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Lunch Break Science

Lunch Break Science is The Leakey Foundation’s new online series. This series features interviews and short talks with Leakey Foundation grantees about the latest in human origins research.

Take a break from your day and feed your brain with The Leakey Foundation. New episodes will be streaming live the first and third Thursday of every month starting October 1, 2020 at 11 am PDT on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and here on this page!

Watch on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube if you’d like to participate in the Q&A session.

Bookmark this page and come back on October 1st for our next episode!


Featured Video


Lunch Break Science # 10 | Ainash Childebayeva

Meet Leakey Foundation grantee Ainash Childebayeva and learn about interactions between our genes and the environment.

This episode of Lunch Break Science was recorded live on August 27, 2020.


Upcoming Live Videos


Lunch Break Science # 11 | Rachel Bynoe

October 1 at 11 am PT | 12 pm MT | 1 pm CT | 2 pm ET

Meet Leakey Foundation grantee Rachel Bynoe and learn about her work exploring a submerged Pleistocene site off Happisburgh, England. Watch on FacebookTwitter, or YouTube if you’d like to participate in the Q&A session.


Recent Videos


Lunch Break Science #1 | Zarin Machanda

Explore the nature of chimpanzee communication and relationships with Leakey Foundation grantee and director of the Kibale Chimpanzee Project Zarin Machanda

This episode of Lunch Break Science was recorded live on June 25, 2020.


Lunch Break Science # 2 | Lauren Schroeder

Meet Leakey Foundation grantee Lauren Schroeder and learn what it takes to study the skulls of early human ancestors.

This episode of Lunch Break Science was recorded live on July 2, 2020.


Lunch Break Science #3 | Chalachew Seyoum

Meet Leakey Foundation grantee Chalachew Seyoum and explore the adaptation of early humans’ diet to their environments. He also discusses his discovery of the oldest Homo specimen, dated 2.8 Ma.

This episode of Lunch Break Science was recorded live on July 9, 2020.


Lunch Break Science # 4 | Jenny Tung

Learn about the need for connection and the lasting health impacts of social inequality with MacArthur Fellow and Leakey Foundation grantee Jenny Tung.

This episode of Lunch Break Science was recorded live on July 16, 2020.


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.


Lunch Break Science #5 | Rachna Reddy

Explore the social lives of chimpanzees with Leakey Foundation grantee Rachna Reddy.

This episode of Lunch Break Science was recorded live on July 23, 2020.


Lunch Break Science #6 | Hailay Reda

Meet Leakey Foundation grantee Hailay Reda and learn what it takes to use fossils to reconstruct paleoenvironments. Watch on FacebookTwitter, or YouTube if you’d like to participate in the Q&A session.

This episode of Lunch Break Science was recorded live on July 30, 2020.


Lunch Break Science #7 | Daniel Lieberman

Explore the intersection of human evolution and health with Leakey Foundation grantee Daniel Lieberman. Watch on FacebookTwitter, or YouTube if you’d like to participate in the Q&A session.

This episode of Lunch Break Science was filmed live on August 6, 2020.


Lunch Break Science # 8 | Anne Stone

Explore the evolution of pathogens with Leakey Foundation grantee Anne Stone. Watch on FacebookTwitter, or YouTube if you’d like to participate in the Q&A session.

This episode of Lunch Break Science was filmed live on August 13, 2020.


Lunch Break Science # 9

August 20 at 11 am PDT / 12 pm MDT / 1 pm CDT / 2 pm EDT

Meet Leakey Foundation grantee Caroline Schuppli and learn about orangutan cognition. This short interview is part of The Leakey Foundation’s weekly video series Lunch Break Science. Watch on FacebookTwitter, or YouTube if you’d like to participate in the Q&A session.

This episode of Lunch Break Science was filmed live on August 20, 2020.


Lunch Break Science # 10 | Ainash Childebayeva

August 27 at 11 am PDT / 12 pm MDT / 1 pm CDT / 2 pm EDT

Meet Leakey Foundation grantee Ainash Childebayeva and learn about interactions between our genes and the environment. Watch on FacebookTwitter, or YouTube to participate in the Q&A session.

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This episode of Lunch Break Science was recorded live on August 27, 2020.