Big Bang is the Bay Area's most lively celebration, spotlighting scientific discoveries that lead to important global solutions.
This year’s gala will highlight the Academy’s critical work in the Galápagos Islands. Spanning more than 100 years, our relationship with the remote archipelago began in 1905 when eight Academy scientists embarked on a research expedition that would alter the course of Academy history.
With a current generation of Academy scientists at the forefront of discovering ways to protect the islands, gala guests will have a front-row seat to learn how dramatic changes are impacting vulnerable species and ecosystems in the islands and globally.
Your support of the Big Bang Gala and Party After Dark helps the Academy share its mission to explore, explain, and sustain life with 1.5 million visitors each year.
Event Chairs: Mary and Jerome Vascellaro
Honorary Chairs: Mayor London N. Breed, Wendy and Eric Schmidt, Mrs. William Wilson (Bill)
Vice Chairs: Diana Nelson and John C. Atwater, Janice and Matthew Barger, Stasia Obremskey and Dan Carroll, Randi and Bob Fisher/Pisces Foundation, Elizabeth R. Patterson
Corporate Chair: Andrew Anagnost, President & CEO, Autodesk