The aim of National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) is to raise awareness and celebrate the incredible achievements of postdoctoral researchers!
Postdocs are early career researchers having already obtained a PhD. They work on short-term contracts to aquire additional training and experience in order to become the future leaders in academic research, private research, governmental institutions or any other successful career they can apply their skills to!
Postdocs plan and conduct research, analyse data and disseminate their results by publishing in scientific journals, interacting with policy makers or with private companies. They are also involved in teaching at the University, supervising students and junior staff and taking part in public engagement activities.
Postdocs are at the forefront of scientific discoveries, building a better future for all of us, and deserve our gratitude for their hard work!
Events vary with the year but could include research showcases, public events (in example a movie + Q&A), recognition (Prizes or awards), social events (usually with food!), social media campains etc.
The week of the 3rd Monday of September.
NPAW was created by the National Postdoc Association (NPA) in the USA, where it has been celebrated since 2009. In 2018, Queen's was the only UK University to put a programme together and we intend to keep organising NPAW in Belfast every year!
Prizes to celebrate the achievements of Queen's postdocs will be awarded during National Postdoc Appreciation Week, at the end of the Postdoc Showcase.
Information on how to nominate postdocs and prizes' categories can be found here. Nominations for all Queen's Faculties close on 16 August 2019.
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