Postdoc Research Day keynote speaker announced!

The UBC PDA is excited to announce that the keynote speaker at Postdoc Research Day 2017 will be Dr. Lori Brotto!

Dr. Brotto is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at UBC, a Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health, and Executive Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute at BC Women’s Hospital. She makes frequent media appearances and contributions in relation to sexual health and is a champion of knowledge dissemination.

Her talk will be titled ‘From postdoc to promotion: Making a career out of sexual health’. Here is a summary of what she will cover:

In contemporary times of stress and quick fixes and societal misconceptions about sex, it is perhaps no wonder that a third of individuals experience distressing sexual concerns. This talk will focus on how the practice of acceptance can lead to change with regards to sexual response. It will share the story of how a light-bulb moment during my Postdoctoral Fellowship paved the way for a productive program of research leading to promotion and a book and a number of stumbling blocks along the way.

Postdoc Research Day is an annual event for UBC postdocs to share their research across campus, organised by the UBC PDA. This year’s event will be held on Monday, December 4th – you can find out more here, and submit an abstract to present your work.

UBC endorses the Fundamental Science Review

The Fundamental Science Review, often referred to as the Naylor Report, was released in April, making wide-ranging recommendations for improvements in Canada’s research climate. These include reorganised oversight, substantial increases in federal funding, and better working conditions and career prospects for early-career researchers. Read more about what it means for postdocs in our summary.

Some of these recommendations have been taken on board by the Federal Government, including the recent creation of a new Chief Science Adviser, and the formation of the Canadian Research Coordinating Committee. However, many of the issues raised by the Review are yet to be addressed – meaning Canadian researchers still need to engage with the public and their representatives to show that they support the Review.

You can speak up for science and make a difference – read our tips on how to write to your MP.

UBC has now fully endorsed the recommendations of the Fundamental Science Review – outlined on the website of the VP Research and Innovation. As part of the endorsement, they have launched a social media video campaign featuring UBC researchers explaining why their work is important and why they #SupportTheReport. Two postdocs, both on the PDA Executive Committee, have been featured in the campaign.

UBC PDA President Kieran’s video:

UBC PDA Executive Member Stefanie’s video:

If you would like to be involved in the campaign, you can get in touch with the VPRI team through the link on their page (beneath the video).

UBC Career Days 2017

UBC Career Days
When? October 18 and 19, 11am-5pm
Where? AMS student Nest, 6133 University Boulevard 

Considering what to do after your postdoc is over? Thinking of opportunities outside academia? UBC Career Days job fair is the place for you!

With over 120 exhibitors, this is your chance to get in touch with your future employer!  UBC’s largest career fair presents a chance to talk with HR recruiters, and company representatives at their booth. It’s also a great opportunity for networking in a relaxed environment.

This year, for the first time, the UBC PDA has worked with the organizers to ensure that recruiters relevant to postdocs will be in attendance.

We will also be at the fair to help you out! Make sure you drop by the UBC-PDA stand (on the Atrium level) where we’ll point you in the right direction for the most relevant employers.

PDA Social Event: Great Climate Race

Join the PDA team at the Great Climate Race in the morning of October 29 – a 10km race/walk (whatever you prefer) along the seawall of beautiful Stanley Park. It’s not just any race – it’s one with environmental awareness. Look forward to a unique experience filled with costumes, theatrics, technology displays, fun and surprises!

Cost: Registration is free this year. 🙂
Bring: If you like, you can run/walk in a costume. 🙂

Excited? Resister with our team, or email Jessica for further information, including meeting time, etc.

PDA Social Event: PDA Holiday Party

Join us for our annual PDA Holiday Party on Tuesday, 12 December at 7:00pm at Nuba in Kitsilano! Let’s celebrate the festive season together while enjoying a delicious Lebanese buffet. Nuba offers fresh, organic food, and has many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Cost: $30.38 per person (including 5% tax and 18% gratuity) for the Sharing Menu. You have to pay extra for drinks.

Bring: If you would like to take part in a game of Thieving Secret Santa, please bring one wrapped gender-neutral gift (Value – $10-15).

RSVP by Thursday, November 30. We have booked a semi-private room (The Courtyard) with a limited number of seats. Places will be based on a first come first serve basis. Please contact Jessica, if you have any questions.

Research Day 2017 Abstract Submission

Abstract submission for UBC Postdoc Research Day 2017 is now open!

Deadline: 20th November for posters.

Find all the information about the event here.

We invite abstract submission from all postdoctoral fellows and research associates currently working at UBC departments and affiliated institutes. You can submit an abstract to be considered for a poster (the deadline for talks has passed). If space allows, we hope to accommodate all eligible poster presenters.

The programme is still being finalised, but talks are expected to be 15 minutes in length, including 3 minutes at the end for questions. Talks and posters will be judged, with prizes awarded to the best 3 of each type – $150/$100/$50 for talks and $75/$50/$25 for posters!

First, register online for the event.

The conference will be attended by postdocs, students, faculty, and others from all departments and institutes at UBC. Therefore, it is important to target abstracts, talks, and posters for a general, non-expert audience. The judges will also have a broad range of expertise, and suitability for the audience will be a factor in their scoring.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words; no tables or graphics are permitted. Abstracts will be selected for oral presentations based on quality, interest and suitability for a general audience, and to prioritise a diverse programme.

Download the abstract template.

Please download and complete the abstract template, and email the completed document to us. The deadline to register and submit the abstract for posters is 20th November.

UBC Postdoc Research Day 2017

DATE: Monday 4th December
VENUE: Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, Vancouver Campus, UBC
PROGRAMME: 09:00-18:00, sessions TBC

REGISTER ONLINE – Free event!
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

The UBC Postdoctoral Association Research Day is back, and bigger than ever! For the first time, this will be a full-day event in a new venue with expanded capacity.

The event will bring together postdoctoral researchers from across UBC faculties and affiliated institutions to share their findings. There will be research talks, as well as poster sessions. Prizes will be awarded for the best 3 of each presentation type – $150/$100/$50 for talks and $75/$50/$25 for posters!

As well as postdocs sharing their research, there will be a keynote presentation from a prominent UBC faculty member (to be announced soon!), and a panel discussion on postdoc careers with professionals who have recently made the transition from being postdocs themselves.

The event will be fully catered with coffee breaks, a light lunch, and an evening networking reception.

All postdocs, research associates, students, and faculty are welcome to come and hear about the exciting research going on across UBC. Please register online to confirm your attendance.

Postdocs and research associates are invited to apply to present posters (the deadline to apply for a talk has passed). Please indicate your interest through the online registration form. More details and a template for abstract submission are available here.

Contact The UBC PDA if you have any questions.

We are extremely grateful to our sponsors who make this event possible.
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We are looking for sponsorship! If your institution would like to sponsor this event or our association, please get in touch and we can discuss ways you can help out.

PDA Social Event: UBC & SFU Meet & Greet

Let’s meet with SFU postdocs on Wednesday, September 27, at 7:00pm in Doolin’s Irish Pub. RSVP to Jessica if you plan to come.

National Postdoc Appreciation Week events

The National Postdoc Appreciation Week will take place September 18th-22nd
Here is a summary of the events events happening on and off the main UBC campus. Stay tuned as the list will be updated.

 

UBC PDA postdoc appreciation dinner

Join us as we end the Postdoc Appreciation Week off with a Korean BBQ and, if the mood strikes, some karaoke on Friday, September 22 at 7:00pm at the Royal Seoul House.

 RSVP by Friday, September 8. Please contact Jessica of you have any questions.