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Why?

The aim of National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) is to raise awareness and celebrate the incredible achievements of postdoctoral researchers!

Who?

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!

What?

Events vary with the year but could include research showcases, UK-wide events on careers or postdoc life (including the National Postdoc Conference every other year), public events (in example a movie + Q&A), recognition (Prizes or awards), social events (usually with food!), social media campains etc.

When?

The week of the 3rd Monday of September.

Where?

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! Since then, multiple UK Universities have joined the celebrations and groups of postdocs from across the country work together to organise virtual events for all.

Programme 2021 (20 - 24 Sept)

Date: 22/09/2021
Time: 2:00PM - 2:30PM
Location: Twitter
Category: General / Other

Date: 24/09/2021
Time: 9:15AM - 4:30PM
Location: Online
Category: Conference / Symposium

Date: 20/09/2021
Time: 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Location: Online
Category: Interview, Lecture / Talk / Discussion, Training / Learning & Development

E-cards
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 #NPAW2021).

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

View and download the e-cards

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Programme 2020 (21 - 25 Sept)

E-cards
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!

View and download the e-cards

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Profiles
Meet our postdocs!

Learn about some of our postdocs, their research and contributions to our three Faculties by watching our series of postdoc videos

Watch the postdoc videos

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 25 September 2020 from 3:30 pm (expected length 1.5 h).

Quiz info and registration

Recognition
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

UK-wide event
#Recognition of Research Talents

A consortium of UK Universities, including Queen's, are organising two nation-wide online events for Postdoc Appreciation Week (see website).

This first event, on Monday 21 Sep (1 pm), is designed to be positive and fun! Introduced by Sara Shinton (University of Edinburgh), we will learn all about the highly valuable transferable skills of postdocs with Chris Humphrey (Jobs on toast), followed by Emer Maguire (Science communicator, Musical comedian), illustrating how to excel at communication... and singing a bit!

Watch the recognition event on demand

Talent event info and registration

UK-wide event
#PostdocChat - Careers in Academia and Beyond

A consortium of UK Universities, including Queen's, are organising two nation-wide online events for Postdoc Appreciation Week (see website).

This second event, on Tuesday 22 Sep (10 am), is an interactive panel discussion aiming at providing information to researchers regarding their career options, available resources and opportunities to help them explore their career, and insights to navigating various career options. It will provide highlights on different pilot programmes that are currently being developed to promote researcher career development (such as the Prosper project and Wellcome's Broadening Horizons mentoring programme), insights to implementation of the new Concordat, available resources, and data on what potential employers value in a candidate from a research background (notably from Vitae). 

Watch the career event on demand

Career event info and registration

Other initiatives open to QUB postdocs (places limited):

 

Wellbeing session to learn about Positive Approach™, and how this can help you lead more contented, fulfilling and satisfying lives (Provided by the University of Liverpool).

Dr Matteo Cavalleri, a publisher at Wiley will share his experience going from a chemistry postdoctoral position to his current career on the “other side” of Scientific publishing (Provided by the University of Liverpool).

This workshop will introduce the responsible use of metrics and how to embed DORA recommendations in research (Provided by the University of Liverpool). 

This event is open to postdocs across the all partner Universities and therefore a nice informal way to round off NPAW 2020 and chat with other postdocs and researchers from the University and others within the UK (Provided by the University of Liverpool).

This session is open to all and will provide information on how to be a part in building a better workplace for LGBTQ+ staff and students (Provided by the University of Liverpool). 

Programme 2019 (Archive)

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

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

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

Recognition
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.

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

Programme 2018 (Archive)

FREE PUBLIC SCREENING AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE DISCUSSION
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

Thursday 20th September, 6 pm: Free screening of "The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks" at Queen's Film Theatre 

Starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of the woman behind the first cells successfully cultured in a dish in 1951, and how this major biomedical breakthrough affected her family.

How have the fields of cell culture, cancer and ethics evolved since then? Come and find out, and get a glimpse of the ground-breaking science carried out by postdoctoral researchers of Queen’s University Belfast, who will present their work and take part in an audience discussion.

Based on the best-selling nonfiction book of the same name, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks chronicles Deborah Lacks’ (Oprah Winfrey) search, aided by journalist Rebecca Skloot (Rose Byrne), to learn about the mother (Renée Elise Goldsberry) she never knew and understand how the unauthorised harvesting of Lacks' cancerous cells led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs.

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#ILoveQUBPostdocs
Show your recognition to QUB postdocs!

All week, wear PDC badges and share stories on social media!

Do you know postdocs doing an incredible work? As a student, have postdocs contributed to your success?

If yes, it's time to show how you value their work by wearing a PDC "I Love QUB Postdocs" badge and sharing pictures and stories with the #ILoveQUBPostdocs!

View postdoc recognition messages on #ILoveQUBPostdocs.

Badges are available to members of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.

They can be collected from the 17th of September (within the limit of stocks) at:

- Centre for Experimental Medicine: Reception Wellcome Wolfson building

- Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology: Reception main building

- Centre for Public Health: First floor kitchen ICSB

- School of Pharmacy: Staff room (coffee room) in McClay building

- School of Biological Sciences: School office MBC and DKB

- School of Nursing and Midwifery: Communal room level 7

- Faculty MHLS: Reception Faculty office (1st floor, 90 Lisburn road) and PDC (3rd floor)

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PDC Postdoc Prizes
PDC prizes ceremony and reception

Thursday 20th September, 3 pm: PDC prizes ceremony

The PDC Postdoc Prizes aim to recognise the exceptional contributions of postdocs to the University and will be awarded as part of a ceremony. The ceremony (click "read more" for registration information) will take place at Queen's Film Theatre and will be followed by a drinks and nibbles reception before the free public screening of "the immortal life of Henrietta Lacks" (see above).

The prizes' ceremony is open to postdocs from the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences upon registration only (see button below to book your ticket). Additional staff and students, including those who nominated postdocs for the prizes, will also be personally invited.

The prizes aim to reward those who excel in what they do, who “go the extra-mile” in their research, in their contribution to the life of the University, in their contribution to Public Engagement and in the provision of support for their group, colleagues, School.

Book your ticket to the ceremony

Booking open to FMHLS postdocs only.

Invited guests do not need to book a ticket via the link, just RSVP the PDC's invitation email.

 

For more details on the PDC prizes, the nomination process and the results (nominees and winners!), visit the PDC prizes' page:

PDC Prizes

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Launch of the PDC website
Information relevant to postdocs on the same site!

Monday 17th September: Launch of the PDC website

The PDC website regroups information of interest to postdocs in terms of training and resources available at QUB, funding opportunities and support, career development etc.

Check it out from the 17/09/18!

Visit the PDC website

The PDC website is designed for postdocs from the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences but some information is also relevant to postdocs from other Faculties.

Sections of the website include:

  • About the PDC: aim, audience, staff, contact
  • New postdoc: New postdoc welcome booklet, induction, buddy schemes, useful links
  • Resources: workshops and programmes, events and news, PDC library, online resources (technical skills, teaching and supervision, organisation and project management, leadership and teamwork, business skills, impact and communication, career development)
  • Fellows: advice and resources only or primarily for fellowship holders
  • Funding: fellowship application, grants, travel fund, funding tools
  • Personal support: application (CV/cover letter) review, interview preparation (mock interviews, coaching sessions)
  • Policies: training, teaching, supervision, funding application, finance and budget management
  • Prospective postdocs: information on how to join the Faculty
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AHSS faculty postdoc lunch
Postdoc get together

Wednesday 19th September: AHSS Research Staff Appreciation Event

Across UK universities about a quarter of full-time academic staff are researchers on fixed-term contracts. Universities depend on the research expertise and experience of these staff to carry out a vast range of tasks involved in research projects, but we perhaps do not pause often enough to thank them for their contribution.

On September 19 (12 to 2 pm) we want to do just that by inviting all of our researchers in the AHSS Faculty to join us for lunch.

The event will be hosted by Tony Gallagher, Acting Research Dean for the Faculty. We have asked Alister Miskimmon, Head of the School of History, Anthropology, Politics and Philosophy (HAPP), and Danielle Blaylock, lecturer in the School of Psychology, and until recently a researcher working in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW) to say a few words of appreciation on the role and contribution of our researchers.  We would also like to take some time to discuss the potential organisation of an AHSS Research Staff Society and career development support activities.

And you will get lunch!

Please register for the event via QOL using the above event title (This event is for postdocs of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences only).

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