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2019 National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) Barbecue

Date & Time

Thursday, 19 September 2019 - 11:30am to Thursday, 19 September 2019 - 1:30pm
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St. John's College


Postdoctoral Fellows Office


**Registration in the NPAW Barbecue is now sold out. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact the PDFO at **

National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW), sponsored by the National Postdoctoral Association, takes place September 16-20, 2019.  Now in its tenth year, National Postdoc Appreciation Week will be celebrated across Canada and the U.S. to create awareness of and recognize the contributions that postdocs make to research.  We hope that all supervisors recognize the efforts of their Postdocs during this week of celebration.


UBC, and especially the PDFO, would like to take this opportunity to thank our Postdocs for their hard work and for all the contributions they have made.  As a token of our appreciation, we will be hosting our Annual BBQ event on Thursday, September 19, 2019 and would be pleased if you could join us.

Event Schedule

Join us for check-in and fun photos at 11:30, followed by the barbecue at 12:00. The event is expected to last between 1.5 to 2 hours.

As part of this event, postdocs will be eligible to win prizes from a variety of on- and off-campus donors; in order to receive a prize, attendance is required at the time of the draw.


RSVPs for this event are required, and the deadline to register was Thursday, September 12, 2019. Those successfully registered will receive an email from the PDFO in advance of the barbecue.

If your department or unit will be hosting an event for NPAW, please let us know!


Friday, September 20, 2019

The UBC PDA is teaming up with the SFU PDA to celebrate being a postdoc while enjoying drinks and dinner. Join us for a fun evening at Craft Beer Market. Appies are on us!

When? Friday, September 20, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Where? Craft Beer Market Olympic Village, 85 W 1st Ave

Register here:

Make sure to sign up fast as space is limited!


Biodiversity Research Centre

Postdoctoral Fellows from the Biodiversity Research Centre are invited to the Black Hole at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, September 17 for coffee and cake.

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

The Department of Microbiology & Immunology at UBC organized a microbiology & immunology postdoc and research associate appreciation & research night on Tuesday September 17, 2019, 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (LSC, West Atrium), UBC. The event includes a social, poster presentation (optional), dinner & drink, and prizes and gifts. Invited are postdocs, research associates, and the department's faculty. Please RSVP.

Michael Smith Laboratories

MSL will be serving cupcakes and dessert in the multipurpose room at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 in advance of the kickoff for this year's MSL Seminar Series. Everyone is encouraged to come for the brief snack and express your appreciation to our amazing postdocs. All are welcome.


The Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS) is offering a series of webinars that are free to CAPS members.

Preparing for the rest of your career after your postdoc

Tuesday, September 17th from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EDT)

CAPS is proud to present "Preparing for the rest of your career after you postdoc" by Dr. Marianne Chevrier from Adoc Talent Agency on Tuesday, September 17th from 2-3pm (EDT). Dr. Chevrier will present ways to help PhDs assess their marketable skills and strategies to excel throughout the job hiring process.

To participate, simply register for the webinar in advance. It's free!

Register here:

How to apply for an NSERC fellowship

Wednesday, September 18th from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EDT)

Join CAPS as we present "How to apply for an NSERC fellowship" by Amy Reckling from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada on Wednesday, September 18th from 2-3:30pm (EDT). Amy Reckling will discuss opportunities and provide tips for writing a killer fellowship application.

To participate, simply register for the webinar in advance. It's free!

Register here:

CAPS 101

Thursday, September 19th from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (EDT)

Join CAPS Executive Director, Dr. Joseph Sparling from 2-3pm EDT on Thursday September 19th to learn more about the CAPS mission, our advocacy work, and about the resources and support services that CAPS provides. This session will also offer participants the opportunity to ask us any of their burning questions about postdoc life!

To participate, simply register for the webinar in advance. It's free!

Register here:


The PDFO is pleased to feature a prize draw as a part of our NPAW barbecue, but we could not offer this draw without the generous support of our donors. We would like to thank the following organizations for their generous donations in support of the 2019 National Postdoc Appreciation Week Barbecue.