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Lunch Break Science returns to the historic building of the Science Museum of Virginia next month. After taking a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, science enthusiasts can once again, quite literally, have a front-row seat to lunchtime presentations on cutting-edge science topics.

Lunch Break Science is the long-running program series offering an engaging presentation on science, technology, engineering, or math. A different expert gives everyone a free talk of about an hour.

Since 2020, the Science Museum has offered the programs virtually, which allowed guests to view presentations by speakers from around the world. Topics have included travel to Mars, flying serpents, portable iron art, ancient herons of hell, smallpox in Viking DNA, neuroscience of pumpkin spice, sea dragons, music therapy, robots, baseball physics, zombie wasps and more.

The first in-person scientific lunch break takes place on Wednesday, April 6 at noon.

Lunch break science events take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

The April 6 presentation covers the history and science behind how experts study Earth’s temperature, and why temperature is a crucial indicator of global climate change. Given by Science Museum David and Jane Cohn scientist Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, guests will learn how rising temperatures will affect Virginia and its people.

The Science Museum will host several lunch break science events this year themed around the traveling exhibits “Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity” opening April 30 and “Planet Shark: Predator or Prey” opening May 28. Programs and speakers are listed on the Science Museum website. website when details are finalized.

Science enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to participate in the free programs. The presentations are intended for an adult audience. The 12 p.m. series start time allows community members working at nearby businesses or working from home at the many apartments that have opened at Scott’s Addition in recent years, to walk in on their lunch break to attend.

The Science Museum offers Lunch Break Science to show Virginians their connection to science and inspire them to explore how science enriches their lives. Bringing the series back in person allows the Science Museum to highlight the innovative work that is happening in a variety of fields and gives guests direct access to the talented professionals who do it.

How? ‘Or’ What:
Guests interested in attending the Science Lunch Break on April 6, or any subsequent sessions, should register with Guest Services upon arrival at the Science Museum.

Lunch Break Science events take place in the Barbara Thalhimer Theater of the Science Museum. First come, first served. The theater can accommodate 125 guests.

Guests are welcome to bring food and drinks to enjoy during the presentation. The science museum has vending machines in the rotunda.

Virginia Science Museum, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220

Dr. Jeremy Hoffmam – Photo courtesy of the Science Museum of Virginia

Melvin Z. Madore