Master of Ceremonies, Marc Abrahams (AB ’78), will host the event, teledistantly.   We will simulcast the event (i.e., in real time) on the large screen at the Worden Theater (Stevens Center in North Andover).  We'll start with light refreshments at 5:30, and at 6 PM we'll advance to the theater for the award ceremony. 

Bring your best paper airplane designs – all will be made clear during the ceremony. 

 This is a family-friendly event, open to all Harvard alums and their guests and NAHS   supporters, however, please do not attend if you are not fully-vaccinated and boosted, if   eligible, against COVID-19.

About the Ig Nobels:

The Ig Nobel Prizes honor research achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK.  At its core, the Ig Nobel award ceremony is a night of genuine appreciation for real research outcomes, which, although funny, are never simply just a joke.  Pre-pandemic, the ceremony, in Sanders Theatre, drew more press coverage, worldwide, than any other annual event held at Harvard.   

A spoof of the Nobel Prize, part of the charm of the Ig Nobel awards is the genuinely low-budget amateur-stage-production feel.  Contrasting slightly with the medal, diploma and 9 million Swedish Krona given to Nobel Prize winners, Ig Nobel winners are given a certificate, a homemade trophy and a defunct $10 trillion Zimbabwean dollar note. 

This year's theme is KnowledgeCLICK HERE for a program of the event.
More detail can be found on the event's website link
About the MC, Marc Abrahams

Marc Abrahams (AB’78 Applied Math) co-founded and edits the magazine Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), and wrote This is Improbable, The Ig Nobel Prizes, and other books. He edits and writes much of the website and blog, and the monthly newsletter mini-AIR. For thirteen years, he also wrote a newspaper column (called “Improbable Research”) for The Guardian. He created and hosts the Improbable Research podcast.

About our Venue, The Worden Theater

Recently constructed from a library stacks building, the Worden is a 69-seat, ADA-accessible, multi-media theater boasting a 25’ screen, HD video and 7.1 surround sound.   A state-of-the-art fresh air exchange system with MERV 13 filtration provides maximum comfort and safety to patrons.  A model of energy efficiency, it is 100% solar powered with geothermal heating & cooling.

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING:  Please visit this link for directions to the Theater at 800 Mass Ave, N. Andover.  Parking is available at the municipal lot on Johnson St. next to the North Andover Youth Center.

Questions?  Contact Stuart Peskoe (, or text 508-353-2510

The 32nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

The Harvard Club of Merrimack Valley and the North Andover Historical Society invite you to join us for a live simulcast of the 32nd First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony

DATE Thursday, 15 September 2022
TIME 5:30 PM - 6 PM -- Light Refreshments
6 PM - 7:30 PM -- Ceremony
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM -- Post Mingling
LOCATION  Worden Theater at the Stevens Center,
800 Massachusetts Ave, North Andover
EVENT The Annual Ig Nobels - Big-Screen Simulcast 

In partnership with the North Andover Historical Society, the event will be held in their new Worden Theater.  

Harvard Club of Merrimack Valley