Ig Nobel Awards UK Tour

Research that makes you laugh…then makes you think

This event is now full – however, we are now taking bookings for our overspill theatre. Holders of these tickets will be able to attend the event welcome refreshments and reception but will watch the event on a live stream in a theatre adjoining the live event. We also anticipate that some tickets for the live event will become available on the night and holders of “overspill” tickets will be able to take any free seats in the lecture theatre where the event is taking place. You can book your overspill tickets using the form below.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Refreshments at 6pm, presentations commence 6.30pm, followed by a drinks reception
University Place, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL

In November 2017 The University of Manchester will host, for the first time, the UK tour of the Ig Nobel Awards.

The Ig Nobel Awards are designed to honour academic research that makes people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes celebrate the unusual, honour the imaginative, and spur people’s interest in science, medicine and technology. You can find out more about the 2017 awards here

The  UK tour hosts a selection of Ig Nobel winners giving presentations about their areas of research as well as taking questions from a somewhat bemused audience. We are delighted that on this leg of the tour one of the University’s Nobel laureates, Professor Andre Geim will be presenting – the first, and thus far only, person in the world to receive both the prestigious science award and its tongue-in-cheek equivalent.

He will be joined by:

  • Elisabeth Oberzaucher, who won her Ig Nobel Prize for using mathematical techniques to determine whether and how Moulay Ismael the Bloodthirsty fathered 888 children in 30 years.
  • Kees Moeliker, who won his Prize in 2003 for documenting the first scientifically recorded case of homosexual necrophilia in male mallard ducks.

This evening will be compered by Marc Abrahams, editor and co-founder of Annals of Improbable Research, and originator and Master of Ceremonies of the annual Ig Nobel Prize celebration.

The event encourages audience participation so we hope, if it sounds appealing to you, you will feel free to enter into the spirit of a humorous, alternative evening of entertainment.

This event is now full – however, we are now taking bookings for our overspill theatre. Holders of these tickets will be able to attend the event welcome refreshments and reception but will watch the event on a live stream in a theatre adjoining the live event. We also anticipate that some tickets for the live event will become available on the night and holders of “overspill” tickets will be able to take any free seats in the lecture theatre where the event is taking place. You can book your overspill tickets using the form below.

If you would like to bring a guest to this event but don’t know who yet, please name them as ‘Guest One’ in the form below. 
The event is free of charge and includes refreshments and a drinks reception.