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January 12, 2020, Sunday Tencent Youth Science Festival—Beijing, CHINA—Marc Abrahams will discuss some of the physics-related Ig Nobel Prize winners.
January 17, 2020, Friday, 9:30 pm Arisia—Boston, Massachusetts, USA—Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, grand ballroom CD—Dramatic readings from improbable research studies, many of which have won Ig Nobel Prizes. Marc Abrahams and:

  • Sonya Taafe
  • Liz Zitoh
  • Dean Grodzins
  • Robin Abrahams
  • Pooja Usgaonkar
  • Jeremy J. Bell
January 23, 2020, Thursday, 6:00 pm “Having Difficult Conversations About Science” panel discussion—MIT building 56, room 162—Cambridge, Massachusetts, USAMarc Abrahams will be on the panel.
February 15, 2020, Saturday, evening. AAAS Annual Meeting—Seattle, Washington, USA—This year’s AAAS Improbable Research session has Marc Abrahams and:

  • Theresa McKeon, 2019 Ig Nobel Prize winner for using a simple animal-training technique— called “clicker training” —to train surgeons to perform orthopedic surgery.
  • Kazutaka Kurihara, 2012 Ig Nobel Prize winner for creating the SpeechJammer — a machine that disrupts a person’s speech, by making them hear their own spoken words at a very slight delay.
  • This event (unlike most of the events at the AAAS meeting) is free and open to the public.
February 19, 2020, Wednesday, 3:00 pm NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS), NIH Clinical Center, National Institutes  of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA—Marc Abrahams will talk about Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes.
March/April, 2020 Ig Nobel EuroTour—Details TBA.

  • March 11, Wednesday—University of Manchester, UK Marc Abrahams and
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Minna Lyons (a new study: Referee Height Influences Decision Making in British Football Leagues)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Francis McGlone (the pleasurability of scratching an itch)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Herbert Crepaz (dead magnetized cockroaches behave differently than living magnetized cockroaches)
  • March 12, Thursday—Lake Maggiore, ITALY [private event]—Marc Abrahams
  • March 13, Friday, 2 pm—Istituto Mario Negri, Milan, ITALYMarc Abrahams and Ig Nobel Prize winner Silvano Gallus (evidence that pizza might protect against illness and death, if the pizza is made and eaten in Italy)
  • March 21, Saturday—Imperial College London, UK, in the Great Hall.This is the first half of a special double-event day, together with BAHFest London—TICKETS will go on sale soon.—With Marc Abrahams and
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Silvano Gallus (evidence that pizza might protect against illness and death, if the pizza is made and eaten in Italy)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Francis McGlone (the pleasurability of scratching an itch)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Minna Lyons (a new study: Referee Height Influences Decision Making in British Football Leagues}
  • March 24, Tuesday, 8:00 pm—Stadtsaal, Vienna, AUSTRIATICKETSMarc Abrahams and Ig Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Oberzaucher (whether and how Moulay Ismael the Bloodthirsty, the Sharifian Emperor of Morocco, managed, during the years from 1697 through 1727, to father 888 children)
  • March 25, Wednesday—University of Graz, AUSTRIAMarc Abrahams and
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Marc-Antoine-Fardin (Can a cat be both a solid and a liquid)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Ilaria Bufalari (many identical twins cannot tell themselves apart visually)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Herbert Crepaz (dead magnetized cockroaches behave differently than living magnetized cockroaches)
  • March 30, Monday, 6:00 pm—EPFL, Lausanne, SWITZERLANDMarc Abrahams and
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Minna Lyons (a new study: Referee Height Influences Decision Making in British Football Leagues)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Silvano Gallus (evidence that pizza might protect against illness and death, if the pizza is made and eaten in Italy)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winners Peter Witzgall and Sebastien Lebreton (detecting, by smell, the presence of a single fly in a glass of wine)
  • April 6, Monday, 6:00 pm—University of Duisberg-Essen, GERMANYTICKETSMarc Abrahams and
    • Ig Nobel Prize winners Sabine Begall and Pascal Malkemper (when dogs defecate and urinate, they prefer to align their body axis with Earth’s north-south geomagnetic field lines)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Oberzaucher (whether and how Moulay Ismael the Bloodthirsty, the Sharifian Emperor of Morocco, managed, during the years from 1697 through 1727, to father 888 children)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Andreas Voss (which country’s paper money is best at transmitting dangerous bacteria)
    • Nicolas Wöhrl and Reinhard Remfort
  • April 14, Tuesday—Aarhus University, DENMARKMarc Abrahams and
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Sindre Eftestol (how reindeer react to seeing humans who are disguised as polar bears)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner’s colleague Eva Bertilsson (using a simple animal-training technique— called “clicker training” —to train surgeons to perform orthopedic surgery)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Peter Witzgall (wine experts can reliably identify, by smell, the presence of a single fly in a glass of wine)
  • April 15, Wednesday—University of Southern Denmark, DENMARKMarc Abrahams and
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Sindre Eftestol
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner’s colleague Eva Bertilsson
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Peter Witzgall
    • The team that did the “should you tap a beer can before opening it?” study
  • April 20, Monday—Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, SWEDEN
  • April 21, Tuesday—Stockholm Universtity, SWEDEN
  • April 22, Wednesday—International Science Festival Gothenburg, Gothenburg, SWEDENMarc Abrahams will talk about the Ig Nobel Prizes
  • April 23, Thursday, 3:45 pm—Forum for Science Communication, Gothenburg, SWEDEN—Lindholmen Conference CenterMarc Abrahams will talk about the Ig Nobel Prizes.
  • …and more events TBA
July, 2020 (exact date TBA) TICKETS go on sale for the 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony.
July, 2020 (exact date TBA) Readercon, Quincy, Massachusetts, USA— Dramatic Readings from Ig Nobel Prize-winning studies.
September 17, 2020, Thursday, 6:00 pm 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony—Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA—Tickets will go on sale in July.
September 19, 2020, Saturday Ig Informal Lectures—MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA— Details TBA.
Date TBA, autumn 2020 Ig Nobel Exhibition—Osaka, JAPAN—…and related events in Japan. Details TBA.

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