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:
Yay!! 2021 is underway. The PDS is currently planning lots of fun events so that you can keep postdoc-ing to your fullest potential.
Events in May: Coffee Morning
Events in July: SUMMIT 2020
Take a break, meet other postdocs, network, and enjoy the refreshments!
As per last year, we will continue alternating coffee mornings between Monday and Wednesday of the second week of every month. It seemed to work well so… why not. Come down to the cafe for a yarn, coffee, and biscuits; all on us of course.
Our next coffee morning will be:-
When: Wednesday 12th May
Where: Superfino Cafe, Atrium, Grafton Campus
Time: 10.30-11.30 am
See you there!
Having trouble getting your animal ethics application right? Lord knows we’ve all had that issue.
The PDS are hosted a workshop in April 2021 given by our very own Dr. Jodi Salinsky (Animal Welfare Officer) and Prof. Laura Bennet (Animal Ethics Committee Deputy Chair) on how to get your ethics application right. If you missed it don’t fret; you can find the workshop slides here.
Size matters, especially when designing studies and writing grants.
The FMHS biostatistics team ran a workshop to help guide confused post-docs about sample sizes and all things related. The workshop was a success with participants being inspired to write more grant applications. Topics included:-
- Why sample size and power matter
- What information you need to perform meaningful power calculations
- How to report your calculations
If you missed the workshop, you can access the recorded lecture here; you will need your UoA log-in details.
SUMMIT is one of our most exciting events of the year. In 2020 SUMMIT Postdoctoral Research Symposium was bigger and better than ever before. It was a resounding success with more than 100 research fellows attending. Presentations from keynote speakers Prof Cindy Kiro (Pro Vice-Chancellor Maori) and Dr Brett Cowan (Chief Scientist at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research: ESR) were truly inspiring and one of several highlights from the day.
SUMMIT2020 showcased the amazing research happening across Liggins, FMHS and the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. A few presentations stood out and were recognised with generous prizes from our sponsors.
Dr Alex Muntz won best oral presentation (sponsored by Auckland Medical Research Foundation) and Dr Julia Shanks received the runner-up best oral presentation award (sponsored by In Vitro Technologies). Dr Rhea Desai was awarded the Bright Lights elevator pitch runner-up prize from Carl Zeiss NZ, and Dr Yukti Vyas won the best elevator pitch (sponsored by NEB New Zealand). Dr Amy Chan received the best abstract award from Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust. Congrats to all our winners!
A special thanks to the University and the sponsors who made this event possible: Carl Zeiss NZ, Integrated Sciences, In Vitro Technologies, Merck, NEB New Zealand, ThermoFisher – Life Sciences, Auckland Medical Research Foundation, and Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Research Trust. We acknowledge all the volunteers, organisers, and those involved who helped make SUMMIT2020 a success.
Learn about Nobel prize award technology – CRISPR
The long-awaited CRISPR workshop was an overwhelming success. Participants gained valuable insights into this Nobel prize winning technology and were able to design their own CRISPR experiment. Thank you to Dr Jennifer Hollywood and Dr Veronika Sander for sharing their knowledge with us.
Annual Quiz 2020
Will the Postdocs continue to hold their position as champions or will the Postgrads steal away the prize? The great battle for superiority in general irrelevance is nigh!
It was truly a battle of the brains (and costumes) at the annual PDS vs PGSA quiz night. TheAucklandCancerSocietyResearchCentrePostdoctoralQuizTeamVersion 2020a (below left) proved their superiority in general irrelevance beating 12 other teams to retain the trophy for the Postdocs. The best costume was awarded to team PhydothePhysiologyDino (below right). The PDS and PGSA extend a big thank you to the evening’s quizmaster Prof Andrew Shelling for the entertainment and asking the tough questions.
Professor Laura Bennet (HOD Physiology) hit us with tips and tricks for writing and editing our CVs, primarily targeted at Fellowship/Job applications.
This event ran on July 22nd from 1.00 – 2.00 pm in 501-110. Preparatory information is found here.
Every year we have an Annual General Meeting to discuss the past 12 month period and crystal ball gaze about the next 12 months. Last year we certainly didn’t schedule in a global pandemic for 2020 but look what we got! Who knows what surprises you’ll get if you come along… This year we are running the meeting Thursday 25th June starting at 1 pm (free lunch beforehand…) in 501-505.
We also vote for co-presidents if there are more candidates than positions and call for volunteers for various other vacant committee/sub-committee positions (these will be circulated before the meeting). This is also your chance to ask questions of the past/future leadership, how the PDS runs, or even why we get free coffee every month (except some where there are major events or global pandemics…). The more people that attend, the more we can represent you so we hope to see you there!
*Yes, that’s right, you get free lunch! We’ll have some food (Subway!) available from 1230 pm start, so get there, mix and mingle and enjoy a free feed.
Professional Development from home. The first workshop will be on Thursday May 28th from 2-3 pm via Zoom** on the topics:
- Using social media for research – Evie Southwell
- 2. Academic impact and wider research impact – Derryl Hayman
Evie Southwell and Derryl Hayman both work as Research Services Advisers for Te Tumu Herenga, Libraries and Learning Services, and are based in the Philson Library at Grafton. They provide guidance to postgraduates and academic staff to develop researchers’ skills and to make maximum use of library resources. They will be joined by their team leader Jo Simons for the Q&A so we have three great brains to pick!
**Zoom link can be found in the email version of the newsletter, or contact us for more information
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!
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 email@example.com is essential as there are only 30 places
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).
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
“Those Guys” (PDS)
“Don’t Trust Me I’m a Fake Doctor” (PDS)
“Asian Avengers” (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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 7 August for catering purpose.
We look forward to seeing you. For any questions, please email Catherine at email@example.com.
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
- 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,
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
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)
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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