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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

REGISTER TO ATTEND ONLINE

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 register online, or 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.

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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.

Welcome to the new PDA Executive!

The new UBC Postdoctoral Association’s 2017-2018 Executive Team was elected at the annual general meeting held last Thursday, March 9th at the Life Sciences Institute, following a brief recap of the previous year from each of the outgoing Executive Officers.

Alex Smith, the outgoing president started things off with a brief overview of some of our past events:

He also mentioned some of our advocacy and outreach activities on behalf of the outgoing VP External who couldn’t attend, and some of our previous social activities that occurred under both Justin Hart (VP Social 2016), and Jessica Bosch (VP Social pro tem 2017).

Our outgoing VP Operations, Zoe Riches, gave a quick overview of the role of the VP Operations and described a few of the duties involved, then handed the floor to Jenny Chik, our outgoing VP Communications. Jenny discussed the role of the VP Communications, then described our increased reach with postdocs through increased newsletter subscriptions and a great social media presence. Houra Loghmani-Khouzani then gave a quick overview of the VP Finance position, and the current state of the PDA’s budget.

We then heard from each of the candidates running for officer positions (their statements of interest can be viewed here. All positions except for VP Finance were elected by acclamation.

Following the vote for VP Finance, the new 2017-2018 Executive Officers are:

  • President – Kieran Hudson
  • VP Operations – Mehrdad Bokharaei
  • VP External – Moe Elgendi
  • VP Communications – Ido Hatam
  • VP Finance – Jürgen Niesser
  • VP Social – Jessica Bosch

During this meeting, the PDA also voted unanimously to formalize previously proposed changes to the constitution.

The new team will officially take over from April 1, 2017, with the remainder of March used to facilitate a smooth transition from the outgoing to the new incoming team.

We strongly encourage people to get involved with the PDA! There are lots of great people and fun to be had in planning our events. Contact us to join the executive team!

2017 Election Candidates and Constitutional Amendments

Meet our 2017-2018 UBC PDA Executive Officer Candidates, and review our proposed constitutional amendments!

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PDA Social: Mouth watering poutine – 38 varieties to choose from!

Join us for poutine on Friday, 17 March at 6:30 pm in the La Belle Patate, a restuarant that serves authentic Québécois cuisine, including 38 varieties of poutine. Poutine is a Canadian dish, originating in the province of Québec.

RSVP to Jessica  by Wednesday, 15 March.

PDA Social: Live Ice Hockey (Canucks vs Kings)

Let’s watch a live ice hockey game on Friday, 31 March at 7:00 pm in the Rogers Arena. Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings are playing.

Cost per ticket: $61

Please note that payment is required to secure your place. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, refunds will not be possible.

RSVP to Jessica by Monday, 27 March.