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The 33rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prizes:

The 33rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prizes ceremony
(September 14, 2023, Webcast)

The 33rd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize ceremony happened on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at 6:00 pm (US eastern time). The 2023 ceremony happened entirely as a webcast, not in a theatre.

Watch video of the ceremony:

Video of the ceremony with captions in Japanese.

The ceremony itself included these and other traditional elements:

Also of interest: Glance at press accounts of the new winners, and watch some enhanced acceptance speeches

A partial history of the paper airplanes in the 2023 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

Many people in many places accepted our invitation to throw paper planes. Here’s how [UPDATE: The deadline for submitting 2023 paper airplane videos has now passed]:

Ig Nobel Face-to-Face 2023
(Saturday evening, November 11, 2023, The MIT Museum, Cambridge)

A New, Additional Event One Month After the Ceremony: there will be a new, companion event called Ig Nobel Face-to-Face. The new Ig Nobel Prize winners and other researchers will ask each other questions about their work. (There will also be music and paper airplanes and other good stuff.) Many of the new winners plan to come be part of this event — specifically winners of the:

This new event will happen in the new MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, on Saturday evening, November 11, 2023.

This will be something of a joyous homecoming for us. The very first Ig Nobel Prize ceremony was held in the MIT Museum (in their old building) in 1991.

TICKETS will go on sale soon at the Museum’s web site. (This event will NOT be webcast live. An edited recording will be webcast later in the year.)


Some of the new winners will also participate in public events in London (on November 18) and Tokyo (date to be announced soon ). Details will appear on the Upcoming Events page.

We Ask for Your Help

As per tradition, the ceremony is funded on a shoestring. If you or your organization would like to help, please donate to the Ig.

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