Lectures and seminars

Meet Ig Nobel prize winners at Karolinska Institutet

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2017-03-2715:00 to 16:30 Lecture hall Gustaf Retzius, Berzelius väg 3 or Retzius väg 20Campus Solna

The Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded every year for ten achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think. Ig Nobel is a play on the name Nobel and the word ignoble, which means inferior and undignified. On Monday 27 March is everybody welcome to Karolinska Institutet to hear three of the IgNobel laureates talk about their research. The laureates are presented by Ig Nobel Prize initiator Marc Abrahams.


Fredrik Sjöberg, winner of the literature prize
Fredrik Sjöberg, for his three-volume autobiographical work about the pleasures of collecting flies that are dead, and flies that are not yet dead. The Fly Trap is the first volume of Fredrik Sjöberg's autobiographical trilogy, En Flugsamlares Väg ("The Path of a Fly Collector"), and the first to be published in English.

Piers Barnes, winner of the mathematics prize
Nic Svenson and Piers Barnes of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization, for calculating the number of photographs you must take to (almost) ensure that nobody in a group photo will have their eyes closed, "Blink-Free Photos, Guaranteed".

Minna Lyons, winner of the psychology prize
Peter K. Jonason, Amy Jones, and Minna Lyons, for amassing evidence that people who habitually stay up late are, on average, more self-admiring, more manipulative, and more psychopathic than people who habitually arise early in the morning. "Creatures of the night: Chronotypes and the Dark Triad traits".

Marc Abrahams, Ig Nobel prize initiator
Marc Abrahams is founder and editor-in-chief of the humorous and satirical scientific journal, The Annals of Improbable Research, AIR. He is also the father of the Ig Nobel Prize and an author, journalist and speaker.


The lectures are co-arranged by the Swedish sceptic organisation Vetenskap & Folkbildning and Karolinska Institutet, and are part of the journal Annals of Improbable Research, AIR,  lecture tour of Scandinavia.

Contact person: Gustav Nilsonne