The National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) has been created by the National Postdoc Association in the USA and has been celebrated since 2009 all over the world.
This year, Queen's University Belfast is organising festivities for the first time in Northern Ireland!
These include a free public screening of a science-related movie followed by an interactive discussion with postdocs, a prizes ceremony, the launch of a specific website and multiple ways to show recognition to postdocs.
The aim of the NPAW is to raise awareness and celebrate the incredible achievements of postdoctoral researchers.
What is a postdoc?
A "Postdoc" is an early career researcher having already obtained a PhD. Postdocs work on short-term contracts to aquire additional training and experience in order to become the future leaders in academic research, private research, governmental institutions or any other successful career they can apply their skills to!
Postdocs plan and conduct research, analyse data and disseminate their results by publishing in scientific journals, interacting with policy makers or with private companies. They are also involved in teaching at the University, supervising students and junior staff and taking part in public engagement activities.
Postdocs are at the forefront of scientific discoveries, building a better future for all of us, and deserve all our gratitude for their hard work!
This short video explains who postdocs are and features a few postdocs from the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences at Queen's University Belfast, showing the diversity of research they are conducting.
Programme of the week
FREE PUBLIC SCREENING AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE DISCUSSION
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
Thursday 20th September, 6 pm: Free screening of "The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks" at Queen's Film Theatre
Starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells the story of the woman behind the first cells successfully cultured in a dish in 1951, and how this major biomedical breakthrough affected her family.
How have the fields of cell culture, cancer and ethics evolved since then? Come and find out, and get a glimpse of the ground-breaking science carried out by postdoctoral researchers of Queen’s University Belfast, who will present their work and take part in an audience discussion.
Based on the best-selling nonfiction book of the same name, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks chronicles Deborah Lacks’ (Oprah Winfrey) search, aided by journalist Rebecca Skloot (Rose Byrne), to learn about the mother (Renée Elise Goldsberry) she never knew and understand how the unauthorised harvesting of Lacks' cancerous cells led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs.