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March 15-April 14, 2017. Ig Nobel Spring EuroTour. (twitter: #IgNobel) Events at

  • NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY, UK —in Lecture Theatre 2, Newton building — [TICKETS] — Wednesday, March 15, 6:00 pm — With Marc Abrahams / Ig Nobel Prize winners Minna Lyons (psychopaths and night owls), Kader Allouni (using speed bumps to diagnose appendicitis), Elizabeth Oberzaucher (mathematical analysis of the man who fathered 888 children).
  • IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON, UK — in The Great Hall, the Sherfield Building, South Kensington campus — [TICKETS] — Friday, March 17, 6:00 pm —  With Marc Abrahams / Ig Nobel Prize winners Raghavendra Rau (some business leaders acquire a taste for disasters that do not affect them personally), Thomas Thwaites (living as a goat), Elizabeth Oberzaucher (mathematical analysis of the man who fathered 888 children) / the QI Elves doing dramatic readings from bizarre-seeming research studies / David Kilgour explaining why Britain’s Ministry of Defence is so efficient
  • EPFL, Forum Rolex, Lausanne, Switzerland — [TICKETS] — Tuesday, March 21, 6:00 pm —  Marc Abrahams / Ig Nobel Prize winners Ludwig Huber (absence of contagious yawning in tortoises), Alessandro Pluchino (organizations would become more efficient if they promoted people at random), Hynek Burda (defecating dogs align their body axis with Earth’s north-south geomagnetic field lines). Several hundred other Ig Nobel Prize winners will also be present in the room — the 2008 Ig Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to all the citizens of Switzerland, for adopting the legal principle that plants have dignity.
  • UNIVERSITY OF OSLO, Norway, in the Sophus Lies auditorium at the UiO Realfagsbiblioteket — Friday, March 24, 4:00 pm — This event will be livestreamed. —  Marc Abrahams / Ig Nobel Prize winners Piers Barnes (how many group photos are needed to ensure at least one in which nobody blinks), Nadia Dominici (walking on water, on the moon), Kees Moeliker (homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck). This event will also include the public introduction of the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS) Woman of the Year.
  • STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY, Stockholm, Sweden, at Studenthuset, in the Galleriet — Monday, March 27, 11:30 am — First of three (3) events, in different locations in Stockholm, all on the same day! — This event at Stockholm University will be live-streamed — Marc Abrahams / Ig Nobel Prize winners Fredrik Sjöberg (three-volume autobiographical work about the pleasures of collecting flies that are dead, and flies that are not yet dead), Minna Lyons (evidence that “night owls” are, on average, more self-admiring, more manipulative, and more psychopathic than people who habitually arise early in the morning), Piers Barnes (how many group photos are needed to ensure at least one in which nobody blinks).
  • KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE, Stockholm, Sweden, in Lecture hall RetziusMonday, March 27, 3:00 pm — Second of three (3) events, in different locations in Stockholm, all on the same day! — Marc Abrahams, Fredrik Sjöberg, Minna Lyons, Piers Barnes. Free admission, open to the general public as well as students and faculty.
  • FRI TANKE FÖRLAG, Kungsgatan, Stockholm, Sweden — Monday, March 27, 5:30 pm —  Third of three events, in different locations in Stockholm, all on the same day! — Marc Abrahams, Fredrik Sjöberg, Minna Lyons, Piers Barnes.
  • ORF, Vienna, Austria — Tuesday, March 28 — Televised debate. Details TBA.
  • UNIVERSITY OF GRAZ, Austria — [TICKETS] — Wednesday, March 29, 6:00 pm — “Sex, Ducks, and Alcohol” — Marc Abrahams / Ig Nobel Prize winners Elizabeth Oberzaucher (mathematical analysis of the man who fathered 888 children), Laurent Bègue (people who think they are drunk also think they are attractive), Kees Moeliker (homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck). [FLYER]
  • UNIVERSITY OF CATANIA, Italy — Aula Magna, Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Via S. Sofia 64, Catania — Thursday, April 6, 3:30 pm — Marc Abrahams / Ig Nobel Prize winners Marina de Tommaso (measuring the relative pain people suffer while looking at an ugly painting, rather than a pretty painting, while being shot [in the hand] by a powerful laser beam), Elizabeth Oberzaucher (mathematical analysis of the man who fathered 888 children), Cesare Garofalo, Alessandro Pluchino, Andrea Rapisarda (organizations would become more efficient if they promoted people at random). This event also celebrates the new book Abbiamo vinto l’ignobel. Con il principio di Peter, by Alessandro Pluchino, Andrea Rapisarda, and Cesare Garofalo.
  • NATUURHISTORISCH MUSEUM ROTTERDAM, Rotterdam, The Netherlands — Saturday, April 8, 8:00 pm. — Marc Abrahams / Ig Nobel Prize winner Kees Moeliker [discovery of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck] and Bram Langeveld (Burnt hair and colliding particles: The hunt for the CERN-‘weasel’) / Lara Zegers and Richard Zegers (“Eye trauma in Laurel and Hardy movies: another nice mess“) / Erwin Kompanje and Ben van der Hoven (‘Do not swallow’: How and why a catfish and its predator ended up at the Intensive Care Unit).
  • EDINBURGH, Scotland. Details TBA.
  • other events To Be Announced

NOTE: The tour will feature tributes to the Ig Nobel Prize-winning (in the year 2000) study of the Dunning-Kruger effect. That study is called “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments“.

April 23, 2017, Sunday, 7:00 pm. BAHfest, Kresge Auditorium MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Marc Abrahams will be the keynote speaker.
April 27, 2017, Thursday. Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation’s 37th Annual Scientific Meeting, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Marc Abrahams will do a talk about “Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes, and Cardiology”.
September 14, 2017, Thursday, 6:00 pm (US eastern time). 27th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. TICKETS will go on sale in July.
September 16, 2017, Saturday, 1:00 pm. The Ig Informal Lectures, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
November, 2017. Ig Nobel Autumn EuroTour. Events in:

  • University of Manchester, UKWednesday, November 29
  • Other events To Be Announced
February 7, 2018, Wednesday, 3:40 pm. Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) Annual Conference, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA. Marc Abrahams will give the keynote address.

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