Postdoc Appreciation Week

Celebrating UK and ROI postdoctoral researchers making their mark on the world!

What is PAW?

Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW) is a celebration of the fantastic contribution postdocs and researchers make towards research and academic life in general. It's a special time to showcase, recognise, and celebrate their efforts, and thank them for all they do!

Originally an initiative from the National Postdoc Association in the USA (National Postdoc Appreciation Week), it is now also celebrated in the UK, with the first ever UK/ROI-wide events organised in 2020 by a consortium of UK and Irish Universities.

In 2021, it is taking place from Monday 20 September to Friday 24 September.

During PAW, please use #LovePostdocs and #NPAW2021 in your Tweets!

Everybody can get involved on social media!

Contribute to PAW by:

  • Posting on Twitter and Instagram (using #LovePostdocs, #NPAW2021 and naming us @UK_NPAW)
  • Sharing your profile with the community
  • Participating in our GIF challenge (prizes to win!)

What's the plan?

In addition to your institution's own programme, we'll kick start the week with a free UK/ROI-wide online event organised by postdocs and researcher development officers from multiple UK Universities, and end the week with the National Postdoc Conference 2021!!!

Celebrating successes - exploring diverse careers in the Postdoc afterlife

Mon 20 Sep 2021 | 11:00 - 12:30 | Online

This panel will feature 5 former postdocs, discussing how they transitioned to their successful career, in or out of academia.

National Postdoc Conference 2021 (#NPDC2021)

Fri 24 Sep 2021 | 9:30 - 4:30 | Online

NPDC is a biennial conference for all UK postdocs. In 2021, it is organised by the University of Liverpool, with the theme "New realities, stronger connections, successful futures". It will feature a keynote, panel discussion, bitesize parallel sessions, as well as networking opportunities and games, even for several weeks before the conference!

Local programmes and additional resources

Mon 20 - Fri 24 Sep 2021

Check the list of events and initiatives in your host institution as well as some University-specific events open to all, and courses and well-being initiatives you could engage with

(note: local programmes may not yet have been updated for 2021)

Catch up on previous NPAW events

Thank s to our sponsor

Organised by...

The organisation of the PAW UK-wide events involves postdocs and researcher developer volunteers from the following institutions:

Need more information?

Follow updates on the events on our Social Media (Twitter and Instagram) and if you have a question that is not covered by this website or if the PAW programme of your institution is not featured here, please get in touch!