Category Archives: Socials

Buntzen Lake Hike + Pub Dinner at Local = Fun Time!

Summer is going fast! Two car loads of keen PDFs met up at Buntzen Lake on Last Sunday (August 12th) for a short day hike.

… then quenched our thirst at Colony in Kits!

UBC-PDA social: Hike + Dinner

Join us for a hike and/or dinner Sunday Aug 12th.  Register for one or both components here.
Hike details:
When: meet at 9:00 a.m., Sunday, August 12
We will meet up at the Buntzen Lake parking lot
The hike will be the Diez Vistas trail, which is ~15km return and elevation gain of 450m.  If you would prefer a less challenging option, there is also a relatively flat trail around Buntzen Lake that departs from the same parking lot.
Details: please remember to bring plenty of water, a lunch, sunscreen, a hat, and the 10 essentials for hiking. You can also bring a swimsuit and towel if you’re interested in having a dip in Buntzen Lake after the hike. We will arrange a car pool for anyone interested – please indicate if you need a ride or can offer a ride on the registration form.
The hike will be weather permitting – we will email all registrants the day before the hike to confirm.

Dinner details:

When: 6:00 p.m., Sunday, August 12 
Where: Colony Kitsilano (3255 W Broadway)
First round of appetizers is on us.
Details: please RSVP even if you’re not planning to attend the hike, so that we know how big of a table to get.
We will meet for dinner rain or shine!

Contact if you have any questions about this event.


UBC-SFU joint social

Meeting fellow postdocs from SFU is always awesome! Join us  Thursday, May 24th, at Portside Pub , 7 Alexander Street Vancouver.

We start at 17:30 but feel free to drop in later.


PDA Social: Escape Room

Locked in a room – What would YOU do?

Join us for a real life escape game on Thursday, June 7th 18:40 pm-19:40 at i-Exit Vancouver. We will divide into two groups of 4 players, each group will be assigned to a them which will either be Party and the studio or Pirates on the rocks.  We will have ~1h to complete the escape room, after which, we could grab a drink.

Note that space is limited to 8 participants in this event 

Cost: $6.5 per person. Please note that payment is required to secure your place. Unfortunately, due to space limitations, refunds will not be possible.

RSVP by Monday, June 4th . Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Be on time, otherwise it will be deducted from our gaming time!

Please contact Ido, if you have any questions.

UBC PDA Annual General Meeting 2018- March 14th

Your vote counts! Join us as we elect the new PDA Executive Committee for the upcoming year, and vote on any amendments to the PDA Constitution on Wednesday,  March 14th at 5:00 pm at the Life Sciences Institute (LSI), Room 1330. No RSVP required.

The event will commence with reports from the outgoing PDA Executive Committee followed by short introductions of the new nominees, after which you can place your vote. We will then vote on any proposed amendments to the PDA constitution, and will conclude the event with a light reception furnished with complimentary snacks and refreshments to welcome the new committee members.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

PDA Social Event: UBC & SFU Meet & Greet

Let’s meet with SFU postdocs on Thursday, March 1, at 7:00pm in Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar (Gastown). RSVP to Jessica if you plan to come

PDA Social Event: Curling

Join us for some Canadian Curling on Saturday, March 31 at 1:15 pm at the  Vancouver Curling Club.
Cost: This event is FREE! (funded by the UBC PDA.)

The event will  includes:

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

RSVP to Jessica by ASAP to secure your spot. Places will be based on a first come first serve basis. Feel free to register for a friend as well.


UBC Postdoc Association Research Day 2017 Program and Abstract Book

The UBC Postdoc Association Research Day 2017 Program and Abstract Book is now available to view and download, see you all Dec 4th.

PDA Whistler Trip is back February 2018 – book now!

Join us for our annual trip to Whistler on the last weekend of February (23-25 February)! Network with your fellow postdocs, discuss your research, and whether you’d like to ski/snowboard/cross country, there will be something for everyone!

 Cost for Friday & Saturday night’s accommodation: $105.00 per person (including tax)

 Accommodation Details: The The Whistler Lodge is about 2km from Whistler Village. We have booked 2 four bed dorms, which include bed sheets and towels as well as complimentary use of our wifi, pool table, bbq, sauna, and hot tub.

 RSVP here – the deadline is Wednesday, February 7. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. You can also organize your own accommodation, and we’ll meet you for the activities.

 Transportation: Car pools are the cheapest option, so if you have a car and can fit a couple of people, please let us know. If we don’t have enough cars, we could rent cars or take public transportation – Greyhound or the Whistler Shuttle can be reasonably cheap when booked in advance.

 Pass and equipment info: You are responsible for purchasing your ski pass and/or equipment rentals. If you purchase an Edge Card online 48 hours in advance, you can save some money. For more info see Check out the Whistler Blackcomb site for more information relating to passes, rentals, and lessons. Please contact Jessica, if you have any questions.

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.