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February 14, 2019, 11 am. NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USAMarc Abrahams will talk about improbable research and the Ig Nobel Prizes.
February 16, 2019, Saturday, 8:00 pm. Improbable Research show at the AAAS Annual Meeting, Omni Shoreham Hotel (in the Diplomat Ballroom), Washington DC—The annual Improbable Research session will include:

This session is open free to the public. (Seating is limited. Arrive early if you want a seat.) #AAASmtg

March-April, 2019. Ig Nobel EuroTour 2019—Events in Scotland, England, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Germany, and perhaps elsewhere.

  • March 9, Saturday—University of St. Andrews, Scotland—Details TBA
  • March 13, Wednesday—University of Manchester, UK, in the Zochonis Building (entrances are on Brunswick Street/Dover Street)—Marc Abrahams will do 2 events:
    • 2 pm—Workshop [for MRC doctoral students] about “how to decide what is important and what’s not, and what’s real and what not”
    • 4 pm—A talk [open to everyone] about “Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes“, preceded by tea, coffee, and cake at 3:30). TICKETS TICKETS TICKETS are free (but limited in number).
  • March 16, Saturday, 3:00 pm—Imperial College London, UK, in the Great Hall—This is the first half of a special double-event day, together with BAHFest London (BAHFest begins at 7:00 pm). TICKETS TICKETS TICKETS are on sale; there is the option to purchase tickets for both events, or for  just one.]Marc Abrahams and
  • March 19, Tuesday, 6:00 pm—University of Graz, AustriaMarc Abrahams and
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Minna Lyons (Comparison of psychopathic traits in night owls versus early risers)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Hynek Burda (Free-roaming dogs, when urinating, align themselves with earth’s magnetic lines)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Stephan Bolliger (Is it better to be hit on the head with a full bottle of beer, or a with an empty bottle of beer?)
  • March 22, Friday, 11:00 amStadtsaalVienna, Austria—Special Ig Nobel Prizes event for classes from Vienna-area schools. TICKETS TICKETS TICKETS are available. Marc Abrahams and Ig Nobel Prize winner Elisabeth Oberzaucher (Can one man father 888 children?)
  • March 25, Monday, 6:00 pmEPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, in the Rolex Forum—This is part of EPFL’s 50th anniversary celebration! TICKETS TICKETS TICKETS will become available in mid-March—Marc Abrahams and
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Claire Rind (Monitoring a brain cell of a locust while that locust watches selected highlights from the movie Star Wars)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Marc Fardin (Can a cat be both a solid and a liquid?)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Mark Dingemanse (The word “huh?” seems to exist in every human language)
  • March 28, Thursday, 7:30 pm—The Value of Improbable Research: An Ig Nobel Evening, Nijmegen, The NetherlandsTICKETS TICKETS TICKETS are available. Marc Abrahams and
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Mark Dingemanse (The word “huh?” seems to exist in every human language)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Nadia Dominici (People can run across the surface of a pond, if that pond is on the moon)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Kees Moeliker (Homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck)
  • April 1, Monday, 6:00 pm—Copernicus Science Centre, Warsaw, PolandMarc Abrahams and Ig Nobel Prize winner Kees Moeliker (Homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck).
  • April 3, Wednesday—University of Catania, ItalyMarc Abrahams will talk about the Ig Nobel Prizes and Improbable Research
  • April 9, Tuesday, 3:00 pm—Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, SwedenMarc Abrahams and
  • April 10, Wednesday, 3:00 pm—Alba Nova, University of Stockholm, SwedenMarc Abrahams and
    • Ig Nobel Prize winners Peter Witzgall, Paul Becher, Erika Wallin, Erik Hedenström, Marie Bengtsson (detecting, by smell, the presence of a single fly in a glass of wine)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner James Cole (Nutritional value of human cannibalism)
    • Ig Nobel Prize winner Emily Baird (Dung beetles use the Milky Way to navigate)
    • The 24/7 Lectures
  • April 11, Thursday, 3:00 pm—University of Oslo, NorwayMarc Abrahams will talk about the Ig Nobel Prizes and Improbable Research
  • April 12, Friday, 8:00 pm—Ig Nobel Night in Berlin—Tempodrom, Berlin, GermanyMarc Abrahams, with special guest celebrity forensic entomologist Mark Benecke (analysis of some forensic-science-related Ig Nobel Prize winners). TICKETS TICKETS TICKETS are now on sale. [Some background, about the Ig Nobel Prizes.]
  • …and perhaps MORE EVENTS, TBA
May 14, 2019, Tuesday. Greater Worcester Humanists, Worcester, Massachusetts, USAMarc Abrahams will discuss the Ig Nobel Prizes. Details TBA
July, 2019, (exact date TBA). TICKETS TICKETS TICKETS go on sale for the 29th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremonyDetails TBA.
July, 2019, (date TBA). Readercon, Quincy, Massachusetts, USAMarc Abrahams will introduce Dramatic Readings from Ig Nobel Prize-winning studies, performed by Sonya Taaffe, Rose Fox, Heath Miller, and Claire Cooney.
2019, (date TBA). Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, USA—Details TBA.
September 12, 2019, Thursday, 6:00p pm. The 29th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony—Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.—TICKETS will go on sale in July.
September 14, 2019, Saturday, 1:00 pm. Ig Informal Lectures—MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA.—The new Ig Nobel Prize winners give free public talks, and answer questions.
September 23, 2019, Monday. BEworks Summit for Science in Financial Services, Ottowa, Canada—Marc Abrahams will talk about improbable research and the Ig Nobel Prizes. Details TBA.

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