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Lunch Break Science

Take a break from your day and feed your brain with The Leakey Foundation!

Lunch Break Science is a livestreamed web series that brings you fascinating short talks and engaging interviews with Leakey Foundation scientists.

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Feed your curiosity

Go behind the scenes to learn about the latest human origins discoveries or dig deeper into topics like Neanderthals, chimpanzee behavior, and more! Even better, you can interact with researchers during the show and have your questions answered on air.

Lunch Break Science streams here and on YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn on the third Thursday of every month at 11 am Pacific / 2  pm Eastern / 6 pm GMT.

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The Origins of Lunch Break Science

In 2020, when Education Director Arielle Johnson had to bring The Leakey Foundation’s public programs online due to the pandemic, she took the opportunity to create something new. Within a few months of the cancellation of in-person events, she created and launched Lunch Break Science.

“I thought about what is unique and what I love most about The Leakey Foundation. While planning our public programs, I have the privilege of getting to know many of the scientists we fund. Hearing about the fascinating paths that they have taken is always my favorite part,” said Arielle. She created Lunch Break Science as a platform for Leakey Foundation grantees to share not only their research but also their stories. “From PhD candidates at the start of their careers to world-renowned experts at the top of their fields, they each tell an integral part of the story of how human evolution research is conducted.”

Thank you to our sponsors

Lunch Break Science is made possible by generous support from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Camilla and George Smith, the Joan and Arnold Travis Education Fund, and donors like you!

Just $5 each month can help bring the human evolutionary story to thousands of curious minds! Even better, your gift will be quadruple-matched!

I [name], of [city, state ZIP], bequeath the sum of $[ ] or [ ] percent of my estate to L.S.B. Leakey Foundation for Research Related to Man’s Origins, Behavior & Survival, (dba The Leakey Foundation), a nonprofit organization with a business address of 1003B O’Reilly Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129 and a tax identification number 95-2536475 for its unrestricted use and purpose.

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