The 32nd First Annual
Ig Nobel Ceremony

Thursday, September 15, 2022


The 32nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony will happen (as in 2020 and 2021, in deference to the lurking ambitions of Covid-19) entirely online, on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 6:00 pm (US eastern time). Ten new Ig Nobel prizes will be awarded for things that make people LAUGH, then THINK.

While you are waiting… watch a recording of last year’s (2021) Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. And dip into some of the press reports, which even include an editorial or two.

What Languages?   |   Ceremony Details
Support The Igs   |    Ig Informal Lectures

In addition to the usual English-language stream, there will be separate streams in several languages. Details will be announced here.  (And you can go visit the special Ig Nobel exhibition in Taiwan, which runs from June 25 through September 11, 2022!)

The ceremony itself will include these traditional elements:

    • Winners — Ten new Ig Nobel Prize winners will be introduced. Each winner (or winning team) has done something that makes people LAUGH, then THINK
    • Presenters — A gaggle of genuine, genuinely bemused Nobel laureates handed the Ig Nobel Prizes to the new Ig Nobel winners. Here’s the gaggle:
    • Theme — the theme of the 2022 ceremony, evinced in the opera and other bits, is: Knowledge.
    • Mini-Opera — A new mini-opera (called “The Know-It-All Club”) will premiere as part of the ceremony. The opera features Maria Ferrante, Ivan Gusev, Jupiter Montalvo, Ted Sharpe, Yulia Yun, and a peppering of other Know-It-Alls.
    • 24/7 Lectures — Several of the world’s great thinkers will tell us, briefly, what they are thinking about (first in 24 seconds, then in 7 words) in the 24/7 Lectures. This year’s 24/7 lecturers:
    • Paper Airplanes ThrowingYou or your institution can submit a video to be included in the ceremony — The deadline for that is July 31, 2022. We especially welcome schools and libraries (feel free to display your school or library name blatantly, if you wish!). Have everyone aim their paper airplane at the camera. Keep your video brief — ten seconds max. An iPhone video works fine. Landscape orientation is best, but portrait is okay, too. For examples, watch the paper plane throwing in last year’s ceremony. Submit your video to <marc ATTTTTT improbable DOTTTTT com>
  • Welcome, Goodbye — The traditional Welcome, Welcome Speech and the traditional Goodbye, Goodbye Speech will each be delivered by Jean Berko Gleason, who will strive to maintain the standard for what welcome speeches and goodbye speeches should be.
  • And other things


Normally, we fund the ceremony almost entirely from ticket revenues, plus a few small amounts from generous donors. But in the Covid-19 pandemic years 2020, 2021, and 2022 there are no theater tickets, and so no ticket revenues. Our expenses are lower (no theater rental!), but still substantial. If you or your organization would like to help, please donate to the Ig.


In the Ig Informal Lectures, the new winners will explain, if they can, what they did and why they did it.

Normally the lectures happen at MIT, two days after the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. But in this pandemic year, they will happen online only, one at a time. The schedule will be announced here.