Because of the spreading of the covid-19 virus in Denmark is happening fast, and the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is shut down until March 27, it has been decided that we must postpone the Ig Nobel event at SDU for the foreseeable future. 

We hope to host the Ig Nobel event later, and we will keep you updated as soon as we know more.


Best regards,


Ig Nobel organizing committee



Do you want to know?

  • how reindeer react to humans who are disguised as polar bears?
  • if wine experts can smell the presence of a single fly in a glass of wine?
  • if dog training can be used to train orthopaedic surgeons?
  • if tapping beer cans prevents beer loss?


The Ig Nobel Prize is awarded for “peculiar research” that makes us laugh at ­first and then think deeply. It is difficult to fully describe the Ig Nobel Prize and the lectures of the prize winners in particular – experience it for yourself!  

If you want to know more about the award, check out the Ig Nobel webpage or their YouTube channel.

The event starts in the afternoon at 4 pm on 15 April. It will begin with a short lecture from the founder, Marc Abrahams, who will talk about the prize and the ceremony at Harvard University. Followed by the three Ig Nobel Prize winners below, who will explain and perhaps demonstrate their prize-winning achievements:

Sindre Eftestøl, Oslo University – for testing how reindeer react to seeing humans who are disguised as polar bears. This research won The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Arctic Science. The study.


Eva Bertilsson – for using a simple animal-training technique (called “clicker training”) to train surgeons to perform orthopaedic surgery. This research won The 2019 Ig Nobel Prize in Medical Education. The study.


Peter Witzgall, University of Munich and University of Swedish Agricultural Sciences – for demonstrating that wine experts can reliably identify, by smell, the presence of a single fly in a glass of wine. This research won The 2018 Ig Nobel Prize in Biology. The study.


And finally, from SDU:

Elizaveta Sopina and Irina E. Antonescu, University of Southern Denmark – for testing whether tapping beer cans prevents beer loss. Perhaps future Ig Nobel awardees.

The study.


Warning: The lectures are not suitable for the humourless. :-) 

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