IgNobel: Research that makes you laugh – and think
On Monday March 30, five IgNobel prize winners will visit the Karolinska Institute and talk about their research, which may be unusual in the choice of methods or hypotheses. Marc Abrahams, initiator of the IgNobel prizes, will also participate. IgNobel prizes have been awarded yearly since 1991 in ten categories.
- Jaroslav Flegr, 2014 IgNobel laureate in public health, has investigated the potential danger for mental health in owning a cat. They have found a correlation between depression and cat bites, but the direction of causality remains unproven. And what is the role of Toxoplasma gondii, the parasite which can spread from cats to humans?
- Sabine Begall and Pascal Malkemper, 2014 IgNobel laureates in biology, have carefully documented that dogs orient themselves by the earth’s magnetic field and prefer to align themselves in a north-south direction while defecating.
- Sir Dr. Yoshiro NakaMats, 2005 IgNobel laureate in nutrition, has documented every meal he has taken for the last 44 years. Dr. NakaMats is a prolific inventor, whose life and work has been described in the documentary “The invention of Dr. NakaMats”.
- Andrea Rapisarda, 2010 IgNobel laureate in management, who has demonstrated using mathematical modelling that companies would be better off if they promoted people randomly.
- Marc Abrahams, founder and editor in chief of the Annals of Improbable Research. Initiator of the IgNobel prize
The event is jointly organized by KI and the Swedish Skeptics’ Association (Vetenskap och Folkbildning). This event is free and open to the public. The same evening, another IgNobel event will be held at Boulevardteatern, organized by Fri Tanke Förlag, for which tickets have to be bought in advance.Contact person: Gustav Nilsonne