20 December 2007

A date for the 2008 diary – the Ig Nobel UK Tour

Improbable Research has announced two dates on its 2008 Ig Nobel UK tour- 11 March at Imperial College London and 12 March at the Guardian Visitor Centre. I would imagine that more dates will be announced shortly.

The shows will feature Marc Abrahams, If Nobel Prize organiser and editor of the Annals of Improbable Research. There will be the performance of a mini-opera, and also The How-to-Give-a-Bad-Science-Lecture Contest. Speakers include Kees Moeliker, who won the 2003 Ig Nobel Biology Prize for documenting the first scientifically recorded case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck, and Chris McManus who wrote the study “Scrotal Asymmetry in Man and in Ancient Sculpture,” for which he received the 2002 Ig Nobel Medicine Prize.

Tickets will be free but limited to two per applicant. How could anyone with an interest in science pass up on this opportunity?


Rebecca said...

Ummmm... I have zero interest in learning about gay ducks. And I don't actually consider that science.

jams o donnell said...

As it happens Kees Moeliker is a Curator of birds ant the Dutch Natural History Museum.

THe IgNobels are light hearted send up of the odder shores of science and are much enjoyed by scientists themselves

Sean Jeating said...

In case he does not have to give a lecture on pre-Assyrian philately, Tetrapilotomos won't miss the chance to widen his horizon. He is a great supporter of interdisciplinarity.
Would be fine if he asked me to accomany him. Will you be there, too, Jams?

Sean Jeating said...

... just to deliver the missing p. :)

jams o donnell said...

I fully intend to get a ticket for this if I can, Sean. It should be a very entertaining but thought provoking night!