2011 Ig Nobel Tour of the UK

VIDEO: Watch the entire 2010 event at Imperial College London.AND... watch some highlights from the 2010 show at the University of Dundee.
The 2011 tour will be part of National Science & Engineering Week, March 10-19, 2011. This will be the ninth annual tour. twitter: #IgUKTour #Sciweek

PREVIEWS: Ian Visits, STV [video], BBC, The Scotsman. Sponsored by the British Science Association, Improbable Research, and the individual host institutions.

 

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2010 2009 2008
2007 2006 2005 2004 2003

March 10, 2011, Thursday, 7:00 pm. London: SPECIAL PRE-TOUR EVENT. Core Restaurant/Grille/Cafe, 12 West End Quay, 1 South Wharf Road, W2 1JB London.We're calling this event Improbable Research After Dark, because some of the studies are on topics that might possibly, conceivably, theoretically, offend individuals who are prim, proper, and of high sensibility. We advise that anyone who is easily offended by anything should not come to this event.Tickets: Book tickets (£5) online. Please note this is an intimate venue — seating is extremely limited. This event will be smaller, less formal, and have a different format and content than the events on the tour. It will consist of Ig Nobel organizer Marc Abrahams and an all-star lineup of scientists (including one or more Ig Nobel Prize winners), science journalists, and other colorful individuals. Each will do a simple, two-minute dramatic reading from a study that was honored with an Ig Nobel Prize.READERS INCLUDE: Fiona Barclay(@fbarclay), David Dobbs (@david_dobbs), Alexandra Feachem (@sashafeachem), Mark Henderson (@markgfh), Pallab Ghosh , Richard Grant (@rpg7twit), Valerie Jamieson (@valeriejamieson), Alasdair Kergon, Ig Nobel winner Chris McManus, Ania Lichtarowicz , Sean O'Neill, Jenny Rohn (@jennyrohn), Elaine Snell, Ed Yong(@edyong209), and perhaps others.Special thanks to Sid Rodrigues (@sidrodrigues) of Skeptics in the Pub for helping organize this event. Postshow report: 1
March 13, 2011, Sunday, 6:30 pm. Liverpool: The Cavern Club.Tickets: by invitation only. Marc Abrahams, Elena Bodnar, John Hoyland, Kees Moeliker, Richard Stephens. And concluding with a dramatic reading from a beloved poemby the bad poet William Topaz McGonagall.Special thanks to Unilever.
March 15, 2011, Tuesday. 5:00 pm. Hewlett Packard, Bristol. Long Down Avenue, Stoke Gifford, Bristol. Tickets: Contact Lucy Feilan (lucy.feilen@hp.com). They are free. (Click here for directions.) Marc Abrahams, Piers Barnes, Dan Bebber, Elena Bodnar, John Hoyland, Gareth Jones. And concluding with a dramatic reading from a beloved poemby the bad poet William Topaz McGonagall.Special thanks to Hewlett-Packard.
March 16, 2011, Wednesday. Two shows: 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm. New Brighton, Wirral. Floral Pavilion Theatre. (Click here for a map.)Tickets: Tickets are free. The afternoon show is now fully booked. There are a few tickets left for the evening show. Contact Caroline Cooper <[email protected]> Marc Abrahams, Piers Barnes, Elena Bodnar, Mark Fricker, John Hoyland, Richard Stephens. And concluding with a dramatic reading from a beloved poemby the bad poet William Topaz McGonagall.Special thanks to Unilever.
March 17, 2011, Thursday, 5:55 pm London. Imperial College. Great Hall, Level 2, Sherfield Building, South Kensington campus. (Click here for a map.)Tickets: Must be booked in advance from Book your tickets (max 2 per person) from the university. The event always books full. You are advised to reserve your tickets early. Marc Abrahams, Dan Bebber,, Elena Bodnar, John Hoyland, Matija Strlic. And concluding with a dramatic reading from a beloved poemby the bad poet William Topaz McGonagall.Info: George Yeoghaki, [email protected]Postshow reports: 1, 2, 3, 4
March 19, 2011, Saturday, 6:00 pm. Dundee. University of Dundee, Lecture Theatre, Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill. Tickets: Book your tickets (£5 each) at the university's online store. The event always books full. You are advised to reserve your tickets early. Marc Abrahams, Elena Bodnar, Steve Farrar, Matthew Jarron, Chris McManus, Kees Moeliker — and others to be announced.The evening will feature a special revelation — of no importance, but great historical interest—strong> two poems by the wretched poet William Topaz McGonagall, poems that have never been published in any book, and which almost certainly have not been performed for more than a century, if ever. [A companion Special Event — Part 2, if you will, will happen in Edinburgh on April 18.] Click here for info about the McGonagall discovery.Previews: BBC, STV (video), The Scotsman Info: Jonathan Urch, [email protected] Post-show reports: Some photos and videos from the event, and an eyewitness account.
What and who: The shows feature Marc Abrahams, organizer of the Ig Nobel Prizes, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, and Guardian columnist, together with a gaggle of Ig Nobel Prize winners and other improbable researchers. 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. Many of the speakers are new to the tour. Some are returning after previous appearances, now armed with surprising new topics. Each show will include a unique combination of individuals. Here are some of the stars on the 2010 tour (and an additional gang will perform in the pre-tour event in London on March 10): Press contacts: Ollie Christophers +44 (0)20 7019 4946 (Ollie.Christophers AT britishscienceassociation.org); or Marc Abrahams (+1) 617-491-4437 (marca AT improbable.com).