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Why?

The aim of National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) is to raise awareness and celebrate the achievements of postdoctoral researchers and recognise the value of their contributions to the research ecosystem.

Who?

Postdocs are early career researchers who usually have already obtained a PhD (in the context of NPAW, we actually also celebrate researchers in similar roles, PhD or not). They mostly 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 often 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 at Queen's 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. Since 2020, a group of postdocs and researcher developers from multiple UK institutions also co-ordinate UK-wide online events on careers or postdoc life, and, from 2021, the UK National Postdoc Conference will be scheduled during NPAW (it take place every other year).

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 2022 (19 - 23 Sept)

Postdoc Showcase
'Resilience and Innovation'

Organised 'by postdocs, for postdocs', this event is an opportunity for all research staff at Queen's to showcase their research, learn about others' research, and network.

Taking place on the 21st of September at the Wellington Park Hotel, the Showcase will involve keynote talks by invited speakers around the theme of 'resilience and innovation', a research poster exhibition, 10-minute presentations and 5-minute flash-talks by selected postdocs, and a range of networking opportunities (including over drinks at the end!).

There will be prizes for the best talks and posters and the PDC Postdoc Awards will be presented at the end of the event.

Postdoc Showcase information and registration

The Postdoc Toolbox
A UK-wide online event

This online event will combine humour and useful tips around some of the best tools postdocs have and need in their toolbox to progress: their skills, career development resources and a well-crafted CV.

It will notably include a stand-up-type presentation on postdoc skills, a preview of the Prosper Portal, a career development tool for postdocs to be released in 2023, and a CV clinic, with tips to make a cracking academic or industry CV.

It is organised by a volunteers from different UK institutions, including the PDC, and will take place on the 21st of September (10:30-approx 12:00).

*Note: this event was initially planned on Monday 19th September but was rescheduled on Wednesday 21st September, due to the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.*

Details and registration for 'The Postdoc Toolbox'

Postdoc Awards 2022
Winners' announcement

Every year, the Postdoc Awards celebrate the achievements of Queen's postdocs in research, support and citizenship and outreach.

A total of 88 nominations were received (59 in MHLS, 16 in EPS, 13 in AHSS), including some of them submitted on behalf of multiple individuals.

Winners will be announced at the end of the Postdoc Showcase, on the 21st of September, as well as published on the Awards' page and shared via the PDC Twitter account (@QUBpostdoc).

Postdoc profiles
Getting to know more about Queen's postdocs

During National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the PDC will be sharing short profiles of Queen's postdocs via the PDC Twitter account (@QUBpostdoc), and on the Our postdocs' page.

The information for these profiles is collected as part of the registration for the Postdoc Showcase (for those willing to participate). They will also be displayed on the screen of the Showcase's exhibition room during the event. 

Red neon sign spelling thank you, with a message saying 'Happy national postdoc appreciation week', the postdoctoral development centre logo, a 'Love postdocs' badge and the hashtag #LovePostdocs
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 an 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 #NPAW2022).

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 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

Read more Read less