Category Archives: Seminars

‘Postdoc Talks’: Call for Abstracts!


The PDA is calling for postdocs to present their field of research to a non-specialized audience in an engaging, informal and fun way that captures the imagination and leaves us wanting more! This talk will be nothing like your typical conference presentations, or your academic job talks. We want to know what you do in a broader context, and what the significance and real world applications of your research are.

Why? Promote postdoctoral research in the local community and improve communication and public engagement skills.

When? This is a brand new series of talks that will be held at the Railway Club over the summer. First event will be held on July 8th 2015.

More dets? Two speakers with different backgrounds will be featured. Each talk will be 30mins with time for discussion.

This is a great opportunity for the public to engage in YOUR research! If you’re passionate and up to the challenge, please send us your abstract . Abstracts that demonstrate your ability to communicate the significance of your research in an accessible and engaging way will be selected.

Introducing UBC PDA Postdoc Talks

Presented by the UBC Postdoctoral Association.

Postdoctoral researchers are critical to the research performed at academic institutions. UBC ‘Postdoc Talks’ is a public forum that will allow you to learn more about what postdocs do in an engaging, informal and fun atmosphere. Everyone is welcome, so share the word with your friends and family!

Details for our first event:
The Railway Club – 579 Dunsmuir St. at Seymour
Wednesday, July 8th at 7:30pm

The first event will feature two postdocs who will explain their diverse research to you in an accessible manner. Find out more about these two speakers by clicking on their names below. This will take you to our new ‘Featured Postdocs’ section on our blog!

Dr. Justin Hart: Robot self-modeling and self-other reasoning
Dr. Hart’s research involves artificial intelligence, computer vision, and human-robot interaction in which reasoning about the robot’s “self” plays an important role. In this talk, Justin will discuss how his research will enable robots to perform self-other social reasoning that will ultimately help robots to work in roles where they can act as collaborators to human operators.

Dr. Masahiro Minami: Giving peace a chance…
Dr. Minami’s research applies group dynamics theories to effective mediation, inter-group conflict resolution, and community psychosocial reconciliation in post-war contexts. After the Genocide against Tutsis occurred in Rwanda, the Rwandan government released perpetrators back into the communities. In this talk, Masahiro will discuss his research to nurture reconciliation through action, and discuss the experience of the survivors and perpetrators.

You can add this event to your Google Calendar by clicking on the button below. Alternatively, you can subscribe to the entire calendar, with all our events, here!

Alternative Career Paths Seminar (June 18, 2015): UBC FoM Postdocs

The following event is open to all UBC Faculty of Medicine Postdocs! RSVP with your name and affiliation ASAP to avoid disappointment! AlternativeCareerPathsSeminar

PDA Seminar Series: Financial Literacy for Postdocs Feb 17th

We are continuing our financial literacy seminar series!  The Financial Literacy Counsel Inc. of Vancouver is back again for the second portion of the financial literacy seminar for postdocs! This seminar is applicable to Canadian and international postdocs from all disciplines.

*There will be no promotion of any financial institution or their products.


Food and beverages will be provided.



Alphil Guilaran
Executive Director, Financial Literacy Counsel

Samuel Raharjo, RHU

Bob Wang, BCComm CPA (2015)
Jay Kiew, BA
Principals, Legacy Bookkeeping Ltd.

Ryan Howe, JD

Business, Wealth Preservation & Intellectual Property Law
Alexander, Holburn, Beaudin + Lang

PART 2: Intermediate

Financial Literacy 502
February 17, 2015
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Location: Student Union Building (SUB) Room 209

We will explore financial, tax, and legal strategies to help keep more of what you earn.

In this session you will learn:

  • Safeguarding your intellectual property
  • Tax planning beyond your postdoc:
    • Employee/ Tenured professorship
    • Contractor/ Self Employed/ Incorporated
  • Wills, estates, and family law

PDA Seminar Series: Financial Literacy for Postdocs Feb 3rd

The slides from the presentations are available for download.
Download Presentation Slides Here

We are continuing our seminar series for postdocs!  In partnership with the Financial Literacy Counsel Inc. of Vancouver, we are offering a seminar on money management, tax planning, and wills and estates. This seminar is applicable to Canadian and international postdocs from all disciplines.

*There will be no promotion of any financial institution or their products.


Food and beverages will be provided.



Alphil Guilaran
Executive Director, Financial Literacy Counsel

Samuel Raharjo, RHU

Bob Wang, BCComm CPA (2015)

Part 1: Basic

Financial Literacy 501
February 3, 2015
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Location: Life Sciences Institute, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver
Lecture Hall 3 (LSC3)

We will cover money management principles to help get your financial house in order.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to pay off grad school debts
  • The ABC’s of saving money in Canada
  • Should you do RRSP’s, TFSA’s or both?
  • How to reduce taxes as a postdoc
  • Tax planning for international postdocs

Stay tuned for Part II on February 17th!

Recap and slideshare: Pursuing academic and industry careers in the life sciences

On October 28, 2014, Dr. Grace Lee led a practical and interactive panel session on:

  • how branding your professional profile is important as you move towards your next career milestone
  • how to prepare an outstanding application for a faculty position in the life sciences
  • how hiring managers in industry choose the best candidates from among a sea of applicants

Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm
LocationLife Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Room LSC3

The slides from each presentation are downloadable. Click the link below to download:
Creating Career Marketing Tools by Developing your Personal Brand – Presentation by Grace Lee
Pursuing a Faculty Position – Presentation by Michael Gold
Pursuing Industry Careers in the Life Sciences – Presentation by Nilly Razavi and Brian Duff

Visit HERE for both the video and audio recordings of the seminar.

We have posted the photos to this event on our Facebook page ( and on Flickr. A link to our Flickr album is available on the photos tab.

PDA Seminar Series: Pursuing Academic and Industry Careers in the Life Sciences

Are you a PhD graduate looking to transition into a professional appointment suited to your skills, interests, and objectives? Have difficulty developing your professional profile in an a way that conveys your full value for a faculty position or a position in industry?

The UBC Postdoctoral Association has started a seminar series for postdoctoral fellows and research associates. Graduate students are more than welcome.

Join us during UBC Learning Week 2014 for our inaugural event!


Date: October 28, 2014
Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm
Location: Life Sciences Centre, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Room LSC3

This seminar will provide information on:

  • how branding your professional profile is important as you move towards your next career milestone
  • how to prepare an outstanding application for a faculty position in the life sciences
  • how hiring managers in industry choose the best candidates from among a sea of applicants

Join us for a practical and interactive session with Dr. Grace Lee, Dr. Michael Gold, Ms. Nilly Razavi, and Dr. Brian Duff.

Dr. Grace Lee is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Core for Neuroethics, President of the UBC Postdoctoral Association and a PhD career peer coach. Her research focuses on pursuing purpose-driven relationships with stakeholders in health care and health policy. She has led many seminars on developing career objectives, effective networking, and the pursuit of non-academic career options. She is a marketing entrepreneur and Communications Chairperson for the Vancouver Board of Trade Small Business Council.  She values outside-the-box thinking, collaboration, and active networking within and outside academia.

Dr. Michael Gold is Head of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UBC. His research is focused on understanding how the cytoskeleton regulates B-cell activation.  He was the 2013 winner of the Canadian Society for Immunology’s Cinader award for contributions to immunology.  As department Head, he has hired five faculty members and will provide insights about the selection and interview processes for faculty positions.

Dr. Brian Duff is Training Manager at The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD).  In this role, Brian manages the design, development and delivery of a Multidisciplinary Training in Drug Development Program which is aimed at creating Canada’s next generation of leading drug developers. He strives to provide CDRD Trainees with the multi-faceted toolkit required to take on leading positions in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.  Brian encourages all young Post-Docs to enhance their online presence through the strategic use of social media, to actively network and to seek out perfectly-aligned mentors who will help guide them in their early careers.

Postdoctoral Research Day Announcement

SAVE THE DATE for the Postdoctoral Research Day hosted by the UBC PDA

All postdocs, research associates, PhD students, and faculty are welcome.


When: Wed Sept 17, 2:00pm-6:00pm (with food and beverage to follow)
Where: UBC Life Sciences Centre, Room LSC3 and West Atrium

This event will be an opportunity for interested participants to showcase their work, meet peers, and increase their visibility! Registration to present a talk or a poster will open in mid-August. Stay tuned for more details on our website, Twitter, or Facebook page.

Interested guests can send their questions to

Please help distribute widely! We look forward to strengthening connections within the research community.

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!