Arisia: Nominate a reader for our Jan. 15th event


Calling all Arisia fen: Improbable Research will return to Arisia on Friday, January 15, 2016 and we’re asking the fen to help us find the best people to present some of our research papers.

(There are a limited number of these reader positions)

What qualities should the person you nominate have to be a reader at this event:

  • Charismatic stage presence
  • Good speaking voice
  • Able to read clearly and vivaciously into a microphone
  • Not easily rattled when asked strange questions about a strange research paper they themselves have only just skimmed
  • (most important) Attending Arisia on Friday Jan 15, 2016

This Arisia event will include a number of brief, dramatic readings from studies and patents that have won an Ig Nobel prize. Shortly before this event begins, we will supply our Readers with a selection of papers to choose between.

James Bacon, illuminated by Human Spotlight, Dr. Jim Bredt (photo by D. Kessler)
Do you know someone who should be illuminated by The Human Spotlight? (photo by D. Kessler)

They choose one, and then find the portions of it they want to read – or present in some other dramatic manner – to the audience.

Each presentation will be 2 minutes long, after which the Reader may (if they wish) entertain questions from the audience. In answering these questions, they may draw from the paper or from their personal experience. They may surmise or deflect, but they must not lie.


If you know people like this then please go to our nomination page and tell us that they would be good readers for this Ig-Arisia event (perhaps you’ll also tell us why they would be good readers).

If you would like to know people like this, then head to our nomination page to see who has already been nominated.

We encourage you to nominate attendees, staff, vendors, or other unexpected people who would do a good job (see the list of qualities, above).