on “Science Friday“, National Public Radio — Specially edited radio presentation of the 22nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. This will be Hour 1 of the 2-hour program. [TWITTER: #IgNobel]|
|November 26, 2012, Monday
||“Infinite Monkey Cage“, BBC Radio 4 — Marc Abrahams and Matthew Cobb, and Katy Brand are the guests on a special episode where the topic is Improbable Research”. The broadcast will be repeated on November 27. [TWITTER: #IgNobel]|
|November 28, 2012, Wednesday
||World Congress of Science & Factual Producers, Washington, DC — Marc Abrahams and Maria Ferrante will perform a small sample of Ig Nobel Prize material on an evening cruise. [TWITTER: #IgNobel]|
|December 4, 2012, Tuesday, 12:15-1:00 pm
||Emmanuel College, Yawkey Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA — ”Improbable Research Reports” — Marc Abrahams and an all-star lineup will do dramatic readings from bizarre studies featured in the book This Is Improbable. Details TBA. Organizers: Eliza Kosoy, Faina Ryvkin. [TWITTER: #IgNobel]|
|December 7, 2012, Friday, 3:30 pm
||Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), Maxwell Dworkin building, room G-115, 33 Oxford Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA — ”Improbable Research Reports” — Marc Abrahams and an all-star lineup will do brief dramatic readings from bizarre studies featured in the book This Is Improbable. Featuring:
|December 14, 2012, Friday
||“Science Friday” program on National Public Radio, at the beginning of Hour Two of the broadcast. — Marc Abrahams‘s monthly appearance on the program to discuss a new batch of improbable research.|
|January 2, 2013, Wednesday, 9pm US eastern time.
||Virtually Speaking, BlogTalkRadio [Internet] — Marc Abrahams and host Alan Boyle will discuss Cosmic Log’s annual Weird Science awards, and the Ig Nobel Prizes, and some of the past year’s other improbable research. [TWITTER: #IgNobel]|
|January 19, 2013, Saturday, 1:00 pm.
||ARISIA, Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, in Harbor Ballroom II — Marc Abrahams will introduce an all-star lineup. The performers will do dramatic, two-minute readings from bizarre studies collected by the Annals of Improbable Research. Each performer will be unfamiliar with the study she or he is reading aloud, aside from skimming through it immediately before the show begins. The performers will then entertain entertaining questions from the audience. Dramatic readers include:
|January 25, 2013, Friday
||“Science Friday” program on National Public Radio. — Marc Abrahams‘s monthly appearance on the program to discuss a new batch of improbable research — this month about some odd experiments with graphene. This will be in the middle of HOUR 2 of the program|
|February 16, 2013, Saturday, 8:00-9:30 pm.
||AAAS Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, USA — Sheraton Boston Hotel (near the Prudential Center), Constitution Ballroom B — Annual Ig Nobel show will be a featured part of the meeting. This show is free, and open to the general public — but space is limited, so get there a bit early. Featuring:
|March 4-7, 2013
||Ig Nobel Tour of DENMARK — with these shows:
Further details TBA. Sponsored by Carlsbergs Mindelegat. [TWITTER: #IgNobel]
|March 11, 2013, Monday, 5:30 pm
||Ig Nobel in SWEDEN — The Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Berzelius väg 3, Solna, Vesalius — [DETAILS] — Featuring:
Details TBA. [TWITTER: #IgNobel]
||Ig Nobel Tour of the UK [click here for DETAILS]
Details TBA. [TWITTER: #IgNobel]
|April 7, 2013, Sunday
||British Festival of Neuroscience, London, UK, Barbican Centre — Marc Abrahams will do a talk about improbable brain research. [TWITTER: #BNAneurofest]|
|May 3, 2013, Friday, 2:00 pm.||TEDx CERN, Geneva, Switzerland — Marc Abrahams will do a TEDx talk. Between talks, Soprano Maria Ferrante and pianist Alice Martelli will perform songs from Ig Nobel operas.This event will be webcast starting at 1:45 pm [7:45 am US eastern time]. [TWITTER: #TEDxCERN]|
|May 7, 2013, Tuesday, 6:30 pm||University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, Uni Dufour, Rue Général-Dufour 24 — Ig Nobel show, Sponsored by the University of Geneva and CERN, featuring:
This event is FREE. [Preview in Le Temps] [TWITTER: #IgNobelGVA]
|May 28, 2013, Tuesday||Raamsteeg2, Leiden, The Netherlands — will feature the Ig Nobel 24/7 Battle, introduced by Kees Moeliker. The battle will be between:
|June 4, 2013, Tuesday.||Oxford University, St Hilda’s College, Oxford, UK. Summer Meeting of the Institute of Physics’s Nonlinear & Complex Physics Group —
Ig Nobel prize winner Robin Ball will give the keynote address, on ‘Ponytails, Catapults and Chaos: Physics of Hair‘.
|June 4, 2013, Tuesday, 8:00 pm||Story Collider, Cambridge Science Festival, Johnny D’s, Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts, USA — Marc Abrahams and six other scientificalistic persons will each talk about something or other. [This was originally scheduled for April; tickets purchased then will be honored on June 4.] [TICKETS]. [TWITTER: #StoryCollider]|
|June 5, 2013, Wednesday, 5:55 pm||Dead Duck Day, Natural History Museum Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands — Annual public celebration/commemoration of the historic event described in the Ig Nobel Prize-winning study “The first case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard Anas platyrhynchos (Aves: Anatidae)“|
|July 1, 2013, Monday, 6:30 pm||
Hakodate, Japan — Two of the most eloquent Ig Nobel Prize winners will give free public talks at Future University Hakodate, Japan, on July 1, starting at 6:30 pm:
|July 16, 2013, Tuesday, NOON (US eastern time)||
TICKETS GO ON SALE for the 2013 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. Tickets will be available exclusively from the Harvard Box Office (via the web, by telephone, or in person).
|September 12, 2013, Thursday, 6:00 pm.
||The 23rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts — Tickets are available from the Harvard Box Office. Webcast live. [TWITTER: #IgNobel]|
|September 14, 2013, Saturday, afternoon
||Ig Informal Lectures, MIT, Building 26, room 100, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA — Details TBA. [TWITTER: #IgNobel]|
|September 14, 2013, 8:30 pm
||Der Nederlandse Ig Nobel Night, Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden, Breestraat 60, Leiden, The Netherlands — an official satellite event of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. [TWITTER: #IgNobel]|
|September 28, Saturday, 2013, 9:00 pm
||Perugia Science Fest, Sala di Notari, Perugia, Italy — Science journalist Silvia Bencivelli will introduce and dialogue with Marc Abrahams. The evening features Ig Nobel Prize winners Alberto Minetti (new Italian Ig Nobel winner!, for discovering the conditions under which people could run across a pond, if those people and that pond were on the moon) and Kees Moeliker (homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck).[TWITTER: #IgNobel]|
|October 1, Tuesday, 2013, 7:30 pm
||Rome, Italy, Libreria Assaggi di San Lorenzo, Via degli Etruschi, 4 (06 8865 9458). — ”Ig Nobel a Roma”. Marc Abrahams, Gilberto Corbellini (Sapienza University of Rome), Mario De Caro (University of Roma Tre), Armando Massarenti (Sunday Sole 24 Ore) discuss the Ig Nobel Prizes. This event is organized in collaboration with University Roma TRE and Museum of the History of Medicine (Sapienza University of Rome). [Preview]
|October 28, 2013, Monday, 4:15 pm
||Emmanuel College, Boston, MA, USA. In Wilkens Science Center (WSC) room 102 — Improbable Research Reports (dramatic readings from bizarre, genuine research studies). Plus cupcakes. Details TBA. Organized by Prof. Faina Ryvkin and Eliza Kosoy.|
|November 29, 2013, Friday
||Science Friday, National Public Radio. Annual special edited broadcast of the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. (This will be the first hour of the 2-hour-long Science Friday program.) For time in your location, check the SciFri web site|
|January 18, 2014 Saturday, 11:00 am
||ARISIA, Boston, MA, USA. Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel — Dramatic Improbable Readings (dramatic readings, by celebrated persons, from bizarre, genuine research studies).
|February 6, 2014, Thursday, 2:00-3:00 pm
||American Chemical Society webinar — “Ig Nobel Prizes for Discoveries in Chemistry – The Improbables“ with Marc Abrahams. Available online to everyone, FREE.
|February 9, 2014, Sunday
||BITS Quark, Goa, India — Talks by Ig Nobel Prize winners Elena Bodnar, Kees Moeliker, Dan Meyer, Ilja van Beest, and Lal Bihari.
|February 15, 2014, Saturday, 8:00-10:00 pm.
||AAAS Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, USA — Fairmont Chicago Hotel, Moulin Rouge Ballroom — Featuring Marc Abrahams, and:
Open to the public, free.
(Click here to see list of upcoming events.)