Category Archives: Events

Fundamental Science Review – Letter-writing party

DATE: Tuesday, 29th August 2017
TIME: 4pm – 7pm
VENUE: Room 1510, Life Sciences Centre, UBC Vancouver

Register your interest online

The Fundamental Science Review has been released, and it’s a highly important time for Canadian scientists. Our representatives need to know the Report has the backing of the research community so that they can push for its adoption.

With Canadian MPs soon to return to Ottawa after the summer break, now is the perfect time to engage with them and show our support. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a citizen or even resident of Canada – living and working in BC means your views are important.

The UBC PDA is co-hosting a letter-writing party with Future of Research Vancouver to help you to contact your representative and ask them to Support the Report. Come along and we’ll assist with drafting your letter, finding the postal address for your MP, and even give you a stamp and envelope!

Drop in any time between 4pm and 7pm on Tuesday 29th August in room 1510 in the Life Sciences Centre. Please register if you plan to come, and don’t forget to bring your laptops!

We’ll have drinks and snacks to keep your energy up.

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PDA Social Event: Kayaking

Join us for our upcoming 2-hours kayaking trip at Deep Cove in North Vancouver on Saturday, August 12 from 3-5pm (rain or shine). We have booked some double kayaks. Rental rates include equipment and a short introduction to the equipment and safety features.

Cost: $30.80 per person (including GST and PST). Please note that payment is required to secure your place. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, refunds will not be possible.

RSVP by Wednesday, August 9. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Some infos from the Deep Cove Kayak Centre:

What to Wear

  • We simply recommend that you dress for the weather in comfortable, athletic clothing that you don’t mind getting a little bit wet
  • More specifically, we suggest non-cotton layers and a wind/rain shell is nice to bring along if conditions change
  • If it is hot and sunny we strongly encourage sunscreen, hats and sunglasses (with a strap)

 What to Bring

  • Government issued Photo ID
  • Waterproof watch
  • Cell phones and cameras (brought at user’s own risk, we sell great waterproof cases at our shop)
  • Change of clothes for after paddling
  • Water Bottle and snack

PDA Social Event: Ice Cream, Beer & Bingo

Join us for some of the best ice cream in Kits on Thursday, July 13, half a block from the beach, followed by Beer & Bingo. We will get some ice cream from Paradiso Italian Gelato at 6:15pm and relax at the beach. Then we head for the Bimini Public House for Beer & Bingo at 7:30pm. RSVP to Jessica if you plan to come.

PDA Social Event: Joint UBC/SFU Social

Let’s meet with SFU postdocs for a bar tour on Thursday, July 6. We start in Steamworks Brew Pub at 6:30pm. RSVP to Jessica if you plan to come.

UBC 3-Minute Postdoc Slam: Present your research in 3 minutes to win!

DATE: Wednesday, 28th of June

VENUE: Life Sciences Centre, UBC Vancouver

PRESENTATIONS: 4 PM – 6 PM, Room LSC3
PRIZES and REFRESHMENTS: 6 PM – 8 PM, Room 1510

Online registration is now closed – please come and register at the event.

Our annual 3-Minute Postdoc Slam is back! Enjoy as UBC postdocs engage the audience and share their research in exactly 3 minutes, using only one static slide. The top 3 presenters are competing for $100, $75 and $50 in cash!

The event will feature a keynote talk by Dr. Jennifer Gardy (UBC School of Population and Public Health), ‘A very, very short course in science communication’. Dr. Gardy is an experienced communicator of science, known from her frequent appearances on TV shows like The Daily Planet and The Nature of Things.

Following the talks, food and refreshments will be served at a networking reception from 6 PM, generously supported by the BCCHR.

All postdocs, research associates, students, and faculty are welcome to come and hear about the exciting research going on across UBC. Please come along and register at the door.

Speaker slots are now filled. Registered speakers can check out the rules and additional details of the contest here.

Contact The UBC PDA if you have any questions.

Event supported by:

Catered reception supported by:

PDA Social Event: Karaoke & Beer

Join us for a karaoke night on Wednesday, May 24 at 8:30pm in Darby’s Public House.

You don’t have to be a great singer – even you don’t have to sing at all! Just come and join in the fun!

RSVP to Jessica if you plan to come.

PDA Social Event: Kits Beach BBQ

Bring along your own food and drinks and celebrate summer with a beach BBQ on Saturday, June 3, at 1 PM on the grass at the intersection of Maple St & McNicoll Ave. Children and partners are welcome.

Sign up here. Contact Jessica if you have any questions.

Please note that this event will depend on the weather, so stay in touch for any changes to the plan!

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PDA Social Event: Curling

Join us for some Canadian Curling on Friday, 28 April at 6:00 pm at the Vancouver Curling Club.


Cost: We share the total cost of about $195 plus GST by the number of participants. We need 8-10 people. It includes:

  • One sheet of ice for two hours
  • All necessary equipment for curling (please wear running shoes)
  • A coach for the first hour

RSVP to Jessica by Friday, 21 April. Places will be based on a first come first serve basis. Please note that payment is required to secure your place. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, refunds will not be possible.

PDA Social Event: UBC Botanical Garden

Enjoy a two hour guided Garden and TreeWalk tour on Wednesday, 4 May at 2:00 pm in the UBC Botanical Garden. The tour focuses on Biodiversity, First Peoples and local plants, Cultural components, and Medicinal Plants.
Cost: $23 per person (incl. taxes)
Please note that payment is required to secure your place. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, refunds will not be possible.
RSVP to Jessica by Wednesday, 26 April.

SFU Postdoctoral Research Day 2017


From Curiosity to Community Engagement

Thursday, March 30 | 9am – 5pm
Big Data Hub Theatre, ASB 10900, SFU Burnaby

More details and registration.

SFU postdoctoral fellows are immersed in every step of the research process. Some of us scratch our heads and ask “Why… .” Some of us sit and whisper “What if… .” Some of us proclaim “How can I make this benefit… .” All of us push the boundary of what is known and has been done before, and Research Day 2017 will celebrate these achievements.

The day will include talks, posters, exhibits, inventions and more, all presented by members of the SFU postdoctoral community! We also feature a keynote address by Dr. Pascal Haegeli, from SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM), on avalanche research and community engagement.

Watch the talks, explore the exhibits, be part of the community. Come and learn about how SFU Postdocs are changing the world!

All postdocs, research associates, graduate students, faculty and interested members of the community are welcome.

SFU Postdoc Research Day will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Burnaby Campus, in the Big Data Hub theatre, ASB 10900 (formerly known as IRMACS Theatre). Additional details available in here [.pdf] and online.