Category Archives: Socials

It’s Postdoc Appreciation Week! Join us for an Ice Cream Social and Virtual Trivia Night with SFU Postdocs

Ice Cream Social
It’s Postdoc Appreciation Week and the UBC PDA is celebrating YOU by giving away free ice cream. Enjoy the last days of summer with ice cream and cold drinks while safely meeting up with other postdocs!

**Due to heavy rain and strong winds in the forecast, we have postponed this event to next week.

(Updated) When – Tuesday, Sept 29 at 3:00 pm
Where – The lawn on Main Mall, in front of the Biodiversity Museum (look out for the group of people with coolers full of ice cream)

Register Here!

A note on Safety Precautions:
We are taking safety very seriously and as such we will be following several safety measures. We will be capping the registration at 30 people and during the event we will be enforcing social distancing of 2 meters. We will be providing hand sanitizer and will be encouraging masks to be worn unless you are eating (we will provide masks as needed). The ice cream provided will be individually wrapped. As the pandemic is always evolving, we will be monitoring the situation and may cancel the event if needed.
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Virtual Trivia Night with SFU Postdocs
The UBC and SFU PDA are teaming up for an epic Trivia Night. Join us for a fun evening and connect with other postdocs from SFU and UBC to test your knowledge!
Prizes for the winning team and runner up!

When – Friday, Sept 25 at 6 pm
Where – at home, via zoom

You are invited to bring your partner/roommates/friends along, but let us know how many people are participating, as we will be forming teams.

We will e-mail a zoom link to all participants who have successfully signed up closer to the date. Register fast as spots are limited!

Register Here!

Socially-Distanced Picnic in the Park

We are excited to welcome back in-person socials with a socially distanced Picnic in the Park. Bring your own blanket and food for a lovely evening outside meeting up with other postdocs!

When: Thursday, August 27 at 4pm
Where: Trimble Park (exact location within the park will be provided upon registration)

This is an inclusive event, so please feel free to bring your partner/children/friends. Just please let us know how many guests will be joining as we will be limiting the number of participants in order to adhere to social distancing and safety measures.

A note on Safety Precautions:
We are taking safety very seriously and as such we will be following several safety measures. We will be capping the registration at 30 people and during the event we will be enforcing social distancing of 2 meters. We will be providing hand sanitizer and will be encouraging masks to be worn (we will provide them as needed). There will be individually packaged soda/water available but there will be no sharing of food at this event, so please bring your own snacks/dinner. As the pandemic is always evolving, we will be monitoring the situation and may cancel the event if needed.

Register Here! We are looking forward to seeing you in-person for a fun and safe August social!

Online Game Night

Join us for an online Games Night on Wednesday, June 17th @ 6pm on Zoom. 
We have games for everyone! You will be able to join different groups to play: Online pictionary, Card games and Codenames! Learn to play and if you already know how… you’ll know how much fun it’ll be! Roommates, partners and family welcome!

 

Register here: https://bit.ly/PDAgame-night

Do you have any other online game suggestions ? Let us know!

PDA Movie Night – Watch Party

Miss the smell of popcorn? Bored of watching movies alone? Join your UBC PDA for a THURSDAY NIGHT WATCH PARTY on June 11th at 7:00pm.

 

Register and Vote for your favorite movies here: https://bit.ly/PDAmovie-nightWe will watch the movie with the most votes together on Thursday, June 11th at 7:00 pm using the Netflix Party app (download google chrome extension here: https://www.netflixparty.com/). We will let you know which movie we will be watching the day before the movie party, so please RSVP!

Join us online for Trivia Night!

We are excited to announce that we are transitioning our social events to online platforms! First virtual meet-up: Trivia Night!

So grab your favorite snacks and drinks while teaming up with other postdocs to answer fun trivia questions and socialize! There will be prizes (vouchers for local restaurants) for the winning team and runner-up!

Housemates and partners are welcome, but please let us know how many people will be joining so that we can form teams with the same number of people.

When? Tuesday, April 28th at 7pm

Where? Join from the comfort of your own home. We will send you a confirmation e-mail with the Zoom meeting ID and password after you have successfully registered!

Spots are limited, so be sure to sign-up early before it fills up!
Register here: https://bit.ly/pdatrivia

Webinar: Professional Development and Career Planning – Getting You Back in the Driver’s Seat

This is a joint event by us and the SFU PDA.

When? Feb 25, 11:30 am – 1 pm

Where? This webinar will be broadcast at

MSL (Michael Smith Laboratories) Room 237
(https://tinyurl.com/MSLRoom237)

Register now to secure your spot!

Light snacks will be provided!

Topics of the webinar include

  • Developing self awareness (Skills and personality assessment)
  • Personal branding
  • Getting out there (Online presence, networking)

The webinar is facilitated by Justine Salam. Justine is a Professional Skills Program Specialist at the University of Waterloo where she guides graduate students to assess their skills, identify their talents and interests, and succeed in their post-graduate work transition, both in academic and non-academic careers. She also coaches students one-on-one to better their resumes, CVs, cover letters and enhance their interview skills.

Justine Salam

 

PDA Bowling Night

Join us for a night out of bowling on Commercial Drive!

When?

Either the evenings of Wed Feb 19th, or Thurs Feb 20th. You decide! 

Where?

Grandview Lanes on Commercial Dr.

https://www.grandviewbowling.com/home.html

Make sure your register by Friday, February 14th to reserve your spot on the lanes!

We will subsidize this event ($100 total)!

Contact ubc.postdoc@gmail.com or Ryan (rsweeney@chem.ubc.ca) if you have any questions about this event.

Make sure to register quickly to reserve your spot: bit.ly/2Uz06T8

PDA Whistler Ski Weekend

The annual UBC PDA Whistler Weekend is an opportunity to meet some fellow UBC postdocs and enjoy a weekend in Whistler. This trip usually sees postdocs taking part in outdoor winter activities (skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing) and relaxing in Whistler village (day spas, restaurants, bars). Sign up quickly as we only have a few beds booked at the accommodation. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Dates: Friday April 3rd – Sunday April 5th, 2020

Cost: The total cost of Friday and Saturday night’s accommodation will be $120 per person, to be paid upon arrival. Additional costs will include transport, activities, and food/drinks.

Sign up and more information: https://bit.ly/37Znc9i

Career Networking Night – March 10th

Join us for our Career Networking Night

This is a joint event by us and the SFU PDA.

Date: 10th March 2020, 5pm-7:30pm 
SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver

This is an excellent opportunity to connect with a variety of companies and employers in an informal setting. Discover the opportunities available outside academia, and what employers are looking for!

Register now!

The event will be held in the Segal Building (SFU downtown) from 5:30-7:30 pm (brief highlight presentations from our sponsors start at 5:30 pm), with light refreshments and a cash bar.

Of Note: As this is a networking & informal interview setting, we STRONGLY recommend business casual dress.

Representatives will be joining us from:
– Zymeworks
– New England Biosciences
– Amgen
– Mitacs
– 1QBit
– Fortinet
– The Government of Canada
– ABM
– Oceanwise
– 1QBit
– Aspect Biosystems
– Fortinet
– Genome BC
– SCWIST
– Special Projects and Strategic Initiative UBC
– Willow Biosciences
– more to be announced!

This event is free for all postdocs!

We will release more event details and will update this blog post closer to the date.

Hurry and register now! There are only a limited amount of spots available!

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

 

 

We are thankful for the support by our sponsors and exhibitors:

 

Zymeworks

 

New England Biolabs


 

 

Amgen

Postdoc Holiday Party at East is East

Sign up by Monday, December 2nd to ensure your spot at our table. We have booked a semi-private room with live music, but only with a limited number of seats. Places will be based on a first come first serve basis.

Where: East is East in Kitsilano, 3035 W Broadway
(https://www.eastiseast.ca)
When: Wednesday, December 11, at 6 pm
Cost: $50 per person (+$2 fee for music and gratuity) for all you can eat “feast” with many meat and vegetarian/vegan and gluten free options.

The UBC PDA will subsidize the event by AT LEAST $10 per person (We will try to subsidize more, pending on our budget).

 

Register here: http://bit.ly/2Kp9dzT

Note that the UBC PDA will only partly sponsor the cost of the food! You have to pay extra for drinks.