UK Tour

2009 Ig Nobel Tour of the U.K.

VIDEO: Watch the entire 2009 event at Imperial College London. Imperial College always hosts the most elaborate show of the entire UK tour.

The 2009 tour was part of National Science and Engineering Week, March 6-15, 2009. This was the seventh annual tour. (If your institution would like to host an event for the 2010 tour, please email lisa.birk AT

Sponsored by the British Science Association and Improbable Research.
Click here for an Imperial College interview, and here for some reviews by audience members at some of the 2009 shows: 1, 2, 3, 4.
Click here to download a 2009 Ig tour poster [PDF].

March 7, 2009, Saturday, 2:30 pm. Oxford, Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, on Parks Road at the corner with Keble Road. (Click here for map.) … Special pre-tour event, on the day before National Science and Engineering Week officially begins. Free. Reserve tickets (max 2 per person) in advance at Tickets must be picked up at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the event. (You can turn up on the night, but capacity is limited so please reserve a place in advance to be sure of getting in.) Featuring: Fiona Barclay, Dan Meyer, Charles Spence, John Troyer, Julian Vincent. (Organizer: Alasdair Kergon, ignobel AT

Click here to download a 2009 Oxford show poster [PDF].

March 9, 2009, Monday, 6:00 pm. Newcastle. Centre for Life, Conference and Banqueting, Times Square, Scottswood Road. (Click here for map.) … Free. Advance booking recommended as this will be a popular event. To reserve tickets, call 0191 243 8217 or email [email protected] Featuring: Melissa Bateson, Dan Meyer and Brian Witcombe, Steve Farrar, Claire Rind and Peter Simmons. Also featuring the Newcastle University Gilbert & Sullivan Society in a special performance of the mini-opera “Atom & Eve“. (Contact: Ashley Kent, Ashley.Kent AT

Click here to download a 2009 Newcastle show poster [PDF].

March 10, 2009, Tuesday, 6:00 pm. Portsmouth. University of Portsmouth. Portsmouth Business School, Richmond Building, Portsmouth PO1 3DE. (Click here for a map and directions.) Free. To reserve tickets, contact Maricar Jagger,
events AT, 023 9284 3757.
Featuring: Dan Meyer, Kees Moeliker, John Hoyland, Erwin Kompanje, David Sims. (Contact: Maricar Jagger, Maricar.Jagger AT

Click here to download a 2009 Portsmouth show poster [PDF].

March 11, 2009, Wednesday, 5:00 pm. Bristol. Hewlett Packard. Cabot Auditorium. Building 3, HP Laboratories Bristol, Filton Road, Stoke Gifford
Free. But you must reserve tickets in advance: email [email protected] or telephone +44 (0)117 3128267.
Featuring: Michael Berry, Marie-Christine Cadiergues, Erwin Kompanje, Dan Meyer and Brian Witcombe, Kees Moeliker, John Troyer, Julian Vincent. (Contact: Deb French, deb.french AT

Click here to download a 2009 Bristol show poster [PDF].

March 12, 2009, Thursday, 6:00 pm London. Imperial College. Great Hall,
Level 2, Sherfield Building, South Kensington campus. (Click here for map.) … Free.

This event is now fully booked. (It’s possible that a very few tickets will become available on the day of the show.)

NOTE: Anyone who has not received their tickets by Monday, 9th March should email [email protected] to let them know.

Featuring: Fiona Barclay, Piers Barnes, Mahmood Bhutta, Marie-Christine Cadiergues, John Hoyland, Erwin Kompanje, Chris McManus, Dan Meyer, Kees Moeliker, David Sims, Charles Spence. Time limits will be enforced by twin eight-year-old Miss Sweetie Poos. (Contact: Philippa Shallard, shallard AT

Click here to download a 2009 London show poster [PDF].

What and who: The shows feature Marc Abrahams, organizer of the Ig Nobel Prizes, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, and Guardian columnist, together with a gaggle of Ig Nobel Prize winners and other improbable researchers.

Marc Abrahams will review the past year’s improbable research and Ig Nobel Prize winners. Several Ig winners (and/or colleagues) will try to explain what they did and why they did it, and will field questions. Many of the speakers are new to the tour. Some are returning after previous appearances, now armed with fresh new topics (buying plutonium; left/right medical mishaps; etc.).

Each show will include a unique combination of the following individuals:

History: Click here for glimpses at the 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, and 2003 tours.


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Press contacts: Lisa Hendry (+44) (0)20 7019 4946 (lisa.hendry AT; or Marc Abrahams (+1) 617-491-4437 (marca AT

SPECIAL NOTE for members of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS): You are invited to attend any of these shows as an on-stage object of admiration, and take a public bow. If possible, inform us before that you are coming, but in any event (1) please do come — and (2) please print a copy of your LFHCfS web page entry, and bring it with you — it will serve as your admission credential as a participant in the show.

Below: Dan Meyer and Marc Abrahams on the Alan Titchmarsh Show during the 2008 tour: