On April 28, 2016, the California Academy of Sciences hosted their 30th annual Big Bang Gala, a creative and unique night that brings together young professionals, science enthusiasts and great minds in the Bay to discover and engage with science and the Academy’s initiatives to explore, understand and support life.
This year’s Gala emphasized the importance of communication in the space and the important role it plays in educating the public about prominent issues such as sustainability and conservation. The night began with a cocktail reception and attendees had the option to choose between two incredibly insightful talks, one by conservation scientist M. Sanjayan and the other by philanthropist Wendy Schmidt and renowned science journalist Andrew Revkin. The talks were followed by a locally sourced and sustainable dinner by McCalls.
The Gala was followed by the Party After Dark event which spanned the Academy’s indoor and outdoor exhibitions and included a live set by indie band Purity Ring, as well as special talks by Adam Savage of the Mythbusters, food trucks, a silent disco hosted by DJ Dave Paul, who is famous for his Michael Jackson vs Prince sets and an immensely popular photo booth.
The California Academy of Sciences was founded in 1853 and welcomes over 1.5 million visitors every year. Its annual Big Bang gala and after party is instrumental in raising funds for the Academy’s globally renowned initiatives of scientific discovery and education.