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Postdoc Appreciation Week!

Postdoc Appreciation Week is here!  From Sept 16-20, we hope you feel valued for your integral contributions to the UBC community!  This week, while mainly sponsored by the NPA in the US (, is supported by Canadian institutions too.  Check out the link for the locations of all the events in the coming week.  See more details about Appreciation events in Canada at the CAPS facebook page:

At UBC, we are excited to host 3 events during the week.  Please joins us for drinks, food, and fun!

Tuesday, Sept 17:  Orientation for new Postdocs

12:00pm – 4:30pm, Thea Koerner House

Please register here

Followed by Happy Hour at Mahonys

starting at 5 pm, Mahonys on campus, University Blvd

No registration needed, just show up!


Thursday, Sept 19: Moving Culture Walking Tour

4 – 7 pm, Meet us in the Rose Garden, just north of the flagpole.

At 6 pm, we will end up at the Bean Around the World for continued socializing. 

Please sign up by emailing

See this map, for our start and end locations.

Have you ever wondered why there is a nineteenth-century horse drawn carriage on campus? Did you know that this carriage has been converted into a camera obscura? How many times have you passed by the large blue whale skeleton kept in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum without actually going inside to see it?  This is your chance to visit and explore these sites!


Friday, Sept 20: BBQ and Networking event hosted by the PDFO

12:00pm – 2:00pm, GSS Ballroom – Thea Koerner House

Please register here

Postdoc Research Day 2013

3rd Annual Postdoctoral Research Day

is only 4 days away!!!


Register to attend the day and subsequent reception afterwards, can be done here:


Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Life Sciences Centre on UBC Point Grey Campus

12:15 PM – 7 PM



12.15-12.30 – Lunch                                         LSC 3

12.30-3.30 – Talks (with coffee break)        LSC 3

3.30-4.00 – Keynote: Dr Sid Katz                  LSC 3

4.00-7.00 – Poster viewing + Reception   LSC West Atrium


Keynote Speaker: Dr Sid Katz, UBC

“Confessions of a University Lifer”

Sid Katz arrived at UBC in 1975 as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and almost 38 years later is still here. His career path, though, has hardly been a usual one. Not only did he pursue a parallel career as a science and medicine broadcaster on CBC Radio and CTV, he also became CEO of Science World in Vancouver and, in 1997, the Ontario Science Center in Toronto, all while maintaining his research lab at UBC. In his talk, Sid will provide insight into his eclectic career and provide a guide to survival as a University Professor/Researcher.


Please join us for talks, posters, and a wine and cheese reception.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this event!





3 Minute Postdoc Slam!

3 Minute Postdoc Slam

Thursday May 23rd, 2013 at 4:00pm

Room LSC3 in the Life Sciences Institute

You have 3 minutes to present your work and your research ideas, with the help of one static Powerpoint slide! The competition will be judged (see criteria) and the top presenters will be awarded magical prizes! The presentations will be followed by a reception.

If you would like to participate, please register by sending an email to with:





We will ask for presentation titles and will send out more details later.  For now, here are the rules:

  • A single static PowerPoint slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description)
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted
  • No additional props (e.g. laser pointers, costumes, laboratory equipment or musical instruments) are permitted
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum.
  • Note that raps, singing, poems, dance, and creative motion are allowed.  Your slide must be static, but you don’t have to be!

Postdoc Yoga!!

The winter 2012 semester of PDA yoga will start on Tuesday 31st January and run for 10 weeks until April 3rd. Classes are held from 5:15-7:00 in room 460 of the LSK building (333 Agricultural Road) and are taught by Andrea MacDonald, a registered yoga teacher since 2003 (please see her website for more information about her training and teaching philosophy).

The cost for for participants who sign up for the full session of classes will be $86.25 (the class will only run if we have 8 or more participants, but if there is significantly more than 8 participants we will reduce the price!).Drop-in participants are also welcome at a price of $12/class.

The class currently has participants with a wide range of skill levels and new participants are always welcome. Andrea offers modifications of each pose so you can work at your own skill level, and she is able to accommodate any physical restrictions and to make sure you avoid any past injuries.

Please note that you will have to supply your own yoga mat although we do have 1 or 2 that can be lent out if you forget yours/want to give the class a try before buying your own. Mats can be bought from most department stores (e.g., London Drugs), specialty yoga stores (Halfmoon Yoga and Lululemon) or from the UBC gym.

As an added bonus, the class is a great way to meet other postdocs and RAs at UBC, and we schedule regular “extra-relaxation” sessions after class outings at our favourite eating/drinking establishments.

Please don’t hesitate to e-mail me with any questions. If you are interested then send me a quick e-mail to let me know if you plan on joining the full-session or just dropping in.

Hope to see you all on January 31st!

Amy Saunders

PDA Yoga club organizer

Nominations for Exec positions are OPEN!!

Please consider getting involved in running the PDA!   We need your help in planning the next Research Day, postdoc seminars, and social events.  Descriptions of each position are below and an election will be held in late Jan or early Feb.

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, or have questions, please email  Nominations will close on Jan 20th.

leads all UBC-PDA Executive Committee and Annual General Meetings
organizes and delegates duties to facilitate the operations of the UBC-PDA
acts as liaison to the PDFO
attends 2 meetings a month / 5-10 hours a month

Vice-President Operations
schedules UBC-PDA meetings once a month
assists in organizing professional development and “non-social” UBC-PDA events
attends 1-2 meetings a month / 5-8 hours a month

Vice-President External
acts as public relations officer
liaison to the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars
attends 1-2 meetings a month, plus 1-2 teleconferences a year / 2-5 hours a month

Vice-President Finance
preparation of the yearly budget
reimbursement of expenses, paying invoices
assists with planning PDA events
** must work in the Life Sciences Centre
attends 1-2 meetings a month / 2-5 hours a month

Vice-President Communications
maintains the postdoc-cafe email list, our website, and social media
responsible for the UBC-PDA newsletter, the UBC-PDA homepage
attends 1-2 meetings a month / 2-5 hours a month

Vice-President Social
planning, executing and advertising social events
attends 1-2 meetings a month / 2-7 hours a month

Executive Committee Members
These volunteers are non-elected and serve as helpers.