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!