Events are a great place to meet colleagues from different Departments and learn about the Research environment. The PDS holds a scheduled Coffee Monday at Superfino cafe every month, as well as regular seminars and social events. See here for information on upcoming events:

Welcome Back Picnic

We’re planning a welcome back picnic on Friday February 28th at 4 pm in Outhwaite Park.

Join us and your fellow PDS members for some drinks, snacks and conversation!

Coffee Mornings

10.30-11.30 am, second week of every month, alternating between Monday and Wednesday

Coffee got equal parts more complicated and more inclusive for 2019. We’re going to try alternating between Monday and Wednesday* because with a diverse membership group some people can never make it on Monday. We want to be their friends too!

Come down to Superfino for a yarn, coffee and biscuits on us! Take a break, meet other postdocs, network, and enjoy your break!

Next up: Our next coffee will be 10th February 2020, see you there!

Past Events

Christmas 2019

Navigating a Successful Postdoc

Our career development event for 2019, we have a line-up of speakers to help you keep up the postdoc life. Join us on 14/11/2019 from 09:30 – 12:30 in 503-020 to learn about collaboration, project management, supervision, responsiveness to Māori and biostatistics… Phew! We’ll finish up with a discussion chaired by co-President Brya Matthews on survey results and some lunch!


Image Analysis Workshop

In conjunction with BIRU the PDS invites you to our workshop ‘Catching Photons to Counting Parameters!’ – a workshop on image processing, segmentation and analysis in cell biology.

It’ll be held on 07/11/2019 from 13:00 – 16:00 in 503-124. RSVP to is essential as there are only 30 places

Halloween Social 2019

We are holding our annual Halloween Social on 31/10/2019 from 12.00 – 2.00 pm in Outhwaite Park. All RFs, SRFs, lecturers and their families are welcome. 

Keen to feast on paella? Spanish beer and other non-alcoholic alternatives?

Do you like games? Mummy wrap race, balloon pop (last person standing) and a guess the lolly jar competition.

Come along, hang out and get to know your fellow postdocs!

RSVP using the calendar event sent out Monday 7th October, or email Sandy for more info (and dietary requirements).

PDS International Speaker Event 2019

This year we welcome Associate Professor Katie Hinde from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Centre for Evolution and Medicine at Arizona State University. A/Prof Hinde will present a talk titled: Land of Milk & Honey: Navigating Academia on One’s Own Terms.

Join us in 505-011 from 11:00 – 12:00 on October 29th

Opportunity for a meet and greet with A/Prof Hinde will be available at Superfino from 10:00 – 11:00 in place of our October monthly coffee.


Annual Quiz Night

🥇StillTheAucklandCancerSocietyResearchCentrePostdoctoralQuizTeamOne” (PDS)

🥈Those Guys” (PDS)


🥉Don’t Trust Me I’m a Fake Doctor” (PDS)


🥄“Asian Avengers” (PGSA)

Best Name: “Slaughtermelons” (PGSA)
Special Gangster Award: “GraftonGang” (PGSA)


It’s that time of year again! The time of year when epic battles over obscure facts become more than lunchtime titillation, moving instead into the realm of serious competition. Will the Postdocs with their superior maturity (aka old-age) become champions or will the Postgrads use their youthfulness (aka knowledge-of-current-pop-culture) to take the prize? The great battle for superiority in the fields of miscellany, obscurity and general irrelevance will tell all!

Find out on Thursday 22nd August 6 – 8.30 pm at Superfino.


IP Commercialisation Series in collaboration with UniServices 18/07 ; 01/08 ; 15/08

In three one hour sessions on the 18th June, 1st August and 15th August join us to learn about intellectual property and commercialisation of your research. All welcome!


  • Thursday 18th July: Commercialising your Research at the University of Auckland
  • Thursday 1st August: Patents – who owns them, how to get one for your research
  • Thursday 15th August: Biotech patentability – Patenting genes, bugs and drugs

Academic Writing Workshop for Early Career Researchers at FMHS

Together with the Maurice Wilkins Centre, the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Postdoctoral Society will be holding an Academic Writing Workshop on the afternoon of Wednesday, 14 August 2019. Writing skills are key to academic progression. We have put together an hands-on workshop targeting early career researchers at our Faculty.

We will first hear from the seasoned academic writer, Dr. Veronika Sander from the Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, about her grant and publication writing journey, as well as a number of useful tips on crafting your narratives.

Then in an interactive workshop led by Professor Helen Sword, the director of the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education (CLeaR), we will explore the key elements that make for an engaging piece of academic writing, and you will develop strategies for becoming a more productive writer. Please bring along a few pages of your own writing – for example, work-in-progress from an academic article or chapter.

Please RSVP to by 7 August for catering purpose.

We look forward to seeing you. For any questions, please email Catherine at


SUMMIT is one of our most exciting events of the year. In 2019 we are featuring two outstanding guests, Professor Juliet Gerrard, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor and Professor Cather Simpson, the Director of The Photon Factory.

Photos available here

Full programme!

  • Research presentation – 8 minute talk + 2 minutes questions. Prizes: 1st: Caroline Walker – $3000 travel grant from AMRF, 2nd: Jacelyn Loh – $1000 consumables from In Vitro
  • Elevator pitch – 3 minute talk, 1 slide only. Prizes: 1st: Alex Müntz – $1500 consumables from Mediray

Postdoctoral Society Christmas Celebration

12-2 pm, Wednesday 12th December 2018
Outside Grafton campus atrium

Postdocs came together to celebrate the successes of 2018.

Un-Alternative Careers for PostDocs

9 November 12-1:30pm,
Room 501-110

Come and find out about a couple of other career paths that utilise your skills and qualifications, hear some stories from past colleagues about their journeys as well as getting some advice from an expert career consultant from OCG on finding your new job and how to get a successful application/resume together. Panel discussion with lots of opportunity to ask questions.  You can also post a question on the RSVP form in advance of the event.
Panel line up

  • Dr. Verity Todd – Clinical Research Fellow (St John NZ)
  • Dr. Jonathan Robson – Senior Clinical Research Scientist (Fisher and Paykel Healthcare)
  • Julie Cressey – Manager (OCG Consulting)

PDS Halloween Social

Wednesday 31st October
Time: 3.30-6pm
Venue: Outhwaite Park

The 2018 PDS Halloween social was a family-friendly afternoon in the park, with plenty of food, drinks, fun, and sun!

How to Postdoc

 3rd October 2018 (501-110)
Did you attend this event? Please place your feedback through this form:

At this event we gave you the low-down on all the things you should be doing to be a successful researcher in academia.

It covered what you need to be doing from the day you start your first postdoctoral position, tips for publishing, and some super useful info on putting grants together. We went right through to navigation of the university’s ADPR system and how to get that promotion. There was ample opportunity to get questions and comments through to the right people

Handouts from the event are now available from our Resources page.

Annual Quiz Night
The FMHS PGSA and PDS will battle it out once again to determine who will emerge as trivia champion in this Quiz night. In 2018 the PDS emerged in a hotly contested first (and second, and third!) place on Thursday 6 Sept, 6-8:30 pm.

The date for 2019 will be announced in due course

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