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Lunch Break Science is The Leakey Foundation’s live-streamed web series. The series features interviews, short talks, and viewer questions with Leakey Foundation grantees about the latest in human evolution research.

Take a break from your day and feed your brain with The Leakey Foundation! New episodes stream live the first and third Thursday of every month on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and here on this page.

Lunch Break Science is made possible by the generous support of the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Camilla and George Smith, and the Joan and Arnold Travis Education Fund.


Help us celebrate Lunch Break Science’s 50th Episode!

In celebration of Lunch Break Science’s 50th episode, we are bringing back some of our favorite past guest scientists to answer fan questions about human evolution. Submit your question today for a chance to be featured on Lunch Break Science!

In celebration of Lunch Break Science’s 50th episode, we are bringing back some of our favorite past guest scientists to answer fan questions about human evolution. Submit your question today for a chance to be featured on Lunch Break Science!


Lunch Break Science #43 | Erin Vogel
Thursday, April 21, 2022
11 am Pacific | 2 pm Eastern

Meet Leakey Foundation Grantee Dr. Erin Vogel and learn about orangutan diet, nutrition, and conservation.

Watch live at 11 am Pacific, 12 pm Mountain, 1 pm Central, and 2 pm Eastern on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, or here on Leakey Foundation Live to ask questions live.

Submit questions for Dr. Vogel here:

Lunch Break Science Questions


Past Videos


Science Through Visual Stories | Sara ElShafie Workshop

Join Sara ElShafie, a global change biologist and science storytelling consultant, to learn how to create aesthetically pleasing and informative visuals for science storytelling. “Science Through Visual Stories” is part of our career development program for Leakey Foundation grantees and the wider science community.

This online workshop will help you create better presentations, figures, photographs, footage, and any other visual media you need for your science communication endeavors. This event was recorded live on July 22, 2020.


Unravelling the Genetic Past and Present of Island Southeast Asia | Irene Gallego Romero

Leakey Foundation grantee Irene Gallego Romero discusses the presence of Denisovan DNA in present-day Papuans. She also examines the positioning of Indonesia in the global human genetics landscape.

“Unravelling the Genetic Past and Present of Island Southeast Asia” was recorded live on October 20, 2020.


Leakey Foundation grantee Daniel Lieberman discusses his latest book, Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding.

This lecture is presented by The Leakey Foundation, the Harvard Book Store, the Harvard University Division of Science, and the Cabot Science Library.

This lecture was recorded on January 5, 2021.


The Leakey Foundation’s Young Professionals Group hosts barber shop talk with two evolutionary biologists and hair enthusiasts, Tina Lasisi and Liz Tapanes. Learn more about hair from a practical perspective, from a social perspective, and from the many overlapping disciplines that have shaped how we think about hair.

This event was recorded live on January 12, 2021.


The Leakey Foundation celebrates Darwin’s birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Descent of Man. This event brings together seven world-class scholars and science communicators to explore what Darwin got right and what he got wrong about the origin, history, and biological variation of humans.

This event was recorded live on February 13, 2021.


Dr. Briana Pobiner discusses her outreach activities and research in science education, which are part of her broader science communication efforts on human evolution with various public audiences. Dr. Pobiner is the recipient of the 2021 AAPA & Leakey Foundation Communication and Outreach Award in Honor of Camilla M. Smith.

This Speaker Series on Human Origins lecture was recorded live on June 22, 2021.