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Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel prize

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
Plenary / Panel
German and English language

The Ig Nobel Prizes, awarded annually at a ceremony at Harvard University, honour research that first make people laugh, and then make them think. The awards celebrate the unusual, honour the imaginative, and spur people’s interest in science, medicine and technology.
Join founder and host of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony Marc Abrahams for an in-depth look at some recent mind-popping Ig Nobel Prize winners. Hear Ig Nobel Prize-winner Kees Moeliker describe his Ig-winning study of homosexual necrophilia in ducks and also his recent search for an endangered species: the pubic louse.

Editor and co-founder, Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), Cambridge
Curator, Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam; Chief, European Bureau of Improbable Research; Ig Nobel prize winner 2003, Rotterdam
Freie Journalistin, Wien

Marc ABRAHAMS

Editor and co-founder, Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), Cambridge

, he was the editor of the Journal of Irreproducible Results.
 Graduated from Harvard College with a degree in applied mathematics.
 Spent several years developing optical character recognition computer systems (including a reading machine for the blind), and later founded Wisdom Simulators, Inc., a creator of educational software.
 He was the back-page humor columnist for the late, lamented computer magazine Byte.
 He wrote a monthly back-page humor column for the engineering magazine Design News.
 He has been commentator for ABC-TV's World News Now and on public radio.
 He is the father and master of ceremonies of the Ig Nobel Prize.
 In addition to editing the magazine, Marc writes a monthly newsletter called mini-AIR, a weekly column for the British newspaper The Guardian, and a daily blog.
1990-1994
 He also frequently performs lectures that show both the funny side AND the importance of science, medicine, and technology.

B.Sc. Kees MOELIKER

Curator, Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam; Chief, European Bureau of Improbable Research; Ig Nobel prize winner 2003, Rotterdam

Assistant butcher, Rotterdam Nature guide, Costa Rica English teacher, Istanbul Biology teacher, Rotterdam Lecturer in biology, Hogeschool Rotterdam Education officer, Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam Chief curator and head of communications, Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam Editorial board, Annals of Improbable Research
1980-1984
1985
1985
1986-1989
1990
1989-1994
since 1995
since 2003

Dr. Gisela HOPFMÜLLER-HLAVAC

Freie Journalistin, Wien

Ressort Innenpolitik in der Radio-Information, ORF - Österreichischer Rundfunk Ressortleiterin, ORF - Österreichischer Rundfunk Sendungsverantwortliche "Report", Moderation des politischen TV-Wochenmagazins des ORF "Report" Sendungsverantwortung für "Report International" Sendungsverantwortung für "Europa-Panorama" Moderation von "Modern Times", des Zukunftsmagazins des ORF Leiterin der Hauptabteilung "Bildung und Zeitgeschehen", ORF - Österreichischer Rundfunk
1984-2009
1991-1997
1997-2002
1999
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2002-2005
2002-2009

Technology Forum

show timetable

21.08.2008

08:00 - 10:30Technology brunch hosted by Tiroler ZukunftsstiftungSocial
11:00 - 11:20Opening by the European Forum AlpbachPlenary
11:20 - 12:00Plenary sessionPlenary
12:00 - 12:30Plenary sessionPlenary
13:00 - 13:45Ethics of sciencePlenary
13:45 - 14:30Stem cellsPlenary
15:00 - 16:00Politics and science – Advice through sciencePlenary
18:00 - 19:30BionicsPlenary
19:30 - 21:30Reception hosted by Alcatel-Lucent Austria AGSocial

22.08.2008

07:00 - 14:00Working Group 07: Success factor human resources – Regions in competitionBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 01: From basic research to economic valueBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 09: The governance of applied research: responsibilities, independence and resourcesBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 03: The myths of life sciences and their consequencesBreakout
07:00 - 13:00Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach – Science and technology for kidsBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 05: Think Tanks in AustriaBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 06: Gender mainstreaming in science and development. Perceive realities and decide visionarilyBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 10: Digital healthcareBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 02: Research integrity in scienceBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 04: Aviation and the environmentBreakout
07:00 - 14:00Working Group 08: Climate change – The future of transportBreakout
07:00 - 16:00Junior Alpbach – Science and technology for young peopleBreakout
08:00 - 13:00Special Event: From the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe to the Regional Cooperation Council – A New Momentum for the Western Balkans’ Perspective in Higher Education and Research?Breakout
08:00 - 14:00Working Group 11: Energy efficiency – Recognizing opportunities, utilizing potentialsBreakout
14:30 - 15:15The frontiers of science, part IPlenary
15:15 - 16:30Global competition for global talentsPlenary
18:00 - 19:30Information and communications infrastructures – The nerve centres of modern societiesPlenary

23.08.2008

08:00 - 08:30Science education for a science-driven societyPlenary
08:30 - 09:15The frontiers of science, part IIPlenary
09:15 - 09:45The future of the environment and agriculturePlenary
10:00 - 10:15Junior Alpbach and Ö1 Children’s University Alpbach 2008Plenary
10:15 - 11:15Improbable Research and the Ig Nobel prizePlenary
11:15 - 12:00Snack reception, hosted by AVL List GmbHSocial