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Tirsdag 09. april
Foredrag: Ig Nobel Prize
Foredrag: Ig Nobel Prize

Foredrag: Ig Nobel Prize

Foredraget livestreames fra Aarhus Universitet.

Sprog: engelsk
Pause: 20 minutter
Forelæsere: Marc Abrahams and three prize winners.

Meet some of the researchers who have received the alternative Nobel Prize – the Ig Nobel Prize.

It is hard to describe the Ig Nobel Prize and the lectures of the price winners in particular – you need to experience it.

The award ceremony takes place every year in a blaze of publicity at a great gala ceremony at Harvard University, USA, and is orchestrated by the founder of the prize, Marc Abrahams.

The Ig Nobel Prize highlights ten research results of the year that are exceptionally creative, unlikely and bizarre, though still serious. To put it in another way: The prize is awarded to “peculiar research” that initially makes us laugh and afterwards gives us food for thought.

The prize covers a wide range of sciences, yet with the main emphasis on natural science, medicine, and social science. In general, the prizes are given to respected and serious research that has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

The evening begins with a short lecture from the founder, Marc Abrahams, who will talk about the prize, the ceremony at Harvard University and some of the recent prize winners and their research “which neither can or should be repeated”. Later on, three Ig Nobel Prize winners will explain and perhaps demonstrate their prize-winning achievements:

•Mariska Kret and Eliska Prochazkova, Leiden University, the Netherlands – won in 2022 for seeking and finding evidence that when new romantic partners meet for the first time, and feel attracted to each other, their heart rates synchronize.
•Jonathan Williams, Dr. and professor at Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany – won in 2021 for chemically analyzing the air inside movie theaters, to test whether the odors produced by an audience reliably indicate the levels of violence, sex, antisocial behavior, drug use, and bad language in the movie the audience is watching.
•C.W. (Kees) Moeliker, biologist and director of the Natural History Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands – won in 2003 for documenting the first scientifically recorded case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck.

Warning: The lectures are not suitable for the humourless :-)
Læs mere på ofn.au.dk/abstract/151.
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