The 2013 Ig® Nobel Prize Ceremony & Lectures

All speeches will be 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.

The 2013 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
Thursday, September 12, 6:00 pm**
Sanders Theater, Harvard University
(twitter: #IgNobel)

*Pre-ceremony concert begins at 5:40 pm (US Eastern Time)
The ceremony proper begins at 6:00 pm - earlier than in previous years

The 23rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony introduced ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners. Each has done something that makes people laugh then think. 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, in Harvard's historic, largest theater filled with 1100 improbable persons, everything webcast live. The ceremony included many other delights —see details below. (And For the latest Ig Nobel news, see the blog.)

Previews: New York Times, Slate, Huffington Post, Lowering the Bar, SRF, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Nature

Live Internet Broadcast

The ceremony was webcast live, here on and on about 20 major news and science sites. (Here's the brief teaser.) Here's the full recording:

TOP-SECRET: We provided a second, parallel video feed, as a courtesy to the world's security agencies. Here is a recording of that NSA Courtesy Cam feed:

[NOTE: This NSA Courtesy Cam video feed went dead part way through the ceremony. Some people have suggested that the feed was terminated by the NSA; for legal or other reasons we are not commenting on that conjecture]


Webcast Watching Parties

In addition to the many individual Ig Nobel webcast watching parties that happen around the world, there are a few larger, official ones in Paris, in Atlanta, in Raleigh [NC], and many other places.

There was a special party in Leiden, the Netherlands, two days after the ceremony, with a live performance of the earlier Ig Nobel mini-opera Atom and Eve.)

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Official Delegations

Groups of five (5) or more persons attending the Ig Nobel prize ceremony can be officially recognized during the ceremony as Official Delegations. If you would like your group regonized in this way at a future Ig Nobel prize ceremony, first obtain tickets, then register with Louise Sacco, Official Overseer of the Delegations (phone: 781-690-6621, email: LouiseSacco AT The deadline for registering as a delegation is a week before the ceremony. These details will be included in the webpage for next year's ceremony.

Downloadable Booklet & Poster

Download your very own PDF copies of the 2013 Ceremony's IgBill (program booklet) and Spiffy Poster. Both are identical to the ones we print for the ceremony, and the poster in particular is a great way to increase Ig Nobel and universal awareness among friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and complete strangers.

2013 Ig Nobel ceremony poster

FIGS (Friends of the Ig) — Generous supporters of the 2013 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, who are helping the world laugh then think:
Harvard Extension School Microsoft Research
Redbones CS50
Toscanini's Fresh Pond Trader Joe's Museum of Bad Art

Ceremony Details

Ten New Ig Nobel Prize winners were announced and introduced.

The winners physically received their prizes, and a handshake, from these genuine, genuinely bemused Nobel laureates:

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

In addition to the awarding of the 2013 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:

If You Are Coming to Sanders Theatre...

WHERE: If you are walking, driving, T-ing, biking, or running to Sanders Theatre, you may want some directions. Here are: (1) a map and directions; and (2) the secret of how to pahk your cah near Hahvud Yahd.

WHAT TO WEAR: We suggest you wear clothing, It's good to wear clothing that is, like you, colorful. People like yourself (or in some cases, very unlike yourself) in distant places, watching the broadcast and seeing occasional glimpses of the Sanders Theatre audience, will thrill to the panoply of colors, styles, and improbable accoutrements. This is the night to unearth your old wedding gown, uniform, suit of armor, labcoat or longjohns.

WHAT TO BRING: Paper, paper, paper. Paper to make into paper airplanes. Additional paper to give to those around you who may have forgotten to bring their own paper, and who as a consequence of their own neglect are forlornly wishing they could join in the thrill and intellectual romance of making and throwing paper airplanes. SAFETY FIRST, please! Paper airplanes should be thrown at the safety-equipment-laden individual onstage who is the Designated Paper Airplane Target. NOTE: There will be two (2) designated Paper Airplane Deluge periods, one at the very start of the ceremony, the other at the ceremony's midpoint.


The Ig Informal Lectures
Saturday, Sep 14, 2013, 1:00 pm.
MIT, Building 26, room 100, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
(twitter: #IgNobel)

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

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

Afterwards, Anna H, a member of the MIT class of 2014, wrote about her experience at the lectures. Her photo essay is posted on the MIT Admissions Blog.



Special Thanks To...

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) and the Harvard-Radcliffe Society of Physics Students (SPS).


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