March Science Cafe: Ig Nobel Prizes

The Swansea Science Cafe offers opportunities for anyone to find out more about new, exciting and topical areas of science in an informal and entertaining way.

Title: Ig Nobel Prizes

Speaker: Marc Abrahams (Master of Ceremonies of the Ig Nobel Prizes, and editor of The Annals of Improbable Research)

Date: Wednesday 27th March

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: The Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea

Admission: Free, all welcome

Marc is well known as the public face of the Ig Nobel Prizes. These annual awards honour research achievements that make people laugh and then think. The prizes celebrate the unusual, honour the imaginative and spur people's interest in science, medicine and technology.

They are handed out by genuine Nobel Laureates at a gala ceremony held each autumn at Harvard University. Marc will talk about Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel Prizes.

For more information on Marc and the Ig Nobel prizes, see www.improbable.com

Contact details: http://swansea.ac.uk/science/swanseasciencecafe/

About Science Cafe Wales

Each month, a leading expert in their field will give a brief introductory talk followed by a friendly informal chat. You can sit back, relax with a drink and listen or get involved in the discussion and debate. The Science Café organisers are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable.

Science Café Wales are held in casual settings in Cardiff, Swansea and Bangor. They are informal and accessible and entrance is entirely free. They usually start with a short talk from the speaker, usually a scientist or writer, followed by a quick break and then an hour or so of discussion afterwards.

Previous topics have included dark matter, the common cold, Dr Who, the Big Bang and alternative therapies.

The first Cafes Scientifiques in the UK were held in Leeds in 1998. From there cafés gradually spread across the country.

Currently, some 40 or so cafés meet regularly to hear scientists or writers on science talk about their work and discuss it with diverse audiences.