The 2011 Ig® Nobel Prize Ceremony & Lectures

All speeches were kept delightfully brief, thanks in part to eight-year-old Miss Sweetie Poo. This short video shows highlights of various Miss Sweetie Poos at previous ceremonies.

Ukraine TV

The Ukrainian INTER TV network sent a crew to last year's (2010) ceremony. Click on the image to see their report.

The Ceremony

Ig Informal Lectures
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The 2011 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
Thursday, September 29

Sanders Theater, Harvard University

The 21st First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony introduced ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners. The winners traveled to the ceremony, at their own expense, from several continents. The Prizes were handed to them by a group of genuine, genuinely bemused Nobel Laureates, assisted by a large number of assorted Ig personnel, all before a perpetually standing-room only audience. The ceremony included many other delights—see details below. (For the latest Ig Nobel news, see the blog.)

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Delegations to the Ceremony
If you have five (5) or more tickets to the Ig Nobel ceremony, your group can choose to be an Official Audience Delegation, and thus be officially celebrated during the event. To register as a Delegation, first obtain tickets from the Harvard Box Office. Then register with Grand Panjandrum of the Delegations Louise Sacco: (+1) 781-444-6757. The most colorful delegations will be selected to march gloriously into the theater. The deadline for registering was Friday, September 23.

FIGS (Friends of the Ig) — Generous supporters of the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, who are helping the world laugh then think:
Microsoft Research Google
Other Generous Supporters
Optimal Systems Lab Boston Museum of Science Harvard Extension School
Tosci's Redbones Museum of Bad Art
Looped Logic Elemental Technologies

Webcast-Watching Parties

There were webcast-watching parties in Philadelphia and many other places. The parties were coordinated by Ig Nobel Global Webcast Party Coordinator Neil Gussman.


What to expect: Imagine every ceremony you have ever had to endure. Loop them all together, at high speed, upside down. Add ten Ig Nobel Prize winners. That's the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. You might enjoy glancing back at last year's ceremony.)

DOWNLOADABLE PROGRAM: Click here or on the image at right to download your very own copy of the IgBill, identical to the ones that will be distributed the night of the ceremony.

Theme: The theme of this year's ceremony (though not necessarily of the individual prizes) was: CHEMISTRY.

In addition to the awarding of the 2011 Ig Nobel Prizes, the ceremony included a variety of momentously inconsequential events. Among them:

* Time limits to be enforced by Mr. John Barrett, the Ig Nobel Referee

Who's Who: Click on the photo array to see many of the ceremony organizers and participants:

Downloadable poster: Click on the image at right for a downloadable 2011 Ig Nobel Ceremony Poster in spiffy PDF format. The poster is a great way to increase Ig Nobel and bacterial awareness among friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and complete strangers.

2011 Ig Nobel ceremony poster

The Ig Informal Lectures
Saturday, Oct 1, 2011, 1:00 pm.

MIT Building 26, Room 100
60 Vassar Street, Cambridge

(Click here for a map and directions)

FREE ADMISSION -- but seating was limited

A half-afternoon of improbably funny, informative, informal, brief public lectures and demonstrations:

And everyone was available for you to talk with, both before and after the lectures.

This free event was organized in cooperation with the MIT Press Bookstore.


All Ig Nobel Prizes activities are organized by the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR). The ceremony is co-sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association (HRSFA), the Harvard-Radcliffe Society of Physics Students (SPS), the Harvard Computer Society, and the book The Man Who Tried to Clone Himself, published by Plume Books, New York, ISBN 0452287723.

The Ig Informal Lectures are co-sponsored by the MIT Press Bookstore.


About the Ceremony:
Annals of Improbable Research editor Marc Abrahams, (+1) 617-491-4437
Improbable facilitator Katherine Meusey, (+1) 415-609-0837
Annals of Improbable Research European Bureau Chief Kees Moeliker (Rotterdam, The Netherlands, (+31) 6 53778445

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