This year we are gathering virtually for a spooktacular evening full of scary (and fun!) surprises. Meet new postdocs in a spooky setting and show off your best Halloween Zoom background. Share your spookiest story and join in on some Halloween online group games. There will also be a costume contest with prizes for the winners!
This is an inclusive event, so friends/roommates/partners/pets/Halloween-loving kids/… are welcome!
Costumes are encouraged but not required to attend.
Bored of your home office? Need a break? Do you want to connect with other postdocs from SFU and UBC and discuss topics that are relevant to you while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea? Then come and join us for our upcoming virtual SFU-UBC PDA coffee socials this fall. Kids/pets/partners/friends are welcome!!
Join us every Tuesday from 2-3pm starting next week, October 13: Register Here!
Our discussion topics will include:
– International Postdocs (Oct 13, 2-3 pm): Are you an international postdoc? Do you have questions about immigration or funding or are you struggling with being far away from friends and family during these difficult times? Do you just want to connect with other newcomers to Canada? – We got you covered! This session will be joined by a certified immigration consultant.
– Postdocs with kids (Oct 20, 2-3 pm): We can all agree that postdocs with kids are facing some special challenges, especially during the pandemic. Postdoc parents, this is your place to chat about child care, work/life balance, working from home… and to meet other postdocs with kids to make new connections!
– New to Vancouver (Oct 27, 2-3 pm): Are you new to Vancouver? Maybe moved here during the pandemic?? Meet other postdocs to make new connections and to exchange ideas about what to explore in Vancouver!
– Coping with COVID-19 – What keeps you happy? (Nov 3, 2-3 pm): COVID-19 isn’t going away soon – what are your tips and strategies for coping with the new stresses brought on by a global pandemic? Exchange stories, worries and ideas and establish some new connections. We can all use some good socialising these days, especially during the gloomy months of fall.
Register Here! We will send out registration confirmation e-mails with zoom links closer to the date.
Ice Cream Social
It’s Postdoc Appreciation Week and the UBC PDA is celebrating YOU by giving away free ice cream. Enjoy the last days of summer with ice cream and cold drinks while safely meeting up with other postdocs!
**Due to heavy rain and strong winds in the forecast, we have postponed this event to next week.
(Updated) When – Tuesday, Sept 29 at 3:00 pm
Where – The lawn on Main Mall, in front of the Biodiversity Museum (look out for the group of people with coolers full of ice cream)
A note on Safety Precautions:
We are taking safety very seriously and as such we will be following several safety measures. We will be capping the registration at 30 people and during the event we will be enforcing social distancing of 2 meters. We will be providing hand sanitizer and will be encouraging masks to be worn unless you are eating (we will provide masks as needed). The ice cream provided will be individually wrapped. As the pandemic is always evolving, we will be monitoring the situation and may cancel the event if needed.
Virtual Trivia Night with SFU Postdocs
The UBC and SFU PDA are teaming up for an epic Trivia Night. Join us for a fun evening and connect with other postdocs from SFU and UBC to test your knowledge!
Prizes for the winning team and runner up!
When – Friday, Sept 25 at 6 pm
Where – at home, via zoom
You are invited to bring your partner/roommates/friends along, but let us know how many people are participating, as we will be forming teams.
We will e-mail a zoom link to all participants who have successfully signed up closer to the date. Register fast as spots are limited!
We are excited to welcome back in-person socials with a socially distanced Picnic in the Park. Bring your own blanket and food for a lovely evening outside meeting up with other postdocs!
When: Thursday, August 27 at 4pm
Where: Trimble Park (exact location within the park will be provided upon registration)
This is an inclusive event, so please feel free to bring your partner/children/friends. Just please let us know how many guests will be joining as we will be limiting the number of participants in order to adhere to social distancing and safety measures.
A note on Safety Precautions:
We are taking safety very seriously and as such we will be following several safety measures. We will be capping the registration at 30 people and during the event we will be enforcing social distancing of 2 meters. We will be providing hand sanitizer and will be encouraging masks to be worn (we will provide them as needed). There will be individually packaged soda/water available but there will be no sharing of food at this event, so please bring your own snacks/dinner. As the pandemic is always evolving, we will be monitoring the situation and may cancel the event if needed.
Register Here! We are looking forward to seeing you in-person for a fun and safe August social!
GrasPods is organizing an online panel event on the best ways to transition from wet-lab to dry-lab:
In the current COVID-19 pandemic, many scientists are looking into dry lab research, including exploring big data and bioinformatics methods. In this panel discussion and Q&A session, our invited guests will talk about the best approaches in transitioning from wet to dry lab work, including project considerations, funding, and employment opportunities.
Dr. Sam Aparicio- Distinguished Scientist, BC Cancer Research Centre
Dr. Chris Hughes- Staff Scientist, BC Cancer Research Centre
Dr. Sarah Grasedieck- Postdoctoral Fellow, Michael Smith Laboratories
July 28th, 11 AM-12:30 PM
Meeting ID: 880 4432 3079
The PDA proudly presents 3 Minute Postdoc Slam 2020
The Postdoc Slam Event is going virtual this year! Tune in on July 22 to compete in or attend our annual slam competition and for two great keynote speakers discussing science communication.
Everyone is welcome to attend! (Postdoc Slam Competition is only open to postdocs). Registration is required to attend the event.
When? July 22, 2020 from 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Where? Online via Zoom (participants will receive a Zoom link after registration)
If you would like to participate in the Postdoc Slam Competition, presenter registration Deadline is July 8th
Alan Shapiro is a water, sustainability, and science communication professional passionate about applying science communication tools to environmental issues. Alan splits his time between teaching at BCIT and SFU and consulting for non-profits and companies on water and sustainability challenges. He is also co-founder and chair of science outreach non-profit Science Slam Canada. Find him on Twitter at @watercomm.
Dr. Sinéad Aherne is currently a Project Manager at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) at BC Cancer where she has worked since 2017. Dr. Aherne has a PhD in Molecular Medicine, PMP certification, and 14 years experience conducting & managing clinical and basic science research. At the GSC she works with Principle Investigators to provide research project management support for large-scale epigenomics projects with a particular focus on financial management, stakeholder management, and knowledge translation. Prior to her role at the GSC, Dr Aherne worked as Science Festival Coordinator for Taste of Science Tampa. In this position she led a team of seven volunteers to produce Tampa’s largest science festival showcasing 27 speakers across 10 venues. She has MC’ed events, given TV, radio, & newspaper interviews, and spoken to the general public about her cancer research at the 2016 festival. She was also a speaker at the March for Science in St. Petersburg, Florida (~ 7,000 people, 2017).
Dear UBC Postdocs,
As a community, we value diverse voices and stand for equity and justice. If you would like information on how to connect, become more informed, or how to take action, the Postdoc Community has compiled a list of anti-racism resources:
Dear UBC Postdoc Community,
In order to identify and resolve any COVID19 response-associated issues you might be currently facing, the UBC Postdoc Association (PDA) would like to assess the impact of the state of emergency on UBC’s postdoc community.
Therefore, we have prepared an anonymous survey inquiring about the impact of the lock-down and research curtailments on UBC postdoc’s health, safety, work and research, immigration status, career paths, and financial situation.
Please take 5 to 10 minutes to give us your feedback and help us to identify situations that need immediate attention (University-wide or Department-specific), which we can then actively follow up on and present to the responsible authorities. If you are especially satisfied with how UBC or your Department responded to the pandemic, you can also take this opportunity to highlight what you appreciated.
Please follow this link to the (mobile-friendly!) survey and feel free to pass it on to other UBC- and affiliated postdocs:
Parts of the anonymous data collected in this survey will be incorporated in the national CAPS survey report on the COVID19 pandemic impacts on postdoc’s, which will provide the basis of national science policy discussions and negotiations (https://sciencepolicy.ca/news/limiting-negative-impact-covid-19-pandemic-canadian-postdoctoral-scholars).
Thank you for your cooperation!
Your UBC PDA team
Join us for an online Games Night on Wednesday, June 17th @ 6pm on Zoom.
We have games for everyone! You will be able to join different groups to play: Online pictionary, Card games and Codenames! Learn to play and if you already know how… you’ll know how much fun it’ll be! Roommates, partners and family welcome!
Miss the smell of popcorn? Bored of watching movies alone? Join your UBC PDA for a THURSDAY NIGHT WATCH PARTY on June 11th at 7:00pm.
Register and Vote for your favorite movies here: https://bit.ly/PDAmovie-nightWe will watch the movie with the most votes together on Thursday, June 11th at 7:00 pm using the Netflix Party app (download google chrome extension here: https://www.netflixparty.com/). We will let you know which movie we will be watching the day before the movie party, so please RSVP!