NPAW 2022 Save the Date

Lead Image
Save the date for NPAW: September 19-23, 2022

By William McCarthy | VSPA News Team | August 24, 2022

This September, the VSPA and UC Berkeley are thrilled to celebrate another incredible year of postdoctoral achievement. Although we aim to honor our postdocs throughout the year, in September we will be hosting a special series of events and panels as part of National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW). This year’s events will be held on September 8th, and from September 19-23.  

Every year, over a hundred institutions across the country and internationally participate in the celebratory week to honor postdoctoral scholars and the important role they play on campus. We at the VSPA believe it’s important to take time to gather, celebrate, and honor the work postdocs do every day. The VSPA sees this week as an opportunity to celebrate Berkeley’s diverse postdoc population and the wide variety of research they conduct that helps make Cal a top research institution.

In the past, the VSPA has celebrated National Postdoc Appreciation Week by hosting alumni panels, ice cream socials, beer tastings, and even paint parties. This year, we’re happy to offer a slate of events where postdocs can socialize, get career advice, and just relax. There are both in-person and virtual offerings, so postdocs have as much flexibility as possible when it comes to attending events.

One major highlight is Cal Night at the Oakland A’s Coliseum on Thursday, September 8.  You can register for that event here. The VSPA will also be hosting a coffee and pastries party at the UC Berkeley Alumni House patio on Monday, September 19. Come dressed to impress, because you’ll have a chance to have free professional headshots taken by a trained photographer.  You will also want to save the date for PostdocFest On Wednesday, September 21, which will include another series of headshots, food, music, and a raffle.

Throughout the week of September 19-23rd, the VSPA will be using their annual #CalPostdoc campaign to promote postdocs. They encourage colleagues, professors, and mentees of postdocs to #ShoutOutYourPostdoc and join in the celebration. 

You can find a full schedule of events here. Remember to register for any event you’d like to attend.

We’re looking forward to seeing our amazing postdocs there!

Scroll below to see how VSPA has celebrated NPAW in the past!

National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2021


National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2020

Twitter post Sept 11 2020: We heart our Postdocs - can't wait to celebrate #NPA2020 with @BerkeleyBPA! #VSPANPAWTwitter post Sept 23 2020; Looking for a way to celebrate #NPAW2020?  Join #VSPANPAW for a night of award winning Bay Area music with @monkeyska this Thursday!  Register here:Twitter post Sept 11 2020: UC Berkeley Postdocs deserve all the appreciation!  Looking forward to #NPAW2020 #VSPANPAWTwitter post Sept 26 2020: Cheers to the final evening of #VSPANPAW Enjoy!; image of local beers

National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2019

Oski Bear in photo frame "UC Berkeley hearts Postdocs"3 people standing in picture frameTwo Postdocs in photo frame "UC Berkeley hearts Postdocs"Postdoc standing in picture frameGroup of PostdocsOski with kids