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November 29, 2019, Friday Science Friday“—Public radio— Broadcast of specially edited version of this year’s Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. Check your local station for the time, or listen online at the SciFri web site.
December 3, 2019, Tuesday Spreading Facts” Conference—MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA—Marc Abrahams will moderate a session on “The Art and Practice of Science Communication”.
January 13, 2020, Monday 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—Dramatic readings from improbable research studies. Details TBA.
February 15, 2020, Saturday, evening. AAAS Annual Meeting—Seattle, Washington, USA—Marc Abrahams and:

March/April, 2020 Ig Nobel EuroTour—Details TBA.

  • March 11, Wednesday—Manchester University, UK Marc Abrahams and
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Minna Lyons (relation between night owls, early risers, and psychopaths)
    • 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. 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, AUSTRIATICKETS are now on sale—Marc 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, AUSTRIA
  • March 30, Monday, 6:00 pm—EPFL, Lausanne, SWITZERLAND
  • April 6, Monday, 6:00 pm—University of Duisberg-Essen, GERMANYMarc 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, DENMARK—Marc Abrahams and 
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Sindre Eftestol
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner’s colleague Eva Bertilsson
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Peter Witzgall
  • April 20, Monday—Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  • April 21, Tuesday—Stockholm Universtity, Sweden
  • April 23, Thursday—Gothenburg, Sweden. Details TBA.
  • Date TBA—Oslo University, Norway
  • …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, 2020 (exact date TBA) 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony—Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA— Details TBA. Tickets will go on sale in July.
September, 2020 (exact date TBA) 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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