Big Bang | Next Wave
Thursday, April 28, 2022
6-11 pm
Festive attire encouraged!

This year's event sold out! Thank you to all of our Big Bang supporters!
Check out pictures from this year's event here.

Big Bang | Next Wave is back! Make waves at the coolest science soirée of the year:

Event Co-Chairs: Julia & Kevin Hartz
Corporate Chair: Jack Forestell, Visa Inc.

You're invited to an in-person celebration of the Academy's new mission and the kickoff of Phase II of our Hope for Reefs initiative. Join us for a deep dive into cutting-edge research, global partnerships, and the power of public engagement to help save coral reefs for future generations. All this, plus food, drinks, entertainment, and more.

6 pm: Cocktail reception
7 pm: Keynote presentation by Alexandra Cousteau
8 pm: Gourmet dinner followed by post-dinner cocktails, dessert reception, and a fireside chat featuring Hope for Reefs scientists Elora López-Nandam and Alison Gould.

For your safety, all guests 12+ must provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, with boosters strongly encouraged. Masks must be worn indoors unless actively eating or drinking. Learn more


Keynote presentation

Portrait of oceans advocate Alexandra Cousteau at the beach

Alexandra Cousteau is the co-founder of Oceans 2050, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, filmmaker, and oceans advocate leading a global initiative to restore marine biodiversity within the next generation. Her work to protect our oceans honors her grandfather’s legacy and aligns with the Academy’s new mission and our Hope for Reefs initiative.

Dr. Luiz Rocha

Dr. Luiz Rocha is the Academy’s Curator and Follett Chair of Ichthyology. In 2021, he was one of five winners of the prestigious Rolex Awards for Enterprise, awarded to individuals whose work is expanding our knowledge of the world, protecting the environment, and improving human well-being. The award is in recognition of—and will help support—Rocha’s efforts to explore and conserve mesophotic coral reefs, relatively unknown deep-ocean ecosystems, through the Hope for Reefs initiative.

Academy Executive Director Scott D. Sampson

Dr. Scott D. Sampson is the Academy’s Executive Director and William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair. As a renowned paleontologist, author, and advocate of nature-based, experiential education, he leads the institution’s world-class museum as well as programs spanning biodiversity science, environmental learning, and collaborative engagement.

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Donor advisors may recommend a charitable donation to Big Bang (e.g. sponsor a table) through a donor advised fund. Your gift is a tax-deductible contribution except for $325 for each Big Bang gala seat. Personal funds must be used for the full value purchase of publicly-available tables and tickets.

If you have any questions, please contact your fund advisor for information regarding donor advised fund grant guidelines for event sponsorship. In the unlikely event that the event does not occur, your generous support will be considered an unrestricted contribution to the California Academy of Sciences. Thank you for your support.

For more information, please contact:
Nicha Leaser, Associate Director, Donor Events
(415) 379-5423
Big Bang | Next Wave 2022 Host Committee

Thank you so much for your generosity!

Global Visionary
Mrs. William Wilson (Bill)

Environmental Advocate

Biodiversity Champion
Randi & Bob Fisher, Pisces Foundation
Noelle Montgomery & Dan Janney
Mary & Jerome C. Vascellaro
Brenda & Bill Younger

Conservation Partners
Melinda & John Adams
Diana Nelson & John Atwater
Stasia Obremskey & Dan Carroll
Chen Institute
Ann & L. John Doerr
Laura & John Furstenthal
Marcia & John Goldman
Rebecca & Alfred Lin
Marie & Barry Lipman
Leslie & John McQuown
Miao Family
Toni Rembe & Arthur Rock
Catarina & Andy Schwab
Nancy & Gary T. Steele
Pauline & Tom Tusher

Asset Management Company
Caitlin & Nathan Brostrom
Jennifer Brokaw
Josephine Brownback
Dan & Stacey Case Family Foundation
CDF Labor Law LLP
Carolyn & Andrew Chatham
Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
Sonja & Bill Davidow
Niccolo De Luca
Marc Ebbin
Event Network
Karen Frank
Hub International
Catherine Kennedy
Marcy Levine & Peter Joseph
Gretchen B. Kimball
Nicole & Joe Lacob
Victoria Moore
Susan & William Oberndorf
Dr. Kathy Fields & Dr. Garry Rayant
Linnea & George Roberts
Bessie & Bill Seybold
Ingrid Swenson
Roselyne C. Swig
Felicia Chiu & Luke Teeple
Sharon & Russell Woo


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