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Join us, improbably, at the Vienna Science Ball on January 31

An invitation to you — yes, you! —  from Vienna, Austria:

Ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues,

For the first time, the City of Vienna is staging the Vienna Science Ball. On Saturday, 31 January 2015, Vienna’s City Hall will be turned into a festive venue for the city’s science and research community. In a city renown for its 450 spectacular events in carnival the Vienna Science Ball adds a distinct sensation of entertainment with an attitude to the annual ball season. 

The ball is supported, among many others, by the Federal Minister for Science, Research and Economy and the Mayor of Vienna who happens to be a trained biologist. One of the supporters from abroad is Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, and founder of the Lauder Business School based in Vienna. You can find his message online.

Subscribers of the Annals of Improbable Research and friends of the Ig Noble Prizes can – for a limited period of time –  make use of a special offer. Regular tickets can be purchased at bulk sale conditions: get 5 tickets for the price of 4 or 10 tickets for the price of 8 (€ 64 each instead of € 80). Simply mail the five (or ten) names of your group adding a postal address to one name for mailing the invoice and the tickets until January 9 to <>. Boxes and tables (including 8 tickets each) can be booked directly. You can book at  a 10% discount by sending email to that same address: <>

In addition, our official carrier Austrian Airlines offers a special ball discount. Our partner Hotel Rathauspark has similar discounts.   

The Vienna Science Ball represents Vienna’s science and research community in its excellence and diversity. Typical elements of a Viennese Ball are combined with contributions from Vienna’s universities. International visibility and recognition is secured through the presence of global stars of popular science communication like Marc Abrahams, editor and co-founder of Annals of Improbable Research, and originator and emcee of the annual Ig Nobel Prize celebration.

Come and join the scientifically approved fun! Here is the evening’s program:

20:00 Ballroom:
21:00 Ballroom:
Collection and Polonaise of young ladies and gentlemen Committee
21:10 Ballroom:
Festive Overture, Op 96 by Dimitri Shostakovich, played the  Vienna Conservatory  
21:20 Ballroom:
Welcoming the guests of honor and opening by Mayor Michael Häupl
21:30 Ballroom:
“Alles Walzer” – The young ladies and gentlemen Committee:  The Viennese Ball Orchestra under the direction of Prof. Wolfgang Ortner
21:30 North buffet:
Beginning at the roulette table of Casinos Austria
21:30 Discothèque:
The Wickie, Slime and Paiper clubbing with star DJ as a surprise guest
00:00 Ballroom:
Midnight interlude – Overture “Candide” by Leonard Bernstein, played by  the Vienna Conservatory 
24/7 Lecture “Vienna’s scientists and Their impact on the world!” By Marc Abrahams, mastermind of the Ig Nobel Prize
00:20 Ballroom:
Midnight Quadrille
12:40 Ballroom:
Fred Schreiber & The Great Conspiracy:  Schlager Advanced – Swing for couples
12:40 Discothèque:
The Wickie, Slime and Paiper Clubbing
01:30 Ballroom:
Dancing till the early morning:  The Viennese Ball Orchestra  under the direction of Prof. Wolfgang Ortner
Ball end
This photograph shows some of the ball’s organizers and ambassadors:
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