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Professional Development Events

The PDFO is dedicated to providing a wide variety of quality professional development opportunities to UBC’s postdoc community.

The PDFO is proud to offer three flagship professional development programs in addition to regularly-scheduled professional development workshops:

  • Foundations of Career Planning Program: A three-part workshop program designed to introduce postdocs to the support and resources required to establish the foundations of a post-PDF career in academia or with a primary focus on industry. By the end of the program, participants will have developed through self-reflection the foundations needed to structure a development plan, put together a professional portfolio, and navigate the industry interview and negotiation process.
  • PDFO-SPARC Internal Review Training Program: Launched in 2018, the PDFO-SPARC Internal Review Training Program is designed to integrate emerging scholars into UBC’s internal grant review process while also strengthening the competitiveness of UBC’s CIHR Project Grant applications.
  • Postdoctoral Fellows Teaching Internship (PDTI): In collaboration with the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), the Postdoc Teaching Internship is comprised of a three-day Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) and opportunities to work with a mentor.

Upcoming Workshops and Events

UBC offers and administers programs that provide professional development to PDFs. Events offered by the PDFO will open for registration approximately two weeks in advance of each session. Registration is required for all PDFO events. Participants who are successfully registered in a professional development session will receive a confirmation email from the PDFO within a week of the session.

The PDFO reserves the right to cancel, postpone, or reschedule a course due to low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If this occurs registrants will be contacted via email as soon as possible.

PDFO Workshops and Seminars

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JSPS Information Session (with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) - Postdoctoral Fellows Office
Summer Institute in Project Management - February/March 2022 - Postdoctoral Fellows Office

Other Workshops and Seminars

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Abstracts: Communicating Research Findings With Brevity and Concision - Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Applying the principles of sound leadership and team building - Mitacs Training
Building your project network map - Mitacs Training
Framing your project in a masterful presentation - Mitacs Training
Framing your project in a masterful presentation - Mitacs Training
Framing your project in a masterful presentation - Mitacs Training
Framing your project in a masterful presentation - Mitacs Training
Framing your project in a masterful presentation - Mitacs Training
Incorporating reconciliation, equity, diversity, and inclusion into your project - Mitacs Training
Lay Summaries: Going Public With Your Research - Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication
Mastering the elevator pitch - Mitacs Training
Project and time management - Mitacs Training
Project and time management - Mitacs Training
Project and time management - Mitacs Training
Project and time management - Mitacs Training
Refined project communication plan - Mitacs Training
Research Article Conclusions: Wrapping Up and Looking Forward - Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication

Previous Events

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BC Children's Hospital Research Institute - #Altac Career Day - BC Children's Hospital Research Institute Trainee Council
Canadian Career Symposium for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows - Graduate and Postdoctoral Development Network
2016 National Postdoc Appreciation Week BBQ - Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO)
2017 National Postdoc Appreciation Week Barbecue - Postdoctoral Fellows Office
2018 National Postdoc Appreciation Week Barbecue - Postdoctoral Fellows Office
2019 National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) Barbecue - Postdoctoral Fellows Office
2020 Lessons Learned (And Ways to Prepare for 2021) (online) - Beyond the Professoriate
3 Minute Postdoc Slam - UBC Postdoc Assoication (PDA)
3 Minute Postdoc Slam - UBC Postdoc Association (PDA)
3 Minute Postdoc Slam - UBC Postdoctoral Association

Privacy Notification: Your personal information is collected under the authority of section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). This information will be used for the purpose of planning and administering each professional development workshop and event offered by the Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO). Questions about the collection of this information may be directed to the PDFO at postdoctoral.fellows@ubc.ca.