A Celebration of Science: The Ig Nobels come to NTU

On Wednesday 15 March, the Department of Psychology in the School of Social Sciences was delighted to welcome the Ig Nobels – A celebration of science to NTU.

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Ig Nobels - A celebration of science.

On Wednesday 15 March, the Department of Psychology in the School of Social Sciences was delighted to welcome the Ig Nobels – A celebration of science to NTU.


The Ig Nobel Prizes honour achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honour the imaginative — and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology.


The awards are held each year at Harvard University and each award is presented by a Nobel laureate such is the esteem of this event. Over the past few years Marc Abrahams has brought an Ig Nobels tour to the UK in the spring.


The programme for this year's event featured Marc Abrahams, organiser of the Ig Nobel Prizes, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, and Guardian columnist, together with a few Ig Nobel Prize winners. These included: Minna Lyons, who won the Psychology Prize for amassing evidence that people who habitually stay up late are more psychopathic than people who habitually arise early in the morning; Elizabeth Oberzaucher, winner of the Mathematics Prize for trying to use mathematical techniques to determine whether and how Moulay Ismael the Bloodthirsty, the Sharifian Emperor of Morocco, managed to father 888 children and Dr Kader Allouni, who won an Ig Nobel prize for his research into using speed bumps to diagnose acute appendicitis.


The event was attended by over 200 people and proved to be highly entertaining and enjoyable. The School of Science and Technology hosted a science fair to begin the evening with demonstrations including creating fire tornadoes, the science behind how water runs off a ducks back and making ice cream using dry ice.

Phil Banyard, who organised the event, said: “The Ig Nobels shows everything that is good in science education – it has interest, inquiry and scepticism and when you add a little humour, you get an excellent evening. You don’t expect to hear laughter at a science event, but that’s what the Ig Nobles gives you!”


Find out more information about the Ig Nobels by visiting their website.

A Celebration of Science: The Ig Nobels come to NTU

Published on 16 March 2017
  • Category: Press; School of Social Sciences

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