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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!

Programme 2020 (21 - 25 Sept)


Postdoc prizes

Prizes to celebrate the achievements of Queen's postdocs will be awarded during National Postdoc Appreciation Week.

Nominations closed on 10 July 2020.

Due to social distancing, we will not hand out the prizes at an event this year, but will announce the winners on the PDC Twitter account, @QUBPostdoc, on Thursday 24 Sep (MHLS from 1 pm, AHSS from 3 pm, EPS from 4 pm). Be sure to tune in and like, share and comment to congratulate the winners!

More information on the prizes


Means to say thank you!

PIs, students, peers and colleagues can thank postdocs and wish them a happy National Postdoc Appreciation Week by downloading one of the many available E-cards and send it by email or on social media!

Expand for more information and to download cards.

All are encouraged to include in their message examples of ways postdocs had a positive impact on them or the team, highlight their strengths or what they admire in them, thank them for something they did etc.

If used on social media, please tag @QUBPostdoc and use #LovePostdocs (and if possible #LoveQUB #NPAW2020).

Alternatively, the cards can be printed and handed out, or individuals can make up their own cards!

The cards will be available here closer to the start of NPAW (September)

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Online Pub Quiz

Trivia fun!

The PDC will host an online Pub Quiz for postdocs, who can play as teams or individually and test their (random) general knowledge!

The quiz will take place on Friday 24 September 2020 from 3:30 pm (expected length 1.5 h).

More information and registration

Programme 2019 (Archive)

Research night at QFT: GATTACA + Q&A


Dates: 19/09/2019 - 19/08/2019
Time: 6:00PM - 8:30PM
Location: Queen's Film Theatre 20 University Square Belfast BT7 1PA

Postdoc Showcase

Date: 18/09/2019
Time: 9:30AM - 5:00PM
Location: Ulster Museum (Botanic Ct, Belfast BT9 5AB)

Postdoc recognition: wear it and say it!

Dates: 16/09/2019 - 20/09/2019
Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: Everywhere at QUB!


Postdoc prizes

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.

EPS Postdoc Society launch: Pizza night!

Date: 19/09/2019
Time: 3:30PM - 7:00PM
Location: TBD on QUB campus

Previous programmes

Visit the NPAW website 2018