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Postdoc Research Day 2019

Postdoc Research Day on Monday, December 2nd

sponsored by STEMCELL Technologies

Our biggest event of the year is coming up! Postdoc Research Day is a full day of interdisciplinary talks by postdocs at UBC in a fantastic venue at a large capacity.

Register here:

Everyone is welcome to attend, but only UBC affiliated postdocs can present.

Abstract submission deadline is Nov 15th! The abstract submission form can be found here:

Where? Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, UBC Campus

When? Monday, December 2nd

Research Day: 9 am – 5.30 pm

Evening reception from 5:30 pm onwards (networking + dinner)

Come and present your research for the chance to win prizes or just listen to your fellow postdocs presenting about a vast variety of projects – showcasing the diversity of research by postdocs at UBC!

In addition to the interdisciplinary talks by postdocs, there will be a keynote lecture by Dr. Josef Penninger about his experience in academia and industry and his path to becoming the director of the Life Sciences Institute at UBC.

During lunch, we will hold our first ever Postdoc Townhall Meeting

The UBC PDA wants to hear from you! As the independent organization working to represent all UBC postdoctoral fellows and advocate on their behalf, the PDA would love to hear about your life postdoc-ing! Should we have more coffee parties or pub crawls? Are you satisfied with your professional development opportunities? How about that extended benefits package? Come chat with the PDA exec team and help us prepare an advocacy agenda that represents you!

An industry focused career panel in the afternoon will feature representatives from STEMCELL TechnologiesLumerical and other local companies that are employing PhDs (to be announced).

This blog post will be updated as we are finalising the event details.

Do you want to present?

You must be a postdoc affiliated with UBC to be eligible to present. Everyone can attend, so please spread the word and bring your friends and colleagues! If you want to give a talk, please register for the event ( and then download the abstract registration form ( and e-mail it to

There is going to be two different talk lengths this year and you can decide which one you prefer.

Full talk: 12 min + 3 min for questions

Lightning talk: 5 min, no questions, but there will be ample time for discussion and questions in the coffee/lunch breaks that immediately follow all the lightning talks

These short talks are great if you want to practise presenting your project in a concise way in just 5 minutes (great opportunity to practise your science communication skills!) or if have just started your postdoc and don’t have enough data yet for a regular presentation.

As this is an interdisciplinary gathering of postdocs from all different fields, please be aware that you are presenting to a general audience.

Abstract submission deadline: Nov 15th

We will notify you not later than Nov 20th if your abstract has been selected for presentation and if you will be presenting a full  talk or lightning talk.

Get your abstracts ready (max 250 words). Registration and abstract submission is open now!

We are looking forward to seeing you at Postdoc Research Day 2019!




Abstract submission: Go to then e-mail the form to


Halloween Social on Oct 24th

Don’t celebrate Halloween alone!

Join us Thursday, October 24th for a U-PICK tour of the magnificent brewery scene in Vancouver! We’ll start at 7:00 pm wherever you guys vote to start! Costumes are highly encouraged (but not required).

Sign up to let us know that you’re joining! We’ll be live-tweeting the event (@UBCPostdoc), so that way you can find us if you want to meet up later.

Happy Halloween!!

Register HERE

Please contact Ryan (at, if you have any questions.

PDA Summer of 2019 Recap

Now that the summer is almost over we are happy to look back to an amazing time with a lot of fun events, from one of our biggest academic events of the year to a lazy beach BBQ and a strenuous but fun hike!

June: 3 Minute Postdoc Slam

How to communicate your research in 3 minutes? 10 UBC postdocs were brave enough to challenge themselves and the results were amazing – and so was the diversity of topics: Indigenous health, stem cells in fruit flies, mushroom toxins, and so many more!

The very engaging and entertaining Keynote lecture about science communication was held by Kaylee Byers and Michael Unger from NerdNite Vancouver.

The winners of the 3 Minute Postdoc Slam 2019, from left to right:

Dr. Peter Rahfeld
Dr. Kaveh Matinkhoo
Dr. David Costalago


July: PDA Beach BBQ on Locarno Beach





The weather was in our favour for our first ever Beach BBQ, which was a great success with a large number of attendees. We enjoyed a sunny afternoon on the beach with lots of fun activities and amazing food.


August: Mount Strachan Hike

Together with SFU PDA, we hiked Mount Strachan in the Cypress Mountain area and had a lot of fun – and really deserved our drinks and dinner after!

Postdoc Appreciation Week 2019

Postdoc Appreciation Week is coming up in September. Institutions from all over the world (mostly US, Canada, UK) celebrate the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to research and discovery, for example by hoding special events. More information about Postdoc Appreciation Week in the US, where it originated, can be found here.
Stay tuned for more information about events at UBC. We are sharing the events organized by us and by the PDFO and will update this post and our twitter (@UBCPostdoc) once we are aware of other events

PDA Postdoc Appreciation Week Dinner on Sept 20th

We are teaming up with the SFU PDA to celebrate being a postdoc while enjoying drinks and dinner. Join us for a fun evening at Craft Beer Market. Appies are on us!

When? Sept 20th, 7 pm

Where? Craft Beer Market Olympic Village, 85 W 1st Ave

Register here:

Make sure to sign up fast as space is limited!


PDFO Postdoc Appreciation BBQ

The PDFO is hosting a barbecue for postdocs on Sept 19th.

From the PDFO website:
As a token of our appreciation, we will be hosting our Annual BBQ event on Thursday, September 19, 2019 and would be pleased if you could join us.

Join us for check-in and fun photos at 11:30, followed by the barbecue at 12:00. The event is expected to last between 1.5 to 2 hours.

As part of this event, postdocs will be eligible to win prizes from a variety of on- and off-campus donors; in order to receive a prize, attendance is required at the time of the draw.

RSVPs for this event are required and can be submitted at
Those successfully registered will receive an email from the PDFO in advance of the barbecue. RSVPs are required by Thursday, September 12, 2019.


Other on campus events:

Biodiversity Research Centre

Postdoctoral Fellows from the Biodiversity Research Centre are invited to the Black Hole at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, September 17 for coffee and cake.


In order to help celebrate National Post Doc Appreciation Week (September 16-20) we would like to invite you to lunch.

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019; 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at the newly renovated botany meeting space just across from the new botany office (RM 3159). Please RSVP till Sept 17th at noon and notify about allergies/dietary restrictions

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology at UBC organized a microbiology & immunology postdoc and research associate appreciation & research night on Tuesday September 17, 2019, 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (LSC, West Atrium), UBC. The event includes a social, poster presentation (optional), dinner & drink, and prizes and gifts. Invited are postdocs, research associates, and the department’s faculty. Please RSVP.

Michael Smith labs

MSL Seminar Series with talks from both lab trainees and faculty.These run monthly and typically land on the 3rd Wednesday of each month (with a few exceptions), 3 PM in the Lecture Theater. This week also marks a special occasion, this isNational Postdoc Appreciation Week. To recognize the ever-valuable contributions of our postdoctoral fellows in the MSL, we will be serving cupcakes and desserts at 2:30 PM in the multipurpose room, ahead of the seminar at 3PM. Everyone is encouraged to come for the brief snack and express your appreciation to our amazing postdocs. All welcome.

The Michael Smith Laboratories Seminar Series
from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, MSL Auditorium

Trainee Talks

Haney Lab, Jessie Zhang; Title: “Outer-membrane Modifications in Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Host Association”

Mayor Lab, Erich Kuechler; Title: “Feature Analysis and Characterization of Stress Granule Proteins”

Faculty Talk

Dave Ng; Title: “Using the Phylo Card Game to Advance Biodiversity Conservation in an Era of Pokémon”



The Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS) is offering a series of webinars that are free to CAPS members.

Preparing for the rest of your career after your postdoc

Tuesday, September 17th from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EDT)

CAPS is proud to present “Preparing for the rest of your career after you postdoc” by Dr. Marianne Chevrier from Adoc Talent Agency on Tuesday, September 17th from 2-3pm (EDT). Dr. Chevrier will present ways to help PhDs assess their marketable skills and strategies to excel throughout the job hiring process.

To participate, simply register for the webinar in advance. It’s free!

Register here:

How to apply for an NSERC fellowship

Wednesday, September 18th from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EDT)

Join CAPS as we present “How to apply for an NSERC fellowship” by Amy Reckling from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada on Wednesday, September 18th from 2-3:30pm (EDT). Amy Reckling will discuss opportunities and provide tips for writing a killer fellowship application.

To participate, simply register for the webinar in advance. It’s free!

Register here:

Thursday, September 19th from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EDT)

The third webinar for Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW) will be presented by our very own Executive Director, Dr. Joseph Sparling! Join us from 2-3pmEDT on Thursday September 19th to learn more about the CAPS mission, our advocacy work, and about the resources and support services that CAPS provides. This session will also offer participants the opportunity to ask us any of their burning questions about postdoc life!

To participate, simply register for the webinar in advance. It’s free!

Mount Strachan Hike and Dinner on August 24th



Get your hiking boots ready, because we are planning to hike Mount Strachan on August 24th, followed by dinner.

What? Mount Strachan Hike
When? Aug 24th, 9 am
Where? Cypress Mountain Ski Resort parking lot

We are meeting at the Cypress Mountain Ski Resort parking lot at 9 am. Registration is required so that we can organise carpooling.
This will be a joint event co-hosted by us and the SFU PDA.

You can find more information about the trail here.
It’s a 10.5km loop with 550 m elevation gain that’s rated as intermediate.
Mount Strachan is one of the three mountains in the Cypress Mountain Ski Resort area and the challenging terrain on the hike  is rewarded on a clear day with views of Howe Sound and backcountry mountains as far north as Garibaldi Provincial Park. Another point of interest along the trail is the historical crash site of a Royal Canadian Navy T-33 Jet where several pieces of the aircraft still rest today.

What to bring:

After this strenuous day, you are more than welcome to join us for dinner. Also feel free to come just for dinner if hiking isn’t your thing or you aren’t able to join for the first part of the day due to time or physical limitations. Dinner will be be tentatively set for StormCrow on Commercial Drive at 6 pm, but there’s a slight chance the venue might change – we will keep you posted. The first round of appetizers is on us!

What? Dinner – for hikers and non-hikers 🙂
When? Aug 24th, 6 pm
Where? StormCrow on Commercial Drive (we will let you know in case this changes)

If you want to join for the hike, dinner or both, please
Register HERE:

The registration is necessary so that we can organise car pooling and can estimate how many people will join for dinner.

The hike will be weather permitting and we will contact all participants via e-mail a day before the hike to confirm.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions!

Summertime fun! – PDA Beach BBQ Party on July 20th

Fun in the sun! Join us for a Beach BBQ Party on Locarno Beach
on July 20th!

We will begin BBQing at 4 pm.

What to expect:
Free food and non-alcoholic drinks provided by the PDA!
Hang out in the sun or get active!

Feel free to bring additional food and drinks as well as whatever you need for fun activities (soccer, frisbee, …). We will bring a volleyball net and a volleyball.

Register here to let us know if you’re coming and to help us estimate how much food to buy.

We’ll be live-tweeting the event (@UBCPostdoc), so that way you can find us once we head out for after sunset beers!

See you in the sun!

PDA Wars – May the 4th be with you! Brew Crawl

May the 4th be with you!

Don’t celebrate International Star Wars Day alone! Join us on May the 4th for a joint UBC-SFU tour of the magnificent brewery scene in East Van! We’ll be meeting at Value Village at 4PM to get ourselves outfitted, then we’ll be off to Storm Brewing at 4:45PM for our first beer! Costumes are highly encouraged (but not required). Sign up here to let us know if you’re coming! We’ll be live-tweeting the event (@UBCPostdoc), so that way you can find us if you join up later.

May the 4th be with you!


Lunch Webinar: How to Set Yourself up for Job Search Success after Your Postdoc

UBC postdocs are welcome to join the Brown Bag Lunch Webinar organised by the SFU PDA. It’s going to take place on Wednesday, April 24th, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. Jennifer Polk from Beyond the Professoriate will be giving a webinar about non-faculty job search and strategies postdocs can starting implementing today to set themselves up for career success outside academia. Please click here for more information.

There are two ways to participate!

1. The UBC PDA will join the SFU webinar remotely via zoom. Feel free to join us in the LSI classroom 1410 at 12:20 pm. Please sign up here if you are interested in joining us at UBC, Vancouver campus.

2. Alternatively, you can join our fellow SFU postdocs at SFU in the Research Commons Seminar Room (Room 7010). Free lunch and refreshments will be provided at SFU. Please register here if you are interested in joining at the SFU Campus.

See you at the webinar!

UBC-SFU Postdoc Social at the Brewhall Feb 28, 2019

Join us for another great social event with postdocs from SFU, Feb 28th, 18:30.
This will be a casual event at Brewhall, a tap house at the trendy Mount Pleasant neighborhood (97 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver). If you’re new to UBC, this is a great chance to meet new friends over drinks. As always, we got the appies.

Don’t forget to RSVP, if you have any questions email Ido

PDA Social Event: Whistler Weekend (April 5-7)

Let’s go and spend an exciting weekend in Whistler together! Network with your fellow postdocs, discuss your research, and whether you’d like to ski/snowboard/cross country/snowshoe or enjoy a day at the spa, there will be something for everyone!

When: April 05-07, 2019

Where:The Whistler Lodge, 2124 Nordic Drive, Whistler BC (map)

RSVP here by Sunday, February 24.

We have limited space (max. 12 people). First come first served.  $110 for two nights at the Whistler Lodge (PDA will subsidize a part of the accommodation or transportation expense). Book now to secure your place.