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National Postdoc Appreciation Week Events

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National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) is an annual celebration designed to recognize the significant contributions postdoctoral scholars make to U.S. research and discovery. Institutions from across the globe participate by holding special events.

The Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs (VSPA) looks forward to celebrating with you from September 19 – 21, 2022.

NPAW Events at Berkeley

Postdocs, We Love you a Latte

Join your fellow postdocs, and bring your faculty mentors, to enjoy coffee, pastries, and the chance to win raffle prizes!

When: Monday September 19, 10am – 12pm.
Where: UC Berkeley Alumni House Patio.

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Virtual Alumni Career Panel, Co-sponsored with the Berkeley Postdoctoral Association (BPA)

The VSPA and the Berkeley Postdoc Association (BPA) are pleased to co-host a virtual career panel discussion of former Cal postdocs. Please join us as our postdoc alumni share their experiences and perspectives about the job search process, how they managed the transition into academic and non-academic careers, and their insights on the career environment in the time of COVID-19.

When: Tuesday September 20, 12pm – 1:30pm.
Where: Virtual.

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PostdocFest and a Professional Photography Session

Join your fellow postdocs for the highlight of NPAW! We’ll have music, food, and the chance to win raffle prizes and NPAW T-shirt giveaways! In addition, the 2022 Faculty Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring and the Postdoc Achievement Award will be presented by the Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Katherine Yelick.

When: Wednesday September 21, 4pm – 7pm.
Where: UC Berkeley Alumni House Patio.

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National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Events

NPAW Kickoff: Finding Your Balance

The national kickoff event to start National Postdoc Appreciation Week. The theme this year is on postdoc mental health and wellness. Speakers will discuss the challenges early career researchers face, share tips they have learned from their struggles, and provide a framework for postdocs to build better balance in their professional lives especially as they navigate their next career step.

When: Monday September 19th, 10 am.
Where: Virtual.

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Registration closes on 9/18/2022.

Social Networking Event: Finding Your Balance

The life of a postdoctoral scholar is always multi-dimensional: we constantly juggle between work and life, research and career, aspirations and transitions. To raise awareness on how to maintain our well-being as postdocs at this pivotal time, the 2022 NPAW task force presents you with THIS virtual networking event to talk about “Finding Your Balance” and expand our connections.

When: Friday September 23rd, 10 am.
Where: Virtual.

During this event, you will find five wellness topics: (1) physical, (2) financial, (3) career, (4) mental/emotional, and (5) community/interpersonal, hosted on Zoom and facilitated by ambassadors passionate about each realm. We encourage you to join the conversation, listen, and share your stories while the ambassadors talk about their experiences.

On the registration form, please select ONE of the five well-being topics you are most interested in discussing. You are more than welcome to switch between topics (break-out rooms) during the session as well! More event information will be emailed to you no later than the week of September 19th, and the information of our wellness ambassadors can be found at

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Registration closes on 9/21/2022.

About the NPA
The National Postdoc Association (NPA) is the voice of the postdoctoral community of more than 70,000 scholars and 300 research institutions.

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