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
National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2019