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 2019 (16 - 20 Sept)

The programme for 2019 is not yet finalised but here's a glimpse of what is coming:

Postdoc Showcase


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

Research night at QFT

Free movie + discussion with postdocs

Join us for a free projection of a movie (title not known yet) followed by a Questions & Answers session with postdoctoral researchers from Queen's University Belfast with research interest related to the movie.

Date, time, movie and other details to come.


Postdoc prizes

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

Information on how to nominate postdocs and prizes' categories can be found here.

Previous programmes

Visit the NPAW website 2018

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