UK Tour

2012 Ig Nobel Tour of the UK

VIDEO: Watch the 2010 show at Imperial College London. UPDATE: And here’s video of the 2012 show.

The 2012 tour will span March 8-17, 2012. It’s all about research that makes people laugh, then think. This will be the tenth annual tour in conjunction with National Science & Engineering Week. twitter: #IgUKTour #Sciweek

Previews, views, etc.: Ian Visits, The List, U of Dundee, Steve Colgyn’s inside peek at the London events (and a further look), Guardian Science Weekly podcast, Physics World, Faraz Mainul Alam
Previous tours: 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003

March 8, 2012, Thursday, 6:00 pm.
Leeds. Leeds Festival of Science, University of Leeds, Conference Auditorium 1. Featuring: Marc Abrahams, Claire Rind, John Hoyland, David Gadian, Charles Spence, Piers Barnes. TICKETS available now
March 9, 2011, Friday, 5:55 pm London. Imperial College. Great Hall, Level 2, Sherfield Building, South Kensington campus. (Click here for a map.) Featuring: Marc Abrahams, Mirjam Tuk, John Hoyland, Steve Colgan, Mason Porter, with a McGonagall recitation by Andrew J.T. George. THIS EVENT IS BOOKED FULL
March 10, 2011, Saturday, 7:00 pm Teddington. NPL [National Physical Laboratory] Sports Club, Queens Road. This is an Improbable After Dark show, with an all-star cast of scientists, journalists, and entertainers each doing exceedingly-brief readings from genuine, improbable scientific studies. If you are easily offended by anything, do not come to this show. Co-sponsored by Skeptics in the Pub. Featuring: Marc Abrahams; Dan Schreiber (BBC’s Museum Of Curiosity & QI Elf); Helen Arney (Musician, physicist, comedian); Stuart Clark (Astronomer, journalist & Author); Stevyn Colgan (Author and QI contributor); James Harkin (QI Elf); Laurie Winkless (NPL Materials Scientist); Adam Kay (Physician, writer, comedian. One half of the Amateur Transplants); Elaine Snell (Science communicator and organizer); Alom Shaha (Physicist, writer, film-maker); Chloe Kembery (head of media relations, Natural History Museum); Helen Keen (comedian and writer); Alok Jha (Guardian science correspondent); and Others to be announced. THIS EVENT IS BOOKED FULL
March 13, 2012, Wednesday, 10:30 am
Bristol, at @-Bristol Special Wasabi-fume fire alarm PRESS EVENT with Dr. Makoto Imai Ig Nobel Prize-winning co-inventor of the Wasabi-fume fire alarm for deaf people, who will be making his first-ever appearance on British soil. PRESS CONTACT: Nicole Briggs <[email protected]>. Tel: 0117 9157 141
March 14, 2012, Wednesday, 5:00 pm
Hewlett Packard, Bristol. Long Down Avenue, Stoke Gifford. Featuring: Marc Abrahams, Makoto Imai, David Gadian, Desmond Donovan, Michael Lewis. THIS EVENT IS BOOKED FULL
March 15, 2012, Thursday, 11:00 am
London Special Wasabi-fume fire alarm PRESS EVENT with Dr. Makoto Imai and Dr. Hideaki Goto Ig Nobel Prize-winning Inventors of the Wasabi-fume fire alarm for deaf people, who are donating one of their inventions to the London Science Museum. PRESS CONTACT: Sid Rodrigues <[email protected]>, tel: 07944156950
March 16, 2012, Friday, 7:00 pm.
Edinburgh. Counting House, 36 West Nicolson Street. This is an Improbable After Dark show, with an all-star cast of scientists, journalists, and entertainers each doing exceedingly-brief readings from genuine, improbable scientific studies. If you are easily offended by anything, do not come to this show. Featuring: Marc Abrahams; Sergio Dalla Sala (Professor of Human Cognitive Neuroscience, U Edinburgh); Sian Bevan (Comedian and Writer); Simon Gage OBE (Director of the Edinburgh International Science Festival); Colin Macilwain (writer for Nature and Science); Peter Harrison (writer/performer); Gordon Rutter (teacher, writer); Suzanne McEndoo; Vicky Young; Caroline Watt (psychologist, U Edinburgh); Hari Sriskantha (mathematician, U Edinburgh); Tacye Phillipson (curator of modern science, National Museums Scotland); Jamie Gallagher (chemist/science communicator). With a preface by Richard Wiseman. Organized by Sid Rodrigues and Steve Farrar, co-sponsored by Skeptics in the Pub. THIS EVENT IS BOOKED FULL
March 17, 2011, Saturday, 6:00 pm. Dundee. University of Dundee, Lecture Theatre, Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill. Featuring: Marc Abrahams, Makoto Imai, Ben Wilson, Sergio Della Sala. And, and, and! a St. Patrick’s Day Special involving Scotland’s (and maybe the world’s) most beloved bad poet William McGonagall [whose finest bad works were created, premiered and to some extent tolerated in Dundee, and whose picture is reproduced here]. Edward Small will recite the modern public premiere of a McGonagall poem about Ireland. This poem has never been published in any book, and almost certainly has not been performed for more than a century, if ever. Mr. Small will also speak about a dreadful new controversy: the question of whether McGonagall was in fact, secretly, Irish. TICKETS available now.

What and who: The shows feature Marc Abrahams, organizer of theIg 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 other scientists who have done things just as improbably impressive, will try to explain what they did and why they did it, and will field questions.

Each show will include a unique combination of individuals. Performers include:

  • Piers Barnes (the maths of taking photos in which no one is blinking)
  • Stevyn Colgan (the London police technique for learning complex territory)
  • Sergio Della Sala (Bulgarian cinema seating in right, mixed, and left handers)
  • Desmond Donovan (the gradual diminution of the human head)
  • David Gadian (the difference between London taxi drivers’ brains and those of passengers)
  • John Hoyland (new discoveries by New Scientist‘s Feedback editor)
  • Makoto Imai and Hideaki Goto (the wasabi-fume fire alarm)
  • Michael Lewis (crossword puzzles and crime)
  • Mason Porter (synchronization of cows)
  • Claire Rind (locust brain activity whilst watching Star Wars)
  • Charles Spence (electronically modifying the sound of carefully bitten potato crisps)
  • Miriam Tuk (the effects of a full bladder on the quality of decision-making)
  • Ben Wilson (Herrings probably communicate by farting)
  • An entire gang of other performers at the Teddington “After Dark” show, and an entire other gang of other performers at the Edinburgh “After Dark” show

Here are some highlights from last year (2011)’s show at the University of Dundee;