National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2020

Postdoc Appreciation Week is to acknowledge, recognise, and celebrate all the hard work that postdocs and researchers dedicate to research, teaching, mentoring, outreach, and so much more!

Originating in North America, UK research institutions in recent years have started to take on this celebratory practice; This year, a group of postdocs and Researcher Development Managers from different institutions across the country have come together and planned the first ever series of National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) events.

You can find out more by checking out the national website here or join us on Twitter and Instagram.

(Please note if events are listed as "join waiting list" please still sign up as you will be sent a livestream and live chat link to participate even if the room is full).

Monday 21st September

The Positive Approach (TM), wellbeing session, 10:00 -11:30

(Hosted by The University of Liverpool but open to researchers from other institutes). Wellbeing session facilitated by Tallant Jones, a Liverpool based firm of business coaches and consultants specialising in employee engagement & personal performance in the workplace. The Positive Approach™ takes its lead from Positive Psychology, and shows people how to lead happier and more fulfilling lives. In this fast paced and motivating introductory workshop, postdocs will learn about Positive Approach™, and how this can help them to lead more contented, fulfilling and satisfying lives. Adapting or changing current habits can be tough - this workshop will show how brains can be trained and developed to help make new choices and new habits that will enable individuals to live a more fruitful and rewarding life.

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Recognition of Research Talents, 13:00 - 14.30

Join us for a fun and upbeat event to kickstart a week of celebrations! Sara Shinton (University of Edinburgh) will highlight the fantastic careers researchers achieved both within and without academia, followed by a session in identifying and exemplifying transferable skills of researchers with Chris Humphrey (Jobs on Toast), complete with singing and laughter from award-winning BBC presenter Emer Maguire!

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Tuesday 22nd September

Careers in Academia and Beyond, 10:00 - 11.30

In this moderated panel discussion Q&A session, five panellists (Fiona Watt, MRC; Bethan Hughes, Wellcome; Rachel Cox, Vitae; Sarah Staniland, Sheffield University; Prosper Project, University of Liverpool) come together to provide information and insights to researchers regarding their careers options, highlight available resources as well as new pilot programmes that will be available for researchers to utilise. They will also give insights to how the new Concordat will be implemented in a meaningful way, that can positively impact researchers.

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Wednesday 23rd September

Being LGBTQ+ in Academia, 13:00 - 14:00

Navigating the academic world as an LGBTQ+ academic can bring with it its own unique challenges. Being LGBTQ+ can be referred to as “hidden diversity” in the academic world, which exists through a vicious circle where it is not always possible to discuss challenges with peers or managers, meaning that many in wider academia are not always aware that the challenges even exist. This session will provide a frank and open discussion of some of these issues, focusing in on the experiences of early career researchers. The session will include an introductory talk from the Chair of the University of Liverpool’s Staff and Postgraduate LGBT+ Network and a panel discussion of academics on their own experiences and perspectives on being openly LGBTQ+ in academia.

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My Escape from the Lab: Scientific Publishing, 15:00 - 16:00

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. His talk will explore roles for postdoctoral STEM researchers in the publishing industry. He will enable a broader understanding of the different roles inside the editorial office of academic journals and the skills required for editorial positions posted by commercial and society publishers.

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The Postdoc Agony Aunt - A live Q&A session, 16:00 - 17:00

Hosted by Emma Williams of EJW solutions - "I've been a postdoc and worked with postdocs for over 20 years. I'm opening up my agony aunt clinic for an hour for you to ask everything postdoc! Jobs. Careers. Tricky situations. I'm one of the authors of What Every Postdoc Needs to Know - so register and send me your questions! I promise an interactive session"

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Friday 25th September

The use of responsible metrics: The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), 13:00 - 14:00

This workshop will introduce the responsible use of metrics and will also focus on particular actions postdocs could take – e.g. how to use bibliometrics and altmetrics to their advantage when presenting research outcomes in CVs or funding applications, how to select a publication, how to embed DORA recommendations in research and how to assertively challenge bad practice. This workshop will be facilitated by Dr Zuzana Oriou, UoL Project Manager on Responsible Metrics in Research Assessment.

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A National Coffee break! 14:45 - 15:30

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.

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Thanking N8 PostDocs during National PostDoc Appreciation Week 2020

From 21st-25th September, join the N8 Research Partnership in celebrating ‘National Postdoc Appreciation Week’. This national event is an opportunity for universities to recognise and thank postdocs for their hardwork and contributions. You can join the campaign by downloading the "Thank you postdoc" template and send via Twitter or email to a postdoc who you feel deserves recognition.

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