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Speed Mentoring Workshop: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 – 9:00am – 11:00am

Speed Mentoring is a fun, fast-paced event in which PDFs will have the opportunity to interact with as many expert mentors as possible. Mentors from all areas of research and training will be participating, to offer brief one-on-one advice to postdocs, ten minutes at a time. With registration, the PDFO will organise the time into ten minute increments, ideally with a chance for each PDF to meet with their choice of mentor. These questions can be regarding academic or industry career topics such as:

Job search strategies
Grant writing
Interview process
Funding issues
Knowing Where You Are Going
Skill Development
Collegiality and Independence
Life Balance
Gender Differences
Peculiarities Unique to Arts, Science and Medicine

Flyer- Speed Mentoring – Nov 27 2012

PDA Science Outreach at Science World

As part of UBC’s Research Week (March 2-9) the Postdoctoral Association is organizing a science outreach event on Thursday March 8th at Science World, Vancouver’s science center.  The event will take the form of a poster fair, but with a twist: Science World’s audience isn’t other researchers and academics, but children on school trips, most of whom are 7-12 years old!

This will be an excellent opportunity to spark the imaginations of the next generation of researchers, as well as honing your skills at communicating research to the public.  We’re looking for volunteers to design posters (3’x4′) for this event, and to be present at Science world from 11am-2pm on Thursday March 8th to answer questions about them.  We will take care of getting the posters printed, mounting boards, etc, and will provide guidance on how to design posters appropriate for a 7-12 year-old audience.  There are only a limited number of spaces available for participants, so let us know if you want to take part as soon as possible.


-Chris Parker, VP Social