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Livestreaming: Ig Nobel Prize

The Ig Nobel Prize is awarded for “peculiar research” that at first makes us laugh and then think deeply. Attend this lecture for a humour-filled dive into the prize-winning research. Meet Marc Abrahams and some of the recent prize winners.

NB. Dette foredrag er en særlig genre, en cocktail af videnskab og humor: oplev fire forelæsere med afsæt i den skøre pris 'Ig Nobel Prize' som er kendt under sloganet 'first laugh, then think'. Du vil først høre prisens stifter, Marc Abrahams, fortælle om prisen og derefter vil tre af prisvinderne præsentere den forskning de fik prisen for. Det er svært i ord at beskrive Ig Nobel Prize – overvej at tage chancen og oplev det. (Foredraget foregår på engelsk).

Meet some of the researchers who have received the alternative Nobel Prize – the Ig Nobel Prize.

It is hard to describe the Ig Nobel Prize and the lectures of the price winners in particular – you need to experience it.

The award ceremony takes place every year in a blaze of publicity at a great gala ceremony at Harvard University, USA, and is orchestrated by the founder of the prize, Marc Abrahams.

The Ig Nobel Prize highlights ten research results of the year that are exceptionally creative, unlikely and bizarre, though still serious. To put it in another way: The prize is awarded to “peculiar research” that initially makes us laugh and afterwards gives us food for thought.

The prize covers a wide range of sciences, yet with the main emphasis on natural science, medicine, and social science. In general, the prizes are given to respected and serious research that has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

The evening begins with a short lecture from the founder, Marc Abrahams, who will talk about the prize, the ceremony at Harvard University and some of the recent prize winners and their research “which neither can or should be repeated”. Later on, three Ig Nobel Prize winners will explain and perhaps demonstrate their prize-winning achievements:

  • Mariska Kret and Eliska Prochazkova, Leiden University, the Netherlands – for seeking and finding evidence that when new romantic partners meet for the first time, and feel attracted to each other, their heart rates synchronize.
  • Jonathan Williams, Dr. and professor at Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany – for chemically analyzing the air inside movie theaters, to test whether the odors produced by an audience reliably indicate the levels of violence, sex, antisocial behavior, drug use, and bad language in the movie the audience is watching.
  • C.W. (Kees) Moeliker, biologist and director of the Natural History Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands – for documenting the first scientifically recorded case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck. 

The research won The Ig Nobel Biology Prize in 2003.

Warning: The lectures are not suitable for the humourless :-)