Ig Nobel Award Tour Show 2019
18:00 to 20:00, Forum Rolex
Research that makes you laugh, then think
Since 2016, the arrival of spring heralds the coming of the Ig Nobel Award Tour Show to EPFL. The event is supported by the National Centre of Competence in Research MARVEL, Materials’ Revolution: Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials. This is the opportunity to discover a line-up of researches that make people laugh, then think, as is the aim of every research honoured by an Ig Nobel Award. When you hear about such a research, you might first laugh, saying either that it is not serious or of no use. But a week later, you are still thinking about it… It might not be so laughable or useless after all.
- Marc Abrahams, Father of the annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony and editor of Annals of Improbable Research
- Claire Rind, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, UK. 2005 Peace Prize winner — Monitoring a brain cell of a locust while that locust watches selected highlights from the movie “Star Wars”.
- Marc Fardin, Laboratoire de Physique, ENS Lyon, F. 2017 Physics Prize winner — Can a cat be both a solid and a liquid?
- Mark Dingemanse, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, NL. 2015 Litterature Prize winner — The word “huh?” seems to exist in every human language.
Every year, Marc Abrahams, father of the annual Ig Nobel ceremony and editor of Annals of Improbable Research, reminds us that every Swiss citizen indirectly wins the 2008 Ig Nobel Peace Prize for adoption of the legal principle of the dignity of plants.
The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that makes people laugh, and then think. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people's interest in science, medicine, and technology.